Sunday, November 21, 2010

Happily stitching....

A weekend at home ....bliss. I've been doing more blog visiting than creating lately! It's a bit too easy to spend hours visiting wonderful blogs and then not leave yourself enough time to play around !

After a visit to Storycloths blog, I was reminded of a book I had purchased by Janet Bolton whose fabric art I have always loved. If you pop over to visit Storycloth you will see she has made two of Janets lovely angel cloths . This inspired me to get out my book again and have a play....below is my very rustic version of these angels. Click for a closer look...you will note the pins and needles....more stitching to be done tonight. This little cloth is approx. 4" x 8". I am wondering whether I will make a pair too. Whatever, I am having fun stitching my version! And this gorgeous little fellow below is the owl I recently received in a swap with Robin Olsen...I do so love him. Very funky isnt he
and I love the colours she has chosen for me." William the Wise" by Robin Olsen.


Above and below ....how did I manage to do this and I havent found a way of deleting one of the duplicates!!!

The images are from one of the Collage Boxes that Lawendula is sending around the world. Each person takes between 12-20 pieces from the box to use at a later date in their art. They then replace with images etc. from their own stash and forward the box to the next person. I have chosen my pieces and will be sending the box on its way again tomorrow. Such a fun swap, thanks for organising FM.



And finally a bit of dyeing from my recent efforts...and I must tell you that recently I havent been having a huge amount of success. Many insipid looking pieces coming out of the pot. I thought I should show some as my friend Nat is an avid dyer and always keen to see what I have been up to.


The two below I was quite happy with. The first piece with the natural colours was done by steaming leaves in some dupion silk (they werent native leaves, sorry I dont know the name). At the same time I had also steamed some soft cotton the same way. The silk took the colour quite well, but the cotton just looked dirty...a project to overdye down the track.




The one with the pinkish tinge was from steaming some found fuschia flowers. I was very happy with that colour, but dont know if I will wash again as it seems to lose colour each time I wash/rinse. I used a small piece of kimono lining silk for this one. These pieces will be nice to include in some cloths at a later date.


I hope you have all enjoyed a creative weekend too and I look forward to visiting my favourite blogs to see what everyone has been up to.


WAKE UP TO SEE THE OTHER SOULS AROUND YOU.

LET THEM AFFECT YOU.


-SARK-



Jacky XOX






26 comments:

Jeana Marie said...

I know what you mean about spending heaps of time admiring online and not leaving enough time to create :) Pretty angel - sometimes those poorly dyed bits can come in handy, I think. Hope your weekend was lovely.
xo

LOVE STITCHING RED said...

Hello dear. I know exactly what you mean about finding balance between blogging and creating and daily life too. Your angel piece is gorgeous. A mix of Janet Bolton (love her work too!) and your slow cloth style. It's just wonderful. I love your owl from Robin and your hand dyes, very subtle and pretty. They will always have a place in your stash and come out for just the right project. Take care and thank you for all the lovely comments you leave for me xoxo Carolyn

jude said...

i love your angel

Emma said...

Beautiful angel!. I'll visit the link to see the other angels.

To delete I think you just highlight the image & then a mini tool bar pops up near the bottom of the post page & you click on 'remove' If I managed it I'm sure you can!

Catherine V. Bainbridge said...

Hi Jacky,

Nice to catch up with you! :) I love your steam dye results! Kind of similar to the cloths that I've recently selected for my next project. I've never tried steaming, but given the disastors I've had in general with regular natural dying, I can't imagine MY results would be much to shout about. But worth trying everything anyway, no?
Hope you're having a fun weekend.
Hugs Catherine

Robin Olsen said...

Oh, I love that he became William the Wise, although he looked a little more foolish than wise to me--but maybe that's what wisdom is--accepting your foolishness. I adore the owl you sent me--what a fun swap! Love your angel too!

Peggy Beck said...

I love your little angle Jacky. She is whimsical and the owl is also such fun. Happy stiching.

Julia said...

Hi Jacky,\
Great post...Yes, i am doing the same tyhing..blogging for hours...I have more GIgs so very danegrous...I am binge blog surfing at the moment to see how much I can use up in a month now I dont have to limit myself.
I looove your little angel slow cloth very sweet.
see you soon...xx..julia

Notjustnat said...

Hi Jacky, I'm back from 5 days in Sydney. Goshhhhhhhh I had such a great time! I love your rustic angel. I have Janete's book too and love her way of applique. You eco dyed turn ok, but I know what you meant about not successful. Mine hasn't been successful lately. Sometimes I feel like dyeing with just procion dye. It always turns out good - Hugs Nat

art spirit said...

What a fun and inspiring visit to your blog! Love your angel and your sweet and colorful owl! And Robin's is so fun too! Dot will have a little something I sent for you...soon!

Penny said...

Lovely blog Jacky.

Linda said...

Ahhh Jacky....your angel cloth is so beautiful (and so 'you').
And that wise owl is delightful...love those funky colours!!
Hugs
Linda x

Elizabeth said...

I love your dear little angel with your fabulous face! Your faces are so wonderful jacky!!! That is a great idea for a swap!! good luck with your dyeing!!!

LaWendula said...

Thank you for showing! :)

Hoola Tallulah said...

Your angel cloth is lovely, you have inspired me to buy the Janet Bolton book and have a go myself. The owls are too cute, what a cool swap!
The fabric dying is quite fascinating, I have been following with interest, may have a go myself as I need fabric right now and I have stacks and stacks of white pillow cases I could cut and dye, hmmmm....

karen said...

love that angel!! beautiful

karen said...

love that angel!! beautiful

Els said...

Hi Jacky, I have the same Janet Bolton-book. Might look it up and make an angel....;-) !
What a great idea this box with goodies, to take some things out and fill it up again! What a find!
(I tried to send you an e-mail some time ago but it kept coming back ...)

Belinda said...

Thank you Jackie for your kind words on my blog :) I adore your fabric choices for the angel piece so very beautiful. I have been wanting to try out some fabric dying for a while now but haven't gotten around to it yet, I must. The little owl your friend sent you is so so cute. Take care Belinda xxx

Gaby Bee said...

Your angel is enchanting, Jacky!

I really know what you mean about finding balance between blogging and creating and daily life:-)
My life has been a little hectic here too! Never enough time, to do all that I want to do...lol!

Enjoy the day!
Gaby xo

Marilyn Rock said...

Your angel is beautiful! I also love that silk! Soft and lovely! What fun the owl is! Best to you always - Marilyn xxoo

lynne h said...

oh i love this quote, jacky... and this post... especially that faintly pink fabric!

love to you... : )

xoxo

Serena said...

oh just beautiful. this quote, all of it, just fabulous.

The Itsy Bitsy Spill said...

Hey Jacky,

Thanks for your lovely comment! Have A HAPPY Thanksgiving with family and friends!!!!!


mua!!!!!!!!!!
Magaly

Sandra said...

I also know what happens when one is visiting other bloggs. I ran out of time for being creative myself.
I love your natural dyeing and your angel.

T said...

hey thanks for all those great links.... i love your angel too....have a wonderful rainy weekend.....rain rain and more rain here

xt