Showing posts from July, 2018

New Directions - Reno, NV

On my way to a family reunion I stopped in Reno to visit with Carol Soderlund.   After a tour of her lovely new home we went to the Wilber D. May Museum to see a beautiful fiber exhibit called New Directions  with work from  artists  Joan Dyer, Denise Oyama Miller, Sandra Poteet, Lin Schiffner, Linda Waddle, and Martha Wolfe. Carol and I in front of Martha Wolfe's Ritsurin pieces. There were many beautiful pieces at the show. Santa Cruz: Hydranga, a bojagi piece by Martha Wolfe especially spoke to me. I love the multiple layers. I feel like bojagi can't be fully appreciated in photos.  Streaming by Joan Dyer. Waves by Joan Dyer  Ritsurin Koi by Martha Wolfe Blue Bell by Martha Wolfe I'm so glad I got to go to the exhibit in person.  Art is so much better in person!

Blog Hop Winner!

Thank you to everyone for your great comments! It was a lot of fun to read about how much you all love hand stitching. I hope you will all pick up some thread and needle and get to work! Congratulations to Elizabeth Ferry Pekins! You have won a copy of Lynn's wonderful book, The Hand Stitched Surface.  Send me a PM on Messenger with your address and we will get your book sent out.

The Hand Stitched Surface Blog Hop

My friend, Lynn Krawczyk  of Smudged Design Studio, wrote an awesome book this year. I really admire Lynn's ability to let her art brain fly. She gets a fabulous idea and she just goes for it! I spend too much time telling myself why the idea won't work, but Lynn thinks up fabulous stuff and then writes a book about it. I want to be more like Lynn. The Hand-Stitched Surface is all about creating great mixed media art with hand stitching. I've been doing a lot more hand stitching lately thanks to her book, and I have a tip for you: As I've quilted straight lines on my Thunderstruck quilt and the lines aren't always straight. They are straight-ish. I suppose that is part of the charm of this style of quilting, however as I am finishing the quilt I discovered an easier way to make straighter, better spaced lines and I want to share this simple idea: Fold the fabric over, and finger press (or iron) a line.  You now have a straighter line to follow