Friday, February 20, 2009

Garden Book Cover

I am doing a fabric book swap. The theme is Spring Flowers. My book is "Gardens at Midnight". I think this might be the cover, except I don't know how to put the title on it. Or does it need a title on the cover? Or is that the fun of being involved in something like this, working in parameters and problem solving?

Garden Book

This is a doodle that I created in a staff meeting. Last week's challenge for Art every Week is to doodle.
Here is the what the doodle inspired in stitch.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Trellis Stitch - Stitch Explorer

February's stitch from Sharon B. is the trellis stitch. I did it square first because I thought it would be easier. Also, the video tutorial did it square, which made it easier to follow. I started it earlier tonight while I sat in my car waiting for my son at soccer practice. After I did it square, I wanted to try circular. The first one is small but very messy. I switched threads and did the green one and it turned out a little more even. I am not sure if it was that I am getting the hang of it or if the thread made a difference!

Chicken Scratch Embroidery

I am TRYING to keep up with Sharon Boggins' Stitch Explorer 2009. This is my second playtime using this month's (actually now last month's) stitch, chicken scratch. I really do like it. It looks a lot better in person, as there is a variety of textures. I painted the fabric with Stewart Gill paints, and then bonded the fabric to deco bond, so that I wouldn't need to hoop it. I used gold tape for the double crosses, wool tapestry yarn for the running stitches and Carron's Watercolor cotton threads for the woven parts. I am doing a Spring flower swap at the end of the month and am trying to figure out how to incorporate this into it. I am thinking this might end up being a fence??? I hate that it will end up in the giant piles of fabric samples that sits in the every corner of my studio.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Paper Casting

I have been wanting to try paper casting for awhile. Michael's sells a kit but it is kind of pricey at $60+. For my birthday a few weeks ago, my sweet hubby bought me the kit and a book on paper casting. Here are a few of my first attempts. I love them. I still need to wait unitl they dry before paining them or trying to add them to other pieces.

Saturday, February 07, 2009

Thead Painting Class Coming Up

This month in my art quilting class I am teaching "Thread Painting". This is my class sample. It is not my design but came from Elly Sienkiewicz's classic applique book, Spoken Without a Word. Thread painting is a form of free-motion machine embroidery. If you have any interest in the class you can call Tiny Stitches at 770-565-1113 or email me at