Thursday, November 1, 2012

Woodland Christmas Work in Progress

I love the Christmas illustration by Carol Holmes of the Christmas tree in the woodlands decorated with breads, fruit, nuts and berries for the animals.  Years ago, I started thread painting some of the animals but as life intervened, I set it all aside. I am finally trying to get it finished by THIS Christmas! LOL!  Here, a pair of deer peek around the tree at the strange sight.
A furry bear emerges from hibernation to see the little Christmas tree.
So far, I have some of the animals and the tree 'nailed' (sewn) down, the snow has been shaded with fabric paint and some of the trees and the cabin fused in place. I have begun to add branches with hand embroidery and there are several small animals, birds and mice, that will have to be painted on and then enhanced with a bit of stitching.
The tree alone took several bobbin and upper thread changes. It was done on green tulle with Sulky Solvy in a hoop and took forever.  I couldn't resist adding a bit of diamond dust glitter to it as well for sparkle.
A red fox peers around the tree in the lower right hand corner.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Bluebirds and Autumn Leaves

 Several people went out of their way to make my exhibit reception special so I have been making fabric postcard thank you notes to send them.  My sister in law who lives in Georgia sent a flower arrangement for the table. Another friend made fruit and cheese trays which were delicious and pretty. Another brought a homespun little framed embroidered quilt saying with a fabric yo-yo I will enjoy in my basement studio.  Other friends met me down there and enjoyed seeing my exhibit and having lunch.
 These little bluebirds are free motion thread painted with Sulky Solvy and fabric in a hoop, cut out, the Solvy dissolved and then they are applied to the postcard with an outline stitch. The flowers are  'fussy cut' from commercial fabrics, fused on and then stitched to add dimension and avoid the edges curling up in the mail.  They are sewn to a fabric backing that has been fused to a heavy duty fusible interfacing. The backings are paper postcard backings. The edges are then satin stitched using rayon thread.
 The Autumn leaves are also a commercial fabric. They are fussy cut and fused down to a background. The satin stitching is a variegated rayon thread by Sulky I have had for quite a while.

 I am not sure what company made this luminous green fabric but I love it for the background here on these two.  These are photographed on my lace table cloth in my dining room near a window.  The camera seems to have trouble picking up the intensity of the colors in this fabric but these leaves are quite intense and beautiful.  I hope my friends will enjoy these little postcards.  They can be framed or placed on a table top easel for display or pinned to a bulletin board.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Fabric Postcard Thank You

A friend, Pat, took me to lunch at Cribb's Kitchen in Spartanburg and visited my exhibit with me last week.  I so enjoyed the food and the companionship.  So I made her a little fabric postcard thank you note.  The mums were fussy cut from a commercial fabric (I've had it awhile and not sure who manufactured it) and fused with Wonder Under onto a commercial sky fabric background.  I then free-motion stitched it down to avoid any edges curling up during mailing. The finch was thread painted in a hoop with Sulky Solvy and a bright yellow fabric backing.  There are two layers of Deco Bond and a watercolor paper postcard backing.  The border is Sulky thread satin stitched around. Rita, post master at the Gramling Post Office liked it.  I plan to make more of these in between the scale miniature furniture and accessories I make and sell on Etsy as Peach Blossom Hill.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Reception Next Week

My exhibit hanging at the Chapman Cultural Center.  The reception, open to the public, is next week, September 20th! I am getting excited and also apprehensive. My mother in law, Mary Louise, is making some things but I have no idea what to fix!  Got to get my head in gear.
I was down there yesterday meeting a friend, Pat to see my exhibit and then we went to Cribb's Kitchen for lunch--so delicious.  It made me feel so good that some ladies were very complementary about my pieces!  You never know how your work is perceived.  It was very gratifying to hear how much they enjoyed them.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

An Old Friend

I thread painted this fellow a few years ago and thought I had lost him. I love frogs and toads and we are blessed with them on our farm with creeks, a farm pond and our koi pond. We had thousands of tadpoles in the koi pond this spring and summer.  Anyway, I found him yesterday in a Ziploc bag in my basement studio (which I am working to clean up and organize)!  I used metallic gold thread for his eardrums and eyes.  He was worked on tulle with Sulky Solvy in a hoop.  Now I've got to create a fabric and thread habitat for him!  I am picturing a pond with water lilies and irises.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Linda Cobb's Garden in Thread

Linda Cobb, Spartanburg's most well known Master Gardener, gave me permission to attempt to capture a scene in her beautiful garden in thread.  This thread painting on Habotai silk is finished except for matting and framing.  I took a bit of artistic liberty and omitted the fence in the background and a few of the trees.  Otherwise, I hope I was able to capture the 'feel' of the garden and the shrubs and flowers there.  I would love to have one of these beautiful bird houses one day beside our koi pond.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Episcopal Church of the Advent

 The Episcopal Church of the Advent in downtown Spartanburg is located on Advent Street.  This beautiful historic stone church was built in 1851 and added to the National Historic Registry in 2000.  I think it is one of the most beautiful churches in the county.  I had taken photos of it one windy fall day in 2010 and then my Dad and I visited it again to take some detail pictures of the tower and cemetery markers this past early spring.
 Since the church is located downtown, there were buildings visible in the distance.  I included their basic shapes without a lot of detail and shading.  The markers each were made using contrasting fabrics fused on to denote the dimensions and shadows.
 The tower and spires were difficult to capture but a charcoal and a medium grey fabric worked for the backgrounds with black as the interior.  The roof was the 'wrong' side of a gray print fabric with Pebeo Setacolor gray wash for the shading.

 Below is a photo I took of the progress before the trees, markers and other details were added.