Sunday, March 29, 2009
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
The lady block is done in the gold block series. I have one more to do and this will be finished. I like the way she turned out and had a difficult time deciding on what to do to make her stand out, but not stray away from the other blocks and the bottom piece of metallic gold and black lace lead the way, the silk ribbon work above softened her. I would put a face on a block again.
Monday, March 16, 2009
I had purchased the small faces from "Leslie " and wanted to work with them as I use them in my beaded flowers. Click on beadwork and you can see them in my blog. I received these one's glazed and at first did not know where to take them from here, but now must admit that I like the glaze as it gave me the opportunity for self shading.
I first took the cab and highled the face with two coats of nude nail polish., lingerie coloured or whatever shade you like. I then took some pigma pens and did the eyes, eyebrows ( which I would change in the next one ), outlined the lips in a deep red, ( must get some suttler shades ) and then went back in and highlighted the lips and eyes in black. I felt she had a vintage look to her.
I then took an eighteen piece of 7mm over dyed ribbon and cut six inches off. I first gathered along one edge and and kept this close to the top of the cab for a full hair. I then gathered the other twelve inches and lowered the placement and tacked it around the cab. This cab is held on with double faced tape as if I decide that I want to, I can now go back in and add an adhesive, but I am pleased with the soft feel of double faced tape without the hardness of glue and the fact that I did not have to bead around this particular face. I then added a little bead each side for ear rings, add a fluff of feather to the top and a deep rose with a pearl.
As the vines were already stitched I had to decide what to do for the background so I chose a sort of Mother Nature attempt and did beaded lilacs ( in other words groups of four and five beads clustered on the ends), and went back in with a darker green thread and worked leaves and sprigs. I feel she is as finished as I want her to be on this block as I do not want her to take over the block as it is only six inches. I hope to work more on this one today.
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
This is a block that I made as a spare and now I have taken and started to work on this one.
I love the suttle colours and a touch of pink just seems to add to the beauty of this block.
I have the Piecemakers pattern for this year and wanted to start the large quilt and take away from the black in the background and perhaps I have innocently stumbled upon a colour that I can work with other than the blacks, greys and whites. I love the concept of the quilt and also love the layout, but when I look at all of the dark colous in it it makes me feel cold. I know it is out of darkness as it rises from the ashes. A picture of the quilt I hope to start on this week is at http://www.piecemakers.com/ and is not only a quilt but a calendar as well. I have started collecting butterflies to keep putting onto the quilt.
This block was created for a friend and hopefully when this one arrives there will be more so that she can have a wall hanging or prayer quilt.
I chose suttle colours and was going to stay with a suttle theme and that did not work. I felt compelled to keep working and working on this block and now it is time for it to start it's journey home.
I truly enjoyed working on this one, and have started to work on a second one that I am going to set aside and allow it to motivate me to keep stitching.