Category Archives: Fabric/Ribbon/Fiber/Lace

Welcome April …

spending time at my needle felting machine is always freeing and fun (the piece below is on its way to becoming a prayer flag)…

tea dyed lace wool and more

no needles to thread or bobbins to change just bits of wool…fabric…lace and more magically meshed together by the barbed needles of my Baby Lock Embellisher

Needlefelt cardI used a couple of the smaller pieces I made for greeting cards 5.5 x 5.5 inch (13.9cm) using tea dyed laces and fabrics below……

tea dye needlefelted greeting card

it is not hard to while away the hours at the machine adding more finishing touches by hand…

Peter Rabbit Jack be Little Daffodils

after rain and snow showers over the weekend our miniature daffodils finally made their appearance…

kitchen shelves

joining Elizabeth and Bleubeard on this lovely spring day to wish you a very Happy T Day

Spring begins 2014

“The ‘Amen!’ of Nature is always a flower.” 
-  Oliver Wendell Holmes   

Full Circle Art Journaling * Part Four

 

Full Circle Art Journal

still playing in my little Yale Shakespeare book whose pages are a bit larger than postcard size…

Full Circle Art Journaling 4

circles from goodies sent to me by LaWendula…Martha Stewart bird stamp…Stamper’s Anonymous flower burst stamp…chalk and pencil and a scrap from fabric/paper I made in a wonderful Beryl Taylor class I took years ago…

Full Circle Art Journaling 4 (1)

button paper and stickers…piece of handmade fabric/paper…rubons…Sharpie marker…catalog images…

Full Circle Art Journaling 4 (2)

vintage torn book text layered on pages with stenciled plaster…

Full Circle Art Journaling 4 (3)

Rumi quote…the little girl is a Debrina Pratt image…paper doily…vintage map…paint and chalks…

Full Circle Art Journaling 4 (4)

Cezanne quote printed on cotton twill…stenciled plastered vintage text…pattern and star tissue papers…

Full Circle Art Journaling 4 (5)

walnut ink over gesso…torn Citra Solv paper edge…altered photo of my Mutti’s doll head…pink Pearlescent Liquid Acrylic…

Full Circle Art Journaling 4 (6)

words inspired by Jack Johnson song…photo of our metal heart candle holder…paper scraps…partial rubber stamp image…paint and Sharpie pen…

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part of a powerful Ram Dass quote…my photo of a planter with cut out flowers…stenciled plaster vintage text…gesso and paint…

artwork from friends…

some days it is so exciting to go to the mailbox…

Christie surprised me with a wonderful textured St Patrick’s Day postcard that she created adding a real vintage Irish postage stamp…

Christie's Fab Art Postcard

and a new blog friend from Germany treated me to an assortment of her lovely creations and gifts (her generosity all started after I was admiring the tag she made here and she offered to send it to me)…

creations and gifts from Sabine Kleinmann

thank you SO much dear ♥ Christie and Sabine ♥ you made it such fun to open our mailbox filled with your good wishes and wonderful artwork!

♥ clicking on each photo will give you a closer look ♥

Hermine’s Card Project

the talented and lovely Hermine from The Netherlands asked me to participate in her rolodex card project and this gorgeous card arrived along with a blank card for me to work on…

Hermine's lovely card

Hermine is sending blank cards around the globe so she can fill the lovely box she altered with lots of different artists’ creations

my collaged card for Hermine

I had wanted to needle felt a card for her file box but thought in the end that it might be too bulky so I created a layered collage card using various bits of paper (including a tiny piece of map from San Francisco, California)…embossing with thick gesso…Inka Gold highlights…a bit of altered paper towel for the water and a piece of daisy trim for the sun from a friend

Hermine's photo of my card

it was great fun to make and here is how the card looks in it’s new home with Hermine

sweet surprises tea…

my dear and talented friend Marilla (we met back in the 70′s when we were just babes working in Washington DC) surprised me with the most gorgeous pair of silky soft hand knit socks using superwash merino wool and nylon that she dyed in a colorway inspired by some bluebell photos I shared here last spring…

Judy Post Pin Cushion Marilla Knit Socks

that cute wool snowman pin cushion is a treasured piece my friend Judy Post made for me many years ago…

Moonlight and Laughter by Marilla

I have never had a “real” pair of gorgeous hand knit wool socks like these ever before…such a special special gift … Marilla not only knits beautifully she also spins and dyes yarns that she sells in her Moonlight and Laughter Etsy shop...

Fager's Is Lighthouse Harry Heron

by leaving a day early for a planned five day getaway to Ocean City, Maryland we missed the largest snowfall the Washington DC area has had in about four years…

Assateague State Park

saying goodbye to the pretty white sands of our relaxing getaway we returned home to some deep white stuff  (funny enough the last time we got home from this same spot in December there was an ice event upon our return home)

February 2014 snow

I do L♥ve snow and

backyard winter wonderland

 I also L♥ve having so many kind and thoughtful friendsValentines from Linda Kunsman and Linda Richter

these precious valentine’s arrived in our mailbox from two different really nice and talented Linda’s that I know…

♥Linda Kunsman of heARTfully inspired by Linda

and ♥Linda Richter of Linda Jo’s Obsessions

Assateague Island Foam Heart

as I make my way back into blogland to try and catch up with everyone I am joining Elizabeth and Bleubeard to wish you all a Happy T Day…

round and round…

Misty Mawn’s FULL CIRCLE online workshop started on Monday and what a great week it has been already…

Mandala in stages

she is such a talented…passionate and generous artist and an excellent teacher…

Mandala-stages

it is also a chance to spend time with some really nice and talented artists from all around the globe…

About-Me-FULL-CIRCLE-Assign

I L♥ve the way the layers of paint change the feel of the paper surfaces…

layers-and-layers-of-paint

and in the midst of that excitement I really wanted to get my latest completed art journal under cover…

wool sari ribbon fibers fabric

so I spent some time machine needle felting some fabric pieces that I glued onto the cardboard covers…

art journal pages

Lesley Riley wrote a great blog post about exactly what I often do moving from one thing to another and another and back again…

mandala background with felted book cover

that is what happens I guess when you enjoy a variety of things…

completed book cover

I apologize in advance as I have been a bit slow in getting around to visit everyone…

Page details

now it’s time for Friday’s FULL CIRCLE lesson and it is not too late to join the class if you are interested as the workshop will be open for a full year…

Soartful Challenge “Trees”

this is my first time playing along with the Soartful Challenges Blog for their November challenge of

“TREES: … since it IS fall, let’s go with the colour orange, plus one other colour.

Oatlands Plantation Tree Sampler

with Autumn winding down here in Northern Virginia I have been enjoying the fall foliage and snapping photos of trees left and right…

Tree Photography pages (2)

last week I was playing with a tree photo I took at Oatlands Plantation using a free photo editing service called Tuxpi

Tree Photography pages

I really liked the “negative” effect I got on the last photo which lead to me using my tree photos for the challenge…

tree pages supplies

I must confess orange is not often my ‘go to’ color but it just so happened that I had some paint scraped pages sitting and waiting in my journal (I did wonder more than a few times WHAT in the world I would ever do with them!)…

Tree Photography pages (1)

my favorite altered photo above was the inspiration for my pages…

Tree Photography pages (4)

as I was dashing out of my art cave into another room to find some different silk leaves I spied a sprig of three bittersweet blooms which were the perfect finish to my pages…

tall trees

I get a bittersweet feeling as we leave colorful fall going into the darker bare winter months which do of course hold charms of their own…

*if you are interested there are photos of other spreads in this art journal here with one of my favorite spreads here*

♥ thank you very much for your visit … I always appreciate your comments and time ♥ 

dino book under cover…

back in July I shared how I peeled the pages of a children’s board book with you here

Board Book before and after

 I worked in my book using paint, monoprinting, inks and stamping in no certain order not giving much thought to where I would begin or end…

Dino Book Pages

here is what the finished pages ended up saying going from front to back of the book…

sisters of the moon (3)

we are all connected (4)

stronger than you know (5)

all hand made (1)

build your house with Love (2)

the numbers after each line show the order in which I worked on the pages and interestingly enough the words flow pretty well both ways…

(if you are interested in details and more photos each of the underlined titles above are clickable…I really like having all of the links in one place for my own reference)

YES glue netting and burned velvet

after some thought I decided on a burned velvet cover for my book which makes it really lovely to the touch…

Golden Flimmerstern

adding a favorite golden flimmer deco, some hand dyed netting and a metal Art Noveau piece I have had around for a long time…

Burned Velvet Book Cover

thank you for visiting and I appreciate everyone’s kind words so very much…Dinosaur book after

you make sharing fun ♥

and speaking of sharing…

my talented and sweet friend Susan of Rosie Inspirations opened an Etsy shop and if you haven’t already had a chance to visit you can pop over and see the lovely selection of beautiful handmade creations she has to offer here

tell me a story … part two

last week I shared my swan wallpaper piece on the left for two September art journaling challenges (AJJ “Less is More and JJ’s “Childhood)…

Tell me a story (2)

I have been busy putting finishing touches on the right hand side of my journal…

tell me a story tags

using a piece of plastered eyelet cotton to create a pocket…

Needle Thread Cloth August Prize

that pretty flower at the bottom of my pocket was part of a goodie package that I received when I won the Needle Thread Cloth August Giveaway

you can see their exciting September challenge here

tell me a story tags (1)

I also used a piece of the really special hand dyed text fabric (thank you sweet Jan!) on one of my tags along with some of the yummy linen embroidery floss for a couple of French knots and to tie on a metal wing charm  (the photograph is of my parents and little me from way back when in Germany)

tell me a story tags (2)

the pocket worked nicely to hold my tea stained tags that I stitched and glued bits of plaster lace, torn fabric, tea bag, book text and more along with images of two sweet little girls from the lovely wallpaper piece from Nathalie

tell me a story tags (3)

I also happened to come across a tiny book (1.75 x 2.5 inches) I had stitched and decorated to use as an itty bitty journal some time ago (thank you also to my sweet friend Eileen for sharing the bumpy yarn that made the perfect finish for my Play tag)… 

Tiny Journal Kindergarten Patty

the photo is of me when I was about 5 years old

everyone is welcome to join in the “Childhood” challenge theme over at Journal Journey’s…

the invisible girl …

for my first page for Art Journal Journey’s (AJJ) September Less is More challenge here I mentioned how using less instead of more is a BIG challenge for me…

Less is More challenge before

I do my best creating when I am not thinking too much or following too many guidelines but I do enjoy a good challenge

The Invisible Girl

the words are from a Love poem from inside a chocolate wrapper and the Forget-me-not image is one I have wanted to use for some time now from The Graphics Fairy

The Invisible Girl (1)

a bit of pencil scribbling on the tea stained background with a piece of cigar box paper for a border at the bottom…

Less is More final spreadmy two page spread completed now I think

added one more thing

I had to add one last thing to the lotus girl (I know I covered up those beautiful eyes!)…

thank you Art Journal Journey for another great challenge…

tell me a story …

Journal Journey’s September challenge #23 is “Childhood

I am still playing in my handmade tea stained journal with the Less is More  Art Journal Journey (AJJ) theme in my head…

a sweet memory from my childhood is my Mutti (mother) reading me bedtime stories each night…

I was raised on fairy tales…

Tell me a story

my friend Nathalie sent me a wonderful piece of vintage swan wallpaper some time ago and I have been saving it for just the right moment…

Tell me a story (1)

wish you could feel the silky soft scraps of velvet I added to my collage along with a few plastered pieces that I used as a frame…

Tell me a story (2)

I am already working on the other side of this spread…

Returning …

Art Journal Journey’s theme for September is “Less is More”  which I found to be a very good creative stretch…

Tea dyed journal pgs and fabrics

I began by tea dying the pages of one of my hand sewn #140 lb hot press watercolor paper journals along with some pieces of fabric and lace (didn’t want to waste a drop)…

Less is More challenge

the beautiful image from an old Italian master’s painting is one I am drawn to again and again…

Less is More challenge (1)

the pink lotus is a photograph we took on one of our many Lotus garden visits this year…

Less is More challenge (2)

usually I create a spread of two pages (the snippet of graph paper on the lower left is from an EKG heart test I had done some years ago)…

Less is More challenge (3)

this time I started with just one page with more to come soon…

here is a funny aside: I was working on this post in the wee hours and twice wrote MORE IS LESS until I noticed my mistake ;) … this really was a challenge for me on many levels *ggg*

Paper Bag T …

it is always fun when I go looking for one thing and find other surprises along the way…

Just Because Gift Bag

these small paper bags were pieces I had started awhile ago…

Paper Bag gift bags

recycled paper bags, bits of fabric, lace, thread, paper, mica, tea cup image from The Graphics Fairy

all they needed were a few finishing touches along with sewing down the sides and adding handles for hanging so they would be ready to tuck in a card or surprise…

Oaten Biscuit Tea

sitting out on our back porch enjoying a cup of tea with some yummy (not too sweet) Oaten biscuits we brought home from Scotland

Fairy Garden Mother Mary

here’s wishing you a Happy T on Tuesday with lots of little things to delight you again and again…

just noticed this is my 1,700th blog post = oh my!