Saturday, February 26, 2011

floral theme

I promised my self I would stitch every day - even if just for 10 minutes and put every thing to one side and see what comes from my efforts - below is one of my samples:

and I am still playing with the paint brush:

Monday, February 21, 2011

paper bark

Paperbark, some stitch and acrylic paint.

Paperbark trees have such lovely colour and texture and are always shedding - can't help but collect it when I pass and I have a large piece of bark still pinned to my wall. For some interesting bits about these trees have a look here.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

blue bouquet

Each year I ask for buttons for Christmas - occasionally that request gets a response. I actually think I just like the look of a bottle full of buttons - the complexity of colours, shapes etc. I have started to put a few of the buttons I have received together into a flower format. This is the result so far - I have worked a 10 cm (4") area. I will cut some mat board shortly to see how it comes up framed and what more work it needs.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

well is is so hot and before that it was humid ... and I am not inclined to do much at all except sleep.

I have been stitching a bit recently but I can't post a photo yet. It is a sample done in the company of friends - a test stitch for a class submission (but not by me - I was just the happy paticipant). I have been beavering away since Saturday and I am nearly finished. It has been very enjoyable and just the thing I need to kick start myself into more sewing - especially as I am participating in two different exhibitions next year - see for more information about an interesting project kick started by an interest in Captain Cook's voyages. And my home group at the Embroiderers' Guild NSW is planning an exhibition about mid 2012 - snippets of information and teasers can be found on the Stitchers Plus blog in my links.

Of course - with these commitments on the horizon I have been procrastinating and picking up drawing and painting tools instead of a needle... sketch club has started again and I have posted my pick of my drawings last evening - I left before the longer poses as it was so hot - the drawing is from a 15 minute pose with a horrible foreshortening of the right arm. I spent my time grappling with it and here is the result:

I have been painting too - when I was doing art classes we did an painted an item of clothing using a palette knife. I tried this again - this time a silk kimono jacket:

Not as successful as my first attempt last year but the fun is in the doing and I had fun.

I have also been sitting on a painting I did before Christmas thinking I would add something to it - I have decided I like it as is and will frame it:

Well after this I think I should sort my sewing requisites for the pieces I have planned to do in the coming year - some are definitely going to be based on cactus plants and flowers after my visit to Cactus Country.

Cheers all

Not quite a self portrait

Not quite a self portrait
small 8' quiltlet with embroidered hair

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