Sunday, February 28, 2010
HuGGs to ALL!
Love and HuGGs!
I have somewhere permanent to stay now, and am in the process of trying to get my computer and sewing machine sent up. Unfortunately my ex is being difficult. But once I have the computer up here I'll get internet access sorted out and I'll then be able to upload photos. But things are going well. Having the time of my life.
Saturday, February 27, 2010
Friday, February 26, 2010
I received my second book page. It is made by Ruth. Like Johanna Ruth choose the tale of Rapunzel. But look, how different it is. I love it. It looks like painted with textures.
The page was wrapped in coloured paper. A very nice idea. And Ruth put a self made card into the envelope.
She wrote, that the card was made with a lot of different techniques like wet and needle felting, aplique and machine embroidery. The hair of Rapunzel is dyed by herself. The wool is from a Wensleydale sheep.
Thank you Ruth for this lovely card.
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Just a few days left in February and I'm still working on Gayle's page. I'm using a couple of new (to me) techniques and that has meant frequent breaks to double-check the tutorials! I'm tickled with the way it is turning out so far. You just won't be hearing much from me until it is safely in the mail!
In the meantime, here is a sneak preview:
Monday, February 22, 2010
Some of the stitching in progress.
Your page will be setting off on it's journey to you Maya, in the morning. I do hope that you will like it........................
Sunday, February 21, 2010
My first Windows page has actually arrived through all of the ice and snow!! I absolutely love it Cobi!!! I wish that you all could see the incredible embroidery details, in the amazing leaves especailly! I tried to take closs up shot to show you , I hope that you can make them out. (I think that if you right click on the photos, they will enlarge in a new screen!)
DId you see the darling little bluebird and nest perched on top of the window?? PERFECT!! And she included some of my favortie lace- hand done tatting- reminds me of my Swedish Grnadmother who did lots of bobbin lace. Seems to me that Cobi did some research. Have you been reading my blog, by chance?? :)
The background that Cobi used does not show up well in the photos, it is a very subtle brick work pattern. She did wonderful silk ribbon emb for the central garden and then the clibing vines a re a wonderful mix of hand painted lace motifs and intricate embroidered leaves. How did you know , Cobi, that I am passionate about flowers and gardening?????
I simply adore this piece and I so appreciate all of the effort and thought and time that you put into it!!! It was soooo worth the wait!!!
Big Apprecaitive Hugs!!!!
Thursday, February 18, 2010
The page I made for Juliette in January- The Seashore. I've depicted the ancient Shore temple at Mamallapuram. In the foreground are two catamarans made of wooden logs and a modern fiber glass fishing boat.The ancient coexists with the modern.
The reverse of The Seashore page. A pocket on the reverse holds a magazine article about the rock sculpture and the shore temple of Mamallapuram.
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Saturday, February 13, 2010
Thursday, February 11, 2010
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Yesterday, I was lucky to find a box of ten Setacolor Opaque fabric paints. I had gone into a shop looking for two or three colours to enhance my diminishing stock of colours, but came out with rather more than I had intended. The box made much more sense............ more colours to play with!
So this morning, I had some fun playing around with colours. I hope this might turn into the base layer for the page I shall be completing for Maya this month. Her theme is "Leaves".
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
According to what everyone has posted, it appears that most pages for January have been sent out. There are a couple that have been sent but not yet received - the page Cobi made for Elizabeth and the page that Carmen made for Chris. Chris was going to be out of town so she might not be back yet. I don't remember the exact dates that she was out of town.
It looks like Carmen and Gayle may not have received their page yet. Is that right, ladies? I am trying to keep track and make sure that all the pages are received. So if you are behind or have sent your page, do post so I know what's happening in regards to the different pages. Thanks!
I also sent an e-mail out to everyone with Johoanna's new address. Please make sure that you received the e-mail and that you change her address in your records. We don't want any of Johoanna's pages to get lost! If you didn't receive the e-mail, please let me know and I'll send it to you again.
If you made and sent a page and you know it was received, but it hasn't been posted yet, please feel free to post a photo and how you made it. It is always such a good learning process to hear about how the different pages were made. Hope everyone is having fun!
one of the committments that I haqve made to myself in the creation of all of my pages for this swap is to use what I have and to recycle and repurpose in creative ways. This will ush me to think ab out what I ahve , find what I have and make room for future hunts for more treasure!! the background of this page was a wonderul green and brown plaid wool that was given to me just before it was put in the trash. I made the doorusing heavy duty interfacing that I painted with acrylic paint and then did some stitching for the wood details. I added leather hinges and a door handle. Then i got out my needle felting supplies and added the surrounding forest.
The hinges were added because the door opens to reveal a fabric/paper collage of endless possibility.
The photo is a bit dark but if I had used a flash, there would have been glare on the collage piece. The phrase reads, "Every Exit Leads To A NEw Entrance".To finish the page I added some hand stitching wih french knots and lazy dazy stitch and beads.Here are a few more detail shots.
Here is a piccture of the back. I kept it pretty simple and stitched on apocket of my own ahnd dyes fabric to hold a tag with all of the info for the swap.
I am now working on Shabby Chic for Deb and waitnig for the next storm!!!
Happy Stitching to all!!!
Monday, February 8, 2010
Sunday, February 7, 2010
Friday, February 5, 2010
Thursday, February 4, 2010
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Do you recognize the fairy tale? I am sure you do.
Yes it is Repunzel
The page has a lovely blue sky. The castle is applique and the hedge is confetti yarn.
The back of the page is out of the same fabric as the sky. It has a pocket with the tale in it.
Tank you very much Johanna.
I LOVE medieval architecture but I do not like the dark sinister goth style of today. I guess that I don't really understand the whole Goth thing, just assume that it is another form of self expression for many young people. It is not my thing! However I do love all things Medieval in the historical sense. I hope that this clarifies things a bit for everyone!!!
It looks like I will begin creating a page for Debi next, what fun!!!!!
I hope that all is well with everyone!