Thursday, February 16, 2017

Still Not Really Painting

I did use brushes again today but only to apply the used tea bags as background. I still haven't applied paint. Since we are going to be away over the holiday weekend, actual painting will have to wait until next week. This project has happened with no plan, so I hope I get a good idea by then!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Sort Of Painting Each Day

Somehow, I mixed up the order of my blog posts. This post is really the next step in my papier-mâché bowl (pictured drying a couple posts down). Actually, I had enough medium left to make a second small bowl, and they are now rock hard. I don't know how I'll paint them yet, but Gesso had to come first. I applied two layers, then was so tired that I quit for today (feeling my years ;). I'm showing the Gesso drying so you'll know I'm still "painting" something each day!

Painting a Little Each Day

Very little. An acrylic chin on handmade paper. ;)

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Not a Cake

This is an upside down papier-mâché bowl resting to dry on a real bowl being used as a form. It started as an empty cardboard egg carton ripped into small pieces soaked in water a few hours. Then the glop was kneaded into a more pulpy mixture with a bit of green food coloring and a few tbsp tacky glue. It may take days to dry and finally be ready for painting. We shall see!

Thursday, February 9, 2017

In The Closet

Here is another old and faded piece that hangs in my sewing room closet. It was put together the same way as my Asian girl below. Pieces of fabric were cut and assembled with machine applique. My 6 year old daughter (now 31) had a scene in mind, and this 18"x18" piece came to be. Might this be considered painting with fabric?

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Firmly Rooted

At the risk of not everyone feeling the impact of this photo, I post it here anyhow. As many of you have taught me, art is everywhere!

Friday, February 3, 2017

First Appliqué Piece

This 27"x 24" piece hangs inside my sewing room closet. I made it in the late 1980s, and the dark blue binding has completely faded. I had no pattern, but wanted to make something like a piece I admired in a local quilt shop window. I plunged in by cutting fabrics from my stash and somehow designed the figure, then I zig-zagged it all down on inexpensive low thread-count muslin. I did the meander quilting by hand when I had no idea what meandering even meant. The figure is surely not meant to be realistic, or she would have longer legs!

Monday, January 30, 2017

Mini-Quilt From Swap Partner

Isn't this a lovely mini-quilt? My partner didn't even know I was a July "Moonchild" baby. The stars are tiny buttons. It measures about 20" square and looks great on my sewing room quilt rack!

Monday, January 23, 2017

More Fingerless Gloves

These are random colors of my hand-spun yarn, some Merino wool and some Alpaca. I could never knit fingers, but maybe mittens. Next winter!

Friday, January 20, 2017

Is this Full Enough?

My hands don't want to do very much these days, but I did manage to spin some yarn onto my drop-spindle. I'm thinking I should take this off the spindle before continuing. I have at least a half-bag of wool to go, and I don't want to struggle with the spindle becoming too full. Especially for "Kathyinozarks", this is Romney wool. I know you are surprised I bought more of that, but it's not dyed and spins more easily.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Little Pretties

Sometimes I like to include these with my mini-quilt swaps. They are corsage pins from a craft store (or vintage hat pins) decorated with beads from my stash. I use clear "Glossy Accents" and ear-ring backings to hold the beads in place. They look so lovely in a pin cushion!

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Hand-spun and Knitted

The yarn was spun on my drop spindle from Merino wool roving, then knitted (after many restarts ;) into fingerless gloves. My daughter is wearing them and loves them!

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Bidding Adieu?

It seems something about Blogger affects all of us sooner or later. I've been lucky, but now I can't find a way to post photos from my IPad without the Blogger app that was recently retired. So friends, I'll leave my blog in place for now and keep up with the things all of you are doing. However, posting my own may come to be a thing of the past. I've had this blog for YEARS, not even sure how many. Comments still work though, so I can follow along and we can stay in touch! 

Friday, December 30, 2016

Still Spinning, Knitting, and Felting

I've kept my hands busy while trying to sort out a Blogger posting dilemma, and here are my two recent vessels. The white one is mostly Alpaca fiber mixed with a bit of dyed Merino sheep wool for the stripe. It's 5" across and 1 1/2" deep. The taller tan one is 100% natural Alpaca fiber (no dyeing) with the same dyed Merino stripe. Alpaca has become my favorite fiber to spin and knit because of its incredible softness. Plus, it felts into a cloud!

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Wintry Wishes

My wishes for a most joyous holiday season to all my blog-reading friends! This nostalgic photo always reminds me of winter and the Christmas season. My Grandfather walked to work everyday as switchman in the old wooden railroad tower along the Delaware River. Then we walked the same tracks to visit him on his job. I remember the row of large wooden switch handles in his small space at the top of the tower. To keep us busy, he shared paper, pencils, and carbon paper. It was like magic to see our drawings reproduced on the paper underneath the carbon paper! Do any of you also remember the "Choo-choo-choo" sound and whistle of steam engines?