Friday, November 20, 2009

Shell Circle Circle

I began the binding process on this today. I cut it into a circle. Not sure what it will turn out to be - but looking forward to carrying it around and hand-stitching on it a bit before calling it done. I am also secretly plotting what to paint next to give it this aged, been buried in the dirt quality that I think I am liking.

It's slow-going on all projects right now. I have lost focus a bit, but still working things around in my head, laying things out, sewing things up, thinking in circles...

Wednesday, November 11, 2009


I was liking this thing less and less the more I worked on it. I machine stitched into the green/blue fabric with a radial kind of plan. It had a crispness or cleanness or something that I really did not like. The color choice was wrong, lots of things. Whatever the problems I decided to use it to revisit something I had done a few years ago on a piece that I gave away. I completed all the stitching and then dampened the entire thing with water and painted it with diluted Setacolor transparent fabric paint in a brown/rust color. Let it air dry - skipped the ironing step of setting the paint - and then washed it in just water and dried it. Now it looks like I accidentally buried it in the yard for a year or so and then dug it up. Much better.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Wood Block + Paint

Just SO restless today. Have some time to sew and can't seem to focus on any of the projects I have going. Finally decided to get the paints out and print some bits of fabric with the little scrap bin woodblock.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Night and Day

Worked on this last night right before going to bed. I thought this block was called "night and day". But I like to make the lights and darks rather close in value so that the pattern disappears and reappears. A dark fabric in one block might represent a light triangle against a darker fabric in another block.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

End of October Sewing

This is what I was up to the last few weeks - an eagle and a penguin - done just in time. The eagle wings were worn until bedtime and the penguin costume was worn for maybe two minutes - but I wasn't too surprised.