Thursday, May 13, 2021

NO GAS....GUESS I'LL SEW!

Now that Covid restrictions have eased, we are again isolated in our homes without gas to travel anywhere. 78% of gas stations in NC are w/o gas, and that figure was as the evening of the 12th. There is none to be found here in the mountains. What's a gal to do?? Oh ya.....how about continuing work on the lap quilt for our son's family.....they need longer ones for the males in the family. Dashes of earth colors punctuate the black and white fabrics....many are fussy cut to highlight interesting motifs. 



Friday, May 7, 2021

NIGHT SKY

I was so pleased to receive a commission to create two small pieces in my silhouette series.  This is the 2nd piece.  The buyer expressed a desire to include a black lab in each....which was easy to do since we have our own black lab that we love. 

NIGHT SKY -  13" x 13"
Hand-dyed cotton, layered sheers, Ultra-suede, hand appliqued, hand embroidered, and hand beaded.


Note - this is the first one:   
SHOOTING STARS  - 13" X 13"
Hand-dyed cotton, layered sheers, Ultra-suede, hand appliqued, hand embroidered, and hand beaded.


TAKING PRECAUTIONS

One of the many perks that came my way while I was a full time instructor on the quilting highway, was the generosity of the many businesses that supported our industry.

20-25 years ago hand-dyed fabrics were rather new.....small companies popped up and were eager to share their products.  Now I work mostly with my own, but coming across two dozen bundles of gradations of a variety of colors in my stash perked my curiosity.  What could I do with them?

I realized from past experience that most of these fabrics probably had never been washed more than a casual rinsing, (not so much the case now with dyers).  

The project I had in mind was for a family member and would certainly require washing from time to time.  So before I began, I selected two colorways to test.

Sure enough, they bled like crazy......and I spent the rest of the day washing and pressing as many bundles as I expected to use.

You all know how time consuming that can be, especially when many were 6" squares.....  But it was necessary and so now...let the designing begin!



Saturday, May 1, 2021

COMMISSION!!

I've been hunkered down......working away on a commission for a pair of small art quilts...in my silhouette series. I purposely have stayed away from 'developing a series". Of course working in a series can be very helpful for artists looking for their own voice and to refine techniques and ideas. And honestly, I am sure I could benefit, it's just that after 30+ years as a professional in the quilt world, not to mention my age, it's not how I want to spend my time. My choice is to just get on with whatever ideas come into my head. My work is now made strictly for sale and it's clear (at least in this area) that one needs a variety of color, size, themes, style, and prices in order to stay out of the red.

1 of 2 is now complete and framed: SHOOTING STARS - 13" x 13" - Hand-dyed cotton, layered sheers, Ultra-Suede, hand appliqued, embroidered, & beaded. 

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

A NONE FIBER RELATED POST!

As we ramble along, realizing we are now officially senior citizens our food choices become even more important given our less active lives.  We've been chatting about air fryers for a long time.....but after reading reviews....we were lukewarm about actually making the switch from the occasional use of our deep fryer to this new fangled appliance.

Today at our 'in person' PTA (Professional Fiber Art group) our hostess Barbara recently bought one and gave us a 15 min. demo making tater tots (a fav. of 'the husband') and french fries.
 


WOW.....Impressive!  Besides the unhealthy aspect of deep frying the mess is such a negative.  I was not terribly impressed with the french fries....feeling they were too dried out...but I imagine timing could fix that. However, tater tots were just like out of the deep fryer.  Will one of these fryers be coming to our home.....not sure yet......stay tuned.

Friday, April 23, 2021

SPRING FLING IN THE MOUNTAINS

 Our recent large car club outing was enjoyable, despite the cold weather, rain, & fog!  So......a few of decided to repeat the same route in reverse.  It was a sunny day, chill was still in the air.  There were permanent grins on the faces of the guys as they threaded their 'machines' along the S curved roads.  It's a bit early for most of the trees to be leafed out, so our views were nearly uninterrupted.  Bliss.....



Thursday, April 22, 2021

ATTENTION EMAIL FOLLOWERS OF THIS BLOG

 Blogger has announced that Feedburner's service, which sends you emails of my posts, is being discontinued.  I'm trying to find another option so your messages with my posts is not disrupted.  This is the case for anyone using Blogger's email subscription service......shortly you will no longer receive automatic emails.

If anyone can help me by pointing me to where I find "Analyze & Select Subscribers" to start the process of finding a replacement it will be much appreciated.  It the first step in their instructions to set up something new but I can not find it anywhere.....not on blogger and not on Feed Burner...  HELP....

Personally, I use Vienna an RSS reader for all my feeds.  It's an app that when opened, lists all my subscriptions in one place.  So much more convenient than getting contant emails or hopping from site to site. Learn about it here. 

Feedly is another free service, both are easy to set up and use.

You may wish to explore these options for not only my blog, but other sites you read.  In the meantime if anyone can guide me through the process of getting my subscribers list, I'll try to set up a seamless email notitication for you.

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!


Saturday, March 13, 2021

PTA RETURNS.....Show and Tell after 1 year!

 After moving to the Asheville area and being invited to join PTA - Professional Textile Artists, I became the official planner of our annual retreats.

Exactly one year ago we completed our 12th retreat, the next day the Covid pandemic became official and we began lockdown.  We couldn't imagine then that we wouldn't see each other without social distancing & masks for one solid year.  (During that time we only had two small outdoor, fully masked, and social distanced short gatherings.)  We are all mostly huggers and buddy, buddy and found that type of meeting terribly difficult.

Most of us are older and are now fully vaccinated.  Hurray!!  So, those that could attend, met at Georgia Bonesteel's on a beautiful summer like warm sunny day.  Honestly, the FREEDOM of being with our pals again was so darn welcome. 

Here's our first show and tell of 2021:

Our Asheville Quilt Guild has a project to supply 40" sq. quilts to a "transition" facility for Moms & kids.......specific colors such as purple were requested.  This is Barbara's contribution. 
She also made this wonderful split nine-patch.  I love how her color choices created the effect of the bow-tie pattern. 
Dort makes the most fun story quilts.  She's back designing small 'bad dog' pieces.  We just love them!


Georgia is donating this small Trip Around The World piece for the Asheville Guild's project.  It's based on her clever method of creating this design from her new book. "Scrap Happy Quilts".  Yes, she has a NEW book and you can purchase a signed copy at her website.

Friday, March 12, 2021

CELEBRATING REAGAN

Now that Reagan's baby quilt has been delivered, I can share this photo. Made for my newest relative, a great niece!  What fun it was to work with such bright colors and who doesn't love polka dots??

40" x 40"

Tuesday, March 9, 2021

CATCHING THE MOON

The only time I created pieces that were nearly clones of themselves were samples for my many quilting cruises/tours in order to provide visual options for the participants.  

However, over the last couple of years I've been drawn to working with simplistic silhouette designs. This piece is similar to a recent one.......and an example of why for years, beads were included in most of my work. Oh those wonderful bright shiny objects!!!

CATCHING THE MOON 
 Art - 13" x 9"  - Framed - 18" x 14"
Hand-dyed cottons, machine applique, hand embroidery, hand beaded.

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

BABY QUILT

 Gosh, it's been awhile since I've posted.....now a full year of Covid has past & still time seems to both drag and fly by.  Is that happening in your life too?

Yet, of course I've been busy.  This appx. 40" polka dot patchwork was pieced late last fall in anticipation of a new arrival in our family.  I was waiting for the birthdate and name of my grand niece before personalizing it for her baby quilt.

I'm hard at work now and should have it finished very soon.....till then.....I'm also celebrating receiving my 2nd Covid vaccine and feel a lighter skip in my steps!



Thursday, February 25, 2021

FIBER ART FOR SALE

 With galleries still not fully open, I'm continuing to reduce my inventory directly through my social media. The special prices on my blog shop with free shipping will remain in effect through Feb. 28th.

The 3 pieces listed in this post have been meticulously stitched and wrapped onto a canvas covered display frame. All my canvas framed pieces are fully finished with fabric backing as shown in the photo example below. The pieces can be hung on a wall or displayed on a table top easel. (Easel not included)



"FOCUS ON NATURE" - 14" x 11" - $98. A colorful textured covered handmade work of art. This unique piece began with the artist's deconstructed screen printed silk noil, embellished with hours of hand beading, hand embroidery, and features a beaded cage & fringe surrounding a beautiful agate.


Close-up


"PURPLE AGATE" - 10" x 8" - $98. A unique hand-made work of art. This visual treat begins with artist's made marbled cotton fabric, embellished with hours of hand beading, embroidery, and features a bead caged agate.

Close-up
Back view
Side view


"WAVELENGTH" - 10" x 8" - $75. Lovely soft color with subtle details are the features of this unique hand-made work of art. The piece began with my ice-dyed wool, embellished with hand beading, hand embroidery, and features an elaborately beaded/fused/embossed pottery disc.




Free shipping on these pieces through March, 2021. Payment via Paypal or other options can be discussed. All pieces will be very carefully packaged and shipped via USPS, the next business day whenever possible. Smoke free home, US sales only.