Sunday, December 30, 2007
I made this piece last week. It is an example for a class that I am working up on Experimental Quilting techniques for Tiny Stitches. The class will be on ongoing class on "non-traditional stitching and surface design techniques. The one part that really didn't work out as well as I wanted is the word "Magic" that I stenciled. I really wanted it to be a more pronounced element.
I have enrolled in a printmaking class at Chastain Art Center starting next week. I haven't done any printmaking in a few years and am very excited. I took a few printmaking classes in college and have always loved it. In true "Sharon-ness", I couldn't wait to get started and free-hand drew this relief block print. I thought it was fun. Of course, drawing it is only part of it and now I have to carve it (which has where I make my mistakes) now. I took the picture just in case I really screw it up! Of course, the idea is bring the printmaking back to fiber. I have also spent the holidays working with acrylic paint on canvas. I will post some of those pictures later.
Saturday, December 22, 2007
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Friday, November 30, 2007
My friend Hellenne is also a silk painter. The other day I asked her if she had any "mistakes" that she might give to me. This yellow scarf has some blue/green spots and it is one of a few which she thought she couldn't use. I used some beautiful orange wool and nuno felted areas to create a textured scarf. Several of Hellenne's scarves are on display at the Chastain Art Show and Sale.
Saturday, November 24, 2007
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Tuesday, November 06, 2007
I dyed some silk last night so that I can experiment some more with nuno felting. Actually, the red on the right is scrim, then a silk scarf (I got it from Dharma), then the next three are a heavy silk organza. I used the blue one second from the left for my first experiment. I have done nuno felting before, but I saw some gorgeous stuff at SAFF and feel inspired.
Okay, maybe not the "prettiest" necklace ever, but kind of cool, maybe??? Actually, it is too close to being a deviation from a Lori Flood necklace, so I am going to keep working! I was also thinking about adding some beaded dangles to it. I would take any suggestions! Sharon
Friday, November 02, 2007
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
I did this one last night. I wanted to do another Airy Fairy scarf in more mottled colors. I used Gale Evans' space dyed wool. It is Blue Face and felted pretty easily. The colorway is called "Potluck". www.galesart.com
Isn't it lovely! I am going to lunch with my friend Heidi Miracle and will come home to felt a little more!!!!
For this scarf, I used a bat and some silk hanky. I have never used bat for a scarf before and it turned out slightly uneven in places - just another thing to work on.
Monday, October 29, 2007
While I was at SAFF, the amazing Lori Flood had a great vendor's booth there. She did a demo on making felted flowers. As soon as I got home I had to do my own and here is my first attempt. I thnk that by the end of the week, I will definitely have a whole bouquet!!!! Next year, I hope she will teach at SAFF. (Lori, I hope you are listening!)
Here are two more scarves I made and a hat! I can't tell you what a great time I had. Chad is an amazing teacher and I learned so much. I also bought her new book, Fabulus Felted Scarves which she wrote with Jorie Johnson.
While I was up there, I was able to reconnect with an old friend from Tokyo! I hadn't seen her in almost 20 years. We took our first quilting class together. She is a wonderful person and it was great to see her again.
I just spent three days just outside of Asheville at the Southeast Animal Fiber Festival. It does sound funny and yes, there were many animals: sheep, angora goats, llamas, alpacas, and rabbits. Although they were all very cute and yes, I want one but I spent all of my time in the vendor and classroom areas. I took four classes from Chad Alice Hagen. What a blast! This is one of the scarves I made!
Monday, October 22, 2007
Sunday, October 21, 2007
Wednesday, October 03, 2007
What happened to September? I don't remember it! Work was crazy (I work three days a week at Georgia Tech) with the beginning of the semester. Home life was crazy with getting the kids (a 14 and 18 year old) back to school, with one starting high school and the other finishing it (a senior). I also had three quilt deadlines! I had one due for the local quilt guild (East Cobb Quilt Guild) which had an extremely successful show and I co-chaired vending! Then my art quilt group, Fiber Art Fusion, had a show locally - also, a great success! Last but not least, journal project quilts were due to Houston last week. The good news is all three quilts were delivered on time. I can't post the journal quilt until after Houston. Oh yeah, forgot to take a picture any way. I really wanted to post something. This is one of my assignments for my C&G course that I am taking with Design Matters. I needed to start a color collection and needless to say this is "Purple".
Sunday, August 26, 2007
But, as I was saying I went to Nashville with my friend Hiedi Miracle (www.crazyforcolor.blogspot.com) and we met Rebecca Reasons Edwards there. There really weren't a lot of quilts there though, but I did enjoy the special exhibit, "Expressions". I had thought about submitting something to it but (of course) didn't seem to get my piece finished in time! Basically, Nashville was just an excuse to get a lot of quilters to come and shop. This really wasn't a problem to me as I loved it! You of the big "finds" of the show was a couple of great artists, Debbie Bates, Liz Kettle, and Terry White. They were in the WonderFil Specialty Thread booth. Debbie and Liz wrote a book (which I bought) Stitch Journeys and I think are the wholesalers here for WonderFil Threads. I really loved the look of their threads and purchased quite a bit of it. I am going to play with it in my Journal Quilt that I am working furiously on for Houston. Terry White was demonstrating the threads and how where they cool. She has several videos out on thread painting and I bought one and can't wait to get into it. She was so talented!
Saturday, August 25, 2007
This is my thread purse. It started out as a vase, but I think it is turning into a purse. It is done with a water soluble a little wool roving and several spools of thread. I am going to try and get a friend to take a close up photo. I love thread painting.
Sunday, August 19, 2007
Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Sunday, July 08, 2007
Sunday, June 03, 2007
I rarely do someone else's pattern and here I actually tried to copy her work completely. It was an amazing study. If you don't recognize the piece it is a Caryl Bryer Fallert pattern, Soaring Compliments. I bought the her fabric, her pattern and her workshop on CD. It was such a worthwhile endeavor. I learned so much from my very first quilting goddess!
Friday, March 23, 2007
Thursday, March 22, 2007
Saturday, February 24, 2007
Friday, February 23, 2007
Saturday, February 10, 2007
I was very busy on Friday. Here is one of the rugs that I felted. I had half felted the foundation of both. It was then very easy to lay out the design and finish felting the piece. I will be teaching a class in wet felting at Fiber on a Whim in Atlanta (www.fiberonawhim.com) at the end of March.
Monday, January 29, 2007
You can see where I am now beginning to go back and add some "detail" work to it. I still need more.
I ended up staying an extra week at Jan & Jean's class. It was quite an experience. What was truly amazing was my wonderful husband's response when I called him up and said that I wanted to stay an extra week (which meant double the already substantial cost!), all he said was "I knew you weren't going to be able to leave." What did I get out of the class:
1. Remembering that this is art; always remember the basics.
2. Don't let your work be defined by "cool" technique instead of good design.
3. Work our your ideas before trying to come up with a finished project. In art school, we started by doing tons of drawings, then creating a mock up, BEFORE making the decision of whether to create a more "finished" or "resolved" work. I don't think I have spent more than short time trying to work out my ideas before beginning a piece in a very long time!
4. Don't add glitz just to add glitz.
5. I really do like stitching by hand.
Well, there were many more things that I learned, but I think that these were the most important. This is one of samples we did in class. It is a pattern based on butterfly wings.