Thursday, February 12, 2015

my other art pastime.

Since I am working on the background stitching of bug two and since it is really uninteresting for showing in a blog post. I decided to put together a smattering of some of my favorite photographs taken over the last few years or so. I have posted most of these at one time or another but it feels like time for a post of photos. The other art I spend time on. So in no particular order here they are. 

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Heartfelt February

February is for hearts.

This heart is a breast pocket for Melanie Testa and her breast pocket project.

 This heart has been broken and pieced together with love and beauty. Stronger for it now.

A heart can be fragile. This one has bubble wrap for its center keeping it safe.
Some hearts are full of beauty and growth.
A heart can have holes and still be strong and whole.
A Valentines day embroidered post card for my husband on our anniversary. He gets a new one each year.

Though it is cold and snowy here our hearts are full and warm.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Stash Musings

Annika Salunda has written a blog post about using up fabric stashes after she read a post from Melanie Testa. That got me to thinking about my own fabric stashes. Truthfully I have a very small stash of fabric. It fits into one big plastic bin. That is of course NOT counting the stash of reusable fabrics up cycled from old clothing. That would amount to about another bin full. AND thats not counting the batting and the bolt of muslin. Not a full bin of those. Also that isn't counting the threads.floss.beads. etc. Woah. I do have more then I thought!!

   So I spent a few days in what passes for my studio space (a corner of the basement) making quite a mess.I sifted through old sketchbooks and notes. I pulled out this and that and things to get finished,things I want to start on. I fingered the beautiful threads, longing to pass them through the eye of a needle. I shook viles of beads and stashes of buttons. Shifted around pens,pencils and brushes. Inks and paints too. All the tools of my obsession, the needles,scissors,rulers,etc. whew!

    I have decided I have FADD. Fabric Attention Deficite Disorder. Judging by the amount of unfinished pieces I came across. Some of them just never panned out in the way I was hoping for. Some I became bored with and some I just needed a break from. There were the ones to be cut up and used in a different piece or a different way. And then there are the ones that I still like and who knows why they found their way to the UFO pile.

    I know, I know, my work is by its nature slow going. That is both what I love and hate about it. I like the feel of working it with needle and thread. My hands intimate with the cloth. That tantalizing texture. I like that each piece becomes such a part of me as it evolves. I don't like that sometimes it takes so long to get from start to finish that I find myself tired of the work and just want it done. That is when they hit the 'see ya later baby' pile. And apparently later can be a very looonnnggg time coming.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

blue moon evening

you walked along the well marked path at dusk. the woman sitting quietly on the bench facing the pond, the moon rising low reflected in the still water. you thought she was watching it rise. closer you see the cane folded and held loosely in her hand with its red and white markings.
  hello. you say sitting on the bench beside her but not too close.
 she smiles and the lines around her eyes deepen beautifully. hello. she says back. what do you see? she asks.
the moon. you say. what do you see? you ask. everything. she says.

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

And then this happened!

Being able to spend time catching up and so many things has been the best part of retirement.  A long while ago I had the opportunity to send off two of my unfinished quilts (UFO)to Quilting Arts TV for their Save my UFO segment. Somehow I was under the impression that it was never used. So imagine my surprise while watching the reruns and seeing MY quilt!! Oh yeah I was surprised! My little bug art quilt was right there on my television. AND, the host, Pokey Bolton was saying such nice things about it. I have long since finished it and tucked it away with its companion piece that was still as unfinished as it was on the show. Ha, thats me working in a series! So I dug out both quilts and set about finishing the second bug.

here is Bug#1 finished though I neglected to photograph it showing the binding. I will try to remedy that at some point.
Bug#2 in the unfinished early stages.

Bug #2 at the start of embroidery work.
How it looks today. Colors may be a bit off, that yellow is really pale in real life.

Even though I had intended to do a series of bugs and butterflies, and may yet do so, I see that the vine and flower embroidery is a different kind of series. 
Funny how things happen in a round about way sometimes!

Monday, December 29, 2014

strange new days

 What a year this has been. 2014 certainly wasn't one of the best years for me in so many ways. Starting in January with the polar vortex and all that snow and cold. Working out doors would prove to be my undoing. First came the news that my inner ear was going to give me a real run through the mill. Turned out that I had a return engagement of Meniers disease. This time in my so called 'good' ear. As bad as that news was, it also meant that I would miss working through the very worst part of that vortex. My balance was throughly trashed. I would need months of therapy to combat the wobbly walking. I can't say that I was sorry to have missed that!! The attacks were few and far between for many months but I was not 100%. Finding out that I would be able to retire after my birthday in December came with such mixed feelings. But timing could not have been better for me! So turning 60 took a backseat to retirement and thus was without much angst.
So now, I am retired. It feels a bit unreal just yet. I have time finally to do things. All kinds of things as long as they are free or nearly so! 
Time to stitch. Time to Paint. Joy in spite of the inner ear turmoil.
So I picked up Trash Bird and have been stitching here and there. It needed time to sit. Time for me to enjoy those many many teal leaves again.

It feels good to have time for this again. I also spent time finishing up the stitching on this one as well.

 It has progressed from this to

this. (the color is truer in the first photo ). It now needs some ironing and binding etc, but it is just about done. Probably going to end up around 10 inches squarish or so.
So here it is at the cusp of a new year. A new lifestyle for me. It feels...big.  so big.