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I thought I knew where I kept what I’m looking for, but apparently not.  It’s not there, and it’s not anywhere as near as I can tell.  I pulled the studio apart. I even put things away. Some cleaning happened.  A whole bunch of things I hadn’t even noticed I’d lost were found, and I [...] [...]
Tue, Jul 22, 2014
Source: Jwrobel
I began by embellishing a piece of antique linen, with no idea what it would metamorphize into. My main interest was the pattern, contrast, and harmony. I used scraps of Japanese fat square, Bedouin embroidery, handwoven silk and linen, hand-dyed wax cotton, and handwoven wool, and quilted the entire piece. I lined it in African wax print, gave it little ears in hand-crocheted wax cotton cord, a YKK zipper, and a pull cord with an artisanal ceramic bead of Robyn's. Poseidon's Garden--the closest I've come to painting with fabric. I love it! [...]
Tue, Jul 22, 2014
Source: LaTouchables
I thought I'd start a new series of affordable string charm necklaces taking odds and ends from my collection and making gorgeous trinkets, little nothings that make you feel like a child at the carnevale again.I remember the talk from the women in my family of living on a midwestern farm, long ago before milk in plastic cartons was invented, before store-bought butter, before trips to the city were routine, a time when a peddler came down the road in a rickety carriage, bringing something for everyone. He wasn't just a peddler, he brought his knowledge of the outside world, [...]
Tue, Jul 22, 2014
Source: LaTouchables
Morning Meadow Bird is a miniature diorama in mixed media.Created on an altoid mint tin lid, the miniature scene portrays a blackbird ready to search for a snack. Wire and embroidery floss add a hard and soft contrast to this minimalist nature themed diorama. Simple and sweet. [...]
Tue, Jul 22, 2014
Source: peaceofpi studio
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This background feels much better, stronger, proper: But not this orientation, because the rusted area squares off too much for an implied figure. This works better: The gnarly stitching must be removed, and i think i’ll move the background over a wee bit more–though it’s not large enough for the canvas if i do that, that part will be hidden by the wing, so i *can* piece into it to extend it. The rusted area will be where the heart rests, so it needs to be a bit more visible. I am concerned about the upper right area though–what can i do to [...]
Tue, Jul 22, 2014
Source: Arlee Barr
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I sure enjoyed making these three mini tapestries on the Mirrix Loom. The largest on the branch is 4.5 x 8". The blue one is 3.5" x 3". And the one that looks like a mini landscape is 4 x 4". With practice I am getting better at tapestry techniques and use of color. I'm thinking of mounting the smallest ones on a small canvas with a fabric background. I worked on these for about a month. [...]
Tue, Jul 22, 2014
Source: Christine Predd
red pile done
Well, the embrilting is done at least! Now i have to turn edges, then attach to the backing and awaaaaay we go. I’ve also changed the plan for the rest of the piece: that rusted figure just wasn’t speaking to me. She’ll move into the “possible future projects” pile and instead i’ll be using a piece of fabric i created in my 2012 residency: It doesn’t quite look like this anymore, as i previously tried it for other work, bleaching out portions and then adding colour back in the form of red textile paint, but will work for the red wing’s background. [...]
Tue, Jul 22, 2014
Source: Arlee Barr
GoldenKeys
I surprised myself with a very quick, decisive “Yes!” & signed a lease on a studio space. It’ll be the first time I’ve worked outside a home-based studio in over 20 years.  This will invariably be a slow, project based move to the new space. I’m in no hurry, only excited about being able to spread out. My desire to make larger pieces finally outweighed my comfort of working in my pajamas [...]
Tue, Jul 22, 2014
Source: Shana Kohnstamm
Bindweed7-14
I admit, this beauty is slowly strangling some of our garden plants. Yet I can only make myself pull off a few vines, because the cascades of white flowers are so lovely. One person's weed is another's glorious flower. A few years ago I created a collage in honor of the lowly bindweed. It's a relative of the Morning Glory, which, just judging by name alone, gets all the glory, while the lowly bindweed is hated by gardeners everywhere. (A sure sign I'm not much of a gardener!) If you'd like to see Aspiring to Glory (Bindweed I),  it's currently hanging at Handworks [...]
Tue, Jul 22, 2014
Source: Sticking to Art (Julia Berkley)
Earlier
The UNESCO World Heritage archeological site of Monte Alban never ceases to capture and hold my attention. I go there every time I host visitors to Oaxaca and each time there is something new that I notice or an area … → [...]
Mon, Jul 21, 2014
Source: Oaxaca Cultural Navigator
Clarity 1 bC
Always so dependable for ecoprints! Above silk, below cotton: In the shop now. [...]
Mon, Jul 21, 2014
Source: Arlee Barr
They look the same to me!I believe they called it dusting off my brain. I was being encouraged to try something new as a means of self expression, and I was holding back. My familiar fiber art skills are so comfortable to me that I can sometimes, when I am felting late at night, almost feel like I am creating in my sleep. "Dust off my brain!" seems a bit drastic, doesn't it? Perhaps I am relating more to the popular "Step out of your comfort zone". Whatever happens to motivate me, this new series has already been named: Step [...]
Mon, Jul 21, 2014
Source: Nestle and Soar
Most of the time I am working on multiple projects. This way I can vary different techniques. For the last 6 weeks I have been working on this tree:It is grey lutradur with a batting under it. And as you can see on this detail photo it is not my normal technique, but I have been hand embroidering this one.When it was hanging on the design wall it was easy to add the branches to it, but when that was done I moved it over to the place where I wanted it. It is now glued onto a door in [...]
Mon, Jul 21, 2014
Source: Wil Opio Oguta
Do you remember my sakabukura bag...? ...the one I made for myself to look like a cool walk in the woods, a hot night in antiquity, a flourless chocolate torte? That's right, I take it everywhere. I've downsized my take-with-me neccessities to what fits comfortably in my sakabukura. It was easy. And you know what--I don't miss my first-aid kit, the tackle box, the hammer, the fire-extinguisher. ...a little trip to Germany's Tuscany, a place both tranquil and utterly joyfully hedonistic. Monday mornings, before I go to the factory, I hang my bag up in the cellar [...]
Mon, Jul 21, 2014
Source: LaTouchables
article
Awhile back, Trish Johnson wrote an article for the Canadian magazine “A Needle Pulling Thread” which showcased all of the Canadian rugs that were in Rug Hooking Magazine’s Celebration book last year.  There were 8 of us in it from Canada and a whopping 6 of us were from Ontario!! Well, the magazine is finally out and the article looks great!  I haven’t been able to get my hands on a paper copy yet but I did find it digitally (so this is a photo of my computer screen and hence not the greatest photo).   Very exciting to be in this publication and [...]
Mon, Jul 21, 2014
Source: Marzipan Road
Image
Aidan who is nearly 8 years old spent the night with us on Saturday and one of the many things we did together was make this art quilt. I took his photo first in the woods and transferred it to fabric. Then I got him setup to make some of his own art to go with the wooded scenery. He used inktense pencils, and leaf stamps and paints. We even mixed some of our own colors! After he was finished and the paint dried I tried to combine the parts in an interesting way and I sewed it [...]
Mon, Jul 21, 2014
Source: Christine Predd
I took this picture this afternoon because I wanted to say I love doing weaverly things. I was happy, doing things I was meant to do. Except sometimes, or more often than some times, experience, and words, fail me. I suspected I might not have enough of the mid-blue for the middle stripe seen in yesterday's post, so I had a dull yellow for standby. It turned out I didn't have enough for the two narrow stripes on the sides, but also not enough gray also, so I had to readjust and vary the width of the stripes a bit. [...]
Mon, Jul 21, 2014
Source: Meg Weaves
From Hokett Would Work
Today's blog post: Lease stick holders from Hokett Would Work This is how things looked after getting the warp on the beam and before tying to old warp. I’m sure others can do this whole warping and tying on to an old warp in a much neater way. Maybe I’ll be able to do it also after another few dozen efforts, because I learn something NOT to do every time. Before all the tying of warp ends, here’s what it looked like. A little less chaotic. The lease sticks had been inserted into the old warp and placed into the lease stick holders. [...]
Mon, Jul 21, 2014
Source: Sherri Woodard Coffey
So a good night's rest and a cup of strong latte this morning has made me clear headed again! I am at the Fletcher Farm Art School in Ludlow, Vt. It is a lovely place to teach. My stamping on fabric class is small so the students are moving at lightening speed! They cut and carved all day yesterday and briefly started painting. Today they can work at their leisure painting and making more stamps. These classroom spaces are in a very large, old barn. The basket making class is next to ours. [...]
Mon, Jul 21, 2014
Source: Cheryl Rezendes
Overlooking the Oaxaca valley at the top of the Santa Maria Atzompa hill is the pottery studio of Angelica Delfina Vasquez Cruz.  She has been recognized as one of the great masters of Oaxaca folk art by Fomento Cultural Banamex, … → [...]
Sun, Jul 20, 2014
Source: Oaxaca Cultural Navigator

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