Monday, June 30, 2008


This is an accordian spine journal that I made while testing Sueb's new class The spine doesn't show too well, because I scanned it. The digital always seems to be full of my husband's photos-need one of my own. I love making these journals with Sue's great directions and plan to make them for my quilt group.

Friday, June 27, 2008

Here's another journal from Sueb's new class. The information is at

This is a 3 fold style. Because of the model train fabric, DH wanted this one, so the papers in the signatures are drawing paper and graph paper.
For the house style, I was wondering what type of fabric to try and made a dog house. The lining is of course trees for the dogs.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Quiltie, Journal

This is the Nature Theme quiltie I received from June in the Unlimited Textiles exchange. There is so much detail in it. It's really great in person.

I'm testing another class for Sue Bleiweiss with this link to the class information. It's called More Journal Making for the Fiber Artist. More wonderful directions and ideas. This one is with a coptic binding. The embossed cover paper is from a gift Carol Clasper sent me.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Embellisher Class

I'm late in blogging today, because we have been without a phone and internet, since probably Saturday afternoon. Of course, unless it's an emergency, they don't send anyone out on a Sunday-when we figured it out. The man was here for 3 hrs., and we found more phone jacks than I knew about. Once he left, I had to put everything we'd moved away.

The photo is of the woven felted piece I did for Dale's class offered through It is hand stitched and has sequins used as shisha mirrors.

Friday, June 20, 2008

Embellisher Class

Here are some samples from Lesson 2 of the Embellisher course offered by Dale Rollerson of

I really like using felted scraps as applique.

The challenge was to use a photo and embellish the feeling of it. The photo is one I took in some gardens in Hawaii.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Take It Further

This is my June piece for Sharonb's Take it Further Challenge
Thanks to Doreen for the suggestion that I use the embellisher.
It is on black wool felt with wool roving and yarn embellished done. Then the beads were added by hand.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Post card, Quiltie

This is the postcard for June for Calendar Girls-see side button-that goes to Dianne. It is on dyed cotton with hand painted lace over it. The petals are Ultrasuede with hand stitching and a beaded center.
For the Unlimited Textile group, the theme this month is Landscape. Here is my interpretation using the embellisher and some hand stitching.

Friday, June 13, 2008


Several years ago I was juried into a Mixed Media show at Lower Columbia College. Not long after that they closed the gallery and started building a new art center there. The center is now ready to open with an invitational show to which I was invited. This is the piece I took to them yesterday. I left the dimensions on the Photo to show how big it is. I don't do very large pieces-just can't muscle them around to quilt.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Take It Further, Class

Here are the fabrics I've chosen to do the June TIF Challenge using the color scheme chosen by Sharonb I'm not sure what I'll make.
Here are some of the papers I made for lesson 1/2 of the Mixed Media Journaling Techniques class given by Sueb They are marbled on a base of shaving cream. The top is the first print; the bottom is a print of the paint left after the first one is lifted off. I was using Dyna-a-flow paint.

Here are 2 more papers. It hard to stop, and I did 17 pages before I ran out of room to dry them, and the marbling cream became muddy. To make sure the paper came in good contact with the paint, I gently rubbed the back of the paper when it was on the cream. In marbling whatever touches the paint first is what gets the color. If there is an air pocket, no paint will be there.

Monday, June 9, 2008

Embellisher Class

I'm taking the Embellisher class offered by Dale Rollerson of The Yahoo group has so many pictures on it that I decided to show my Lesson l work here.

Here is a set of samplers. The first is different yarns attached in different designs. The second is fibers on felt. The last is fabric strips on felt. I tried silk, sheers, lame, a braid, and the top funny bit is narrow ribbon.

Here is a piece of mixed fibers with a bronze sheer over them. It was embellish front and back. Did the colors ever change, but I like the subtle effect.

Silk fibers on felt is next. Then felt shapes from the front(bottom) and the back. On the ones from under the felt, I tried just edge stitching and all over.

I thought the houses everyone was making were so cute that I had to try one. It is all done from leftover scraps.

Here is the challenge piece. We were to do strips of fabrics, but I did a crazy quilt type layout with cheesecloth and silk(never could follow directions), put twisted yarns on it, hand stitched the edges trying 2 different stitches, and applied felt flowers by embellishing the centers from the back and hand beading. And this is only lesson 1 of 6!!

In answering questions last time, I forgot the place I lived the longest-Montana. That's where I went to high school and college, taught school, married and had 2 children. I wonder what it says that I forgot I lived there. I love the outdoors and used to hike the wilderness areas, did rock and fossil hunting.

Friday, June 6, 2008

Tagged, gifts

First, I'd like to thank everyone for the comments. Some of you I can't find a way to answer, and some of you leave a comment several posts ago, and I miss it, sorry. Comments are what makes blogging fun.

I've been tagged by Arline to answer 6 questions, so here they are:

1. What was I doing 6 years ago?

Pretty much what I'm doing now. We were already living our dream of being in the country

surrounded by trees and each having a nice space to work in.

2. What are 5 things I need to do today?

Errands-ugh, time away from the Studio, but at least one stop is a fabric store.

Work on the Bead Journal Project book.

Work on the Felting Class samples.

Make muffins to go with the soup for dinner. This "spring" is cold!

Do my computer work. I have a tough life, don't I.

3. What snacks do I enjoy?



4. Things I would do if I were a billionaire.

Help my kids and set up a fund for my grandchildren.

Build a paint studio.

Build a plant room.

5. Places I've lived.

I was born in New York City.

Salt Lake City, Utah

Gresham and Portland, Oregon

Tracy and Moorpark, California

Vancouver and La Center, Washington

6. People I want to know more about.All the wonderful blogging artists out there!!!!

The quiltie is from Liz with a theme of Fantasy. It certainly fits the theme. I'm very pleased with it and enjoy the Unlimited Textiles Group.The postcard is from Carol T for the Calendar Girls group. She's done a very unique card by recycling-one of my favorite things. It is very nice.

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Books, gifts

When asked what I wanted for Mother's Day, I said a Bind It All. My husband is always pleased when it's something I'll order and take care of. Then I get exactly what I want. The green book is the first one I made following Sueb's excellent tutorial on The ones that come with it leave something to be desired.

The orange book I made yesterday, and it is better with the pages in the right place. I see a lot of books in the future. The covers are collaged on mat board with painted tissue paper. A friend and I did them ages ago but didn't know how to make the books.

These were given to me as a thank you for showing my friends how to make the necklace a couple of weeks ago. There are 2 styles of grunge book and 5 wonderful lampwork beads waiting to be made into another necklace. This friend is always doing something nice like this.

Monday, June 2, 2008


I was asked about the garments I made from the marbled scraps. Here is a vest using red solids and the scraps that were mostly red. There are buttons on it as decoration and some Sasiko quilting. The fabrics are all cotton.
Here are two more vests. I wear the red one and the beaded one. The other has a rayon marbled lining, so it is reversible and sold at a marbling conference we went to. The fabrics on both of these vests are raw silk. Whatever touches the marbling bath first takes the color, so raw silk is much paler when marbled. I machine quilted with metallic thread to bring out the pattern. Aren't the models cute? They are daughters of my partner's friend.