Tuesday, July 16, 2013

recycled wool and embroidery

 This particular piece is done and only have in process pictures. The pictures at least give a sense of where this was going. will have to take a finished picture and add it after I get home.
 After making the scenes for the small tri-fold bags i applied the same ideas to a larger piece. Beige / Tan wool background with a shiny polyester fabric for the main background. To this multiple layers of silk and polyester scraps were added to form the hills. The yarn is a heavy wool couched down to form a tree figure.
a gold colored thread, it was like a metallic was used for the running stitches in the blue part. regular pearl cotton was used to quilt the wool background.

recycled flannel bed sheets-dyed

Still going through what was up loaded. found a few more things to add to the blog.

At St. Vincent De Paul's in Oshkosh Wisconsin when one of the nursing homes donated their sheets. Flannel!
Took some home and hand dyed them and created tri-fold small purses. Hand embroidered and then different fibers added .
These were some of the first one's.
 Most of these were created in 2008.
some given away, some donated to a quilt guild sale--I think I have one left.
 used different fibers and only three embroidery stitched. heavy on french knots in different threads, chain stitch, running stitch and a back stitch.
french knots or colonial knots are my favorite-esp with wool thread. I found needlepoint kits at
St. Vincents so i kept the wool and threw the ugly needlepoint pictures away.

 This one has fused green leaves. The flannel was laid on a piece of batting and loosely quilted. That made the surface stable but not stiff. Used up alot of small pieces of batting that were laying around. On all of these a piece of scrunched up yarn or ribbon was stitched down -then the little gardens were added.
 Pretty much free form embroidery. Fun stuff.
 adding beads really sparked some of them up.

documenting whats on my camera

Finally got all my pictures uploaded into a file. all of the posts below this are whats on the card. hopefully my son will be happy. He has been after me to document them all. I leave here on the 27th of July so will continue to add to this new blog and try and include as much information as i can. There are alot of quilts etc at home that I may or may not have pictures of. there is another camera card at home.

The big project will be pictures and documentation of all the stuff at home. Hoarders here I come. Have been trying to downsize or is it organize my stuff. Wow-too much. Have been doing a few boxes at a time to St. Vincents but have a long way to go.get to feeling over whelmed and a little amazed when I try to organize the stuff.

Big decisions with books and fabric. Jude Hill is right --approach should be one half--if I keep that in mind hopefully I can actually do something about the mess.

I do make many different styles so downsizing the fabric part is sheer agony. Inside I know I can never use up all of it...But with personal finances at an all time low grateful for every last inch.

Chant of the day---close your eyes , turn brain off and pack up....