Monday, February 28, 2011

art nouveau from Gayle

Some time ago I received this lovely page from Gayle. She found her inspiration in Louis Comfort Tiffany. I love everything Tiffany, great choice Gayle. I've never seen a red dragon fly in real life, lucky you. But I love any dragon fly anyway. Below the card that came with the page. Thank you Gayle.

The sea.

This is the delightful page which arrived this morning from Cobi.

Cobi told me in her accompanying letter that she found the topic hard. The page she has produced is a lovely interpretation of the sea. Full of texture, she has used velvet and satin as well as dyed scrim to portray the foam caused by waves.

This is the back of the page. A rather beautiful piece of what might hand-dyed fabric.

Inside the envelope, I found this lovely postcard of Leiden. The buildings on the bank of the canal are really interesting.
Thanks so much for my new page, Cobi.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

sea shore for Juliette

This is the sea shore themed page I made for Juliette. The fabric for the beach was a gift from my friend Tonny. The big sea shell is padded with bright green felt, it shines through the cream color of the satin, giving it the color I was looking for.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Page Received

Hi Cobi today I had a nice surprise, a lovely page from you, I had totally forgotten about it. It is lovely ,Thank you so much. I cannot show it as I have no facility for this at the moment. Maybe you can show it if you still have a scan of it.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Working on My Book

I've been working on putting my book together and have made a cover/title page. . . sort of an introduction:


When you open that front door, you will see this:


I used Shiva Paintstiks to make the brown "wood" surface and the green inside is some of my "snow" fabric.  On the back of this page, I printed a brief explanation of the project and a list of the participants:


Very simple - because it is the lead-in for all those wonderful pages!


I have them temporarily strung together while I wait for information on missing pages and inspiration for a permanent binding.  How is everyone else coming?

Monday, February 21, 2011

A goddess for Johoanna

My page for Johoanna shows the goddess Terpsichore.

As my letter explained, she was one of the muses of Greek mythology.

The base fabric was first painted and then the pieces for the figure added. These were attached using bondaweb, being simply ironed in place. I overstitched everything to add texture.

The back was kept very simple and uses a piece of my favourite Fossil Ferns fabric.

The letter also bore this apology. My page was rather late in being completed and then sent off. It had been intended as my December page.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Mail Received

Hi all
Sorry for the delay in posting.  I have been really unwell with my bipolar.  I haven't done any art/sewing for nearly a month now.  I just haven't been able to.  It's a long story.

I received my page from Mandy just the other day.  Mandy, it's beautiful.  And so relevant to what I'm going through right now.  Can you post a pic for me please?  All my stuff is packed away, again... :(

I haven't received my page from Elizabeth yet.

I'm going to try and do some work on my last page over the next few days.  I'm so sorry it's so late.

Cobi's reply

Hi all - I have heard from Cobi and she has still been completing pages. Please take a look at my prior post about missing pages to see the status of your pages. The only one I am uncertain about is Johoanna's page from Cobi. Johoanna, did you get a page from Cobi? I have not heard from either Debi or Carmen from the e-mail that I sent.

Friday, February 18, 2011

The binding

Last year Ati wrote on her Blog how she finished her fabric book. I think this article is very good. Look at it at "Ati's little world"

Thursday, February 17, 2011

The princess of the pea from Maya

Over a week ago I received this lovely page but haven't shown it to you. Here it is.

Maya has sent me a page of the Princess and the Pea. I love the stitching on the pillows. The background of the room is painted on fabric and stitched. The carped is in a different material.

Thank you Maya for this nice page. My first exchanged fiber craft from India.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Full circle

Breathe again, Maya!! Your page has arrived in Crete!! It's so Indian with block printed fabrics and sewn beads and sequins. Thank you so much, Maya, as you say we've come full circle now as your first leaf page was from me. I too look forward to making up my book and will make the binding un-fastenable (wish I could speak English!!) so as to include any late-comers. Thanks to all, I really look forward to seeing this next step from everyone. I wonder if there are any 'peeks' ready yet???

Thursday, February 10, 2011

The Book of Leaves

I've begun the covers for my book of Leaves and hope to have the book itself completed by next month so I can photograph it etc and send the necessary information to Ruth who plans to send out articles about the Story of the Traveling Pages to various publications.
I am waiting for three pages. Sorry to have to post this on the blog but I couldn't find email ids to contact Cobi, Chris and Carmen. Would really appreciate it if you could let me know if I can expect a page in the next couple of weeks so I can make provision for these pages to be included into the book in chronological order.

Last pages

Hello ladies some lovely pages are coming up , and it will be great to get the books put together. However I am still waiting on 2 more pages so I can finish mine and i would be grateful if the ladies in question could mail me to let me know when I can expect these. Thank you

Sunday, February 6, 2011

A sea page!

This is my January page from Kath. It is exquisite. The background is felt with some beading and stitching to add texture. It just speaks of the movement in the sea.

The signature on the back is simplicity itself.

A small detail for you to enjoy. I feel very privileged to have this gorgeous page in my collection. Thanks so much, Kath. Please could you respond and tell about the materials you have used in this piece?

Friday, February 4, 2011

Silver Saucer and Transparent apple by Mandy

Yesterday I found a soft envelope in my mailbox. It came from Mandy. She has sent me an Russian fairy: "The tale of the silver saucer and the transparent apple". I didn't know the tale but read it today. Mandy had sent it with the fabric book page to me. It is a wonderful tale and she made a wonderful page for me.

Look at the photo. You can see the the apple made with light blue fabric and painted with some silver so that it is glittering. On top and on bottom of the apple there are two some words out of the fairy which the princes spoke when she span the apple around in the silver saucer. When she did it she could look through the apple to all places of the world. In front of the apple are photos printed on Jacquard Extrav Oganza semi transparent silk sheets. The background of the page is made with a experiment printing fabric.

This is the backside of the page:

There were a lot of goodies with in the envelope. I show them on the next photo:

Thank you very much for the fabric book page, the story and all the nice things.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

A Rare Creature

Johoanna's note tells it all. Opening the package with this page brought a smile to my face for sure. Thank you Johoanna! What a clever idea!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

February Already!

It's hard to believe but we are at the end of our swap. I have really enjoyed exchanging pages with everyone and it has been so much fun to see all the pages that have been made. Isn't it amazing what different ideas people come up with based on the same themes?

As I have written to you all, I would appreciate it if everyone gets all their pages completed and mailed by the end of February. I know that some of you are still behind but please make every effort to catch up in this extra month. I know that everyone wants to start putting their pages together into a book so please make sure that you get any late pages sent so that can happen.

If you have good ideas on book construction, it would be wonderful if you posted your ideas. Or if you have questions about how to put your book together, do post and ask everyone. Maybe someone can help out with an idea on book making that you wouldn't have thought about.

If you haven't received a page from someone, please e-mail them to ask about when your page is expected to be complete. If you don't hear back, please let me know which pages you are missing. I appreciate every one's cooperation and hope that all pages will be completed as promised.

Signing off,

Your Swap Mom

Page Received

Well, I received my lovely page from Ann this morning.  Sorry for the bad scan.  I'm really not feeling like taking a photo.  It's been hotter than hades here today (38 degrees celcius).  And on top of that, my housemate had lifted up the door of the garage (it's a roller door) and didn't put it all the way up.  I ducked my head going in but forgot to duck it going out.  Subsequently I now have a headache and shall probably have a nice little bruise in the next few days.

Ann, it's a lovely page.  And you are right, the Goddess within is such a big subject.  At first I was worried that I had chosen something too difficult or too "weird" for some people.  But I have been very happy with each page that I have received so far.

Ruth, I'm sorry but I haven't even started your page yet.  I will get it done in the next couple of weeks and send it off to you.