|Enjoying the Mild Snowy Day|
Here is a little sneak peek at a tiny corner of my Sunshine and Vines Challenge piece. It's all I can show you. I wanted to try to use only the five fabrics in the kit but ended up using 2 other fabrics for sky and water. The rest will be kit fabrics. I free motion stitched the trees here. In fact I am trying to machine stitch the whole piece. I have several layers of fabrics in some places and was struggling with tangles and other nasty issues. I had to rethread, try different combinations of threads, change needles, tensions etc etc until I finally got it to sew. It's a big learning curve.
In fact I feel like I am on a giant learning curve right now - machine work, dolls, some needle punch felting (I made a wrist cuff), and rug hooking. I also joined SAQA and I am working on some pieces which I may enter into jurying for upcoming exhibitions. I guess we can get too comfortable for a time then it's on to the next challenge (s). I am also determined to open an Etsy shop this year.
At home, I finally broke down and purchased a new TV (you should see my old one), and got gifts of an ereader and new microwave (you should see my old one:) All this technology means new learning......whew! Some days I just wish for a cabin in the woods....
|Background for new floral piece|
|Rough sketch of flowers for new floral piece|
I picked up my gift certificate prize from Canada Beading yesterday and bought some lovely silk threads with it. I'll take a photo of them and post soon. I also hopped over to the Running Stitch - great sale - and used a gift certificate from my son to purchase lots of great fabric....my kids know what I like!
I am still finishing up a hand stitched piece of aging which I think I will call "When I Was Twenty-One" but that could change. My colour challenge piece is almost completed - all hand stitched so far. I sure have lots to keep me busy and I am trying to get some stuff done now because I am scheduled for catarract surgery in March and again in April which may slow me down a bit - but not for long. Oh and I was one of the members featured on a new group I joined in November FAMM (fibre arts and mixed media). It's a Yahoo group. Very nice!