Sunday, October 19, 2014

Bertie's Winter Wall Hanging

Skating Around

Winter Heart
Sleigh Ride


When I was in Calgary this summer, I went to a fabric shop called Out of Hand.  I saw their monthly sample of "Bertie's Winter" wall hanging - by Folk Art Designs. The finished size should be 28" x 34".   So I naturally signed up.  There were four packages/parts - total of 5 designs that make up the wall hanging.  They supplied the pattern & material - I did the cutting, appliquéing and some basic embroidery.  The first 4 are ready - 1 more to embroider and then I can put them together.  Then buttons & beadwork will be added.

Hopefully I can get it ready before the first snowfall.

Oops, just realized that I forgot to fix the star in Skating Around before I put it together...

Thursday, October 16, 2014

October 11th

October 11th was a workshop at the Gimli Art Club on Acrylics & Oils given by Melanie Rocan.  We were supposed to illustrate a piece of fabric.  Started with the background in acrylics - blending purples,  reds, whites, etc.  Let it dry over the lunch hour.  After lunch, we were to use oils (water based oils) on top.  I tried to create the fabric pattern - but started using the fan brush and mostly blended all the colours in.  Created a very abstract look - tried to get a picture, but came out too dark - will try another, brighter, time.

October 6 & 7, 2014

 October 6 & 7 at the Gimli Art Club was a 2-day workshop with Pippi Johnson - working with Abstract Acrylics.

She had us work on developing our 'strings' of colour - mixing up the colours before starting the painting.  Painting using the analagous colour wheel and complementary colours and the triad on the colour wheel.

My Apple - looking at the various tones, using only red, blue & yellow mixings.

My Rooster  - what can I say...

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Watercolour & Pen

I started painting when I retired.  Taking lessons at our local art club.  I have enjoyed the process, but I know that I will never be a great painter.  I have yet to frame one of my paintings and put it up on display in the art club.

Saturday, September 20, 2014 Charmaine Watt came to our art club and presented a workshop on Watercolour & Pen.  She provided the drawing, so this is not an original piece of art - but it is one of the few paintings that I have actually finished.  I really enjoyed this process and I will use this technique again.

I have promised myself to complete more of the paintings I work on and to put them on this website.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Sumptuous Surfaces Monotones

I have been taking the Sumptuous Surfaces Embroidery course from Sharon Boggon at Pintangle - this was the last time she was teaching this course online, so I had to take it.  Over a six week period students are guided through the process of developing their own design,  as well as being introduced to techniques used in freeform textured hand embroidery.

Students are encouraged to create their own design and make one or two small hand embroidered panels. Sharon suggests students work on fabric postcards as this size enables students to complete a small design exercise. However if people want to work larger it is their choice.
This was my project for part one of the course - Sharon gave us notes on where to look for design ideas and how to develop them using composition, shape, geometrical and organic shape, space, handling positive and negative space, scale, density, weight, line, movement, direction and texture. Key principals of design are covered in order to develop a design for a monotone piece of embroidery.  
Mine is 6 x 6 and is representing my granddaughter running & jumping on the beach.
I also joined the Flickr group of other Sumptuous Surface members -

Monday, May 5, 2014

Embroidered Birds

For my Easter display this year - I made these embroidered felt birds (had great plans for making lots more, but ran out of time…).  I had them hanging from a branch.

My Shiny Happy World had these two lovely patterns this year - these are created from her Flora and Daisy patterns.  I enjoyed creating these - maybe next year I will make a few more.  My daughter has already snaffled one of them...

Under the Stars Quilt

Quilt Front
Quilt Back

I just completed this "Under the Stars" quilt in March, although I started it last year.  It is from a Craftsy workshop and I used the recommended 36 Fossil Fern fabrics - I do so love Fossil Ferns!!

It measures 64" x 80" and is machine sewn and machine top quilted.  My daughter has just purchased their first home and this was their 'congratulations on your new home' gift.  They love it.