Tuesday, August 22, 2017

1 Year of Stitches Project 2 Finished but not Assembled

I haven't put it together yet, but the white-on-white stocking embroidery is done. This piece will be auctioned later, and all money donated to the ACLU.

Monday, May 8, 2017

1 Year of Stitches- Week 18 Project 1 Completed

I started this color wheel on January 1, 2017,and took the last stitch May 6,2017. I worked on it every single day, just under 18 Weeks. I stitched for about an hour every day.

I love how it came out. I will be auctioning this piece and all proceeds will go to the South Dakota Planned Parenthood Branch (which, I believe, is partnered with the Minnesota Branch). I'll make sure everyone gets plenty of notice before the auction starts. It'll be sold exactly as is- stitched fabric in the hoop, as shown (I am afraid to take it out of the hoop, I'd never get it back in properly). The buyer may decide to frame the piece differently (it's stitched on a mostly square piece of fabric).

Stats: 14" hoop, bleached muslin fabric, cotton embroidery floss, solid coverage.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Appearance in Watertown, SD on May 11

Northern Prairie Arts and the Watertown Arts Council sponsor an Arts Night at The Pub in Watertown, SD, the 2nd Thursday of every month. They invited me to speak May 11, and I am so excited!

If you're in the area, come and hear an excerpt from EVAN AND THE LEAGUE OF GRANDMAS!

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Watermelon Tennies!

Remember when I decorated these tie-dye shoes? And these? A Facebook conversation with my friend Judy triggered another notion- Watermelon Shoes! I just happened to have a pair of new, white tennis in my closet, ready to embellish (doesn't everyone?) and within a couple of hours, I had the basics done. It took a few days for them to cure and dry, but this morning I added the seeds and laces, and VOILA!

The process is the same as with the earlier pairs- color the shoes with permanent markers (I used Prismacolor this time, because there are more, subtle color shades- 4 each, greens and pinks), drizzle with rubbing alcohol (I use a pipette for the drizzling), allow that to dry/cure for 24 hours, rinse, allow to dry. And then add any non-blotch embellishments you want. Easy Peasy!

 Just slop the color on- no need to be neat. I am tickled with myself for remembering to put a line of pale green around the pink shoe sole.

 Rubbing alcohol makes the colors wick and blend.

I really love how they came out.

I'm also pleased with the seeds. I waited to draw them after the blending because I wanted sharp outlines. If I had drawn them before drizzling the alcohol, they would have turned into gray blotches.