Saturday, September 27, 2008

rain + yarn

Finally finished something! This is a scarf made with Debbie Bliss soho, plus a little crochet my favorite green

A basket weave stitch that was a little hard to keep up with, considering the variegated yarn..ready for the cold weather!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

lots of color

Well, I think I'm going to live..still not 100% but a lot better! Thanks for the well wishes.. I've been sitting and crocheting a bit w/Noro Kureyon, a yarn some love (me) and some hate. It's not the snuggliest yarn, but color- wise, it's the bomb. Some granny action:

Hope you are enjoying the early Fall, where you are.

Friday, September 19, 2008


I am sicker than a dog right now, so all things are on hold. If I've coughed once, I've coughed a million times. As usual, when school starts, the germs get shared. I'll leave you with a nice iris from my garden in the spring. Off to drink tea and watch TMC..

Tuesday, September 16, 2008


I plan on doing a little this:

and this:

and this:

I hate to procrastinate, but you know a girl has to have plans!! What are yours?

for IF

'judas tree' for the islands theme....oil on canvas 20" x 20"

Monday, September 15, 2008

eye candy

This basket of indigo cloth, I've had for many years, I just can't bring myself to cut it up, but maybe soon it will happen. Until then, I'm happy to just finger it and look at it.

While sitting outside, this little gem fluttered down and landed nearby. A bit gruesome, but such a pretty thing, isn't it?

Friday, September 12, 2008

more wip's

These are definitely not done, but I have been lax in taking pictures of the art, so here are a few. The top is "Ester" 20"x20", oil on canvas. The bottom is "Judas Tree" and it's 20" x20" oil on canvas.

It is interesting, to try and convey an image of a person, Judas Isacariot, for example and not paint a figurative painting. I'm thinking this may turn into a series on him... will definitely be posting more on these and other wip's soon..

ps. a big thanks to Charlotte at fancypicnic,

for the nice award! I'll pass it on soon!

I pick neki, abagail, lauren, and fourborne, extremely talented and fun blogs...

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

small stitches

Just working on some smaller pieces, since lesson/sports season is upon us. These highly portable, free-form layered appliques are just that, take-along things I keep in bags, ready to grab as I head out. I am trying to go with what is in the sketch book, and it occurs to me I haven't posted any sketches or paintings in a while, I'll remedy that soon...

Sunday, September 7, 2008

flooring it

Well, it seems I have about a dozen things going at once.. do you do that? Have a bunch of stuff going, and then bam, I get so I have to FINISH something! Don't get me wrong, I love the process, as much as the next, but I do like to have a completion, somewhere. I'm not proud, nor exclusive, either, I like hand sewing, machine sewing, and all the rest in between.
This is a long, shroud-like piece that is done, and is supposed to be a self-portrait of sorts. I got my machine back from the service center, and decided to stitch small, 2" to 3" or so, free-motioning, consisting of ideas of what I like, and what I see in front of me. Much hand stitching and embelishing followed, as well..
I then cut them all apart and appliqued them, grid-like to the banner, which is 7' long! An extremely fun and satisfying project.. more pix soon..

Thursday, September 4, 2008

velvet wip

I have some fabric that is so beautiful that I don't quite know what to do with it. This is dark burgundy (the pic is a little dark, sorry) silk velvet, about 1 1/2 yards. I've cut it length-wise and started to embroider and embellish the ends.
I like the thought of making fussy fabrics, ie., tulle, velvet, damask, into humbler things, bags, pillows etc.. even household items.
I'm beading, couching and appliqueing some torn fabric strips (batik) in a wave pattern along the edges.. I'm going to line it, but not quite sure with what.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

stitching along

A progress shot of the crazy quilting going on.. I use my ironing board for a work space, sometimes, as it's right next to the fabric and machine.. no glamour studio shots here, no way! Mayhem and chaos is the name of the game in my world..

Monday, September 1, 2008

crazy quilting revisited

Over at Jude's blogs and Flickr group we are re-working the old crazy quilt blocks..take a look! Here, I've used whatever was floating around my studio to make this block, wool, cotton, cotton yarn, linen, and then layered, rather than pieced the block.. about 10 x10 ".