Tuesday, October 21, 2014

BEFORE THE SNOW FLIES

Upon moving to the mountains and with great determination, 'the husband' and I vowed to explore the outdoors on a regular basis.  Though we faithfully walk each day.....it's almost always in our own subdivision.  Sigh.....
 Recently, we learned about a hidden waterfall in the Pisgah National Forest, off the beaten path....really off the beaten path!  After a very bumpy drive along unmarked roads, following written instructions that almost read like ' turn left at the big rock, directly after a sharp right curve....' (You get the picture) we got to the dead end and headed out on foot.   
 This was the reward!
 But I didn't ignore the gems along the way......
The hike was a tad challenging because of the numerous steep berms to navigate.....making me wish I'd have brought my walking stick!  Our black lab was in a frenzy with happiness being out in the woods.....she turned into a great sled dog.....pulling me up the steep mounds....really, she did!
video
I could listen to this all day......it's a very short video if you are interested.

The studio beckons.......we'll visit again very soon. 

Monday, October 20, 2014

PACKER WIN, PACKERS WIN

It hardly gets better......a crisp fall day, the Packer game on TV, and a brilliant and skilled win.....    Packers 38 - Carolina 17

Sorry....no fiber related posting today as it was difficult trying to accomplish much stitching while watching cheering our team on.



Sunday, October 19, 2014

PATIENCE & PERSISTENCE PAYS OFF

After redoing the beadwork....the agate is firmly and beautifully attached!


20 MINUTES TO GAME TIME...........GO PACKERS GO!!!!!!!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

PATIENCE REQUIRED!!!

Attaching agate slices to my projects with beads has become one of my favorite techniques.
 While most would pass on purchasing such a stone....having a hole in it provides more creative opportunities.

 Just when I thought I had conquered this technique....yesterday, I had to admit defeat.  The edges of this stone slice angled downward (instead of straight) and were unusually uneven.  

I misjudged the spacing on the beginning rounds of beadwork.....assuming it could be pulled tight when the last rounds were added (decreasing the number of beads to allow the 'bead cage' to encase the stone.)

The problem was actually apparent early on but I sort of liked the wavy affect along the edge, esp. since the background was marbled cotton.  However, since  these items are for sale, I couldn't risk that the agate would be held snugly enough in place.......
......So......after about 4-5 hours of beading....it only took 10 minutes to remove it.  Sure.....I'll try again.....

THINKING AHEAD TO TOMORROW......GO PACKERS!!!!!!!!  

Friday, October 17, 2014

FOLK ART FLOWERS PROEJCT COMPLETED

My creative time seems to be disappearing lately due to "life"....but I was able to complete a new piece which I blogged about here.

After the hand applique was done, the background was free-motioned machine quilted.  NOT a task I'm comfortable with nor think is fun to do.  But like so much in life....practice is the key, so who knows I may actually look forward to it in the future.
I'd marbled the cotton background awhile ago and combined it with hand-dyed wool which is not an approach I've used before.  This presented a difficult decision about the appropriate edging treatment. After trying many, many options, a facing turned out to be my choice.

However....once it was completed.....(above) it still didn't feel finished so rather than grabbing beads which is my usual solution, small wool squares were added along the two vertical sides.  Now it felt complete.

FOLK ART FLOWERS 20" X 13.5"  © 2014
Artist marbled cotton, hand-dyed wool, machine quilted,
hand embroidered applique.
(click photo to enlarge)

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

FELTED VESSEL - EMBELLISHED

Not long ago I made my first wet felted vessel....a small bowl/vase.

 As seen drying.
 So......I kept wondering whether beads would be a fitting touch.  For regular readers you already know the answer....the decision was yes.  Except for having to deal with the shape, the stitching process was effortless as the thread went through the felted wool like a hot knife through butter.  Not a surprise I guess!
It now feels finished!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

ANGEL GOWN GARMENT PROJECT

During my most recent teaching trip Shelley Dawson Hendershot made an announcement to her guild members. She introduced the Angel Gown Garment Project.
The organization is called NICU Helping Hands.  It is based in Fort Worth, Texas and lead by Lisa Grubbs. It was founded in 2010 to create "Family Support for Fragile Beginnings."  The Angel Gown Garments are only a tiny portion of the services they offer families.  The dresses began in 2013 because they recognized the overwhelming need to support families who lost a baby while in the hospital.  Volunteers all over the US turn bridal gowns into Angel Gown Garments. They make both boy and girl gowns in three tiny sizes.  We use bridal gowns because "There's something hopeful about that start of life, about a wedding, and to me, it's that full circle. This child who is so loved by their parents, being wrapped in love by a bride." ~Lisa Grubbs, Founder.

Here are some important links.....I encourage you to take a look and help if you can.  Their website and Facebook page will provide more details.

About Angel Gowns -   
 Sign up as a seamstress


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

FALL COLOR

Fall 2014....and a view of the antique log cabin on our property... 

Sunday, October 12, 2014

MIRACLE IN MIAMI!!!

GREEN BAY PACKERS 27 - MIAMI 24
YEAH......

I'm confident that I have a healthy heart.......what a game!!!

Saturday, October 11, 2014

A FALL COLORING BOOK

Fall is here and it's like looking at a box of crayons!