Saturday, October 31, 2009

New strip bag

At our last firehouse quilting day when we swapped our Christmas blocks (check out Caryn's Blog to see the pictures of all the bloclks), I started to sew/quilt this handbag. Unfortunately, I am not the best photographer so these pictures do not do it justice. This is the front and back of the bag. It has an inside pocket which I find lacking in a lot of quilted bags and black wooden handles.
I have been busy arranging the Christmas Block Swap and hope to post pictures on my blog when I am done. I have also been busy getting ready for the Brownstone Quilt Show this coming weekend (November 6-7, 2009). If you are in the area, it is at the Northern Regional High School in Allendale.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Roses and a mishap

In our last silk painting class we learned a new technique which I was not too crazy about. The picture on top was my major mishap so I decided to just paint over it with the paints that were left on my tray. The teacher suggested that I go over it with gold paint which I did with swirls and lines. It turned out great considering what it had started out as. My last class is this week, not too sure what I will be making.

During the same class I was able to finish a silk painting of roses using the first technique I had learned (using Gutta).

New project I have been working on

Okay so I don't know what possessed me, but I bought a mold of faces and some clay and created a few faces. I painted them all different colors and decided to play with them. I had painted this one gold and decided to put it on wool felt. Then I embellished with beads, zippers, and buttons. This one will be framed and hung up, but the other faces I made are going to be put on art dolls.
On another note, yesterday I was sewing all day with friends. One of the women had done a Halloween swap and that prompted a suggestion for all of us to do a Christmas swap. We ended up with 9 participants. Each participant made the same block for swapping. The blocks included a stocking, snowman, present, tree, gingerbread man, candy cane, angel, snowflake (?), and mittens. The person who made the stocking engraved the participant's name on the stocking, which I thought was very clever. I love the blocks and will hopefully have a new quilt soon. I will post a picture of it when it is done.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Flower Tote

Okay so I have been busy sewing handbags because I love, love, love them. This is my latest tote with a flower pin that I have attached to the front. The inside is fully lined with a small inside pocket. I wasn't sure if I wanted a fabric handle, but I liked the way this plastic, black one looked.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Iris Silk Painting

This week we added a medium to the silk paints which prevented it from spreading all over the silk canvas. I chose to paint irises (one of my favorite flowers). I am hoping that it will be hung up in my daughter's dorm room. Three more classed to go.
On a different note, I have just completed a new handbag that I am in love with. I will take a picture of it and post it the first chance I get.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Second Silk Painting Project

I decided to draw a frog on a lily pad for my second silk painting project. I had fun trying to draw and painting this frog. The thing I enjoyed most was throwing salt on the blue silk paint (water) to create bursts of stars. Another technique was using rubbing alcohol to create movement in the paint. I can't wait to see what we will be learning in our next class.

Friday, October 2, 2009

A new routine

Nowadays, I get up every morning and turn on my computer. While it is booting up, I make my self a cup of tea and read all the blogs I follow. It seems that I cannot start the day with out doing it, so I guess I can cancel my newspaper subscription. After I have enough fun, I head into my studio and start sewing. I have so many ideas for new handbags and I can't wait to try them out.

I have started taking a silk printing class and the picture above is of my first project (abstract). The instructor said that we will be completing one project per week, so I will post pictures of my projects as I go. This project taught us how to stretch the silk, use Gutta, and see how the paint spreads with the Gutta lines. I would love to incorporate the techniques I learn into my handbags (and quilts).