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

Monday, April 23, 2012

Flowers n' Lace ~

My newest quilt finished this weekend.  If you've been following the blog for awhile, you may have seen these flowers before (or from somewhere else) - they're nothing "new under the sun" as it goes... but they are lot's and lot's of FUN!   (tutorial link is at the end of this post)
You may also know that I've been cleaning out from my stash of hand-dyed fabrics... pieces on which I have learned and experimented with dyeing the past two summers... little by little.
And I decided it was time to use this particular piece, thinking it made for a good background for these flowers.  And why risk having the flowers 'disappear' in my studio, once again?!!  So it was time to give them a home...
I also went through most of my fabrics - and re-organized, sorted and folded.  It's good to take 'stock' of your stock!  Wow.  That's all I can say. 
I'm a lucky girl...  and I'm excited about finding and renewing all those 'fabric friendships' once again!
We had the most incredible nice weather weekend... 80 degrees - YAY~!
And I enjoyed taking pictures outside on the patio...
If you'd like to see how the "thread lace" flowers are made, I published a tutorial last June 2011, and you can see it here.

And most importantly... I am humbled by your commentaries on "Grace Overflowing!"  Wow - you all blew my socks off with your kindness and generosity.  I am so so thankful for the encouragement and affirmation!  Especially because this quilt was made for a sweet friend, and she will receive it as a gift this upcoming weekend.  It's always a sweet blessing for me when I get to make a quilt for a specific person, and to pray for them and contemplate it all, as I do that.

Love to you all! 

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Carribean DREAMS Fiber Scarf FINISHED!

To see the beginning of the "Caribbean Dreams" scarf, click here

After washing out of the Aqua Bond and Aqua Film topping products; the scarf has air dried, and then lightly misted with water and pressed slightly using a pressing cloth.
Before closing the gaps in the scarf
So... it has a few big gaps where I didn't quite get the threads joined to the other triangle.  Is this a problem?  Absolutely not!  Personally, I LIKE it.  ALOT! And I wouldn't hesitate to wear it just like this!  BUT... for those people who are a little more 'perfectionist' oriented... or concerned about the gaps... (you know who you are!) ...posted below is the technique I used to close those gaps -- just for you!  So tell me what you think of the "before shot" (above) or the 'after shot" (below)!  I'd love to hear your thoughts.
I used my favorite Glitter thread in silver, as I had also put a bit of it in the scarf sandwich to begin with.  And then... by the way... do ya'll know out there that a Bernina machine can 'sew on air?'  Oh so true!
Like a dream, sister!
Stitching free motion to join the triangular areas, and close in the gaps
Foot:  free motion #29. Thread is placed in a vertical position so it releases from the side of the spool.  VIP tip. Tension is lowered to 1.0.  Needle down is engaged. Zig zag stitch, free motion is set up.  Tension: lower to 1.0 and for convenience's sake... use your needle down feature.

LOVE using a zig zag stitch free motion!  And my bobbin thread?  Bottom Line from  Superior Threads, of course!

A few other views posted below to hopefully inspire you to your own distinct creations that are just ready to burst forth and bloom within your creative minds!

 Some of you KNOW what I say in class:  It's the pursuit of EXCELLENCE... not perfection!
 It's so simple... I only used two different cotton threads; one in pinky mango, and the other in turquoise blues, draped on lime green, turquoise YLI candlelight threads... those thick ones.   Added a bit of white shiny yarn, twisted off some silver Glitter thread, and trimmed the outer edges with a beautiful hand-dyed rayon ribbon! Perfection!  I mean, EXCELLENT! 
 Elegant or casual.  Gorgeous, light and airy and it GLOWS with sparkly goodness and beautiful STYLE!  Perfect for a wedding or any other occasion you may be attending!
  And so here is the way the 'joining' as I call it, looks on the finished scarf.
"gaps" are now joined
I laid out the full scarf on the table so you can see the complete pattern, color and style.  What a FUN, and oh-so-unique and original scarf you can make!  This one is FOR SALE. Click here to go to my Etsy shop.
To make YOUR OWN, sign up for the 
CLASS:  Saturday, May 7th, 
10-1pm at the Bernina Silver Thimble! 

Thursday, February 10, 2011

A ROSE... is a rose ... is a rose... Fabric Paper Art Quilt

MORE explorations with FABRIC PAPER!
Lynn Anderson's Loretta Lynn's song comes to mind "I never promised you a rose garden...!"
This one was one of my beginning experiments... it's a little "wild" - and I look forward to playing with this technique more!  I do really like playing with the white opaque pens, but I must remember to write, before I stitch!! (there is something to be said for some pre-planning!)

Use one of those cool white opaque pens and write... clearly, or obscurely, as it strikes your mood. Black or white... or color.  I sometimes have a hard time being "messy" so this was a good exercise for me!

I love digging through the possibilities... exploring  the 'leftovers' of which I've really questioned why I was keeping them... and so now I save the cutouts from fusible cut outs, cards, newspaper clippings... anything goes!  They are kept in a specially marked plastic container, so I can FIND them! Of course, there are ribbons, and thread lace, paint... glitter. It's a project of "found objects" from my studio and beyond!

My Bernina #43 free motion couching foot provides a cool way to add roses, and of course, texture with punch!  Thread 'sketching' keeps it creative, loose and free.  A bit messy... and alot FUN!  Experiment, test, grow out of that box... and see where you can find ways to experiment with paints, and all kinds of different painting techniques... spatter, splat and roll! ...

Notice too, there is some thread lace in orangey/yellow at the very bottom, to the left.  That was leftover from an angel quilt that I decided I didn't want to use... so it got tossed onto this project....

hmmm... and the finished fabric paper QUILT:
JOIN ME!  We're going to have some GREAT FUN!
MARCH 1 (Tuesday) from 5:30-8pm OR MARCH 5th 10-1pm (Saturday)
at the QUILT-A-WAY
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