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Thursday, April 23, 2009

A change of pace

I meet with a rug hooking group every couple of weeks. It is so much fun to get together and hook, and talk. I somehow feel like I am part of a historic craft that women/men have done for over 100 years. Each of us have a different style, some traditional and some not. We exchange ideas about colors of wool, how to dye, where to get wool, and what our favorite tools are. We spend several hours together, sharing, and solving the problems of the world, of course!

This one is mine.

Here is one of Sharon's.

This one is Shirlee's. She prefers to hook in a quilting hoop.

...another one of Sharon's.

This one is Vickie's. Sharon designed this pattern. I'd like a pattern like this but the piece is so large, I'm afraid I'd never finish it.

And this one is Ann's. She finished it tonite.

Don't forget to click on photos to get them large to see all the wonderful details.

And another page

...and there were some birds with Beanies...

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Fabric book, another page

....."and he met a woman with a small HAT that told a BIG lie".
Remember the cover of my book,,, Mr Pea Hat? Well, he is looking for strange people like him who wear strange hats. I finished up this page tonite in my fabric book.

People always ask me where I get my ideas from. Well,,, 99.9% of the time they just come though my head. This time was different however, I found this photo in a magazine, and just couldn't resist using my creative license. (obviously someone else used their creative license too) How could I pass this up! Perfect inspiration for my Pea Hat book!

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Pocketful Illustration Magazine

All the submissions are in for this issues' theme, "Draw me a sheep". To preview the submissions go here, click on "submissions", then click on all the names at the top of the page. Selin does a fabulous job with this magazine/book, and I am happy to be a part of it. It will be available on Amazon in a couple of months. Check it out!

Fabric book continued

I didn't like the face on the left so I changed it a bit... she now looks like a kitty. I finished the other face last night. Maybe he has a melon for a hat,,, I'm not sure.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Can you imagine my excitement when

I found this great fabric designed by Terrie Mangat for Free Spirit. I found it on and it was on sale too! It comes with green and red backgrounds as well. I thought the black was very cool so I purchased 2 yards of it. Oh the things I can make,,,,I'm imagining new cool cloth dolls with this fabric as skirts!

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Fabric book

This is a story I am creating about Mr Pea Hat who goes on the search for other people like him who wear strange hats. I made this out of heavy duc fabric and machine stitched the pages together. I paint the pages with gesso first then paint my pages with artist grade acrylics. So far Mr Pea Hat meets a strange woman with a bird hat. I hope to add some more pages this week.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Bella, Topsy Turvey

Bella is my interpretation of a topsy turvey doll. She is made from duc fabric, gessoed with acrylics. She is approx 10 inches tall. Her sister on the other end has blond hair, while Bella has black hair. The duc fabric was a little difficult to turn, so next time I would probably use muslin. She wears a cute little skirt that can be turned depending what side you want her to be on. For now Bella keeps me company in my studio but soon she will be on her way to her new home.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Fish girl

This fish girl is a world traveler. She went to Australia for a gallery exhibit, then came home to me several months later. She measures approx 14 x 7, and is crafted with muslin, polyfil, and acrylics. I hope to get her in my shop this weekend. I am in the process of making another stuffed art doll. She is a topsy turvey doll. She is near completion and I will post her as soon as I can.
I hope you are all having a lovely spring week.


Monday, April 6, 2009

Finished moleskine

I finished my Moleskine just the other day. I just have to add a touch more to the back covers but for all general purposes it is done! I'll take more photographs a little later.

Friday, April 3, 2009

What I'm working on

I have made some progress as you can see from my last post. This project will be either a pillow or maybe I'll make into a small mat. Right now it measures 15 x 15. I may make adjustments later.