Thursday, November 29, 2007

Quenching Rain


Quenching Rain Sold

Hand Dyed and vintage cottons, fused, hand and machine quilted

16.5x16.75"


French Knots representing the straight down deluge of a great summer rain


And the wind whipping around, with straight stitches in a swirl.


OK maybe I am getting too romantic here, but the way I have recently experienced the end of the drought has made me think like this. That rain was so welcome and life giving, and the days of summer so bright and glowing... well, it had to come out somewhere!


So what is going on with all this production? Instead of going out Christmas shopping, which mostly everyone else does at this time of year, I have had the habit of staying in the studio, making stuff. Over the years I have found that with everyone else being out and busy, the phone doesn't ring, and there are great spans of uninterrupted time to think and create. It's my little secret. Ha!


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A word about threads. I used pearl cotton size 8 and 12 for some of the hand embroidery. Or sometimes I use embroidery floss, a single strand or two or three, depending. And for machine stitching, I use anything that looks good, but the majority of my threads are thicker weights, like 30wt. I prefer a thicker thread to fill in the space left by each needle hole. Cottons, rayons, silks, or polyester. It really depends on the color or the area where it will be seen.
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My new full spectrum light has finally arrived and I shot the new piece with just it and the sunlight. Much better than my incandescent lights and the camera's flash. The bad lighting in my studio has been driving me crazy because all my pictures are dim and pinky. Now that is over!

11 comments:

  1. I can remember when that dot and stripe line came in to the store and I have a lot of it too. It's one of my favorite groups of graphic prints.

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  2. Thanks for the lead on the light! I have several Otts but they aren't real stylish. I just ordered one of the Tiffany style lights for behind my chair in the living room where I frequently hand-stitch and knit at night.

    I am jealous of everyone on your Christmas list!!

    Hugs to you,

    teri

    (next time Brooke and Glory come home I need to meet them)

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  3. Anonymous11:45 AM

    What does vintage cotton mean??

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  4. Vintage cottons are really old fabric from like ten years ago, that never got used. It could also mean fabric that came from anywhere but a quilt store. Like a Goodwill store etc.

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  5. Lisbeth2:47 PM

    it makes me smile, it is winter and snow, without the cold.

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  6. I just love your trees, they make me so happy looking at them, thanks for sharing:).
    Linda

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  7. OMG, I soooo love this piece. The dots, the colors,the French Knots, LOVE IT!

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  8. I love all the little quilts in this pine tree series. They seem so joyful!

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