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Wall weavings and a new loom

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I’ve been working on small wall hangings using various recycled and natural elements. The pine needles are particularly tricky to work with. Clockwise from top right: 1) cotton, wool, pine needles, wood, leather; 2) Wool pine needles, leather; 3) hemp, cotton, wood; 4) Wool, pine needles, leather;  5) Wool, recycled sari silk, recycled tea bags, raffia, nettle yarn, handmade paper and watercolor. All are now available in my Etsy shop.

The big news is that I finally got my Saori loom. I am so excited and can’t wait to start using it. Will post photos soon of new projects.

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Lastly, I finally finished this felted/linen/wool-embroidered and leather wristlet. Now available in my Etsy shop.

It sat on my work table for weeks just waiting for me to put the strap on. Sometimes things just fall by the wayside.

Well, that’s it for now. I hope everybody is having a great week.

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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!

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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.

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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.

 

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Off on a tangent

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Now I’m playing around with wet and needle felting. A friend of mine gave me some beautiful nuno felted scarves that totally inspired me, so of course, I had to try something. I had thought of felting before, but couldn’t figure out how to incorporate it into my work. Most of what I had seen was too corny for me, but once I did more extensive research, I found many beautiful and inspiring creations. I thought for my first attempt I would embellish this crossbody bag I had started some time ago. It’s a pattern I altered from a bento bag pattern. I think it’s okay, but I am hoping my designs will get better with more practice and experimenting.

I’ll post the finished bag when I’m done.

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Linen scarves & bags

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.

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Well, I’d better get crackin’ if I want to have stuff to sell next weekend.

 

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Catching up

It’s been a few days since I’ve been able to post. Not because there’s been nothing going on, but I was feeling under the weather fighting off a sinus infection. So, let me fill you in. Besides all the art and sewing stuff, I am also a graphic designer. An art catalog I designed for artist, Jessica Rath, was part of a show, Pushing the Press, at the Architecture + Design Museum (Los Angeles) on Thursday. It was a great night and I got to meet Robbie Conal, a guerrilla poster artist noted for his gnarled, grotesque depictions of U.S. political figures, who I had long admired. There were many beautiful print pieces in the show and I was honored to be among them. Here I am showing off my catalog.

 

I was feeling pretty punky on Friday, so all I could manage to do was make some really yummy pasta and watch bad TV. No painting, sewing or embroidery because my head hurt. I love to cook and find it to be a very creative outlet. This is pasta with broccolini, mushrooms, tomatoes, eggplant and garlic. Simple, but dee-lish!

 

By Sunday I did manage to work a bit. I started another wristlet using a recycled piece of fabric from a friends favorite jacket and added some hand stitching. Still debating if I want to do a small accent block print in the center of other side besides the stitching or not. Any thoughts?

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I also started some catnip cat toys for my Etsy shop. More on that later, gotta get back to the graphic design world…

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Linen, block printing and Etsy

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:

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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?

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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.