Saturday, April 18, 2009

Playing with Pencils and Needles

I love my colored pencils. They are the beginning of so many of my creations. A little doodle..
becomes a design

Then a work in progress

And then

A finished piece.
Pardon the wrinkles. I used too much wash away blue ink and had to soak the fabric 3 times before all the ink disappeared. I wanted a bit of a rustic feeling to the embroidery. I used 3 strands of floss on the yellow flowers which gives them a rough finished look.
This embroidery design is on a laundry bag I made recently. It will be part of a display for my hand dyed fabrics at Patsy's Homestead Cabin quilt retreat.
My long awaited trip to Paducah starts on Wednesday at 5:00 am. I am looking forward to travel with wonderful quilting friends to the AQS quilt show. I hope to see you there. If you see me say hello.


Susan Buret said...

Hi Chris,

The embroidery is beautiful. I love the colours. And, thank you for you kind words on my blog. You have a wonderful country and it is a great pleasure and an honor to spend time with your fellow countrywomen and men.

Lynn said...

Chris, have a wonderful time at the show! Lucky you! Lovely embroidery and fun to see in in process. I like your photo of your "hippie self" too! ;-) I guess I am an aged hippie myself.
But haven't worn tye dye in many a year. But DID!!!! My son used to sell it in his shop and Portland Saturday Market!!! Thanks for your good wishes too...

Diana said...

Love the hand embroidery pieces. Also have a great time in Paducah, it will be such a good time.

Jackie said...

Chris, you are SO talented! Love your stitching and your design!

Enjoy Paducah!

bindu said...

That is so pretty! It was great to see the evolution of the design from paper to completion. Have a good trip.

Jude said...

You are SO clever,What a wonderful addition to the case.
We were very lucky find some great pieces that we've kept in the house. WAlking sticks made from olive twigs, wool winders!
Have a lovely time, wish I could come.

Britt-Arnhild said...

What a lovey way to play with coours, needles and thread.

Sydney said...

SO pretty!