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7/15/11

Shades of grey

The Crazy Quilt International yahoo group recently had an "All About Grey" challenge.  We were to construct a 12x12 block in shades of grey (includes silver and pewter), use some glass, fiber and metal in the piece.  This is the first challenge I've ever participated in and I must admit, it was a challenge!  An excellent study in the use of value. 
So, how did it start....
I started with laying out elements.  I dyed some silk ribbon and laces.  I also coloured polyester laces with transfer dye.   I didn't use everything in the photo but was surprised to find I had far more than I thought!
A close up of the SRE motif.  I would have liked to have more variation of colours in the silk ribbon but found it difficult to achieve grey without getting black or blue, so went with what I had.
Had never stitched a spider web before.  I like it but would stitch it differently next time.  My spider is pitiful - I need to learn how to stitch one properly!  I made it far more difficult than it needed to be.  Many of the buttons I used in the cluster were from Pat's stash (remember all those buttons last year!).  Added some brads (as in scrapbooking), a broken earring and beads.
I found Gerry Krueger's new blog, Block Talk very helpful in designing this block - thanks Gerry!

I have decided to take this summer off from blogging.  I find I want to spend more time outside in the garden and enjoying the weather than I do with creative pursuits at this time of year.  Having said this, it doesn't mean I won't be playing around with something, just not as much as usual.  I'll be working on various projects both ongoing and new so hope to have a variety to share when I return in September.
Enjoy your summer!

7/13/11

Sister

This is one of my favourite ATC's.  I like the image and colours.  Layers of scraps from other projects, bits of rag, cheesecloth, printed muslin, trim etc.  Lots of bits!

7/11/11

Inspiration!

Thanks to those of you who commented on my silk dyeing - plan to do more of this! 
I found some inspiration on ebay several weeks ago.  I don't shop much on ebay but came across this stash when I was looking for something else.  When I contacted the seller turns out she lived just outside of Vancouver so DH picked these up when he was in the city last week.  
These books provide a tremendous amount of inspiration for new projects this summer....   

7/8/11

Playing

When I was dyeing recently I threw some silk velvet into the leftover dye and look what came up!  The dye took beautifully and am thrilled with this piece.
Some beading experimentation on a machine needle felted background - just playing!  Enjoy your weekend.

7/6/11

Innocence

Not so long ago I was on a roll with fabric collages so an ATC to share today.  Lots of little scraps used surrounding this image.

7/4/11

Collage card

Am sharing a fabric collage card size (5x7) today.  The background is an old tea towel layered with rusted textured wallpaper, laces, cheesecloth with various bits of trim added.  I've added a special lace motif on top of the image (thank you Viola!).
Happy 4th my American friends... 
 
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