Thursday, April 27, 2017

The New Guy

Meet Bobby. 4 year old Jack Russell/Chihuahua mix. Rescued from a hoarding situation. Likes walks, doesn't mind the sewing machine. The first night I had him I took a shower and when I walked in my bedroom he was in the middle of the bed looking at me like "what took you so long?"
They close the shelter at 5pm so they are probably out of there at 6pm and there is no activity till they come back in the morning. It's a new life for The Bobster. I bet he adapts in no time!
He is camera shy.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Head and Tail

Lots of stitching,
but lots of stitching to go. I had to go with circular stitching on Joe. He was an appaloosa after all

It will be fun to see where the background stitching heads. I have been looking at embroidered flower pieces. I definitely want to bring colored flowers into this. Right now it is white flowers in the background. I foresee pink, blue and yellow flowers. It would be great fun to have lightening bugs (fire flies) that light up but we will see about that.

I have named it "Joe in the Garden of Eating."

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Raspberries and rhubarb oh my!

After 2 years of planting raspberries and
having a handful at a time it looks like the mother load has arrived! Yum. I probably won't get enough for a pie but maybe a bowlful.

Plus the rhubarb has sprung up.
Things are looking up.

Friday, March 31, 2017

High Hand Joe

Joe has shown up on my design board. He was my first good show horse. He would be upset when we were not called first for a ribbon and would swish around the exit gate. Poor horse, I was learning the show ropes. We did get better and he was able to leave the ring in what he perceived to be the correct order.

I took this photo at twilight so his pinkish orange color is enhanced. Being an appaloosa, spring was always a rush to see what color he would shed out.

He had been foundered before I purchased him so the farrier had a job keeping him sound.

Most of the horses I have owned have been good for children to ride. Joe was not fond of them. He was picky as to what his rider could ask of him. It was Joe's way or the highway. Fortunately he liked me, especially after I learned to ride better. He would untie himself at the horse shows and wander off in search of something better to eat.

Monday, March 20, 2017

And the winner is. . .

WRT won the Ohio Designer Craftsman Best of 2017 challenge award!!!

Love this business photo of my dad, his tie is bright pink beads. He liked to dress up his suits with bright colored or flowered ties. My mom bought them for him. His secretaries always looked forward to what he would wear.

Way to go Dad!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Space is Conquered!

Space III is conquered. I may start Space IV next. After a long layoff on this piece It was fun to try some different techniques. I knew I was saving those sequins for a reason. They were fish scales in my How to Fish in the Rain piece. Also a good way to use up some of beads I have collected. I had poured so many into my bead dish that I now have a good amount of bead soup labeled Space. I need to get to work!

I am looking at photos and I took some pics of the mini donkey in the barn but I don't think I got the right photo yet.

Here is a close up of Space III.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Space Continuum (ing)

The race to fill space progresses! I have a small area to fill with beads and then we will see what happens. I may leave it on the stretcher or take it off and add background. So far I am liking the stretcher bars.

I added lots of seed stitch and running stitch with variegated metallic embroidery thread. Incidentally I do not see the metallic thread in the DMC section anymore. Thankfully I have a good selection left.

A closeup of techniques, now that I am back into it I am enjoying sitting in a sunny window and working away at it.

I have three pieces of work accepted into Ohio Designer Craftsman Best of 2017 show. All my Quilt National "rejects" will be on display in Ohio for the summer. Opening May 7 at the Ohio Crafts Museum and then onto the Southern Ohio Art Museum in Portsmouth.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Space Pieces

The Hidden Life of Black Holes. This started as 4 small squares that were monoprinted, stitched and beaded. This was from an Ilze Aviks class I took at QSDS. They hung around for awhile until I decided to put them together and covered them with netting and tulle. I made them look like they were bursting from the tulle. About a year later I learned about free motion stitching and added the stitching in the background. This was before I figured out how to print on cloth. It was a journey.
A close up.

A second piece. The beading gives these pieces a lovely feel and weight. It goes rather quickly if you get yourself to sit and do it. Put some classical music on, or queue up some CDs.
Keeps your hands out of the cookie jar!

Wednesday, February 22, 2017


I am working on another Dad piece. The photo is a professional photo that was taken for his work. He looks a little stern but up close  is a little softer looking. Maybe I just think that as I really loved my father and hope I carry his integrity forward, but I digress. The circle is a newspaper page I painted with amber shellac. It has a wonderful texture but after I stitched it, it became rather fragile. Time will tell, I am now stitching the face . I love to do the stitching but worry that it is not going to look good. Tension!

This is a very old piece I started and then got stalled on when I moved. And I moved 5 or 6 years ago, I was bored one day and pulled is out. I have added tons of beading in the past 2 weeks. Maybe I will finish it finally. It will be my third space piece. Who knew?!

I will have to take a photo of one of my oldest pieces, The Secret Life of Black Holes. Stay tuned.

Friday, February 17, 2017

The Boy Who Loved Flowers

My brother Mickey is a truck farmer, that is he has a small farm where he sells veggies at a roadside stand. He also has 100 chickens and sells eggs and meat chickens. He keeps bees also. There are flowers but not for sale, of course, if you ask he would probably give them to you.

My mother loved flowers and we always had a house surrounded by flower beds as well as a large garden. We canned and froze a lot of produce, veg and fruit.

I guess it comes naturally!

 A close up, underneath the face is flowered fabric, the stitching is an varigated pastel pink and blue. It all works somehow.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

I'm Back!

Sorry for the time off but it was a crazy holiday season.

Before Christmas I adopted a dog named Mary. She was a scruffy little girl, part cairn terrier with maybe some bull dog or boxer. Five to six years old with eye problems. She was very good in the house, no accidents, bad behavior, etc.
 Alas she was not used to walking on a leash, the first few days we walked the neighborhood and she was getting more relaxed, I thought we had made progress till one icy day, yeah I know, ICE!!!, I was gingerly avoiding the sidewalk and walking on the grass when she bolted and I was down in an instant. Fortunately nothing was broken but severely strained as I went down on my right side jamming my upper arm.

Fortunately I was able to send her back. I hope some one takes a chance on her. I think she wants a teen age boy to romp with not some old lady. We did have fun running around the dining room table one night.

HeightsArts in Cleveland Heights, Ohio opened a show called Likeness January 13. I have 4 pieces in this wonderful diverse show about portraits. There are 2 mixed media, a photographer, a painter, a ceramicist and me the fiber person. It was so crowded I did not have time to take any photos. Lots of fun!

And my experiments with painted backgrounds has progressed to this:

When Fourth Graders Wear Makeup. My printer wants to print everything in color, even when I try to make it just print black and white so I turned a little green. I went with the flow and added makeup. I also added paint over the printed fabric which was a little dark. It turned out fun. As always fun is good.

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