Slowly getting the hang of our updates. There definitely are improvements in the offing. For now, I am just moments shy of a good, long walk in the spring air, then it will be time to walk to the periodontist for the insertion of an implant (yes, sympathy is welcome!)
In other words, this post will be quick. A report in pictures. WH = “White House”, the very original name for this piece.
WH – scraps laid out
WH – seamed, with some embroidery
WH – pre-whitening close up
WH – same area, both whitened and layered (the silk had color and pattern)
WH – sheers pinned over whitening white running stitch (grey splotchy roof does not stay)
WH – sheers pinned on the other side of the roof
WH – more whitening with the addition of white running stitches (grey roof is gone)
WH – celebrating the shredding orange silk by tacking it down; one sheer had embroidered loops on it, seen here
Cut these yesterday and brought them into the kitchen. The fragrance!! Unbelievable.
Made Easter plans.
Class meets today instead of Thursday. We are going to try Natalie Sewell‘s approach to creating fiber-collaged trees, as seen on a recent “Sewing with Nancy” episode. She applies oil pastels and white paint and adds definition with sharpies. I watch her and think, “what a beast! I have to try this!” I don’t love the reliance on cheater fabrics, but you cannot dispute that she achieves dimensional, lovely landscapes.
“Whoopee!!” she says — arms outspread in celebration. Fall is her favorite season. Fall’s the time to take a class! Join my New Art Center quilting class for 12 weeks of surface design exploration:
CREATIVE QUILTING at the New Art Center
Thursdays from 1:00 to 4:00 9/15/2011 to 12/15/2011*
Class is designed for artists drawn to fabric & fiber and for experienced or new quilters. Fabric is a unique medium – offering drape, texture, color, pattern, and sometimes narrative and history as well. It can provide creatives who are faint of heart a way in. We will explore how to get started and how to continue, once begun.
A twelve-week class allows for a relaxed pace. Participants can choose to try something new every week, or use the class as a structure in which to start and finish a substantial project (or both). Either way, you will end up with some finished work. We will explore many surface design techniques, including: incorporating found objects; stamping with ink; thread drawing by machine; couching; beading; bobbin-work; strip weaving; and three different image transfer processes. You will employ several methods of connecting fabric – raw-edged appliqué, appliqué under tulle, traditional appliqué, and piecing. Hands and machines will stitch, depending on preference
Rotary cutting will be demonstrated and used, and among the finishing techniques taught will be mitre-cornered cloth binding, so that one could use the class as a springboard to traditional quilting, if desired.