Waterlilies Exhibition

My class had its opening for our exhibition at The Purple Pomegranate on Thursday, September 5th. We had quite a few people in and some that were quite interested in the work.

Patti's WorkWe had a divider set up, Patti Old’s work on one side and mine on the other. This photo shows some of Patti’s work.

My WorkAnd here’s my work on the other side.

Lynette and Nancy's WorkThen in the back corner, Nancy Drake’s work was on the left and Lynette Barne’s work was on the back wall.

Nancy's WorkHere’s a bit better photo of Nancy’s work.

Lynette's WorkAnd Lynette’s work. We had our notebooks and stitched books laid out on the tables so people could look through them.

Chatting with VisitorsThere was quite a bit of chatting about the work and how it was made.

Lynette and CharleyThe husband’s were all at the exhibition as well. This is Lynette talking to Charley, Nancy’s husband.

Dick Enjoying the ShowAnd this is Dick, Patti’s husband.

Dinner at My HouseThe night before the exhibition, I had everyone over to the house for dinner. We had a great time and it was so much fun to see everyone again.

The Kantha Revolution

I spent most of the morning cleaning up my studio. I forgot to take any photos until half way through the process as it was quite a mess.

Messy StudioHere it is after cleaning half of it up.

Cleaner StudioAnd after getting it mostly straightened out. My color notebooks are waiting to be sent off for review and the box holds all the pieces that will be hung at the Waterlilies exhibition next week. I’m excited to see my class mates again. They will be here next week for the opening of the show on Thursday. If you are in the Whitefish area, stop by The Purple Pomegranate on Thursday from 6-9 pm. I’ll post photos here next week to show you the exhibition.

Kantha Revolution

Here is “The Kantha Revolution”. I got all three pieces matted today. You can barely see the matte as it is only 1/4″ bigger than the pieces.

Kantha Revolution - Many Circles

I think they look good as a triptych so I will probably donate all three pieces for the auction.

Kantha Revolution - Green Wheel

The background was done a long time ago when we played with soy was with my local surface design group.

Kantha Revolution - Yellow Spiral

I have gradually added the Kantha stitching over the last couple of years. This is the only one that has satin stitch added as well. Which one is your favorite?

Sketch Book
I also added a sketch of a seed head to one of my previously painted pages in my sketch book. The photo that I used to sketch from showed the seed head in green, but I liked it in brown on this background. Thanks for stopping by and if you’re in the US, I hope you have a good Labor Day weekend.

Playing with Shapes

 One of my homework assignments for stitch class is to design with geometric shapes for an applique piece. So I picked out a couple of shapes, cut them out in paper and played with moving the shapes around.

 Here’s one with a black background. This one reminded me of a skull. Not what I had in mind.

 So I tried on a white background. Dull.

I liked this arrangement slightly better.

Taking it off the angle.

 Add a bit more.

 More layers to add more detail.

Move the little black shapes higher?

Adding more of the medium tear drop shapes.

This one isn’t bad. But still kind of dull.

How about adding a few more circles?

Do a little switcharoo?

Move the smaller elements down?

Another switcharoo?

Change out the top element?

It needed something else at the top now.

Let’s start again.

 Hmmm… not much better.

Perhaps I’ll add horns??

 And now a new head?

This is silly.

Maybe add a wreath to the top?

Now we have a silly cyclops.

Add a few circles to make it look less like a figure?

Or just add legs?

Turn the legs the other way?

 Sort of clown like.

 Not much better.

 Hmmm… this is getting nowhere.

Turn the top teardrops over?

 This kind of looks vaguely peacock like.

 What if I put the bigger element on top? I kind of like this one. But I have a hard time with symmetrical designs. Perhaps I should try something asymmetrical?

Now that’s completely different. But do I want to start all over at this point? I don’t think so. Which one do you like? Why? This was a fun exercise and it goes much faster if you don’t stop to take a photo of every single example.

Hand and Machine Stitch Samples

 It’s still been busy around here and I’m still working on my stitch homework. These are some stitch samples that we started in class. This sample includes a machined cord, simple tassels and cheesecloth.

 This is another machined cord with tapered ends.

 Here’s a different use of cheesecloth.

 More machined cords, the top one has wire inside.

 On to hand stitch samples. This is velvet stitch. The loops can be cut for a more “furry” look.

 This should have been up with the machine stitched samples. The point was to integrate  a fringed edge into the piece. I didn’t get the full length of the fringed bits into the photo.

 This is “knot on a stalk”, a variation of French knots.

 Here is a sample of detached chain stitch purposely leaving the stitches loose.

 This is ruching. For those of you who are felters, this is done with stitching as opposed to nuno felting.

These last two photos are of one of my print to stitch pieces.

It is supposed to be a heron but it’s neck shrunk with the stitching. He looks more like a goose to me now. I only have a few more weeks to finish my homework. I only have two more pieces to finish but they are taking a while. Wish me luck.!

Automatic Machine Stitching

I normally don’t even look at the automatic machine stitches that are available on my sewing machine. But one of our assignments for class is to explore what the machine stitches can do.

 So I tried on stitch that looked interesting and varied the stitch width and length. This is a close up so you can see the way the stitch changes.

I also tried a little cable stitch as well. This photo shows the entire piece. Have you tried varying your automatic stitches?

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