Seeing the forest for the trees Sunday, Mar 27 2011 

This applique piece was fun to create. The foliage is hand dyed or 25 year-old scraps (yes, I hoard scraps). The trunks are all scraps that have been collected in the last 10 years, the background is a hand dyed piece, and the land is more hand dyed fabric.

Everything was fused on with Mistyfuse and then free-form quilted.

Fiber art, I’m back. Tuesday, Mar 8 2011 

I return to a place I was more than six months ago. At that point, I lay the start of the piece (the green with red patches) aside, unsure what to do with it. I walked away from it and walked away from this blog, but I am back. I have added an Asian-inspired border and attached the entire piece to a canvas. I am so pleased with the final product. The taupes of the Asian print play off the gold paint on the green fabric. It all blends together into a wonderfully coherent whole.

Seeing Red Saturday, Aug 21 2010 

This week, I hosted Mixed Media Monday’s challenge. The theme is “seeing red.” Now, I don’t use a lot of red in my work. I tend toward cooler colors. I started by sewing together a number of red fabrics. I was going to use that as my background, when I suddenly realized that a piece of green cloth I had been embellishing might be the perfect backdrop for my red.

I think the rectangles of red drive the piece and show off the red in a way that an all-red collage would not. The background is a hand-dyed green fabric, stamped with Lumiere paint and highlighted with some of my new Derwent Inktensive pencils.  The entire piece was free-motion quilted, and then purple and gold fabric beads were added to  the red strip-pieced rectangles.

Exhibit at Nancy’s Bagels Tuesday, Jul 13 2010 

I have an exhibit of my silk and mixed media work at Nancy’s Bagel Grounds.  If you are in Louisville and in the Clifton neighborhood, stop by to take a look.

Bagel Grounds Exhibit

Re-use at its finest Sunday, Jun 27 2010 

Today I finished a quilted wall hanging. The focal fabric was actually the cloth I used to clean up brushes and pots (and even the table) after I silk-painted (see last entry). Now, I’m not going to say that I didn’t move the fabric around to get the color combinations just right, but it was still–technically–a rag. (Please note: This worked because I painted the silk with Dye na Flo, which works with both silk and cotton.)

I love it when I can recycle AND make beautiful art.

The focal fabric is bordered by a hand-dyed burgundy fabric. The quilting was done using a nice variegated thread. The piece is 17×30 inches.

Wall painting made from the waste of another piece.

Merging fabric and paper Tuesday, May 11 2010 

It is a common practice among art quilters/fiber collage artists to incorporate paper into their work. It’s something that always worried me because it seemed so likely that the paper would tear when stitched.

I decided to face my fears and create just such a collage.

The sparrow image is transferred onto fabric using TAP transfer paper. The gold paper is homemade and includes a layer of tissue paper and many washes of both regular acrylic and irridescent paints. Both of these were stitched onto a hand-dyed fabric that I had free-motion quilted.

Finally, to try something new, I stiched the quilt onto a canvas that I painted with gold and copper-toned paints.

All-in-all, I’m quite pleased with the results.

Detail of the free motion quilting

Detail of free motion quilting.

The stitching on the paper was finished with beads.

At the top, you can see where I stitched the quilt to the canvas.

There are no mistakes in dyeing Friday, Mar 5 2010 

I do love to dye fabric, though I am lazy. I tend to use pre-mixed Jacquard dyes instead of mixing my own from the basic palette.  So you can imagine my dismay when I used fire engine red and got what I could only describe as fuschia. Oh, and I had dyed two yards to this rather hot pink color.

What to do…

I over-dyed the hot pink and am quite pleased with the results. The photos below first the offending fushia, then the red-orange created by over-dyeing with Jacquard’s Rust Orange. The next is over-dyed with Jacquard’s Chocolate Brown. (I had already learned that the Choclate Brown created more of a dark chocolate–nearly black.) The results improved the original and proved to me that there are no mistakes in dyeing: only new opportunities.

Ack! Attack of the Fushia!

Let’s try some orange rust:

Far more subdued.

(well, as subdued as those fiery colors can be.

What about the chocolate brown?

Seems more purple than brown

But it is a success!