Thursday, April 12, 2018

Fiber Junkies Collage - Pt. 2

Well, this really isn't part 2 as we're continuing 2 weeks later at our April meeting of Fiber Junkies. We decided to do some more experimenting on the art of collage this meeting.
 Denny finished the piece she started at the last meeting and it came out great.


She also went big this time and came with the background already prepared and in place. It was a wonderful collage of different fabrics including sheers, interesting papers and pattern pieces. The white area is where the focal point will go.
 Notice the pattern piece towards the top and the child-like doodle of a flower on top of the printed paper.
 Denny is creating a dressform out of various prints and solids. I believe she found the pattern in Susan Carlson's 2nd book on collage. Denny used a plastic film to draw a picture of the form which she then laid on top...it gives you a good feel as to what it will look like....proportions etc.
 She then used her Go Baby die cut machine....
 to cut different size flowers in prints and solids to fill in the negative space. She used Tacky glue on the back of each fabric to hold in place. There are many ways to put pieces down permanently - fusing etc. but this is quick, easy and very effective.
 Gen was working on a wonderful bird on canvas board....what a cute face (both Gen and the birds!)
 Mary had silkscreened this felt with adhesive and then applied foil to create a beautiful backdrop for the moon and trees....many more trees were added, allowing the moon to peek through.
 Me and my love for trees...found this great picture...which I enlarged in photoshop and printed off (in 4 sections).
 I used clear plastic to trace it, allowing me to see how it looked on top of the fabric.
 I also did a tracing of the trees on tracing paper so I could shade them with a charcoal pencil.



I laid the plastic film over the background fabric to make sure the bears would be peaking through the trees. I've used this plastic for years as a design tool. It's a heavier plastic easily found in chain sewing stores....often used as a plastic tablecloth...@ $3 a yard and worth its weight in gold. I will now go back and fill in the tree area with different fabrics...don't know if it qualifies as a collage but I'm liking it so far.
And meanwhile.... back at the ranch, Denny is busy cutting flowers and placing them on her fabric.
This was one happy looking piece...can't help but smile when you look at it...Anxious to see how this and all the others turn out. I have company coming on Sat for a week so my bears will have to be on hold for a while.
I am linked to Off the Wall Friday and Whoop Whoop Friday.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Fiber Junkies - Collage

Fiber Junkies met a while ago to experiment with collage techniques. I've been busy getting ready for company and left my posting go and then realized -  FJ was early this month and we would continue with collage....so a double post coming up.  We actually meet tomorrow ....here...
In the meantime...here's a quick catch-up....As in all our meetings, once we hit the studio, we don't want to leave so have switched our show and tell to "first thing" when we meet. Mary did this piece for her son who lives in San Francisco (map in background) and loves to ride his bicycle. I think it's a great piece (made of paper)
Mary made this piece out of her extensive Japanese fabric collection (which she inherited). Mary is not a lover of Japanese fabric but she has managed to make some beautiful pieces from it.
and another quilt from Mary...started at our most recent retreat the beginning of March.
Gosh...is she speedy !!
Here is Denny's latest piece made in a batik workshop. The workshop itself ran for a number of weeks, allowing time between each session for the fabric to dry and cure before adding the next layer.
It's absolutely amazing to see....we had her stand with the light streaming in from a window behind her - looks like stained glass.
This is Denny's first attempt at batik....
I'ld say she caught on fast....Wow!
So into the studio we went and started our collages. Denny and Gen had brought many books to share on the technique...my favorite was by Elizabeth St. Hilaire who works in papers she's painted and prepared herself.

On the right is a collage Gen had finished...


I particularly loved the hand stitching on the collage (on left). Denny was using Tacky glue to adhere the pieces to the background fabric.
She had a huge bag of tiny pieces left over from Flying Geese blocks....apparently, these tiny pieces are called - "goose poop"....Who Knew ?
Well, the goose poop was fun to work with;  Denny said it was so relaxing and kind of a no brainer as you just grabbed a piece and glued it down.
You can see that even though it was a no brainer, there's still a plan in place...pretty colors.

Gen showed us some rollers she had made to use in collage....and Yes...they are toilet paper rolls.
I really love this one with the fuzzy yarn which must give a really interesting texture when used.
Kate was working on a re-purposed piece started long ago...
and here is my silly piece. I really didn't know what to do or where to start but my wonderful friends got me started with fabric from Kate and "goose poop" from Denny. Tomorrow I have a whole new direction which I'm anxious to share.
Til next time or tomorrow....

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Oceans of Fabric

Recently, most of my studio time has been taken up with making drapes for the family room. We have changed our look to something a little lighter and more updated. I found this drapery fabric in Joannes...and with a coupon was able to get it for 50% off...still $15. a yard but a good deal I thought.
Drapery fabric runs 54" wide so it can be difficult to manipulate... It's pretty much straight sewing but for me the hardest part is making the lining lie flat on the drapery fabric so it doesn't buckle when sewn. For this you need a space to work where fabric can lie flat.
I have big tables my husband made but still not wide enough....sooo...
I was able to put 2 of them together - luckily he made both of them the same height.
Of course, Fraggle had to supervise...
This part takes hours....cutting the lining, catching it under the side fold and ironing, ironing like there's no tomorrow to make sure it all lies flat....and pin, pin, pin...
and carefully lugging it over to machine for sewing. My studio was in shambles for almost 2 weeks...I moved bridge tables next to my machine so I had a place to lay fabric while sewing...Well, finally...I finished...and
this is the BEFORE...a much darker and more formal look...
and this if the AFTER. I went for full length drapes as I really liked the fabric and thought in this case - more was better. I also took down the wooden blinds which I loved and hated to part with but everyone voted and liked the "no blind" look better.
The drapes go very well with new chairs, rug etc...and am showing this picture to point out the pie crust table...which I know might be dated but has lots of memories. I grew up with that table and one of the funniest memories (although not so at the time) is..... when I was little my mother used to buy Nabisco Sunshine Crispy Crackers and the box had a waxy kind of paper covering...fun to trace with a pencil. One night I laid this waxy paper on the table and proceeded to trace the whole thing...only to find when lifted up I had carved the words Nabisco Sunshine Crispy Crackers into the table. It has since been refinished but mama wasn't too happy with me and my art skills.
So one good thing about getting rid of the blinds was the view out back is now more visible...
So back in my studio making quilts again...feels good to check the "drapes done" column !!
I am linked to Off the Wall Friday and Whoop Whoop Friday.

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Happy Easter OR....the Dilemma with Bunnies

Happy Easter to everyone...looks like it will be a glorious day here in Asheville and I hope for you too. It's one of my favorite holidays - a perfect time of year, beautiful flowers - hyacinths and tulips, so much fun and great memories for me of Easter egg hunts, baskets and new Easter outfits for the kids for Easter services.
 So in the spirit of the holiday.... I decided to buy some big chocolate bunnies - one for my son in law who loves chocolate, one for hubby and one for me (of course). Well I couldn't fit my son in laws in the box with my granddaughter's basket - all being sent to Atlanta, so it's now mine. My husband informed me he started a diet...#2 might be mine and then of course, there's #3 which is really "mine".
 My hubby came out this morning announcing he bought 4 chocolate bunnies - 2 for my son and 2 for me. My son who will eat just a little will probably give his to me...
 What's a gal to do with 7 chocolate bunnies...Is there such a thing as too much chocolate?....
And then there's the Peeps....what is a holiday without Peeps, whether they be snowmen, Christmas trees, ghosts or the original yellow peeps. Peeps always remind me of my wonderful and very long time friend - Vita Marie who showed me the right way to eat peeps....YES, there is a right way.
Upon bringing them home...do not open them but get a needle or pin and poke a lot of tiny holes through the cellophane...and now wait and wait. The small amount of air that gets in will create a little crisp on the outside and the inside remains soft! Perfect!...Thank you Vita!
And to everyone, have a lovely day!