Folk Art Panel

I recently mentioned that I was almost done with this project, what I call the “folk art panel”. And now, here it is in all it’s wonky glory! I pieced it together by machine, but everything else was done by hand (hence the “wonky” bit, as I certainly could use more practice). I also tried a new technique for myself – using the backing fabric as the binding. Actually, I think I prefer it!

I used a large hoop, based off of Shawkl’s design, to hold it in place. I did have to lace it a little because of the way I did everything, but it mostly worked – for my first go at it, I am really happy with it!

If you want to make your own, try looking up the candlewick embroidery kit called Pennsylvania Dutch Tree or Folk Art Florals – they are from the Creative Circle and designed by Charlotte Reilly, if it helps!

I used the Frixion gel pens again to draw where my sewing lines would be. I am a little apprehensive to continue using them. I haven’t done any tests yet, but there was some ghosting on the darker red fabric. It is less noticeable with the stitches, but still…

I had to get it done prior to my next guild meeting to qualify for a fun challenge prize (I won a set of “templates” – aka cookie cutters;). I’m happy I had that fire under me, else who knows when I wouldv’e come back to it!

And winter is upon us here, so I struggle with my photos and white balance depending on the room and time of day. I am still learning photo editing, which is hard when you just plain don’t care! Gah!

SewIN Quilt and Fiber Biennial

The first SewIN Quilt and Fiber Biennial, put together by Art Seed, begins tomorrow. I tell you this because through a serendipitous encounter, my crazy quilt block is in the art show! I passed through my old stomping grounds coming back from my work in Kentucky and had my block on hand to show my gramma. Long story short, since “I know a guy”, I was able to add my piece. I wasn’t confident it should be in an art show, but I also thought “why the heck not try it?!” so I did. That’s bravery for you right there. Mine is located at Hosparus, and you can see it in this image if you look super closely. We joked that the title of my piece ought to have been “Smaller Than Expected” since other pieces are so much larger – mine is only the size of a piece of paper!

If you are new to my site, the piece in question is my first BCQC block. The people who work at Hosparus are among the most generous, and the people who visit are most likely quite sad so I hope that mine and the others can brighten their day a bit.

… if I have something in an art show … does this mean I am an artist? (:

WIP-TAST-ic Wednesday 45

Here is my progress on TAST this week:

But it isn’t what you think! I actually finished a pennant as well, but I need to wait til I have more than just these iPhone photos. See! I told you not to give up on me yet.

When I was out of town on work, I swung by six different needle arts shops. Of course I broke the bank, but I found so much cool loot and now have places to visit next time I am around. Super excited!! Anyway, I picked up a needlepoint design. I don’t know anything at all about needlepoint other than it’s just a half-cross stitch. Of course, there is so much more to needlepoint than just that, but that’s all I have to work with! I picked up this pretty letter V and the coordinating perl cotton in size 5. I believe it is a Rosalie hand-painted design. More to follow!