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.
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!
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.
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 I originally made it to use for home items on my Etsy store, but I think it also works for a wristlet.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:
There are so many possibilities for this block print, pillows, bags, tea towels, etc. What do you think?
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.
Sometimes I get on a roll and I just can’t stop. I should have started earlier, but the neighbor came over, so we could walk our dogs together and we decided to have a hot toddy on the deck first (Honey, lemon, ginger and bourbon). Then, one of my tenants came by with cupcakes, so a couple of hours flew by before the dog walk actually happened. Hence, the late start, but I was determined to try out my new linocut. I worked until 5:30 a.m. and then fell into bed. Thank goodness it was Sunday and I didn’t have to get up early for work. Well, I have to say I was really happy with the results especially the eggplant color that I mixed. I also finished some napkins that were a housewarming gift.
Most of these pieces will be used for items (hotpads and zipper pouches) which I will be selling in my Etsy shop.
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.
I have been working like a crazy person to get ready for my holiday sale. I rent a gallery space at the Avenue 50 Studio complex and every year they have a holiday sale that I decided to participate in since I am already there (as least until the end of the month). It’s a Saturday night/Sunday day sale. So, I show up Saturday night and there is an art opening happening, but no vendors. WHAT?? Where is everybody? It turns out I had the wrong weekend and had been advertising the wrong dates all over town for over 2 weeks. It’s next weekend. The good news is that since there was an art opening, people showed up and I sold a lot of stuff. Now I have to make more for next weekend. I sold out of the coasters and most of the hotpads (which I had posted earlier).
Here are the scarves and wristlets. The designs are based on my artwork.
Well, I’d better get crackin’ if I want to have stuff to sell next weekend.
I finally uploaded some items to my Etsy site. I have been wanting to do this for a very long time. I’ve reached a point where my fine art and my craft have collided. Here are some of the results:
Coasters. These are 100% linen, hand block printed with hand stitched edges. The image is based on a painting I did a few years ago.
Pot holders. These are 100% linen, hand block printed. The winter trees also has a hand embroidered detail. It’s a lot of hand work and it is hard to know how to price these. Any suggestions from others that make handmade products?
Hot pad. This is a little larger than the pot holder. The image is based on a native Mexican motif from the Nayarit area.
I design each print using my hand-cut linoleum blocks. They are then inked with water-based ink and pulled by hand. Small variations from print-to-print occur as part of the handmade process. Each piece is a unique and handmade combination of art and function.
Just finished this wristlet. Hand block printed on linen.