Archive for the ‘embroidery’ Category

catch of the day

September 20, 2012

The catch of the day is something with so many fins, it looks too spiny to eat.  I could be wrong because I know nothing about fish, though  I am amazed at the variety and individuality of fish.  So many, so distinctively different and yet they are all fish.  People are like that, too.  We may all be under one Genus, but when we go beyond height, color and sex, we are endlessly different.  Look at eyes, how many people have eyes just alike?  Or noses?  Mouths?  How they stand, move, sit, walk, talk???  And the endless combinations of all these.  Be observant today.  What (or who) are you seeing for the first time?

Catch Of the Day  Cotton and Polyester Thread,  4.5″x5.5″

Thinking about adding glass seed beads all over this.  What do you think?

Hen-Herted

August 31, 2012

I have been working on a series I call “thru the fire” for almost two years now.   I haven’t done any art quilting in a long time and I actually started this piece at the same time as this one (which will explain why “thru the fire” if you missed it), but then let it sit because I wasn’t terribly thrilled with it.  I pulled it out of the discard pile yesterday and worked on it more.  The face is a bit ghostly.  The idea is not for these pieces to have an eery feel but to capture the surviving image and to remember the family who didn’t survive.  Maybe the eeriness helps…

Here is the photo…

I don’t really believe in ghosts.  Lots of people do, but I believe our spirits go directly to our afterlife.  (hmmm… wonder why my computer chooses now to do all kinds of weird stuff…????)  I believe that because that is the way I read it in the Bible, besides, how could it be a peaceful existence if we are caught up between this world and that?   But since I watched The Ghost and Mr. Chicken from  the back seat of our station wagon, with my hands over my face, at the drive in theater when I was 7 (yes, I was a scaredy cat), I am still spooked by non-existant ghosts; especially the ones I catch glimpses of from the corners of my eyes.

Etymology of Chicken – Adjective sense of “cowardly” is at least as old as 14c. (cf. hen-herte “a chicken-hearted person,” mid-15c.); the verb meaning “to back down or fail through cowardice” is from 1943, U.S. slang; as a game of danger to test courage, it is first recorded 1953.

Angry Fish

July 25, 2012

I haven’t had much desire to create but I want to have that desire again so I forced myself to start small (very small) this evening.  Here is a goldfish that looks quite angry, doesn’t he?  I wonder why.  One of those silly questions to start conversation when my kids were younger was “would you rather be a bird or a fish?”  I said fish.  Birds have the ability to move in 3 dimensions as do fish, but birds have to work hard to do so.  Fish have it easy because of the buoyancy of water.  I think it would be nice to just float around all day and not get prune-y.

It is hard to come back to my blog after a difficult hiatus.  I am sadden to tell you that my mother, Julia Evatt,  died July 12.  Her battle with pancreatic cancer didn’t last long enough to even call it a battle.  It was barely a struggle.  My mother didn’t loose though, she won, because she is now in perfect peace.  But she was my best critic and I will miss her comments here among many other things.  She was an accomplished writer/poet and artist.  I hope you don’t mind me sharing her work as I discover more of it.  Here is a poem from her journal in 2006.   I think she would be fine with me sharing it with you…

stitched cicada on paper

March 11, 2012

Spent some time today doing another stitched paper piece, this time of a cicada.  They are such great insects.  I kept the bug sketchy because I like the colors so much, I didn’t want to obliterate them with solid color on the cicada.

Now to watch J’accuse on Netflix.   I think it is going to require all my attention.  If you haven’t checked them out, look at the art documentaries on Netflix.  I haven’t seen one yet that just didn’t fascinate me.  This one promises to solve the murder in Rembrandt’s Night Watch.  We’ll see…

stitching on paper

March 8, 2012

An experiment that I feel has potential.  I free motion embroidered on top of a simple collage of papers.  I did not plan to put the bird on it, I just kept going and this is how it turned out.  I think I will do another and put more thought into it.  Maybe even do some thumbnail sketches!

soft rocks

February 29, 2012

My daughter went to Camp Juliette Low pretty much every summer of her childhood and teen years.  It is located in NW Georgia which has a geology of its own.  I love that area of Georgia.  CJL has a huge plane of flat rock that the girls gather on.  Not that CJL girls play with dolls at camp, but I think it would be such imaginative fun to have little dolls, tiny cars and houses on that dimpled, bumpy terrain that they call “soft rocks.”  (picture here) Maybe that is why I never went to camp…

These soft rocks are of a different sort.  I followed a tutorial by artist/blogger Lisa Jordan at lil fish studios,  here.  It worked like a charm and I tried to tell her so on her blog but those new captcha’s they have will not recognize my typed letters.  Very frustrating, Blogger.

Grainy picture taken by my son, Taylor, on his new camera at night with no light.  Amazing.

Update- I didn’t give you very much info on this post.  These soft rocks are covered in wool felt, that is what makes them soft.  The rock is still inside.  I think they would be great bases for my felted birds.  I embroidered them with the rock inside, it isn’t difficult.

Bird’s Nest Medley

February 23, 2012

Here is my latest free motion embroidery.  It developed a somewhat haunted quality that wasn’t my intention.  I intended it to represent the beginning course of  life but it seems to be wrapping up the end of life instead!

It measures approximately 6 inches x 13 inches.

Blackthorn

February 20, 2012

Do you know who Charles Rennie Mackintosh is?  You should, so take a moment and go here to read up about him.  Better yet, do an image search and see all his beautiful designs.  You can find some here.  I love his watercolors!

The embroidery below is based on Mackintosh’s watercolor of a  “blackthorn” (bush?) branch.  It looks lethal.  I looked up blackthorn and see that it is traditionally used for walking sticks.  Maybe the blooming walking stick in Enchanted April was a blackthorn.  I’ll have to watch the movie again and find out.   My rendition was free motion machine embroidered in black and then I used hand embroidery where Mackintosh used watercolor.  Sure does make me think of spring!

Now, what to do with this piece of cloth???

using up odds and ends

January 26, 2012

When I started this blog, it was with the intention it would be a blog of my work (and I have pretty closely adhered by that).  Well, could I ever set myself up a more difficult task?  I have trouble keeping up with the blog because I have trouble producing enough work to share!

I debated on showing the piece below to you but I do it for a couple of reasons.  First, to ask you, have you all seen a renewed interest in embroidery?  I am seeing evidence of it all around me and wonder if I am just taking note and it has been there all along or is embroidery on the upswing again.  And secondly, I want to share a couple of links to work that I find beautiful.  This one  is to recent embroidery, the work of Rosemary Milner (who I know nothing about other than I find her work so endearing).  The other is to an exhibit of very old (18th century) bits and pieces of textiles (including embroidery) left with abandoned babies at a foundling hospital.  The former inspired me to do the piece below, the latter feeds my nostalgic wonderment.

This insect was stitched on my sewing machine using free motion embroidering (no guidelines were used, hence the slight skewing!) on top of a piece of vintage (antique?) lace given to me years ago by my mother’s friend, Sybil, on top of a sample piece of matelasse given to me by an interior designer.  (lucky me to have such generous friends!)  I hand stitched onto the bee (I can stitch better but I wanted that amateur feel!!)  It measures about 3.25″ x 6.25″.

Little Things…

November 14, 2011

If you happen to be in the Atlanta area from Thursday through the holidays, stop by the Swan Coach House Gallery for their Little Things Mean a Lot annual show.  I will have four pieces in it! (there they are below.)  Here is your invite!  The opening reception is Thursday, Nov. 17, 6-8pm.

Here are the backs.  I thought they looked pretty.  That is Amy Butler paper, I love the ones  with the art and crafts feel to it.


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