Posts Tagged ‘Silk Screening’


June 11, 2010

Friday morning with no plans for the weekend.  How lovely does that sound.

I have been working on finishing up those quilts I long ago mentioned.  I hope to show you soon but for now they are a surprise.  Takes time to quilt you know.  But I have played a little also.  This is based on Katherine Allen’s technique I read about in FiberArts magazine.  Very loosely based on it, using the materials I had on hand.  The first picture is a portion of what was done by painting a piece of canvas  and then placing organic collectings from my back yard on it.  With a silk screen, I squeegeed (what would be the correct term?) thinned acrylic paint thru.  Then took it to the sewing machine.  Ms. Allen’s work is so engaging, I wish I could see it in person.  I cropped the best of my piece with a mat (amazing how things look better matted and framed).

This shows almost the entire back side.  See on the left where I cropped my portion.  I like this side.

Hope your weekend is filled with pleasantness.

Trying to keep up….

December 7, 2009

Okay, fellow bloggers, how do you keep up?   Are you sleeping every single night or do you skip 2 or 3 nights in order to fit it all in?  

When there is no work, blogging regularly is easy.  Creating regularly is easy.  Keeping house is never easy.  But throw work (even part time) in the mix and I fall way behind in everything.

I have started decorating for Christmas and may just stop where I am for now.  After I get the empty boxes back into the attic that is.  For today’s show and tell, I am offering my Christmas tree.  The stars and birds were created a few years when I wanted a new style of tree and not our usual one consisting of every ornament I have (or my kids) collected since 1975.  Much as I loved the memories the ornaments gave, I was wanting a little more stylish tree.  My son balked a little that first  year but soon gave in.  The stars are made from folded cardstock, glued back to back and glittered.  I love the way they stand out against the green tree.  The birds are made from cotton batting.  I embroidered the wings and sewed them onto the body.   

The picture is blurry but I like it better than using a flash.  Makes the tree look like it is dancing around!

I have managed to do something with my hands this weekend.  I went on the Marietta Pilgrimage Christmas Tour of Homes and was inspired by a beautifully decorated house whose furnishings were so crisp and clean and cleverly arranged.  Makes me want a house like that.  Here is my first step in that direction.  I faux silkscreened an “F” and holly leaves onto cotton duck (I missed the linen sale by 2 days).  The “F” bled a little so I outline stitched each side of the screening to “crisp” up the edge.  To faux silkscreen, you can cut your negative image from freezer paper and iron it onto the fabric.  Then place the silk screen on top, add the paint and squeegee it down.  It works fairly well for one of a kind images.  Trying to peel up the freezer paper and reuse it would be difficult.

Getting close to bedtime.  Blogging won’t get keep me from my 10 hours!