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Checking In

Tuesday, October 11th, 2016


I have not posted new blog entries for a bit as I am in the throes of moving my studio. I am knitting when I can get a few spare moments. My niece, who is a huge Hillary supporter, sent me the link for the above knit cap with the Hillary logo.

I have been running into the studio to purge and organize all my stuff. The space that I will share with my daughter is not a lot bigger than I have now, but more open and I will be able to have a decent sized design wall. I will share photos and more progress as we move along. I hope that this will jump start my creative life.

Radical Embroidery

Saturday, July 30th, 2016


I signed up to take Radical Embroidery at Oregon College of Art and Craft. It was a 3 day workshop. It turned out to be not that radical, but I learned a lot about using embroidery as an art form. The instructor was a delightful young woman from the CA bay area, Victoria May. Her website is here. Her work is a bit radical as she has a fondness for the gritty and industrial debris that she finds in her travels. I think that adding delicate embroidery to these found objects serves to confound the viewer.

On the first day, we learned different ways to create line in our work. The piece at the beginning of this post is my sampler. We used Dynaflow paint on canvas to  begin our work. Then I added lines in various ways. We used organza in our work. For this line, I painted organza which I tore into strips and couched down. I really like the effect.


The next day, we moved on to working with painted organza layered on canvas and we were to capture some things between the layers.

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I had some previously quilted rusted silk which I cut into rectangles. Two pieces are under the organza and the middle one is on top. I am in the process of stitching the quilted silk pieces down. Then, I will add some interesting stitching to the rest of the piece. I am thinking of adding a bit of rust to this in some way.

Then we were introduced to stitching on water color paper. The trick here is to pre-punch your stitching holes with a needle or awl. For my piece, I stained the water color paper with acrylic ink and got some interesting effects by blow drying it. Click on any photo to see it larger.



I am in the process of stitching with variegated thread, following the design created by the ink.

On the last day, I had an idea that I just had to work on using some of the materials that I brought.

First, I painted the canvas with indigo Dynaflow paint. I forgot to get a photo before I started stitching, but you can get an idea from this photo.


I had some indigo fabric with clamped circles. I cut out three circles for the composition. I also had a dark blue shibori organza which has black lines in it. And I also had a piece of Rymplecoth that my friend, Maris, gave me. It is more loosely woven than cheesecloth and is used for cleaning and polishing. She uses it in her felting. I dyed it a dark black. It takes the dye really well.

I used strips of the organza as I wanted some of the painted canvas to show to give a better value change. I ripped some holes in the Rymplecloth so that the organza can poke through.

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The top circle is on top of the organza and is couched down and stitched with silver metallic thread.


The other circles are under organza and stitched with the silver thread. I have started doing some stitching on the organza and canvas and then I will tack the Rymple cloth down.


Here is the final layout which looks a bit messy, but I think I know where I am going.


I was feeling a bit overwhelmed earlier this week and wishing my recovery was moving faster. Yesterday, I had Mr C  help me get my sewing machine table back where I use it and pulled the Janome up out of hiding. It made me so happy, I almost danced. I think it is a symbol for the life I want to live and now, I am feeling so much better and have been doing better. I think I turned a corner.


All I did was shorten some clothes, but it felt good. My knee didn’t like the knee lift, but that will get better.


Here I Am!!

Monday, April 11th, 2016


Not sure if time is flying or time is dragging by, but anyway, I am in waiting mode for my new knee. I am trying to keep busy. My SDA job has been keeping me very busy. In the evening, I have been slow stitching and knitting. I am making progress on the piece for the SAQA auction. I am about half done with the front of the Winnie the Pooh sweater:


On Saturday, I went to my Oregon critique group in Eugene. Here are two of my quilts waiting to be discussed:


I have always felt that my Blue Picasso Woman needed something and she helped me realize what it is – she does not have enough space around her. I am thinking about cutting her up and redoing her as a more complicated Picassoesque piece:


Today, I spent the afternoon at the hospital getting poked and prodded to make sure I am fit for the surgery. Hopefully, I am. I have seen folks in worse shape than me come through it ok!!


Day 31

Thursday, December 31st, 2015


I decided to go through my art making for the year. It really is helpful to see everything that I have done. Most was done for my master class with Elizabeth Barton. I am looking forward to moving on, doing my own thing in 2016. The above piece was done to illustrate the importance of value.


This  piece was meant to show movement. I hate it when I finished it, but now I am looking at it with new eyes.


I pieced this one to showcase lines. I was happy to see that I could draft something and piece it to size. It is currently in a show in Coos Bay.



These were done for Sacred Threads – a diptych of the 23rd Psalm, now traveling to other venues.


This was my out door installation at Trinity.


Ode to a Tree is traveling with the SAQA Oregon exhibit.


My biggest fail of the year. A good idea that I did not execute very well.


Done for the HFD show, but didn’t get in.

The following are my encasustic pieces which I love. I would love to be able to do more of these.








A sweet little piece I did for a book submission, but it did not get in. I like it, anyway!


This was one of my favorite pieces that I did for the master class.

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This did not get into the SAQA show to which I submitted it. I took it to my crit group and our guest critiquer said it was not finished. I agree. I am going to add 1 or 3 oak trees.


I love this piece, too.


This was the last piece to get finished this year. I think it is quite special. I would like to make another, only larger.

So that is my year in review. Not bad, if I do say so.

Now on to 2016. Wishing all of you a wonderful and productive new year.

Finally, thank you to Cheryl Sleboda for the kick in the butt to get back to regular blogging.



Day 5

Saturday, December 5th, 2015


It is still Saturday here in Portland!! It has been a busy day. We attended a memorial service for a special friend’s husband and then went out to dinner and heard The Messiah with the Oregon Symphony. Just so beautiful and special at this time of year.

I have been working on another kid sweater. This one is brown.

That is it for today. I’ll be back tomorrow.