When I moved into my house some rooms had yellow walls. And I asked myself “How do I feel in this yellow room?” The answer was not good; actually kind of sickly. They say a bright, strong yellow room can make babies cry and couples divorce. Not sure who “they” are but not taking any chances with my mental state I promptly painted the walls. I like a yellow that does not scream YELLOW! That’s not for me. I am not an Olympic athlete going for the gold. I want a yellow that is happy and slightly muted with a…
I had to make sure and show you the wonderful pens my husband Roger has been making with wood from our forested home and re-purposed materials. You can now find his pens exclusively sold at Moments by Norri, a shop for creating memorable gatherings and finding local artisan gifts. https://www.bynorri.com/
Knit panels with crochet accents. Main yarn: Plymouth Yarn, Homestead Tweed, Burnt orange, 90% wool, 10% donegal, made in Peru Bottom band: Lang Yarns, Finn, 72% virgin wool, 28% acrylic, made in Italy I am new to using a knitting machine. My interest, I confess, is not in knitting garments with fancy stitches but rather combining different knitted yarn fabrics and textures together to create unique designs. I thought the Silver Reed LK150 Knitting Machine would be the perfect tool for my needs. They call this machine a work-horse and it is. This sweater is my own design by draping the dress…
I love to work with beads and I find it strangely relaxing. The hard part is choosing the beads you are going to use.
This dinning room lamp was missing it’s fringe; little holes holding nothing. I admit when I started this project it seemed easy enough. Make the same sequence of beads over and over again. When hung, each strand from a distance has colors creating a stripe that went up and down as the holes in the lamp edge made a bracket shape.
It took years. The lamp hanging there part strung saying “Remember me?” So I took beads in a little box with me and strung when I had time. Yes I remembered.
The autumn dance was soon and Josephine was so excited to go.
A shorter in length party dress would be so pretty and she wanted to look her best for such an occasion. Josephine most definitely wanted something with grass flowers. Grass flowers were all the rage; everyone would be wearing them.
With these ideas in mind she set out to the forest to find her dress and came upon one later that day. Around the waist a brocade of small rust and purple chrysanthemums with blackberry and huckleberry beads. Fading hydrangea blossoms made up the bodice and a delicate pansy jewel button dotted the front.
She was set.
Machine quilted cotton
I have made a few quilts over the years and I thought I would share some. This Blue and White Tea quilt my sister and I made for a family member. This person likes tea, blue and white china and a splash of bright color here-and-there. At the fabric store we picked out all the blues that would go with a tea cup and pot fabric.
This quilt is constructed of squares and occasional four triangles making up a square. To give it a slightly formal touch we made the edging and binding out of a simple stripe.
12″ x 9″
Pen and pencil on paper
This copy I drew at the Portland Art Museum in the Graphic Design exhibit hall. The work “Frightened Boy and His Dog” was created by Leonard Baskin in 1954. I found the work interesting. The boy is still with his arms wrapped around him, the hand is open like a gesture of needing help. The dog is unsure, paused – a moment in time. The fear itself is confident, bright, energetic and because we don’t know exactly what it is, frighting.
This weeks topic on Illustration Friday.com is fear. It’s fun to see what other illustrators have posted.
Pen and watercolor pencil on paper.
Size: 14″ x 13″
Not being a water-colorist I have found colored pencils that you can brush with water easier to use. The color spread is manageable and you can get a combination of hard and soft color easily.
I managed to get a design job because of this illustration. Just goes to show you that what is in your mind to create will touch someone else’s heart.
Keep making things.
Acrylic on 2 in x 2 in canvas board
This painting I did with the aid of a magnifying glass and tiny brushes. The subject was derived from a photograph I took one Christmas. A chipmunk had gotten a hold of some holly I had put in a plant arrangement outside. This painting was entered in the Blick Mini Masterpiece Challenge.
This skirt is made using New Look sewing pattern 6492, view B. The fabric used is a visc/poly, yarn-dyed double-knit from France that I bought from Emma One Sock. Great fabric to work with. Very comfortable. Perfect drape. I am going to make more of this pattern. The simple cut really shows off the fabric.
Acrylic on canvas.
This roomy sweater is made of a visc/poly from France. The Fabric, fair isle in style, is a yarn-dyed double-knit. The back side is a tweedy stripe that makes for an interesting accent. This sweater is so comfy on a cold day – I just love it. This fabric can fuzz and pill so I have chosen to make it a dry clean item.