Monday, July 21, 2014

looking for feedback!

I am running out of wall space. Things are set aside, covered up boxed away. Stockpiled. I have started to think that it might be time to start selling some of them. More room for new things, and a bit of change to buy supplies etc. so I can feed the embroidery muse!

I have small works that sit idle.

Functional pieces too. Perhaps this upcycled denim jeans pillow could find its way to a loving home.

As well as some work that isn't on my walls like this happy bug!

The coiled fabric bowls too! 

 I wonder if there is a market for my work. Ideas on how to go about doing this? Is ETSY the best idea or a web page? Or would I just be wasting my time/money trying to sell in these economic times. Prices might be high on some of them because of the intricate handwork involved. I don't want to undervalue the work of course, but realistically how does one price handmade hand crafted pieces of art? How do you showcase the work so it stands out in the crowd of online sellers?
   Comments, Ideas, Feedback greatly appreciated!

Friday, July 04, 2014

this is the cloth from the eco dye experiment.

 I was surprised by the blue colors from the rose petals.
I have been letting it sit while I work on the crows.

Much has been done since this photo was taken. I have three crows painted onto cotton. Outlined with black floss in a satin stitch and loads of white on white stitching in the background. Two crow panels, about 18 inches wide, have been stitched together with a connecting piece of flying geese.
long way yet to go. I am using three different shades of white for the stitching. White on white on white.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Eco experiment number one

                       What is that!?

That, is an eco bundle. A square of cotton cloth drenched in vinegar and bundled up with rose petals leaves and twigs all tied up with a big rusty bolt thingy.

Then it was left to sit for a week in a pile of decomposing leaf matter.

After a week of hot, cold, wet and snow it was simmered in water for a bit and unwrapped.

The end result is this interesting cloth. Bits of blue and rusty orange. I was sure it would be a barely there bunch of pale rusty oranges. But no, even after a good rinse it still has deep blue and dark orange colors! I was hoping for more of a defined petal shape and the leaves seem to have had no effect but all in all for a first go round I am pretty happy!

It is something I want to continue to experiment with. To learn to get some control over the end results. I want to do this without using harsh chemicals but I am not at all sure that can be done with just vinegar and rusty metals.  All the reading up on this has included some kind of alum or other chemical substance. The worse thing that can happen will be I end up with a cloth of well, not much on it! Spring is nearly almost thisclose to being here and with it I will do a bit of foraging for cast offs from Mama Nature to experiment with.

Friday, March 28, 2014

One thing leads to another

I ran out of muslin!
 I know! 
How did that happen? I use muslin for most of the painted cloth I use. I needed another yard for the back of one of the crows I am working on and lo and behold, I was out of it! So,needing something to stitch (and NOT wanting to start another work that will flounder unfinished ) I came across some small works ( buried under stuff while looking for said muslin ) that were nearly finished,

The ladies are about 6 or 7 inches not quite square and the heart is postcard sized. Finishing these took no time at all. That was good!

I also came across this little gem that I made to send off to Jude for her magic feathers cloth. I did this one and then decided that the painted background fabric wouldn't be the best choice for her cloth so I made a similar one on linen and sent that to her. And so this one was left alone and unfinished in the pile of 'I will get to these someday' So I ran out and bought the muslin, it is in the wash as I write, stitching on the crow will begin soon. And Trash Bird is still getting a leaf or two here and there!

Sunday, March 23, 2014

In which we await springs arrival.

Spring is here. Somewhere.

There it is, under the ice on the pond.

Where the geese balance in wait for the warming sun.

 The little ponds winding trail undergoes a makeover in preparation for springs blooms.

Chirping chipmunks peek in and out of fallen trees.
Maybe hoping for signs of spring.

I am stitching on the second crow. Much like the first crow. Progress as we move away from winters grip.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Woes and so it goes.

After finishing the previous piece,Summer Dance,in record time I finally felt I could go back to doing those leaves again. I picked up the trash bird and stitched a few more leaves. After about fifteen leaves I had enough of the teal floss and the same leaf more or less over and over again. I am fairly sure I was seeing those leaves every time I closed my eyes.
 So it is set aside again. I intend to work on it every few days or so. It is nearly finished after all!
 Meanwhile I have started another one. One with crows. I have painted three crows onto fabric.Each one about 14 inches squareish. One of the three crows went badly. Yes, it happens. The paint I had was old and gloppy (technical word). I tried to make it work. I made it wetter so it would spread nicer. However it wasn't nicer, just further. Further as in past the lines. I tried to fix it but that just made it a bit worse.
 This is one of the crows painted without the gloppy paint. A testament to using proper supplies, always.

While I have an idea as to what this will all be once finished, I am much less clear on the way to that finish.
So since I have a crow that is a bit off, and may not be used in the final piece, I am stitching on it to find the path I need/want to follow.
 Will it make it to the final piece?
 Has my original idea totally changed?
Maybe. Unknown just yet. Stay tuned...