Friday, July 27, 2012

New Work

I've been way behind on my fiber art group 12" square challenge.  Each month we've been given a theme and asked to create a small piece.  This last week I've been working hard to catch up.

5 months done!  Including July!  All trimmed to 12.5" x 12.5"

Theme:  I heard it through the grapevine.  Technique:  layered yarn and ribbon on a pieced background, covered with tulle, heavily quilted.

Theme:  The answer is chocolate.  Technique:  foiling and eating chocolate kisses.

Theme:  Flowers on the wall.  Technique:  manipulated photos of flowers and a stone wall printed on organza and them cut to smithereens.

Theme:  Walking on sunshine.  Technique:  Hard to see, but the hot stripey stripset is pleated.

Theme:  In the lawn of life, be the flamingo.  Technique:  pieces of hand dyed cocoons, attached by quilting, and then frayed 
 I finally finished Big Figure #8.  It's been on the wall for over a month:

Big Figure #8, 34" x 48"

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Catching up once again...

I realized this morning that it's been nearly six weeks since I've written a blog post.  So it's time to catch up.

We were in Spread Eagle, Wisconsin the last week in June, staying at our friends' lake house.  The weather was fairly cool -- a nice respite from summer in Fort Worth:

When we got back to Texas, the spider lilies (hymenocallis) were in full bloom.  For nearly mid July, our yard is still unusually green:

We went all out with the Independence Day decorations.  Our neighborhood parade (a procession of decorated cars, dogs in costumes and kids on bikes, complete with a non-marching band in a flatbed truck) starts in front of our house so we wanted to be in the spirit:

Inside as well as out:

As far as work goes, I was in the groove until we left for Wisconsin.  Working on my latest Big Figure quilt.   However,  I've been avoiding my studio since we got back from vacation,  spending my mornings puttering in the garden and my afternoon either reading, running errands or doing housework.  

On a sad note, my aunt and a good friend both died last week.  And a college friend the week before.  Part of my creative funk, I'm sure.

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