April 27, 2014

New Tapestry Loom...

Mr. B. surprised me with a beautiful handmade tapestry loom. He stained it red, my favorite color and put hand carved hearts all about it to represent our five children and eight grand beans. The beans hearts are all across the top blue and pink in their birth order! I forgot to get a pic of the top, but I will. It has an adjustable length, which is quite handy, and can be set upright on removable feet! I promise to take more pics as the project progresses.

The warp is hand spun linen/flax, an old eBay purchase. I still can't believe I scored two cones, 1100 yards for just $11. The weft is hand spun natural colored wool. This image from The Graphics Fairy is one of my favorites and I was inspired to paint the warp and give it a whirl. I will use multiple shades of gray on the hare. I have some wool that I love, it is charcoal, with lots of flecks in it, that I think will be perfect for the principle parts. The typography will be embroidered afterward in some configuration, yet to be decided. It is slow, meditative work, but I am making progress!
This is Max (aka Maxie poodle), he is my daughter's Shi-poo mix. We had the pleasure of watching him while she and her family were on vacation for spring break. He is the sweetest dog and we all miss him now that he is back home. Here he is keeping company in my home studio.
I hope you have enjoyed your weekend!

April 2, 2014

On my worktable...

A couple of jellyfish.
Crocheted Jellyfish

Bella's school project

 My granddaughter Isabella asked me to help her design a 3D jellyfish for a school project on sea life.
She will be presenting a report to the class on this subject. We raided Nana's fabric and fiber stash and came up with a plan. Translucent, synthetic fabric in glittering, iridescent shades of grays, blues and periwinkle would be the body of the jellyfish. We cut many circles of each fabric and Nana (for safety reasons) gently melted the edges using a candle. Doing this caused the fabric to curl and wave, giving the illusion of motion in the water. The top iridescent circle was lightly stuffed with soft, crumpled tulle scraps, looking very much like the insides of a jellyfish. Smaller circles were layered together and were fabric glued together at the center (just as the large circles were). Many different fibers, yarn, and fabric were then hand sewn to the center on the smaller circle pile and became our jellyfish's tentacles. Bella did a great job in placing, sewing and knotting all those many tentacles! Ava helped as well. The tentacle piece was hand sewn to the top and we were done. She was very proud and happy with her creation. We had so much fun, and...I think she deserves an A+.

The crocheted jellyfish in the top picture was made by me, just for fun. Maybe Bella can wear it as a necklace on the day of her presentation! What do you think?