The Ties That Bind Exhibition

Yesterday afternoon, Deb, Dennis and I went to the exhibition opening of The Ties That Bind at The Bigfork Art and Cultural Center. The exhibition is open until September 28th so if you are in the area, go check it out! My local art group members all had entries into the show.

These are Deb’s entries. She uses mixed media and hand stitching to create her work.

Here are Louise’s pieces. She uses a variety of methods such as rust dyeing, eco printing and other dyeing processes.

This is a photo of Paula’s work. She used a variety of ink and paint on paper and fabric.

Here’s my work. These are wool paintings with hand and machine stitching.

And last, but not least, these are Sally’s. Sally is an art quilter, the one on the top left includes rose petals behind sheer fabric.

I didn’t take photos of the entire show but there is some other cool work. Our group is having another exhibition next month at The Purple Pomegranate in conjunction with Whitefish Gallery Nights.


Decisions, decisions

I have had this piece floating around the studio for a while. I need to get the studio cleaned out so I need to do something with this piece.

It is a piece of silk screened felt which I added some stitching around the circles. It didn’t feel finished and it’s just been languishing.

My first thought was to add some stitched spirals to the background. I used a drawing tool in Photoshop to give the basic idea of the spirals. The threads would be similar colors to the ones I have already used. I even started this but I didn’t have a good way to transfer the spiral design on to the felt. So I stopped on this idea.

Then I saw something on Facebook that made me think I should try adding more felt circles and leaves and applique these pieces down. So I tried this layout. It certainly is more lively and does feel more finished with this design. I would use fairly large thread to match the thread I have already used to applique the pieces down. What do you think? Too much?


New Cards

I have been working on creating greeting cards with my recent set of lino cut prints. I forgot to take photos of most of them but I managed to get photos of the last three.

Each card has a background color that I found in my paper stash. The note card blanks are brown.

Then I have been gluing the prints and background colored paper to the card with Yes paste. I use an old credit card to scrape on the glue thinly. Then I put the cards under a pile of books to dry.

Each card is different and I sell them at the store. Hopefully, they will fly out the door 🙂

Hope you have a good weekend!

Getting Ready

It will soon be time again for my art group’s annual retreat. So in preparation, Deb and I started the process for deconstructed screen printing. Deb will be writing a longer post about this over on the Felting and Fiber Studio in September so I won’t show you very many photos but this will give you a taste of what we did this morning.

We had seven screens to cover with dye and a bunch of different things to create texture in the screens. We worked outside since the process is kind of messy.

And here’s some of the screens drying. I am looking forward to how these screens will print. It is always a surprise with deconstructed screen printing as it has a mind of its own.

And while we were outside, I spotted these Columbine leaves turning colors. I love the color combination here. I can always find something inspirational in nature.

Hope you have a good weekend and thanks for stopping by.


First Time Felting

I was honored when my publisher for The Complete Photo Guide to Felting contacted me and said they were creating a new book from my first book. It’s called First Time Felting.

I just got my advanced review copy in the mail and it’s exciting to see my name on another beautiful book. The bulk of the book is about needle felting but it also has information on wet felting and nuno felting too. So if you’re a beginner and want to learn about felting, this is the book for you. You can pre-order the book now. First Time Felting will be out in September and I hope you will see it in a book venue near you!

The Quarto Group has an entire series of First Time books so take a look if you’re interested in learning something new!