Take My Hand

 

Take My Hand
“Take My Hand”, October 2016, Raw edge fusible applique stretched on canvas, 48″ x 36″

It occurred to me that I hadn’t updated my blog with my latest work and since I moved my blog, I lost some posts and pages. Bummer.I’ll have to try to retrieve or rebuild the important ones.

 

Truth be told, I have been so busy this year with building my soap business and focusing my time on an essential duty with my Quilt Guild as their new webmaster and rebuilding their website that I had let my own personal endeavors fade.  But I did complete one piece this year, which most everyone who is on Facebook or Instagram got to see.

The weekend before Halloween, Oct 29th-30th, I assembled my piece during Bridgeway Christian Church services and finalized the piece a few weeks later in November. The piece is titled “Take My Hand.”, is 48″ x 36″ and this time, I was excited to try some new tools. We all love new tools, right?!?!

So, in my usual fashion, I prepared my pattern which takes a week tweaking tones and shapes, and dimensions. I traced and precut all of the fabric pieces by hand for about three weeks and then pinned my work onto a canvas. This time, however, I omitted the “sewing the fabric down” stage (known as machine applique) and found a permanently fusible web that I really like and can iron down without problems and it worked!  (Unlike the last fiasco I attempted with The Agony– which you can find on my Facebook page- where the fusible web failed and I had to painstakingly sew every single piece down before I could stretch it on canvas.)  I am so happy with the results of this piece and I believe I have finally figured out how to bring my fiber art world to a live audience!  (And no, I don’t have to haul around my sewing machine. Lol)

I have included a slideshow, they are not the best photos, but I hope you still enjoy!

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When Art Hibernates…

This time of the year, is where my fiber world virtually stops, and my creative handmade world is in full swing. However, it doesn’t mean that my absence is permanent or forgotten. It’s just hibernating until January or February.

But…

I managed to actually sit down at my sewing machine the other day and do something new and fun. I created a “Stitched Sketch” (although I’m sure there’s some proper titlement for it that I don’t know) for a Christmas Party gathering with the art group I am (or try to be) an active part in at Bridgeway Christian Church. We did an “art exchange”. It was fun!

So, here are a few photos of my sketch. The photos are not the greatest, but will do. Enjoy!

The Messegner
The Messenger

Messanger-3

The Messagner

Work Hard In Silence, Let Your Success Be Your Noise

“Work hard in silence, let your success be your noise” Ritu Ghatourey

And, yes, that’s exactly what I’ve done for the past few weeks. Working hard in silence. That’s pretty much how I do my work too. It ebbs and flows like an ocean wave. But that doesn’t mean I haven’t  been busy.  Nope!  I’ve been swamped; just not the kind of swamped I’d prefer to have.

Work Hard in Silence, Let Your Success Be Your Noise
Apricot Tree

I had plans to work on a new method of work (for me, not that it’s a “new never been done before” method just never done by me), but as life goes, that got pushed to the side. My apricot tree bloomed, so I had to quickly get to work on preserving those apricots and I think it was a bumper crop year too!  I don’t even know how many pounds of apricots I picked, washed, pitted, and puree.  I spent a solid week just cooking and canning jam; even when it was 100 degrees outside! I made some pretty awesome tasting jams!  And I have jam and apricot butter for years…

Work Hard in Silence, Let Your Success Be Your Noise
Camp Kidsway 2015

Right behind that came Bridgeway Christian Church’s vacation bible school, which they call Camp Kidsway. It’s this incredible crazy, insanely fun and exhausting week full of worship, fun and scripture for kids and adults. It’s exhausting, but so worth it and I needed a full week’s recovery!  Then Fourth of July came and went, and I’m still recuperating!

Work Hard in Silence, Let Your Success Be Your Noise
Fourth of July!

Though, I haven’t been writing or posting, instead I have been working hard in silence, doing background work. I’ve added some new features on the web. I closed my Etsy shop and am working on moving the handful of items I have left to Facebook and adding a new shop to my blog! I’ve also been working on some SEO (search engine optimization); boring stuff but it’s important none the less. And now, I feel it’s time; it’s time to dust off the sewing machine, the supplies and the fabrics. They’re calling to me. Okay, they’re screaming at me to get back to work! Before I know it, summer will be gone and I’ll be kicking myself that I didn’t squeeze that one piece in. I’ve got soap to make too! And a Turkish Spindle to learn, and photos to take!  The list goes on…

Working hard in silence, let your success be your noise.