Archive for February 27, 2006

International Quilt Festival

February 27, 2006

The magazine Cloth Paper Scissors is sponsoring an ATC swap at the Chicago International Quilt Festival. The only catch is you have to go there to swap. Which would seem kind of impossible for me *except* I have some great Internet friends who are going. So if all goes well my friend Heather will be choosing some ATCs for me. I do so love the net! Here’s what I sent in … lots of texture on the last one .. you can’t see it from the photo – I burned chiffon and painted and beaded and couched .. lots going on. The first two have little polymer faces – and silk waste fibers.


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IQF Swap

Mother Nature Goes to The Prom

February 26, 2006

I finished my entry for the Alaska Fiber Festival down in Anchorage. I’m pretty pleased with her and she’s pretty pleased with herself. Here she is …

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Ribbon flowers

February 24, 2006

Nearly two years ago we had a gal come up from Anchorage to teach us her way of making dolls. She doesn’t design her own dolls but she makes the most of other people’s patterns.

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Watercolor and Lipstick?

February 23, 2006

So I bet you’re wondering what this picture has to do with lipstick? More precisely it’s lip color. I’m taking watercolor painting classes and today was our second class. This exercise was about how cool colors recede and warm colors come forward. The blues are cool and the browns are warm. We used a lot of greys – mixing cool greys and warm greys from blue and brown paint. So – you probably know that when you color lips the top lip is darker than the bottom one. What if you used this idea too – say you’re using reds for lip color – use a warm red (red-orange) on the top and a cool red on the bottom (red-blue). Give it a try and let me know what happens!


2 color painting

How to make a fabric leaf

February 20, 2006

I’ve been making fabric leaves for the past couple of days. Part of the setting for the doll I’m making for the Alaska Fiber Festival. Here’s a quick and dirty tutorial on how to make them ….

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Cut ’em off at the knees!

February 17, 2006

So I’m rushing like crazy to get a doll finished by next week for the Anchorage Fiber Festival. Janie Odgers, the coordinator, had asked me last summer to do a doll and I declined. Then this month I started getting lots of emails from her asking about my doll. It finally dawned on me that maybe they were short of dolls and really needed them. So I wrote and asked her – said if there was a dire need for a doll I’d try to crank one out. I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised by the answer ‘Yes, I’d love one’. So here’s what I’m working on …

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Heart Pins

February 14, 2006

Last night at doll club we learned some of the basics of wire bending. Since it was the day before Valentine’s we used the wire pieces to decorate hearts. I made two hearts …

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How’s this for an amazing change?

February 12, 2006

Okay .. if you didn’t read yesterday’s post .. go read it now. You need to see the photo. Okay .. done? Now .. check this out!

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Time for another try!

February 11, 2006

I really thought twice about sharing this photo with you. I worked on this piece for two days and I don’t like it. It’s butt ugly. But one of the premises of my blog is that we can learn from each other so …. if you dare … keep reading.

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So sweet and simple

February 10, 2006

Just finished up another Raggedy .. isn’t she sweet?


Raggedy Amy