Made on Monday 17 – Lihue Sunset

How many techniques can I use in 25 square inches?

Continuing with my current fascination with lace, this piece consists of fused layers of hand-dyed and lace Gelli Plate monoprint on cotton; manipulated photo images of lace printed on Lutradur, then heat distressed; art papers, foil, tulle and machine stitching in variegated cottons and metallic threads; inks and colored pencil.

It was inspired by the view of the mountains across Nawiliwili Bay from Kalapaki Beach, at Lihue, HI. We were treated to this view for seven days last week. This one is dedicated to my Montfort Ohana, Nancy, Unc The Fox and dearest cuz Pauli who have made it possible for me to get my tropical fix on a regular basis. Mahalo nui loa.#17 Lihue Sunset

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Old Treasure

At The Legacy this week, a new donated find was on the wall. It is worth sharing. This is a donated Tumbling Blocks quilt top WIP from a long time ago. Much of it is already joined, I’d guess about 60″ by 72″ or so, and there was a large bag more of pieced hexies ready to add to it. The paper is still all basted in. Someone took the time to read what they could from the pieced backs. The quilter used old newspapers, advertisements, magazines, wrappers, letters, and a German Bible. The date range found on the backing paper ranged from around 1889 to 1915. If it really does date from that time period, it must have been stored carefully for the better part of the last century, because the colors are remarkable. If I didn’t already have a large collection of unfinished things, I’d buy it myself. Price tag is $100. What a bargain. I wanted to share, because it is just so pretty, and because someone did so much work that still isn’t finished!

First, here are a few details from the back.

A shot showing it folded back so both sides are visible.

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And a detail shot of the front.img_2397

I hope I don’t leave anything this grand unfinished! Enjoy!

AHIQ linkup

A short post for the linkup. Here’s all the progress I’ve made so far on my Patchwork Doodle. Intending a medallion style composition. Posting from a very remote location, so more details when I return home! Aloha! Linking with AHIQimageimage

Made on Monday 16 – Vernal Equinox

More mixed media and an impression of the late winter trees at the end of a rainstorm.

Fused layers of hand-dyed cotton; art papers, metallic tulle, foil, heat distressed acetate taffeta, stamping ink, metallic colored pencils, Mod Podge, and a bit of moss that fell out of the big fir tree in the yard, in last night’s rainstorm. I had been trying to “make” some moss using my sewing machine, and was having a bit of a time with it…but it seems I didn’t need to for this piece. No stitching of any kind!

#16 Vernal Equinox

Happy First Day of Spring!

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Made on Monday 15 – Rusty 1

I’ve been playing with a lot of different techniques for altering and using, abusing and fusing fabrics and other materials, mixing my media, so to speak.
This week’s piece started with some cotton fabric that I dyed in tea first, then left out in the rain for a couple of days with some rusting objects in and on it…washers, nails, chain, iron stakes, and other doo-dads I found around the side of the house that we call “funkytown”. I added an image from a photograph of a rusty old piece of mining equipment, printed on Lutradur,heat distressed and cut out, layered with art papers and tulle, a little foiling, couched novelty yarns, and freehand stitched on the ol’ Redhead treadle.

 

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I love the rusty blotches and have more of that fabric, so watch for more Rusties in future!

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Made on Monday 14 – Nets of Being

And now, for something completely different! (If you can cite the reference you’re dating yourself!)
If you know me, you know that I love color. My MoM pieces for the first 13 weeks began in a rather colorful way, but I really got on a monochrome jag for awhile there. The response to it was very gratifying and I will keep that mode in my repertoire, but I’m pining for color.
The title of this piece comes from a poem by Charles Olson. I studied this poem in university days. I never was sure I quite understood it, but the words are beautiful, humorous and mysterious and speak to me of the mysteries of life. I imagine I am a bit more aware of all those mysteries now than I was 45 years ago. The phrase keeps coming back to me “awake, my sleeping ones, disentangle the nets of being”.
What are those nets of being? This got me thinking about physical nets, knotted, woven, fibers, textiles, cloth, even lace, and how it is made and how it holds together, or doesn’t. An interesting metaphor for life, perhaps. I supposed my nets of being might be what I want them to be, in the colors I choose, and perhaps with some stray pretties and not-so pretty bits caught up in them.

 

This net was made by sandwiching pieces of decorative yarns, ribbons, and threads between two layers of Solvy Ultra (water soluble stabilizer). I pinned and clipped these layers together and stitched a frame around the outside. Here’s the sandwich under the needle, after the initial square frame was stitched.IMG_1782

I used my 1911 Singer model 66-1 for this project. I love to use this machine because it is so smooth, reliable, quiet and placed at a window where I have a nice view. It’s very meditative, and sews a better seam than most of my newer machines.

Here is the piece after I had completed the stitching of the net.

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The next step was to trim off the excess Solvy film in the margins, then immerse the whole thing in water. I dissolved and rinsed out most of the Solvy glue, but left in a little to assist with shaping. Then I blocked it with pins and let it dry in a 3-D rumpled shape, as a net might be when thrown out to dry. (Here a tip of the hat and good hopes for all the crab fishermen who could not fish this winter on our coast, due to the closure of the Dungeness crab fishery in Northern California). Anyhow, here is a shot of the drying phase.

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Finally, the piece was affixed to the background. And here is the finished piece.IMG_1796

 

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