Thursday, October 28, 2010

INSPIRATION Art Journal Pages

Here are my INSPIRATION art journal pages I did in response to a prompt in the art journal group on CCS.

Punchneedle or not...

I bought a punchneedle kit and supplies last Christmas.  I made some progress on the kit, but not a lot.  I decided to do my own experiment on denim to see if I could get a rhythm going.  I got a little better at it, but I made really slow progress.  So slow that I decided not to do punchneedle anymore.  I will give the supplies and kit to one of my friends, if they want it.  Some of you might have better luck with it.  I guess I'm a glutton for punishment because I've been looking at counted cross stitch kits.  Uh-oh!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

LOVE art journal pages

I made my first art journal pages this week.  They are two sides of the same piece of paper.  Eventually, if I keep at it, I'll bind them together to make an art journal.  Inspired by my friends on CoachCreativeSpace!  The theme for these is LOVE.
The second pic includes one of my poems.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

More Good Stuff!

Set of fall napkins for my mom.  Free embroidery design by Carina Envoldsen-Harris found on Flikr.  Just finished yesterday.

Framed Halloween pumpkin:

And some pretty flowers:

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Halloween - Stitching the Wheel - Work in Progress

OK, 3 blogs in one day is outrageous, I know!  I've been under a lot of stress this weekend and so have been stitching a lot.  Plus I like to take breaks between doing homework by embroidering.  It takes longer, but I retain my sanity.  5 homework posts due yesterday. 5.  Aaaaack!  Here is the future Halloween decoration for my house.  I'm slightly farther along than this.  You can see the Transfer-eze stuck to the fabric.  Design by Urban Threads.

Fall Failures and Successes: Fall Triple Moon

Well, I tried the Goddess design, upper left on the paper (previous blog post) on an organza bag, but the bag was too small and ripped, so that didn't work out very well.  I had to toss the whole thing. :(

I used Transfer-eze to transfer the small triple moon design onto orange printed fabric.  That turned out nicely.  I think I'll frame it!  :) That was also part of the Fall/Halloween art challenge on Creative Souls, a NING website.  Here is the triple moon design.  It is only about three inches long.

Transfer-eze! I love this stuff!

First thing I printed out some Urban Threads designs and cut them out and stuck them to another piece of copy paper.  Then I scanned those images.  Then I printed them out on the rough side of the Transfer-eze with my laser printer which I figured was less likely to bleed (toner rather than ink).  I used many images because this stuff is $15 for 10 sheets, plus shipping.  Just Google Transfer-eze to find quilt shops to order from.  I ordered mine from Original Creations, in Texas, fast shipping.

Here's a picture of the cut-out's on the left and the Transfer-eze on the right.  I paid for all these designs at Urban Threads, they are $1 each for hand embroidery designs unless there's a sale.  They are PDF files.

As you can see I already cut out the kitty face design. Then you peel the printed side from the blank paper side.  The printed side sticks to the surface of the fabric as you can see here:

Then you just embroider!  There is a little sticky filminess, but that is nothing compared to being able to transfer designs onto any color fabric. Here is the kitty embroidered.  I chose gray which doesn't show up ver well.
Then you soak the fabric in cold water for 15 minutes to a half an hour.  Still experimenting with the time frame. 
Then I let it the fabric dry overnight.  This is the result, a gray kitty face on my jean jacket:
So easy!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Love Towel - Finished!

Here is the finished towel for Kari.  I used four colors of embroidery floss, 2 pinks and 2 purples.  I think it turned out nicely. The small embroidered charm is on the far corner of the towel.  Kari really liked it. :)