Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Class Tester

I've finished the piano hinge journal that is a lesson in Sueb's second journal making class available at
This is the spine showing the marbled papers I did for Sue's Mixed Media for Journaling class. Both classes were great fun to do, and I learned so much.
On the blank sides of the papers I attached handmade papers, dyed tissue, and dried petals, leaves, and grasses.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Class Projects

Here's a snowflake I cut as a design in Sharonb's class at Below you can see a diagram of the folds. This one was done on the diagonal.

This is half the snowflake with its mirror image. I really enjoyed making snowflakes.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Class Projects

I'm taking Sharonb's class on Studio Journals at One assignment that I particularly enjoyed was the expanded square. The red one is done by rubber stamping images at the edge of the square then cutting them and flipping them to the outside. Some were cut again and flipped back to the square.

The green was made with rubber stamped images again from stamps I carved in erasers.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008


The quilt group is coming here today, so I've been busy cleaning. I did take some time off Monday to paint some lace using Sara's Bloom lace dyes They are heat set with an iron. They were easy to use and on damp lace, the colors blended. I can't wait to try more

Monday, July 21, 2008

Take It Further

Again I changed my mind and used the embellisher to do this month's Take It Further Challenge started by Sharonb This is a continuation on my series about trees and knotholes. It is all felted with French Knots done by hand using Perle cotton.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Quiltie, Postcard

Here is the July Quiltie for the Yahoo group I'm in that is called Unlimited Textiles. The theme this month is Slash and Burn. Nothing is burned on this one. Every time I try the technique, I don't like what I did--not to mention the fumes even working outside. Since taking Sharonb's Studio Journal class at , I seem to be working in snowflakes. I folded the wool and slashed into it to make the design. Behind the holes I put lame and quilted with copper metallic.

These is the postcard for July for the Calendar Girls The background is dyed fabric with hand painted lace over it which is hand beaded. The silk flowers are held down with tiny buttons.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008


Thanks to everyone who comments. I can't always find a way to reply to you but enjoy hearing from everyone.
Here is another journal I made while testing Sueb's latest class This one has three pockets and a spiral bound notebook that slips into one-a good use for all the pretty decorative wire I have.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Bead Journal Project

Here is what I have done with the monthly postcards I did while taking part in the Bead Journal Project Because I've had things stolen in galleries, I decided that the postcards were too easy to pick up and needed to be made into something. An accordian fold book seemed the answer. Working out the method was a challenge. Above is one side; below is the other.

The edges of each postcard were hand stitched to the back, then each was hand stitched to its section of the wool background. Some seemed to need an edging, so the cord was applied next. Then I placed the 2 sides wrong sides together and turned the edges of the wool in, stitching the bottom, the ends, and each division. After putting matt board in each pocket, I stitched the top.

It was great to be part of the project, and I have joined for this next year. This time I've thought it through better and factored in how to finish the pieces month by month rather than having this big job at the end.

Friday, July 11, 2008

TIF Challenge, Jewelry

I missed blogging on Wednesday because of a trip to Seattle-a 3 hr. trip one way. Of course that meant I had to stop at Shipwreck Beads and buy an obscene number of beads. I also stopped at the college to see the show I'm in. I missed the opening because of a reaction to some food. It was a long day but pleasant. I'm taking Sharonb's Studio Journal class from and also doing the Take It Further Challenge , so this month I decided to combine the 2 and make a collage in my journal.

Here is the Mother of Pearl piece I'm working on. It was given to me by a friend when we were leaving Northern California. The back-lower photo-is too pretting to cover up. I checked a book to see how to cage it, but the directions said to start with 20% fewer beads than fit the edge and after a couple of rows decrease until the beading goes over the edge-doesn't make sense and doesn't work. I don't know why I try to follow directions-did my own thing, and it worked. Now I get to add decorations.

Monday, July 7, 2008


More felt samples from the class given by Dale of
These both have knitted bits on them that are felted and cut up.
The red one has felt, then a wipe used to blot up paint, silk scraps, threads, knitted pieces, and machine stitching in metallic.
The second one is roving with stitching and beading.

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Calendar Girls

Here is the Postcard I received for June from Debbi Isn't it lovely? I'm so pleased with it. Thank you Debbi.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008


My Quilt Group is having a show at the Artreach Gallery in Downtown Portland, Oregon opening tomorrow. Three of us hung the 30 quilts by the 12 of us yesterday. It does look good.
Knotholes is a large quilt about 5 feet long and 3 high. The greens are my hand dyed fabrics. It is heavily quilted and every edge is irregular like the trees that inspired me. The black is the wall it was photographed on. It is all machine pieced.
Curve of Time is a small piece with the two black back sections pieced from many blacks in all kinds of fabrics. The overlapping section strip pieced, slashed and rejoined many times.

Pick up Sticks is part of the series including the quilt presently in the other gallery show. It is done by making a stripped piece, then slicing it up and inserting it in a black background. It is machine quilted in circles.