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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 lace flower. Show all posts
Showing posts with label lace flower. Show all posts

Sunday, February 27, 2011

LACE Handkerchief

Just like the free motion flowers I did on a previous blog post earlier... you can make a simple handkerchief, or a mini-table topper with this technique.  For all the details, see my earlier post on lace flowers here.  I made this little handkerchief item to wear in a denim jacket pocket, and I still like wearing it today! It's a great technique/project to get familiar with stabilizers, and  a fun way to get comfortable with free motion if you're just starting (or even if you're not!).  I usually have it in my teaching notebook, so if you think of it, ask me to show it to you if you are in one of my free motion classes!

All it takes is tulle, sticky back stabilizer, and a top layer of aqua film.... one spool of a pretty variegated thread... one spool of white, and brown for the contrast edging.  
Be sure to wind a bobbin with the same thread as the top... 
add your favorite free motion foot, and a wooden embroidery hoop! 
Again, see the VIP details here just in case you missed that one!

...and because I like pretty pictures, I staged this shot in my dining room, because the northern light coming through it is so cool.  The cross was a Christmas gift I received from my most beautiful daughter-in-law, Monica. 

Happy Sunday! 
Soli deo Gloria!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

PLAY with ABANDON!

"Mrs. Twedt" was my art teacher when I was in high school back in the 70's!  I met her... again, thirty+ years later, quite unexpectedly...' in my next door neighbor's back yard, at a Fourth of July barbeque several summers ago. She goes by "Katie" now... and it took me awhile to get comfortable calling her only by her first name!  IT HAS BEEN such a blessing to know her as friend...a wonderful encourager, and talented artist that she is.  She then invited me to be the featured artist at our LIBERTY VILLAGE ARTS CENTER in my hometown of Chester, MT. You can buy Katie's art there... and oh, by the way, she has been featured in several national art magazines of the Somerset Studio variety with her wonderful, and full-of-color ART.
Her art play is fantabulous! The picture below shows a piece of her paper art.  I'm so fascinated with her art, I just had to find a way to incorporate it into a quilt, and (with her permission) made it the theme of this mini art quilt.


aban-don: to give (oneself) over unrestrainedly.  (verb) emphasis added!!!!
co-lor: a phenomenon of light (as red, brown, pink, or gray) or visual perception that enables one to differentiate otherwise identical objects:  vitality, interest


How do you play? Are you abandoned? Do you forget about rules... boxes, and just let yourself GO... outside the boxes and play.  Play.  PLAY!
  This was an exercise in creative "Play with... Abandon!"  No big time planning, I didn't allow myself to "fuss" --- and quickly put together leftover 'elements' I had hanging around in my studio, like paintstik leaves, angelina, fusings from previous cut-outs, scraps of ribbon, a button, a lace flower experiment... wrapped pipe cleaners I had fun making but didn't know what to do with once I had them done...   No pre-plan, so itinerary... the exploration of the unknown ... to SEE what happens... I LOVE it.  Spontaneous, unplanned, and above all, FUN. This is what I encourage all of you to think about as you sit down and work I mean play.

  tex·ture: noun \ˈteks-chər: a. something composed of closely interwoven elements; specifically: a woven cloth b: the structure formed by the threads of a fabric ...

Liberty: the quality or state of being free: a : the power to do as one pleases b : freedom from physical restraint c : freedom from arbitrary or despotic control d : the positive enjoyment of various social, political, or economic rights and privileges e : the power of  choice ...Oh ... to be .....free!
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