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Photo Illusion

Saturday, December 19th, 2020

I made some macrame ornament gifts for our niece who recently moved to New Zealand.

Macrame Gifts

I used yarn from her grandmother’s stash to make the tree. Even the large green bead was from her grandmother’s craft stash. Her grandmother died in 2011. I thought it would be a nice connection.

I documented the ornaments on a piece of canvas. When I shot detail images of the snowflake an odd thing happened.

Snowflake 1

This is the same image rotated 180º.

Snowflake 1


Converted Egyptian Paste Piece

Sunday, November 29th, 2020

While reorganizing my garage studio space I found one of my Egyptian Paste test pieces had apparently been used as a hotel for mice.

Egyptian Paste Box

The mice managed to get in the garage and found all of the dried and drying plant materials sustaining.

Mouse

When I was cleaning the space after the mice were relocated, it didn’t occur to me that I should look through the boxes of pieces stored in the space.

The box was constructed of hardware cloth and Egyptian paste. After firing the box, it was lined with black nylon and bound closed with strips of the same fabric. The fabric was dipped in diluted wood glue and hit with a heat gun, for a shrink wrap effect. I like that nylon can look like a skin, exposing the structure under it.

I have posted about this piece in the past. Pleased that the pieces have not developed a light coating of sodium.

Egyptian Paste Vessel

The pieces were constructed of hardware cloth, some had the addition of nails.

Egyptian Paste Vessel Nail Detail

The Egyptian paste was used like spackle and the lot fired to cone 015.

What to do with the mouse house? I am leaning toward popping it someplace, out of the way, in the garden.


Wind Toppled Trees

Sunday, November 8th, 2020

When I walked into the kitchen I noticed both potted pine trees had toppled over.

Fallen Trees

Wind Today

Apparently even though we put a ton of weight in the bottom of the pot, the Norfolk Pine is still top heavy enough to be toppled over by the wind.

Norfolk Pine Fallen

Moved it closer to the corner of the house, hoping to prevent another fall.
Norfolk Pine Righted

This is the tree we brought in for Christmas the past several years.

Fallen Christmas Tree

Moved it closer to the house to protect it from the wind.

Righted Christmas Tree

Unfortunately, the Norfolk Pine isn’t fragrant, but nice greenery.

Norfolk Pine Bits

Thought the container of bits might be fun to knit into a small bowl.

Norfolk Pine Bits


Norfolk Pine Bits and Wool I-Cord Started
Norfolk Icord

Norfolk Pine Bits and Wool I-Cord Completed

Norfolk Icord


Completed–Be Yourself

Friday, September 11th, 2020

Quote Used–Be Yourself; everyone else is already taken.
On a bazillion sites the quote is attributed to Oscar Wilde. According to Wilde folks, he did not write it or say it.

Code

Top Portion–Be Yourself;>
I layout out the code multiple ways to make sure that I really want to use it. I often use an old version of Flash to layout my projects. I like Flash because I make symbols and it is easy peasy to replace them.

The code is based on Morse Code.
Morse Code

Morse Code

Left to Right–Dot, Spacer, Dash

Wikipedia–MorseCode

Top

Center Section is Bargello Embroidery
Center

Bottom Portion–Everyone else is already taken.
Bottom

Completed Piece
Be Yourself

Border in rust yarn is based on tap code. The code is–Not an Oscar Wilde Quote

Tap code is a 5 x 5 code with k and c the same code.

Tap Code

Be Yourself Border and Hanger

The hanger is not a rod it is a piece of tubing that showed up after my husband did an annual on his Cessna. I believe is used for the brake lines.

Be Yourself Border and Hanger
I stitched on a layer of grey felt to the back of the piece to prevent seeing the wall through, but also to add a sleeve for the hanger (based on quilt hangers), and to add a pocket. The pocket is for notes on the piece. It is common for me to forget the quote used in a piece. Find myself needing to read the code to figure out the quote. The plan is to pop the information on the code and decisions made into the pocket.


Work In Progress–Regret

Sunday, September 6th, 2020

Quote from Return to Montauk

“There are only two things that matter…There’s the thing you did that you regret; the thing that cannot be undone. And then there is the thing that you did not do, that you should have done that you regret too. But it is too late now.”

I condensed it to–The thing you did that cannot be undone. The thing you did not do, that you should have done. And the word, Regret.

Layout

Layout

Body Blocks

Body Blocks

Body Dash Block

Body Dash Block

Materials
Tree wrap (1.25″ x 1.75″), bamboo (1″ x 1.25″), fiber, and safety pin.

Regret Blocks

Regret is an act of perseveration. If left unchecked, it can alter and erode a life. It can become a darkness.

Regret Blocks

Regret Dash Block

Regret Dash Block

Materials
Tree wrap (1.25″ x 1.75″), roofing felt (1″ x 1.25″), fiber, and safety pin.


Weeds Can Be Annoying or Gifts

Thursday, July 16th, 2020

Collecting the Seeds to Distribute in My Gardens

Poof

Poof

Not sure but I think the plants are Tragopogon porrifolius.

The gorgeous silky bits may become potential art material.


Anniversary Piece

Tuesday, May 26th, 2020

Every year I make an anniversary piece. This was my second and better idea.

Anniversary Piece

Hanger–Code for Anniversary Date
Left side is 05271983, Right side 05272020

Anniversary Piece Date Code

Block Used for Dots
Anniversary Piece Dot

Block Used for Dashes
Anniversary Piece Dash

Code Used
The first row of 3 dots and 2 dashes represents the number 3.
The second row of 2 dashes and 3 dots represents the number 7.
Yep, 37 years.

Anniversary Piece Hung

Materials List
Roofing Felt, Tree Wrap (back of piece), Hardware Cloth, Wool, Gourd Pins.


Pause to Let Your Eyes Adjust

Monday, April 20th, 2020

Every time I walked by this piece, I couldn’t remember the name and code used.

Pause Piece

I looked through my files and found the piece support materials. The title and code is Pause to Let Your Eyes Adjust.

The Code
Pause Piece Code

The Code in Color (tan yarn is used in place of cream)
Pause Piece Color Code

Upper Layout
Pause Piece Upper

Pause Piece Upper

Detail of Broken Triangle Bits of Mirror
Pause Piece Mirror

Middle Section
Pause Piece Middle

Lower Layout
Pause Piece Bottom

Pause Piece Lower

Signature–Perforated Disk

Pause Signature Disk

Materials List
Birch branches and twigs–symbol of health, wisdom, safety, public office.
Other materials–1/4″ hardware cloth (45×99 squares), wool yarn, mirror, cotton duck for back. Bargello embroidery patterns.


Truth Piece in Progress

Thursday, March 19th, 2020

The Truth piece consists of two pieces that will be mounted on a wood panel and framed.

Truth

After looking at the image of the larger piece, I think wrapping all of the exposed hardware cloth with cream yarn is needed. Bumped up the contrast to see the wire more clearly.

Truth Wire Exposed

Wrapped Hardware Cloth Wire

Truth Wire Wrapped

Center Shapes are Code for the Word Truth

Truth Layout

Brown shapes are Dots, Tan shapes are Dashes, Cream shapes are Spacers.

Truth Blocks
The same colors are used for code throughout the pieces.

The right border of the larger piece has the code–Be Told. It begins with the top right square of the hardware cloth.

Truth Be Told

The left border of the larger piece has the code–Will Out. It begins with the bottom left square of the hardware cloth.

Truth Will Out

The center portion of the smaller piece has the code–Half the truth is, with the right border continuing the text–a great lie.

Half Truth Great Lie

I thought about adding an application of wax, but it changes the fiber a bit too much. Will either add an application of starch or a solution of salt.

Truth

The pieces will be attached to a 5″ x 7″ wood panel with tacks. If the tacks don’t work I may use velcro. Then a frame will be added.


Work in Progress–Thoughts

Monday, March 2nd, 2020

Thoughts Blocks

Thoughts Blocks with Verticals Completed

After the vertical jute was added, the cream wool on the roofing felt blocks seems a tad too flat. Thickening the pattern on the blocks may be necessary.

Thoughts Blocks Cream Wool

Thoughts Block with Cream Wool

Thoughts Blocks Jute

Thoughts Block with Jute

Thoughts Blocks Tan Wool

Thoughts Block with Tan Wool

Thoughts Blocks Hemp

Thoughts Block with Hemp

If I decide to add additional fiber to the 330 blocks, it will extend the working time at least an additional week. Pretty sure it will be worth the time.