Living This Creative Life

I have two favorite quotes. The first one is by Emile Zola, "If you asked me what I came into this world to do, I would tell you that I came to live out loud". I don't know who the second one is by, but it goes like this, "If you're not living on the edge then you might as well jump". Both of these sentiments sum up my personal philosophy of this experience we call life on earth. Enjoy!

Thursday, July 18, 2013


Art Every Day, Thursday, July 18, 2013

Hello again,
Here is today's new piece.  I stitched the background a few days ago to prep for today's video and I stitched the rest as I was being filmed.
It is another scribble stitch piece and as I said many times earlier, I love this scribble stitching.  It feels and looks a lot like sketching and it's even more freeing than regular free motion stitching.  It's nice to occasionally "put the petal to the metal" and stitch like crazy without regard to neatness.  
The white background is sitting atop bright green dye painted batting.  I quilted the hell out of it with big, messy loop d'loops.  Then, I cut out the simple bird shape and wing in a hand painted blue fabric and five little yellow circles out of dyed canvas.  I used the circles as flower centers and stitched big messy circles in them then used the same messy circles as petals.  For the bird, I just messily outlined the basic shape and wing then added swirly do's on the tail and head as well as two birdy feet.  It was just silly fun but I really like the end results.  I want to do more of this type of stitching too.  
Well that's it for now, till tomorrow,
Heather 

2 comments:

mary beth brunston said...

Lovely scribbles!

Christa Irell said...

It really is quite amazing how you can get your machine to make sketch-like marks.

I like your choice of colors- using the two primary colors in your focal points and the secondary color they make as the border. That popped out to me right away.

The rough stitching gives a great texture to the piece and a nice feel- of pencil marks or charcoal or something you could smudge.

The frayed egdes add some further texture and soften the transition out to the border color.

Your hand dyes always give wonderful texture just in their non-uniformity. I love the lighter and darker areas that naturally highlight and shadow the little birdy.

This looks like fun, though I don't know that I want to try it on my machine. It does make me want to pick up a pencil though :)