Monday, June 13, 2022

Baby!

 A morning of weeding is always a visual adventure. I just keep my eyes open:




Wednesday, June 8, 2022

ICAD week 1

I am participating in Index Card a Day 2022. I've been wanting to stitch on photographs and found the ICAD project good inspiration. 









Saturday, May 14, 2022

Hexi love

 I'm not sure why, but I feel the desire to jump into a hexi project.  I was even thinking about 100 days (or more).  I like how the blocks fit together, they are easy to create and allow for hand stitching and beadwork.  Maybe this is the start of the mosaic project I want to work on!





Friday, May 13, 2022

Gelli print / lace

 I have been participating in the month long gelli plate challenge hosted by Birgit Koopsen on IG.  What a fun daily challenge!  The challenge for yesterday was "lace".  


For the most part, the daily prompts are things available around the house.  I did struggle with the prompt for today, "comb".  Sounds crazy - but I don't have a comb!  I do use a detangler in the shower, once in a while, but didn't want to sacrifice it to art.  What looks like a comb?  A fork, right?





Thursday, May 5, 2022

Wanderlust 2022: Week 17 - Tammy Garcia

 This week's Wanderlust was especially fun to work on.  Easy, on hand materials, and lots of room for personally creativity.  I didn't try to reinvent the wheel on this lesson - just enjoyed the process.  I can see that her method is one I will use again and again, (maybe with dyes next time!)



Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Sunflower 2

 Continuing to be sunflower inspired.  Can I extract a bit of dye from the flower heads?  Soaking and simmering now.  I do like the colour palette: 





Adding a layer of beads and stitch to the center of my current piece:




Monday, May 2, 2022

Sunflower

 Inspired by a vase of flowers on the table at my book signing event at Cordova Library last week.  I will be teaching a workshop in July on using thickened dyes to create a "painting" and have begun the process of samples for the students to view. Unfortunately,  with kids, it seems that copying is often the case.  We'll see...

 
Love the intensity of the colours before washing


 
After washing and drying

Beginning to add mulberry bark and stitch. 


Tuesday, April 19, 2022

Travel Badge: Israel

 I love to travel, but I do love coming back home.  My two weeks in Israel was beyond words.



Monday, March 28, 2022

Stitch Club: Anne Kelly workshop

 I've admired Anne Kelly's work for sometime now.  Her mix of papers, fabric and stitch drew me in! I was so excited to discover that she was a teacher for Stitch Club this year.  My project thus far:




The addition of a layer of machine stitching on my embroidery machine is certainly something I was to further explore.  Very happy with a layer of honeycomb stitches on my Viking!



Sunday, March 27, 2022

St. Louis / Chagall

 I'm always happy to find a Marc Chagall... St. Louis Art Museum did not disappoint me:









Thursday, March 17, 2022

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

 It seemed fitting to stitch something green for today!



I've also been re-looking at photos from the trip that Jes and I took to Ireland in 2012. It was an amazing trip of discovery that started my travels to Europe.  People ask me what my favorite city or place is to travel to, and I usually say Stockholm. I really think that my favorite place is everywhere!  It is so wonderful to see new things, meet people, and experience culture first hand.  

I've been to some wonderful places in the past 10 years and now after a 2 year break, I am excited about once again packing my bag and dusting off my passport.  In 2 weeks I leave for Israel - a very different trip than past trips. I can't even imagine the way this trip may change me.


Dunluce Castle in Northern Ireland:






Wednesday, March 16, 2022

St. Louis - gotta love it!

I've returned from a wonderful week with my son.  A day trip to St. Louis was just what we needed to get away from the cold weather.

We found a lovely spot for lunch, "Balkan Treat Box".  I strongly recommend!



Brown butter hummus:



Rice pudding with rose and pistachios:



Roasted eggplant sammy:


Monday, March 7, 2022

Mushrooms

 I went to a fabulous farmer's market on Saturday.  Mushrooms! What a wonderful treat to take down to my son's on Tuesday when I go for a visit. The blue oyster mushrooms caught my eye.  It will be fun to play in the kitchen with him. 





Wednesday, March 2, 2022

Paul Klee / orange

 I like Senecio (1922) by Paul Klee. I used Color Gear Lite (phone app) to pull a palette from the painting.  After dyeing some fabrics in these colours, I shall work on my own version of his palette.



Tuesday, March 1, 2022

Colour harmonies / orange

 During the past week I've worked on little studies in orange. I'm not overly fond of orange, but found that the complementary combination of orange and blue was actually to my liking. Now I am in search of a famous painting that uses orange.  Having run out of time (it's beautiful outdoors and I want some sunshine!), I will explore more orange tomorrow.