Well, I was moving along great, eating better and exercising more, getting the blood pressure and weight back in check, when I got totally sideswiped by shingles. It smacked me in the right side of my head and the swelling in my lip was so bad my husband accused me of getting Botox-ed. This nasty virus is not conducive to being creative but I want to be! I’m still on the mend but I’m so thankful for an awesome doctor and science-based medicine and that is all I will say about that!
My Mister and I were enjoying a walk at Lake Murray not too long ago when he noticed this single cactus apple and of course it being February it looked to me like a heart, (the two halves that come together to make one). We were married shortly after Valentine’s Day many moons ago and so that is when we celebrate love’s special day but it seems I always get heart shaped fiber art ideas around this time of year. Not being 100% has caused me to refocus; some ideas just don’t work out when one isn’t feel all there. But here is a little February fiber art anyhow. Have a lovely month!
I’m happy to let you know that my video – “How to Make a Painted and Quilted Poinsettia Wall Hanging” is up on YouTube! It is three videos that include thirteen sections from how to stiffen the fabric, to painting and quilting, to attaching the branch for hanging. I used the quilled fabric beads from my previous video lesson for the poinsettia center.
I hope you will check out my YouTube channel and take a look at my new and older videos. And if you do – Thanks for watching and thanks too for visiting my blog.
As I mentioned recently we have had windy, rainy weather and that means a lot of palm fronds have sailed to the ground all over town. This reminded me to share the little art quilt below. A while ago I was experimenting with a piece of my hand painted fabric that had been treated with Terial Magic Spray Stabilizer and then put through a pasta machine. The experiment was a failure but I decided rather than waste the fabric I would try to make a small art quilt using it. Once I started working with the fabric I kept thinking it reminds me of something but I couldn’t put my finger on it… until my Mister and I were walking at the bay. There I saw a piece of fallen palm frond and as soon as I saw it I said out loud “That’s it!” When the strands of fiber separate they make thinner, thread like strands running perpendicular and that is exactly what I got when I pulled the fabric apart.
The tentative title is The Wind Dancers…Notice I hand embroidered tiny leaves, ballet shoes, and then French knots on a skirt of silk. So much fun! It makes me think of a forest of trees swaying in the wind.
The Wind Dancers – detail
Sometimes failures bring on happy endings… Have you resurrected what you thought was a failed piece only to rework it into a happy ending?
I was having a hard time working in the studio and decided it was time to clear away the clutter and make an enjoyable work environment again.
The advantage of having the space I have is there are many places to store things… the disadvantage of having the space I have it that there are too many places to shove things!
And shove I did, until reaching for anything caused an avalanche and finding what I was looking for took precious time away from making art.
So the other day I brought in a six foot table and took everything out of one side of one cabinet. Tossed, sorted, filled and labeled containers. Cleared off the design table and one of the sewing tables. There is still half of the room and the quilting machine table to clear (I know there is a machine under there somewhere!) but already I feel better and I’m off to sandwich a quilt!
I hope you have a peaceful and happy place to spend this New Year do what you love! Quilting Away, Ann
We have a rainy day and because it is winter solstice (the shortest day of the year here), I decide to share a few photos… I have been slightly obsessed with shadows lately. It was a fun surprise to happen upon the rock out in the garden. The design was made by the sun and a metal chair – I love it. I feel an art quilt coming on!
This is “A Clear Necessity”, my entry to Quilt for Change – “Water is Life: Clean Water and Its Impact on the Lives of Women and Girls around the World.” I’m excited to tell you that it has been selected to be part of the Quilt Challenge Exhibit which is scheduled to open at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland in March 2016. Once again my art is traveling more than I ever will… but I’m okay with that!
All but the cheesecloth are my hand painted fabrics.
The earth fabric was made with a flour resist and then wax pastel over that. The bean is made from the drop cloth cotton fabric that I always place under my (painted) pole wrapped (arashi) pieces to catch the drips (often creating wonderful and surprising fabric!)
Ages ago I made this door decoration and used it for years. I’m sorry I don’t have a better photo but it was long before digital cameras. I remember it being fun to make and I loved that it was different from the usual round wreath. Just a tree branch, a couple large sleigh bells, ribbon, tiny pine cones, and little decor flower bits!
I like that celebrating Winter Solstice is more inclusive and for the past couple years this has been our wreath. What, if anything, is on your front door and I wonder if you have a decoration on your door all year round? I like that idea!
I have been have fun in the studio creating a this new piece. Soon I will be offering the online step by step lessons for creating this pretty poinsettia wall hanging (painting, stitching, and more) . I’ll teach how to make the flower center fabric beads too. The techniques could be used to make any flower or most any design…. For any season!
I’m working on some new online lessons which will include handmade fabric bead flower centers, free motion quilted poinsettia, and painting the poinsettia. Each of these techniques is accomplished using fabric treated with Terial Magic spray stabilizer. Here is a sneak peek of the poinsettia in progress.
Poinsettia on fabric
I look forward to sharing more about this project with you soon!
I have been quilting for over twenty years. The last several years I have focused on creating quilted fiber art and hand painted fabric. I have also enjoyed sharing and teaching my original techniques and designs.
I love to cut things up - fabric, glass, tile, stone - and put them back together in new ways. See more of my work on my website: www.fiberdesignsbyann.com