Thursday, July 29, 2010

trying to stay cool

in this record-breaking heat with some stitching on cool whites and off-whites. I've started three in a series of nine which will be assembled together.

Still practicing bead wrapping. It turns out that it's something I can do while riding in a car. But I can't actually concentrate on a design or assemble the pieces together. Interesting. I can sew and piece and applique while riding in a car but not do embroidery or add embellishments.
The flowers I started from seeds and finally transplanted outside are doing well. There is also a volunteer pumpkin plant.

I really like the mottled look of these roses.

Monday, July 26, 2010

dyeing to be blue

Last week I experimented with dyeing a few strips of fabric to be used for a project scheduled for an August 1 unveiling.
Staining would probably be a more accurate description than dyeing. This is a coffee and blueberry mixture.
I'm pleased enough with the results that now I plan to try it with some old linens I purchased at an antique mall a few weeks ago.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

a small key

“The key to your universe is that you can choose.” ~ Frederick (Carl) Frieseke
“In oneself lies the whole world and if you know how to look and learn, the door is there and the key is in your hand. Nobody on earth can give you either the key or the door to open, except yourself.” ~ Jiddu Krishnamurti
“A small key opens big doors.” ~ Turkish Proverb

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

path with heart

a few additions to one of the cuffs, including wrapped beads
a button,
pieces of an old necklace

walking along a path,
finding a heart-shaped stone     

Monday, July 12, 2010

the steep path

started a new textile cuff bracelet . . .
bought a few buttons and pieces at an antique show . . .
and added some of them to the first cuff . . .
practicing wire wrapping after forgetting how to do it . . .
walked through the woods . . .  

Remember when life's path is steep to keep your mind even.  ~ Horace

Saturday, July 10, 2010

textile cuff

 a new project.

Finally there is a break in the weather. A little rain. A drop in temperature.

I can breathe better and have started a small new project.

A few years ago I started making textile cuffs but only made a couple. 
This is a new one . . . still in progress . . .
just playing around with some elements and a new (to me) hardware store finding: screw rings.

Friday, July 9, 2010

practice stitching

it is still hot
but I've managed to do some stitching

on a couple of
leftover blocks

Thursday, July 8, 2010

dock and lillies

Our guests have returned home and it's time to figure out a creative routine. It hasn't happened yet.