Field Notes #'s 1-36 ready for their edges to be bound and then mounted to their stretched canvas frames. Each piece is 6x6 inches.
So why am I having such a hard time getting there? Excellent question. And I finally decided it's because I don't want this particular project to end.
Which is odd because the whole time I've been working on this project I've been chomping at the bit to start the next state of my Fields Series!
Anyway, I'm off to stitch their tiny edges, and get started on attaching the hanging hardware to the frames.
Earth and Sky: From Sketch to Stitch
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Earth and Sky is an Eight Week Mini Master Class divided into 2 Four Week modules with a One Week break in between the two modules.
Module 1: Sketch, Draw, Paint, Surface Design
Module 2: Sketch, Surface Design, Stitch, Embellish
Class begins April 15th!
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NOTE: Because of the intensity of this class I am limiting the number of spaces available to 20!!!
My Aurifil thread color palette for my latest series "Field Notes"
Field Notes was born out of several loves, passions of mine:
The love of the prairie.
The love of crops as they rise out of the ground each year.
The love of the symmetry and simplicity of how the fields themselves are arranged in the countryside.
Field Notes in progress on my table.
Some color studies.
Watercolor crayons, water soluble oil pastels, and water soluble graphite on sketchbook paper.
My thread order came today. If you've been following me on Facebook then you know there's been a lot of drama lately with my trying to obtain a rather allusive Aurifil Thread color #2612 aka arctic ice.
Well that was through Amazon.
Three spools of the wrong color later I put out a plea on Facebook begging to know everyone's favorite place to buy Aurifil Thread. Follow That Thread came up, repeatedly. So late Sunday night I put together my order, which included the much desired #2612, and it arrived today.
And the much desired color is quite desirable!!! It IS the perfect sky color!
#2612 is second from the left and it matches my earth pigment painted fabrics and perfectly!
I've been busy writing content for the 60 Day Bird Journal Challenge, and for Almost Stitched newsletter series (24 newsletters plus 6 bonus surprises) that I forget that others cannot read my mind.
So here's a photo of Pepper, our oldest cat, sporting some attitude while sitting atop a stitched story I wrote up yesterday with my sewing machine. In between bouts of stitching and writing I've been dodging rain storms trying to get the raised beds planted.
Right now I'm at 50% or so completion and I have to say it's looking good. John brought one of the porch chairs out to the garden area so that I can sit and watch the birds, butterflies, bees, and paint, sketch, and write unto my hearts content.
Holes detail. Machine and hand stitched painted timtex with aurifil threads.
I've been so busy with getting things done for an upcoming solo show, at Mary Greeley Hospital in Ames, Iowa, that I will be hanging on April 30th that I have forgotten to post here. Lots of stitching and experimenting going on trying to hurry up and birth this new idea I have forming. Photos and soon!
My grandmother Baxter taught me how to sew, by hand at the age of 7ish, by the time I was nine she had taught me how to sew using a sewing machine and my dad procured, from a local dump, my very first treadle sewing machine. This collection is reminiscent of both my grandmothers, and my paternal great grandmother, all of whom stitched in various forms from quilting to embroidery, crochet and knitting, and all of them knew how to make clothing without a pattern.
It feels good to be stitching once again, whilest awaiting layers of drying paint to cure. This piece is about 8x10 inches in size, machine stitched with green Aurifil thread, wool batting; I also used my Black Birds in Tree Stencil with acrylic paint onto fabric painted cotton cloth.
I shall stitch a few of the birds next, to bring them forward, and add a few beads and then this piece will be done.
It was suggested that I should start a 60 day challenge since I couldn't find one that was theme specific (thank you Jody Lund) I will be drawing Crows and Ravens (Corvus sp.).
How many of you would like to participate with me in a 60 day bird/crow challenge, this means one bird/crow a day for 60 days.
The birds/crows can be drawn, painted, stitched, sculpted (if you are so inclined), digitally manipulated OR you can write about birds/crows everyday for 60 days. Interested?
If I get 10 or more peeps interested I will start a facebook group for the challenge. I will be starting tomorrow as I am getting ready for an Open Studio Tour, October 4th, and want to have some fresh birds to offer up for the tour.
Working on some Crow Cards this afternoon using my Black Birds in Tree Stencil.
The orange mat is a non-slip artist map, unfortunately there is no label on the mat so I have no idea where it came from.
I started out with a piece of painted timtex that was painted by Seta Color Fabric Paints. I will be adding some oil bar, ink, and other yummies next, and then it's time for some stitching.