Archive for the ‘Fiber’ Category

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.


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.


Ideas for Birthday Greeting

Saturday, August 15th, 2020

Bargello Embroidery

Bargello Design 1

Too Busy and Cannot See the Bargello Stitch
Bargello Design 2

Bargello with Birthdates in Code

Thought adding coded birthdays to Bargello design would be fun. It is too busy. Difficult to read the code and the Bargello design.

Bargello with Dates

First Version Lucky Penny

There is a piece of tree wrap stitched to the back.
The piece is too small for the card.

Luck Penny Version 1

Completed Greeting–Lucky Penny

Completed Greeting

Detail of Lucky Penny Code
Dark Brown is used for dots, tan for dashes, cream is used for spacers. The code it stitched in vertically–first column is L, second U…

Detail of Lucky Penny Code

Detail of 1960 Lucky Penny

Detail of 1960 Penny

Card Interior Label

Lucky Penny Label

Greeting Ready for Shipping

A piece of foam is tucked inside to support the weight of the embroidered piece.

Foam Piece Inside Card

The card is wrapped with two layers covering the embroidered piece with the penny.

Wrapped Card for Shipping


Morning Glories

Tuesday, July 28th, 2020

The Morning Glories were grown from harvested seed.

Morning Glories

The Morning Glories needed more space for growth.

Morning Glories

Knew the cotton and jute Icords would come in handy, some day.
Morning Glories

A patch of volunteer Morning Glories.

Morning Glories


Bowiea

Monday, July 27th, 2020

For nearly two months my Bowiea was just a bulb. No growth. In the past before one section died back another was sprouting.

This morning the bulb looked like this–

Bowiea New Growth

Removed Plant from Medium 2020 July 27

Bowiea Removed From Pot

Bowiea Removed From Pot

Bowiea Roots

Bowiea Repotted

Eraser Used to Clean Up

Eraser for Clean Up

Spent Stems
Bowiea Stems

Used the Spent Stems With Tan Wool Yarn to Make an Icord
Bowiea Icord

Stitched the Icord Together to Make a Small Vessel

Bowiea Icord Vessel

Bowiea Icord Vessel Detail

The plant is vining so I rotate it a couple of times a day.

Bowiea

The Bowiea flowers are quite small, but lovely.
Bowiea Flower

New Growth 2020 October 26

Bowiea New Growth

Pacific Bulb Society–Boweia

Wikipedia–Boweia

South African National Biodiversity Institute–PlantZAfrica


Memory Pieces in Progress

Thursday, July 16th, 2020

Knit and Fulled Memory Pieces in Progress

Memory Pieces

After the pieces dry, code will be added, and an application of a stiffener.

The pieces were mostly loom knitted, partially fulled by hand, then popped in the dryer on high heat with a pair of old sneakers.


Work in Progress–Memory Bowl 1

Wednesday, July 15th, 2020

Loom knitted bowl on 72 peg round loom with two strands of wool yarn.

Memory Bowl 1

The bowl will be fulled, bit shy of felting for some of the stitch texture to still be seen.

Memory Bowl 1

After fulled, the code for Memories are altered to prevent conflict with the present. will be embroidered onto the exterior.


Work in Progress–False Memory

Wednesday, July 15th, 2020

False Memory

Used three colors of wool to embroider 1 square by 6 square pieces of 1/4″ hardware cloth. Dark brown for dots, tan for dashes, and cream for spacers.

I used oil sticks fix up the 5″ x 7″ panel.

Morse Code Chart

Morse Code Chart

Each letter has four rectangular blocks. To make the rows tidy, I added spacers if a letter had fewer than four dots, dashes, or combinations.

False Memory

Each letter is a group of four rectangular blocks that are fastened at top and bottom with a safety pin. There are fourteen blocks–thirteen letters and one spacer.

Used thin dark grey sock fiber to bind through the head and loop of the safety pins.

False Memory

The silver dots are the edges of the hardware cloth.

My hope is to oxidized the safety pins to add the feel of age.