Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Ready for Their Close-Ups!

Like so many people, I'm bustling around preparing for Christmas. But I thought I'd
 take a moment to share close-up photos of some of the pictures I did 
for a recent exhibit.


Fused fabric, French knots, favorite colors of mine...


Fused fabrics, beading and French knots...




Fused fabrics, hand embroidery and beading...




Fused fabrics and beading...


More fused fabrics and hand embroidery!

These pictures are very small - most are about 5 inches wide.
I was looking for a way to allow them to stand up on a shelf, without 
using an easel, so I decided to experiment with some of the clear plastic
frameless frames I had around the house. 
I made the picture, mounted on black felt, a bit larger than the frame,
then stitched a second piece of felt to the back, leaving the bottom unstitched.
It formed a pocket to slip over the whole frame, leaving only the 
plastic stand showing!


Here are a few in a little grouping on my kitchen counter!
Just a little pop of color!


Thanks for visiting!
Hope you are enjoying the season and are not too stressed!

Smiles...
     Judy



Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Hello Again!

I feel like I've been largely absent from the blogging world lately, which is a shame. I've made such good friends here and I don't want to lose all of you! Recently I've been preparing for an exhibit which took place last weekend. When I'm engrossed in creating new work I tend to isolate myself and become super-focused, to the point where laundry and grocery shopping, blogging and emailing take second place in my mind. I really need to find a balance!


I decided to try something different for this show, which was put on by our Arts Collaborative. I made some small pieces that stand alone on their own little easels. There is a lot of detail in each of these, and I like the way they provide a little pop of color on a shelf or ledge and brighten up a dark corner.


You can see how small they are in this photo of my exhibit space. I really do love small things!


Here is one picture which sold, with french knot foliage and fused fabric details. The vase of flowers above is tiny, and I'm glad it didn't sell, because it makes me smile when I see it on a ledge in my kitchen.  I'll share more close-ups of other pieces in future posts.

Now that the show is over, I'm back to getting ready for Christmas and the Holidays, which are coming up soon. I'll be coming over to check out your blogs. Hope everyone is doing well!! Take care...

Smiles...
     Judy

Saturday, November 22, 2014

New Work

Is anyone finding, as I am, that November is slipping by very quickly? Where do the days go? I'm doing some new work, but here are a few more photos of the pieces I completed recently for an artisan show.

My photos are not great - sorry! This picture is mounted on white linen and 
is made with fabric, hand embroidery, beading, trims and machine stitching.


This little tree sold quickly. I used similar materials on it, 
with the addition of painted green lace in the foreground.


This piece has a lot of machine stitching and hand painted fabric for the sky.
It was framed with a black frame and also sold.


I love purple and this is my favorite piece from this group.
Terrible photo! I must make a little photo booth - I've seen some on Pinterset!


I'm working out a simpler method of mounting pictures and I'll share it with
you soon. Meanwhile, here's a photo of me at that last show. You can see here that 
the linen borders were very crisp, and outlined with black chenille yarn.


Hope you're enjoying your weekend and not too stressed out preparing for
Thanksgiving next week. We are keeping ours simple this year!

A friend of mine passed away this year - very suddenly - 
and I always loved the way he ended his Facebook posts. In memory of 
Joe Donovan, a very sweet guy, I'm going to end my blog posts the same way.

Have a good week.

Smiles...
     Judy

Monday, November 10, 2014

My Heart's Desire

Ever since I was a little girl, I've wanted to be an artist. It truly was my heart's desire and I wasted many years thinking it could never be so. Recently, while talking with an artist friend, I was telling her about the intense time I had just gone through,making fiber art pictures for a show I was about to be part of. For several weeks I had immersed myself in making art and it was exhilarating. The show was wonderful, I sold some pictures, and it felt good to have accomplished a goal. 
As I spoke with my friend, I had one of those "aha!" moments we all have now and then. It dawned on me that this art-making, this drawing, this designing, this sewing, this creating is my passion. I knew that I loved it, but I suddenly realized what a gift it is to have such an avid interest that brings so much pleasure, right at my fingertips. So that must mean, I am after all, an artist. Aha!!

This is one of the pieces I had in the show. It has a wet felted and needle felted background.


I used needle felting and hand embroidery, plus a few beads, for embellishment.


I then sewed it on to white linen, edged the picture with some yarn trim,


and stretched it over a piece of mat board and backed it with felt.

I have a few more pictures from the exhibit to share later. Meanwhile, 
thanks for being patient with my long absences from this blog, and thank you for stopping by!

Have a wonderful week! 

Friday, October 24, 2014

Embroidery Class

 I'm still working away on pieces for the artisan show I'll be part of next weekend, but for now I wanted to show some photos of the "Drawing With Stitches" class I'm taking right now.  We've learned a few hand embroidery stitches and each person is working on a project of her choice. This blackwork piece is being done by our instructor, Amy Ropple, freehand, with no pattern. Beautiful!


Two people, AnnMarie and Amy, are making designs using only French knots.



Barbara is working on a Celtic knot design with beautifully 
muted colors and intricate stitches.


Rosalie is embroidering an apple on black felt - this is an early photo.


There are two other members of the class, SooKhim and Barbara,
 but I didn't get good photos of their work - hopefully I'll get more soon.

I'm working on an embroidery of a little drawing I did - of course I had to add a cat!



Cairo, our instructor's parrot, visited the class and
I was lucky enough to have a visit with him! He sat on my hand for several minutes!


As always, we have a lot of laughs in our classes and I feel
fortunate to be part of them!

Hope you've had a great week!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Landscapes in Process

Today was a full day of designing, preparing and sewing landscapes.
 I feel like I have a handle on the pieces I'll be offering
 in the local show on November 1.



I have many of the pieces pinned up on some foam core on the mantle
 in our living room. I'm preparing white linen borders for all of them. 
Hopefully my system will work and I can get them mounted
 assembly line style. And, of course, I need to add more details
(such as leaves) to some of the pictures. 


Time to quit for the day, make dinner and rest my eyes!

Hope you've had a very good day!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Isolation by Choice


This was me yesterday, working on landscapes on the porch,
grateful for sliding doors to keep curious critters out.
The sign was for my husband, although I'm pretty sure my
cats can read. They are very gifted!

Hope you're having a wonderful day!