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.

Gold and green Wednesday, Mar 23 2011 

This piece started out as a gold and turquoise dye job that I loved, but I never knew what to do with it. I found the TAP transfer (created by Leslie Riley) of the sparrow played on the colors of the fabric, so I used it on a cream background. I added some additional cream patches, quilted everything with this great gold and green thread and mounted it on a canvas that was painted burnt sienna with copper accents.

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.

Been a long time since blogged and rolled Friday, Dec 24 2010 

It’s not that I haven’t CREATED, I just haven’t created the same things.

I have returned to school for a degree in computer graphic design, so much of the past 3 months has been devoted to Photoshop. This collage plays with size.

Puttin' on the RitzMy posts will probably focus more on graphic design for awhile, but I hope they will still be interesting.

Mellow Yellow Sunday, Sep 5 2010 

This week’s Mixed Media Monday challenge is “warm it up.” We were asked to go with warm colors and let our imaginations run wild. My warm yellow paper played so nicely with the green that I think it’s a very mellow combination.

Cool blues Monday, Aug 30 2010 

Mixed Media Monday‘s theme this week is “cool it down.” I used a hand-dyed blue fabric, machine quilted it with a variegated blue thread, added hand embroidery of forget-me-nots (really, that’s what I was going for), and added lace and brown felted patches.

I think this definitely is cool. 

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.

A little birdie told me Sunday, Aug 15 2010 

Mixed Media Monday’s challenge this week was “embellish it.” I had just gotten Jane Davila’s “Surface Design Essentials,” and I decided to use the book in meeting the challenge.

The piece below starts with fabric that was originally “embellished” by being used to clean brushes and wipe down a table after I created another piece of cloth. Once that was bordered with brown, I stenciled on a bird and some dragonflies and then used Derwent Inktense pencils (which are really great to use!) to enhance the blue. I free-motion quilted the piece and then added gold buttons and some brass brads to play off the gold in the fabric and bronze tone of the dragonflies.

Memory Book Sunday, Aug 8 2010 

This week’s Mixed Media Monday challenge is memories.  I have just finished making memory books for my sisters, and thought it was perfect for this theme.  In June this year, I went to QSDS and took a class with book artist Pam Sussman. We learned to make fabric books.

My sister had given me some articles of clothing that belonged to my mother and asked that I create art with it. I had not been able to decide how to make such a piece for her, but the concept of a fabric book seemed a perfect use for the material. My sister loved the idea, and I was able to make one for each of my sisters and one for my nephew using the clothes.

It was a good way to use the clothes and the memories.

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Adding finishing touches Thursday, Aug 5 2010 

I’m not the best person for finishing projects. I get excited, do the fun part and then do a little happy dance. However, my husband asked me to attach one of my quilted wall hangings to a canvas, and it made me realize how much nicer a piece can look if you add just a little more to the process.

As an example, here is a piece I created for a Mixed Media Monday challenge that I really liked:

I think it is lovely as is, but what if I place it on a painted canvas?

All I need is a canvas, some paint and practice mixing my colors. (My, I love burnt sienna!

Perched in a gilded cage

Now, I think that is beautiful and has a lot more presence. It’s worth going on my Etsy Site.

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