I am a Canadian artist in Calgary, Alberta, working primarily with textiles. I'm curious, eccentric and just a little opinionated. Surrealist in thought, Fauvist at heart, this is my almost daily art journal, eccentric and eclectic, explorative and absurd.

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Hey look! Some stitching!!!

I've driven myself nuts whining and complaining about the move (oh, you too?) and decided to JUST DO SOMETHING with what i have in the "old" stoodio. I *did* keep back things i needed for working on a specific piece, but had to make do with some things i forgot. I'm not used to using a synthetic batting, but i kind of like the stiffness it gives this one. (All my preferred cotton flannelette is at the new place in a box..) There will be a small amount of hand stitch so i'm hoping i can get the needles through, even if i have to use the pliers, also saved back in case of emergencies :) and that the batting doesn't catch and pull though in nasty little beards with the heavier and six stranded threads i usually use.

 So here i am getting serious with my collaborative abstraction piece for the FAN (Fibre Arts Network) show at La Conner Quilt and Textile Museum in October. Marianne and i chose "milkweed" as our subject, she doing the representational and i the abstract depiction. To keep the pairing obvious, we had to use the same colours---Marianne had sent some generously large scraps and some will be incorporated in.

I went through my fabrics and pulled a very large rusted piece. At first i hesitated--would it be "right" to cut it up? Would the Fabric Gawdz screech and throw thunderbolts at me? Nope. Besides, WTF is it for anyways but TO USE????????

The taupe silk and peachy-brown "damask" are from Marianne, the lovely lace from Meg Fowler:

The only thing i don't like about this one is the size it has to be: 18x45" in a vertical orientation. That 45" seems waaaay too long, but thems the rules.....

It's a start.

And then i have no more deadlines for the year! Whadami gonna do????

Reader Comments (8)

Nice fabrics to be working with. I love the way that you get such crisp marks onto your rusted fabric. Long and thin doesn't work well for me either, just finished a 19" x 59" - again size imposed by rules!
59"long????? Sounds like an old QA challenge that drove me nuts! arlee
Jun 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMaggi
oh my gawds that fabric is BEEEYOOTIFUL!!! Can't wait to see what you do with it!
Jun 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKit Lang
What a fab rusted piece! This is gonna be gorgeous!!!
Jun 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMeg Fowler
Yummmeeee fabric...and what if? I say, what if...you used only 3 or 4 strands instead of six....? ;-)


Except that is the best flavour with 6 strands--and with the thickness of the batting and the effect i like, i only use less strands as background noise :) arlee
Jun 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMarg in Mirror
It is beoodiful and it will be more beoodiful when you are done with it.

And thankyou for the gorgeous leaf that arrived yesterday, even the Lord and Master was drooling.

:) Thanks Christina, and glad the peony ecoprint arrived safely, though it seems to have taken longer this time!
Jun 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterChristina
Hi Arlee, love the fabrics your using and as always love your work!!! I have no doubt that you will find something to do with your time!!! :)
Jun 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTammy
Hi, Arlee. "Rust" seems an inadequate term--"gold" would be better for such a lovely cloth. I like how you're stitching into it as well. It's going to be drop-dead gorgeous despite the bizarre size.
Jun 17, 2013 | Unregistered Commenternadia
Wow this looks great
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