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I love creating art. I love the Creator! And through that love, I find a little slice of heaven on earth and I give Him all the glory! It's a great adventure and I'm excited to see what's around the bend! Come join me, won't you?
Showing posts with label feathers. Show all posts
Showing posts with label feathers. Show all posts

Monday, November 17, 2014

a rose... is a rose gradient ~

monday greetings to you all ~

well, it's definitely not "think pink" weather... {but it is warming up!}... good thing there is always sun shining in warm, vibrant and luscious cloth in my world!  

and i count myself blessed to have received a 'special' piece of dyed fabric from miss vicki welsh.  it was kinda a happy accident, as when i ordered it, it had gone a "walkabout" in miss vicki's studio {i totally get that!} and so i purchased other fabric instead, and then... later, when the lost became found, vicki sent it on to me, and i became the welcome recipient of nothing less than a custom-dyed piece of fabric happiness!

with this particular piece, i tried to add feather lines, that 'grew out' from the original feathers curvy lines... sometimes it was "ok" and others times... not.  

so i get to continue that lesson in my feather adventures, and i look forward to figuring it out with needle and design.

this is my favorite picture of all the gorgeous colors in this piece:

soli deo gloria

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

autumn, and a gradient with a twist ~

hello ~

our autumn colors are flying away on the warm winds, and cool breezes, as we take in vistas of snowy mountain tops from the flat of the prairies... 

but the inspiration is still so pretty...

and i hunker down in my studio, and pull out fabrics that remind me of those early fall days...

this piece of hand dyed fabric is vicki welsh's "red sunset" and this color combo just has autumn written all over it.  there are so many possibilities, to explore it and take it in many different color directions!  the main challenge is to pick which ones?
and so i have begun with "twist" from superior threads. two colors twisted together.  i have three spools of it; blue, red and green, and although i have tried it before, it's been awhile.  but i do think it's the perfect 'jumping off' spot to take to this gorgeous gradient {and radiant!} piece of fabric!
it is a 40 weight thread, and i'm using the needle that superior says to use, which is on the label of their threads:

the  rusty orange brown thread color, shown above, isn't going to show a lot in certain areas, where the color values are much the same, but i rather like that idea, and so i will continue to develop that color story as i quilt a different feather style.  instead of a mostly even-looking, overall pattern of feathers, i'm playing with a curvy, 'question-mark' type of pattern, which i will reverse across the length of this piece as i decide whether to keep it consistently in this thread color... or add the other twist variations into the cloth.

i may need to shop for some more twists! 
and while this lovely gradient just glows with autumn colors, the two-color twist on this piece definitely adds to it!
come and tag along with me, as i play, will you?  of course, i'll be showing more of my process on this little piece.

blessings on your day!

Saturday, March 22, 2014

blue bayou beginnings ~ choosing colors {and a winner}

hi there everyone ~

speaking of blues... {!} for most of the past week i've been coping with the flu + cold bug! wowzers, what a rough week. 

despite our montana wintery weather {to be expected} and chilly 15-20 degrees with a fresh couple inches of new snow... our spring will get here on it's own time, and in it's very. own. way!  but happy spring to all of you who are enjoying blossoms and green grass!!

so... this is where "blue bayou" starts. as i begin to think out thread choices and colors that will complement the gorgeous hand-dyed gradient fabric from vicki.  the beautiful, and yet-ever-so-elegant, basic curving center-drawn spine line will be the base for the feather quilting:

all of these thread colors in magnifico are wonderful choices! there is no wrong color, in my opinion.  it's more a simple challenge of just this. 

make.  a.  decision.   :)

with choices made, the beginning stitches look like this: 
a periwinkle blue purple for the initial quilting of the traditional 'heart-shaped' feather, and then the second pass is to echo with bobbin threadwork, using a bright twinkling royal blue.

and... the winner of the fabulous pin: 

as it turns out, found by the random generator to be commenter #8 ~ miss vicki welsh!  that brings a happy smile, and the perfect ending to this post.  thanks to all of you who so kindly commented, and loved this truly beautiful, amazing work of heart from katie's wonderful paper style.  i hope to have more of those to give away, once i get connected to the art gallery in my hometown chester for more of her delightful treasures!  so fun to give away ~

bless you all ~

Monday, March 3, 2014

the stenciled, feathered, {brown eyed queen?} finished ~

hi there ~

i don't know why, but i just couldn't make a decision on binding for this piece.  i guess because it was difficult to choose a color, and fabric style for this binding, but i finally said, "just do it!  and so i chose a multi-colored binding, one of the first fabrics i grabbed. 

this little quilt sample has risen up from the depths of the ufo pile, which kind of came to a  halt last fall.  it's a beautiful fabric dyed by talented hands of  vicki welsh.

a while ago, i wrote a post about trying out some beautiful stencil designs, created by feather diva, ms. patsy thompson, from patsy thompson designs, {click here}.

i like it!  i think i chose this binding color, as it encompassed all the thread colors, and brought out a little bit of the pink tones in the hand dyed fabric.  

and better... 
it. is. done! 
{and even listed in the etsy shop

have a sweet one ~

Saturday, March 1, 2014

walking the line{s} ~

hello lovelies ~ 

i think i've finally begun to realize i don't always enjoy "coloring within the lines" ... and in saying that, i also recognize that it was one of those 'under the radar' suggestions that became "the rule" i remember growing up with from early childhood when our main art tools were coloring books and crayons.

it's time to break some of those barriers, and as i've said before here on the blog ~  just because i can! after all this is art.  this is freedom.  it's not like i'm breaking any laws!  

so i continue to "go out... and see what i can see!"

from my large, moleskine 8.5" x 12" journal...  a study {of sorts} ~ in contemporary feather play with watercolors, specifically, the twinkling h20's.

what is it i learn? 

sometimes ~ lines are merely suggestions. 
sometimes ~ lines are fun.  
sometimes ~ it's fun to draw them
other times ~ it's fun to let them draw me in.
sometimes ~ it's fun to just ignore them 

this is art!  there's lots of choices, but none of them...

have. to. box. me. in.

this may make sense {or not} to some of you, whether you quilt, draw, paint, or love art. but this much i know.  it's an exploration of the learning process that i find fresh, fun, and fascinating.  

and i think this little watercolor "feather" study will be fascinating to look back upon, as i ponder how i may want to turn it into thread play...

can't wait to get started on another exploration!  


Thursday, February 20, 2014

{hot off the press} ~ large feather prints ~

hi there ~

as i've explored the "land of watercolor," i've begun to understand the differences between types of paper; "cold press"  and "hot press" specifically. 

in my limited experience, only cold press paper is available locally, and seems to have the most selection, as well, either online, or in a crafty store. what I love about hot press is the texture is definitely a higher grade, and much smoother, and seems to warp just a little bit less than the cold...  and personally, i like it far better.  the cold press has a rougher surface, but it also performs pretty well, overall, and all of my cards you've seen on the blog have been cold press.

now ~ these "feathered" watercolor pieces are 11x14" ~ hot press paper.  one of the features that has strong appeal for me personally in using hot press paper, is that  it's much easier to write  s m o o t h l y  on it, too, giving me a crisp edge, and no need to worry about bumpy paper when I write.  that's worth the price of admission, as the hot press is a bit more expensive, as well.

{of course, there are microbeads on a couple of these pieces}.

and... i continue with my fascination of feathers ~ in various color combos, types, and adding my love of lettering. 

and ... they are newly listed in my shop, too. 

have a great day ~

Saturday, February 15, 2014

hope ~ pray ~ soar ~ {in watercolors, on cards} ~ & in my heart!

happy weekend to you all ~ love my "long" weekends.  this happens to be three days for me, with president's day off this monday {thank goodness!}... an extra day is surely a blessing that i could live with every week! they are such a solace to my time at home... 

you're probably tired of my cards... but  i have to say ~ i love making them!  it's very fun to send them on to friends, and i have a nice stack now, that are quite fun to personalize. i swear ~ i'm like a kid in a candy shop only instead, it's a box full of white, pristine cards, and lovely pots of color, a brush, and a black pen... {and yes, the fussy microbeads!} 

enJoy ~

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