Saturday, April 17, 2021

"PLAY TIME"

 Creating small silhouette art quilts continues to intrigue me. Here's my newest piece.

PLAY TIME SOLD

Art: 13.75" x 8" - Framed: 18" x 12".  

Artist's hand-dyed cotton, Ultra-suede, layered sheers, machine & hand appliqué, machine & hand embroidered, hand beaded. One-of-a-kind - Original design.

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

"INDIGO" - FEATURING VINTAGE SHWE SHWE FABRIC

Who doesn't love indigo and white....rare vintage fabrics with a modern twist.


Example of pairing the art quilt in a mid-century Modern setting.

"INDIGO" - 37" x 37" - Made from hard to find rare authentic vintage Shwe Shwe; South African Indigo dyed cottons by "Three Cats" for London's Spruce Manufacturing Company. This material has been printed with the 'block and discharge' method which began to flourish in 1652 in the Port of Good Hope. Machine pieced & quilted. Faced edges & prepared for hanging with fabric sleeve.
Now available, free shipping. US sales only. $275





Thursday, April 8, 2021

GIRL ON SWING

I just completed framing my newest piece and happily it's already found a new home.  Working with silhouette images is so inspiring to me!! Already have another idea....whoop, whoop!!!

GIRL ON SWING 
13" X 13" - Framed
Hand-dyed cottons, layered sheers, machine applique & embroidery, hand embroidery & beaded.


Detail

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

ALWAYS WORKING ON SOMETHING NEW

For quite awhile now I've gravitated toward silhouette images....here's another one underway. 


Monday, April 5, 2021

LIVING LIFE FORWARD

As I study some of our pictures, it's now understandable that it wasn't until we were 56 that we learned we were actually identical twins, confirmed by DNA testing.  Most of the time people could tell us apart but sometimes no so much.

Happy Birthday....I miss you........




               Nancy Theobald Willmas       -    Mary Theobald Stori

                   1946 - 2002                              1946 - 

Thursday, April 1, 2021

STACKED TILES

NEW WORK NOW COMPLETED..... 

STACKED TILES

47.5” x 47.5” © Mary Stori

AVAILABLE HERE

113 cotton Japanese print patches, no two alike.

Featuring flat piping, machine pieced and quilted. Prepared for hanging.



Friday, March 26, 2021

MOVING RIGHT ALONG

The stitching is now complete....and it was quickly slapped onto the design wall, not for it's formal portrait, esp. since it's very crooked, but I wanted it out of the way while I arranged the backing and batting on my cutting table in preparation for basting. 

Over the last couple of years I've created many Japanese inspired art quilts but this color scheme is new for me.....what a pleasure to work with unfamiliar colors.  Yes, it's my version of the traditional Chinese Coins, of which I've made two previous pieces.  Both sold so I it seemed sensible to go with success!

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

AUDITIONING FABRICS

Now that my commission piece is finished, my attention snapped right to a large box of small pieces of beautiful Japanese fabrics, way too lovely not to figure out how to utilize them. 

My current thinking is it will be arranged in a 'Japanese' Coin setting....taking the idea from the historic Chinese Coin pattern.  It's been a bit challenging to coordinate color and pattern, many of these prints are VERY busy.  Yet, I'm am moving right along and enjoying the process.

Saturday, March 20, 2021

STUDIO

I've had my nose to the grindstone......or should I say my beading frame as I work hard on a commission.  Because a knee replacement is hanging over my head, my focus now is to finish this new piece. (Though I'm hoping that won't be necessary, as I'd be a terrible patient....due to my impatience!)

So with no public projects I can share, I decided to share some of my studio storage ideas.

Beads and more beads.....stored in dozens of plastic compartment containers.
Plastic covered containers hold my felting supplies.  

This vintage library card file with its individual drawers serves as my  thread storage.
I've collected old wooden boxes forever. Here's just one of many with divided spaces that works well for a vareity of items.
I'm also fond of antique ladders...and have several in my studio....baskets contain the items and hide the mess.
This large oak dental cabinet is where I store fusibles, interfacing, stencils etc.
An old knife block has been recycled to hold scissors.

How do you store your sewing supplies?

Sunday, March 14, 2021

NEEDLE FELTING BOOKCOVERS

Wet felting has always been my preferred method over needle felting....which actually is suprising since I'm such a neat-nick and don't usually like messy techniques.  

After noticing how many curls, strands, etc. of wool roving that have accumulated in my stash, I set out to come up with ideas how to utilize them. 




Since one of my staples of small items for sale at the gallery are composition book covers, it's a good place to start.  The base of the grey one is a National Nonwoven product, the red is 100% wool.  They measure  9.75" x 7.5".  Happy with outcome and I'll be creating more!