Monthly Archives: October 2013

Challenged

Last summer, I participated in my first quilt challenge, sponsored by Keepsake Quilting.   There were six fabrics involved, blues and whites, and the theme had to be something about Jack Frost.  Two other fabrics could be used as well, and there were some basic rules to be followed.

I’ve seen these challenges offered before, and often, for my taste, the challenge fabric(s) is so ugly I don’t want to work with it!  Not that it has to be dominant, but sometimes I wonder if the fabric manufacturer is having trouble selling one fabric, so they make it into a challenge opportunity!!

Jacquie Frost
Jacquie Frost

At any rate, here is a photo of my entry.  It did not win anything, but it is still a unique piece.  This woman’s silhouette is one I used previously, in The Vanderia Tree (see earlier post).  This time, I made 3-dimensional icicles, and attached each one with a colored bead.  The name of the piece is Jacquie Frost.   It is 30″ square, and looking for a home.  Interested?

Another Collage Shirt

This is a collage shirt I made for my wonderful friend, Joseph.  It features a fabric with ladies in long gowns and huge flowers for hats.  Joseph does like ladies!

He was out in his shirt one day, when he was approached by an older lady, who admired it. She said she knew how to sew but hadn’t done any in a while.  Now, inspired by the Shirt of Many Colors, she wanted to get back to sewing!  Yea!

Hmmmmm…..what could I collage today?

Collage shirt
Collage shirt

A Collage Life Style

In thinking about how much I love to make collages, I realize that I like to live a Collage Life Style!  This means I love a mixed-media approach, different colors and textures, putting together new combinations, having LOTS of choices!  My closet is filled with clothes in all the colors I love so I can open it and just say, “What would I love to wear today?”

My refrigerator is filled with lots of colorful fun foods, so I can open the door and ask myself “What would I love to eat next?”

I have many wonderful friends, and it is fun to think about who I’d really love to see soon.

So, since I am a seamstress, it was a natural choice to extend my collage abilities to making clothing.  The collage blouse was born!

I have two blouse patterns that work well for me, one sleeveless, so it is simply a matter of choosing fabrics for the individual pieces – one for the front, another for the back, a third for the sleeves.  There is usually a color theme of some sort.  Each of these patterns has a yoke which gives me another fabric choice, and the place where the yoke meets the front of the blouse also provides an opportunity to put an extra stripe of something.

As I have grown older, the blouses have shrunk somewhat (!), so I have added a “racing stripe” from armhole to hem.  This piece can be any width, depending upon how much

All Rayons
All Rayons

extra room I need in the blouse, but it becomes a design element, looking intentional instead of desperate!  One blouse is made of all brilliant rayon fabrics from clothing I got at resale shops.

Here is one example, made for my aunt, Ann Ring, in Tucson.

 

Front of collage blouse
Front of collage blouse
Back of collage blouse
Back of collage blouse

 

Runi Dreams Coming True

Some of our Contra Dance Rune dreams are coming true!  Not only has My Most Excellent Partner, Jim Ryan, put together this fun and creative web site, but I have also had some of the rune designs digitized for embroidery.

What does that mean?  It means that there is a program that tells a computer file how to talk to a sewing machine.  Then I put the file on a thumb drive, plug that in to my Fancy Schmancy embroidery machine, choose some colors and VOILA!

I LOVE working with colors, and the rayon threads are so shiny and gorgeous that I could to this all day.  Sometimes I DO do it all day.

These examples are patches to be put on jackets or dance bags.  More designs are coming, and they will be for sale soon.  These are about 4″ square.

Would you like one?  Contact me.

Ladies Chain

Do Si Do
Do Si Do

I Wanna Be an Ice Cream Crone!

When a friend coined the term Ice Cream Crone some years ago, I adopted it IMMEDIATELY!  I was not old enough to be considered a crone, but loved the idea that older women are cool, sweet and fun!  Delicious!

This idea surfaced again when hats were assigned as this year’s project for Women’s Journey in Fiber.  Now that I AM crone material, this idea will be a guiding star for me.  In difficult situations, I can ask myself – What Would an Ice Cream Crone Do?

I used a bowl from my kitchen as the form upon which to build the hat.  The fabric for the bowl was strengthened with fusible batting.  Cotton quilt batting is used as the scoop of ice cream, satin as hot fudge, beads as sprinkles, an artificial cherry for the top and eyelet trim for the whipped cream.

I have chosen to be a hot fudge sundae because contrasts appeal to me.  With the combination of Sinful Chocolate and Virginal Vanilla, we have dark and light, sweet and bitter, hot and cold, liquid and solid represented.  More than that, one can consider the contrast between aging physically, and the increase in wisdom and maturity that comes with advancing years.

Are you an Ice Cream Crone, or do you know someone who is?  Would you like to join the gallery of ICC’s?  If so, I need a photo of you, plus your flavor, and why you choose to be that flavor.

Ice Cream Crone
Ice Cream Crone

 

http://runiaruni.com/dancearuni/runed-funn/theory-of-dancers-as-ice-cream-flavors/

 

Soul Collages

Recently, I took a second workshop in SoulCollage, with my friend Shari, who has become a facilitator.  I HIGHLY recommend this process.  Of course, I love collage to start with, but even people who aren’t familiar with it come away enriched.

In the workshop, you make collages from magazine photos already provided, and work with 5×8″ cards as the backgrounds.

Universal Beauty
Universal Beauty

It is just amazing how the images you choose say something about where you are in your life.  The idea is to end up, eventually, with many cards, to be used almost like a Tarot deck, although they pertain specifically to you, the person who made them.

This time, many of my cards had to do with aging, a subject that is on my mind these days.  Some were poignant and some amusing, but all of them speak to me on a deep level.

If you are interested in participating, you can contact Shari at Collagemagic@gmail.com.  You can also find SoulCollage online, to look for other workshops or facilitators.

soulcollage.com