So much going on in the studio…

that it looks like this is going to another mostly picture post. I’m trying to make work for my Etsy shop, so I’ve been pretty busy and not much time to blog, so photos with captions it is.

First up, I’ve been making many necklaces, both tassel and woven. I am also working on some bracelets, but don’t have a photo to post just yet since they aren’t quite finished.

 

Next up is clothing using a combination of weaving and sewing. I’m still working on a vest and camisole in this same yardage, then moving to a black palette.

 

This is a linen cross back apron commissioned by a friend some time ago and I finally finished it. I have one just like it and I love it!

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And, last, but not least, I found time to do a study for a painting for my Jazz Series. This one is based on Thelonious Monk’s “Well, You Needn’t.” I think it would also make a great tapestry, but that would  be challenging and perhaps drive me over the edge, lol!

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More to come soon!

 

Have a great day everybody!

Time flies

Wow! I can’t believe it’s been months since I’ve posted. I think instead of writing a long entry I am just going to do a few photo posts of what I’ve been working on. It’s been a busy few months of scarves for a holiday sale and for gifts. The red one was for me -).

It was also the time for making #pussyhats. I think I made a total of 12 or 13. I lost track. Here are a few.

Enough for now. I work as a graphic designer all day, and I’m anxious to get to my weaving and sewing. Never enough hours.

Woven pockets

Here are two, not so great photos, of what I’m working on at the moment. The chambray peasant skirt with soari woven pockets is something I am developing for my Etsy shop. I love this skirt. It is super comfortable and very cool for summer. The only problem with this one is that the weave on the pockets is too thick for the chambray, so back to the loom. I am going to try weaving the pocket out of linen or cottolin. Maybe even some recycled sari silk.

The linen “elephant” pants are something I made for myself. They are kind of like very loose bloomers. I work at home, so comfort comes first. The pockets are woven out of strips of linen and wool roving with a cotton warp. I really like them, but I had to alter the the pattern I had adapted from an existing pattern. It had the crotch hanging very low. Kind of like the old M.C. Hammer pants. Not a good look or at all comfortable. These were a little more labor intensive, so not sure if I will have them in the shop or not.

I also am working on some slow stitch and block printed pockets. Will post pictures when they are done. If any of you sewists out there are interested in one-of-a-kind pockets for your sewing project(s), contact me: val@casamarengo.com.

Have a great day everybody!

 

 

Weaving madness

Weaving, my new obsession. I love all the different textures and materials. The artistic possibilities seem limitless. I just started a tapestry based on one of my abstract paintings. It is extremely challenging and painting now seems so much easier. I have to say that I prefer weaving on a frame rather than my rigid heddle loom, but this is probably due to the fact that I am not very proficient yet. I am taking a class and maybe as I learn more, I will like it more.

On another note, I just finished the Liesl + Co Gallery Dress. I went with the Kaufman Rustic Chambray Linen in Indigo. And, I have to say, I love, love, love it! I will post pictures soon.

Mini pouch

I just have time for a quick posting today. Here is a small linen pouch using my sprig linocut. This was actually a test swatch, but the print came out really nice and clear, so I didn’t want to waste it. There is also a little wool hand stitching along the edge and a soft leather zipper pull. I sent it to my sister and she seemed to like it. I forgot to photograph it before sending it off (part of her Christmas gift and really late, so I was anxious to get it in the mail). She was nice enough to snap these shots for me.

Trying new things

This week, I made this red linen tote for my aunt’s birthday. It is hand block printed with one of my new linocuts. I also added a little hand painting and embroidery to it. I had never made a tote before, so I was quite pleased with how it came out. It was supposed to be an every day bag for her to use on her errands, she said it was really nice so she was only going to use it for special occasions. Not what I had in mind at all, lol!

The other thing I made this past week was a baby pinafore for my cousin’s new baby. I’ve never made baby clothes before and it was so easy and so much fun. And, it was so tiny! I think I am going to make another!

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Lastly, I’m just going to toot my own horn a little and post that my oil/wax painting “Epistrophy” based on a Thelonious Monk song is hanging in the window of Random Framing. Any exposure is good exposure, right?

It’s not a great pic, but you get the idea.

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Weekend work

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This weekend was filled with various projects. Some fun and one not so much. First on the list was rebuilding my graphic design website. My former host company went out of business without notice, so I woke up one day to find I had no email or website. What a headache! And, of course, they were unreachable, so I signed up with a new host and now have a website again. It still needs tweaking and I have to write the About section, but it’s off to a good start. I am looking for a few new clients, so if you or somebody you know needs some graphic design, please send them my way. Thanks.

Of course, I had to work on some fun stuff. Here is a picture of some boro strips I am working on to add to the cuffs of a blouse I made. I love boro!

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And, lastly I am playing around with frame loom weaving. I haven’t yet tackled the new rigid heddle loom I purchased about a month ago. It’s a bit intimidating, so I think I am going to register for a class. Here are two pieces I am working on now. Working on these is a bit like figuring out one of my abstract paintings.

The one on the left is 100% wool and recycled sari silk and is on a 12’x16″ frame loom that I made. The one on the right is recycled silk, raffia, wool, tea bags and I will be inserting some painted paper strips. This is a on a small lap loom. It is so relaxing and really fun. If you’ve never tried it, give it a whirl.

Okay, that’s it for now. Gotta get back to the graphic design salt mines. Have a great day everybody!

End result

I am very happy with how versatile this block print has turned out. I originally made it to use for home items on my Etsy store, but I think it also works for a wristlet. Of course, I had to keep this one for myself. 🙂

Here are the hot pads and a potholder:

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There are so many possibilities for this block print, pillows, bags, tea towels, etc. What do you think?

 

More wristlets and some pouches

 

Happy Monday! Little by little, I’ve been working on items for my Etsy store. Yesterday, I posted about my block printing for new items I am starting to work on. Today, I am posting some finished items: wristlets and zipper pouches. All are made from 100% linen with various embellishments of felting, applique and Sashiko-style stitching. My favorite part of making these is the design and my least favorite is the cutting of all the pieces and putting in the zipper. I’m getting pretty good at putting in the zipper, but I still wish these little dogs I live with could pitch in and earn their kibble.

Coaster upgrade

I am now on my 10th or 12th set of linen coasters and I think these are the best so far. What is different from my previous sets, you ask? Well, the new ones are double-lined with batting and fusible vinyl making them fairly water repellent. The problem with fabric coasters is that if there is a lot of condensation on the glass, it eventually soaks into the fabric and then that moisture reaches the table surface. Adding the vinyl really helps to block the moisture from seeping to the tabletop. It isn’t 100% waterproof, but it is much more water repellent than the previous versions. This does make for more work, but I am striving for a higher end, quality product, not something that you would buy at Target. No offense to Target, I love Target, but I want to create something that is handmade, unique and that reflects my fine art. This set is now available on my Etsy shop.