Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Wool Love- A quick share

Hello All!

Its so hard to keep up with my blog and I wish I had a clone to do it for me. Since that is one thing I just can't figure out how to make, I will try to add a few quick posts here and there. I am in a lovely creative pool right now, just swimming around. I've had some creative time on my hands and that is such a wonderful gift! Soon the garden will be calling so I am just loving this time.

You all know that I have a love affair with wool. I have tons of roving in so many brilliant and complex textures. It is fun to felt, it feels so good in my hands and it gives me the feeling of painting. Something many fibers just can't do.

My latest creation is above. I think this is a one of a kind because it is filled with little experiments. It is made from layers and layers of hand dyed wool. This makes it an ideal pincushion. Wool has natural oils which will lubricate and polish your pins and needles. However, stitching through all of those layers is a bit hard on the hands. I have a few new callouses and indentations on my fingertips to prove it. Pulling perle cotton through wool is easy with a few layers, but many..well, next time I think I will alter the design to make it arthritis friendly. In fact, I have another on the way with those elements in mind.

If you have never worked with wool, I so recommend it. Try to purchase a nice little scrap pack and give it a try. Quilting Acres on Etsy. I get a lot of my wool from there and it is top notch for felting projects.

Here is a picture that shows some of the many layers of wool, especially in the sun and sky. That lovely blue came from another shop-Ruby Mountain DyeWorks.
You can purchase this pincushion here. But once it is gone, it is gone. I'll try to recreate it but not in this method.

My last quick share is a new version of a pincushion favorite in my Etsy Shop, Fiberluscious. I used lots of rich earth colors in my Wool Leaf Pincushion. You can purchase it here. I even have one ready to ship!

If you have some roving and wool fabric on hand, I recommend using a very thick wool to section off some of your shapes. It gives a nice break and allows for even more embroidery. I have a nice selection of fluffy wool and mixed fiber yarns in my shop called the Thick and Chunky Colorway. You will find lots of fun yarns in a number of bright colorways in my shop. They are only $15 each and you will get a lot of yarn to play with for your smaller projects. Ask me to create your own colorway. I'd be happy to put one together in all one fiber, one type, or one color.

Well, I have to go. I'm on grandma duty today. My little ones are my favorite creative endeavor. Oh the fun we have. They bring me joy which enables me to share my joy with you!

Sunday, February 19, 2017

New Fabrics- New Blocks- New Fun!

I have been so darn busy since the holidays. It seems so many have saved up some fun projects for me to create. Now that I am caught up a bit, I wanted to share some of my new fabrics and the fun pincushions they inspired!

This is a new pincushion in my shop. I made it with a line of fabrics by Kathy Davis called. "Scatter Joy". The name is perfect for these prints. Just when I think I have them all, a new bunch comes in. Here is a bunch straight from the fabric store!

Here is another in that same fabric line. I simply used some free motion stitching to outline the print. I added a layer of cotton blend batting so the surface has a soft touch. I like quilted pincushion tops. The pins and needles stay up so nicely and are less likely to migrate to the center of the cushion.

Sometimes i just enjoy trying a new quilt block pattern. I was watching Fons and Porter's "Love of Quilting". Dodi Poulson was on. She designed a block called the Shattered Dresden. It was so pretty. It contains short and long dresden fans all in one block. The quilt she brought had another dresden which was more suitable for making a pincushion. She simply created a larger center circle. The fans were fatter. I used 12 in my block. I drafted the pattern using a protractor to create 12 equal sections. I then cut out one of the sections and added a 1/4 inch seam to both sides and the top. The smallest part of the fan is under the center circle so you can just lop off what you don't need. Here are a few versions of this pincushion.

I think my favorite is the modern rose print in yellow, pink and blue. Those are Mary Rose prints by Quilt Gate. I hand appliqued all of the petals and centers. I find applique so satisfying. I do use the fusible interfacing trick to make the round center. I just find it to be so fast and easy. The softer rose prints are more monochromatic so I found that some embroidery around the edges brought out the block pattern better. The first one I made was the bright modern print version with the yellow dotted center and the navy background, (its another "Scatter Joy" print!). They all came together quickly and it is always so nice to try something new.

I had a few fun requests. One is from a dietician who wanted to know if I could make some brooches for her to use on her job. She asked if I could make her some veggies! Well, you know me. I can't resist a challenge. I can't believe that I forgot to take pictures of them before they shipped. Luckily, I did have pictures of a corn cob brooch I make about 3 years ago.
I had a lot of fun designing it and I sure didn't mind a creative rerun.I also redesigned one of my wool pea pods. If I get another done, I promise to take pictures next time!

I really love working with my customers. The bring me so many wonderful ideas. Everything we design together becomes on of my new favorites. I have been working with a lovely woman in Japan for the past few months and she keeps me busy. I enjoy our conversations more than I can say. I am certain there is an automatic translator involved because things always some out in an interesting way. We both laugh! These are the things that bring me happiness and satisfaction in my work. Here is a pretty rose pincushion she requested.

My last thing I'd like to share is another non-traditional creation from this year. I used to make crowns and tiaras. I really loved the designing process. No two are ever alike. This one is for a lovely young mom who ordered one for each of her children. This tiara is for the newest one who I hope will come into this world knowing how much she is loved.

I hope to translate this design into a pincushion soon. The linen background and hand painted silk velvet play so beautifully together. I love the way the dye works on silk velvet. Its like a watercolor painting. Free motion stitching gives it even more of a painterly look.

Well, that's all I can squeeze in tonight. There are more orders to fill and I'm nearly done with a few. I hope you come and visit my Etsy shop soon. I have so many things ready to ship. I am also ready to work with new ideas!

Happy sewing!