Monday, December 31, 2012


This felted book is done with fabrics with just a little roving. I like the look but roving makes the book feel softer. The button is a metal one. I machine quilted a grid on the surface with metallic thread.

The lining is hand painted cotton. The 3 signature covers are also painted and stamped.
I hope everyone had a good year and that the next one is even better. Happy New Year.

Friday, December 28, 2012


Having done a small hanging of Jake, I couldn't leave out Mike-our new baby. It was challenging working on both with my husband around. I kept folding them in half and have since steamed them, so there isn't a line across the middle.

This is so normal for Mike--tearing something apart. That used to be a tennis ball. He's bigger now too and turning into a love.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012


My husband said he couldn't remember Jake except as an old dog, and it bothered him. This was the first one he'd been home all the time to bond with. For his birthday last week, I took a mid life photo of Jake, printed it on treated fabric, and made a small wall hanging. It really touched him.

You can treat your own fabric for printing, but I just use the types I can find at the store. They come in about 4 fabric types and as single sheets or in a roll. I found that I never did it when I had to treat the fabric.

Monday, December 24, 2012


I do love needle felting. After trying wet felting, this is so much easier and less messy. My hands aren't really strong enough to do the wet felting right anyway.

This is a smaller book about 4" by 5", so I hope one of my friends wants it.
Everyone has a great holiday season no matter what it is you celebrate and mostly be safe.

Friday, December 21, 2012


Here's the latest quilt I've done. The piecing parts were left over and in my stash. It's about 24" by 40" All fabrics are cottons-some hand dyed, some commercial. It's machine quilted.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Here's another stamp I made for Margaret Applin's class at I love trees and leaves and use those images more than any other.

To test it I grabbed a painted paper that was done several years ago at Art and Soul.  I stamped the closest tree using Starzon Ink then without reinking did the other two.

Monday, December 17, 2012


Can you tell that I like this color combination? The button is from a Carol Little outlet store we used to visit in Southern California. After her line was made, the leftovers came to the store for us to purchase-a fun field trip.

The lining is a painted fabric. There are 3 signatures in each book with the painted cover page in card stock and 3 folded pieces of paper to form 6 pages for journalling.

Friday, December 14, 2012


I had this top sewn since one of the Nancy Crow retreats years ago. It is a motif I was working with but looked so blank that I didn't finish it.

Hand stitching with Perle Cotton and Embroidery Floss seemed to be the answer. Most of the thread are ones I dyed or painted.

Here's another detail.

I'm much happier with it now and want to continue this idea once the puppy doesn't need so much attention.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012


Here's the tote I made from the fabric I painted and stamped for the class with Margaret Applin. I'm sorry it's over. It was a fun class.

Monday, December 10, 2012


Here's the 6th felt book. I like using the thick and thin yarn. The cover more or less designs itself. The button is Mother of Pearl that has been dyed. The ribbon is vintage. It's fun to finally use the treasures I've collected and is my goal for the future.

The lining fabric is a batik. The signature covers are more of my painted papers.

Friday, December 7, 2012


 Here are a couple of prints I did from stamps I made for the class with Margaret Applin-Happ. It's a great class. I like how the stamp with the curved pieces creates a flower shape when it is rotated.
Layering 3 stamps increases the complexity of the design. The puppy is taking up time, or I would have tons more done.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012


Another felted book. The button is one I bought in a close out sale and is glass. Ribbons form the closure.

The lining is painted cotton fabric. The signature cover is painted paper. To get the cool effect, I took two painted papers, put them together while they were wet, then pulled them apart. You get texture you can't get any other way.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Bead Journal Project

The last cuff of the year. For December, it had to be red. I had gotten the glass pieces at a craft show and was glad to find a place to use them. They are glued in place and then surrounded with rows of seed beads. The edge is seed beads again, since the cuff needed the ending. The closure is snaps.