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!

Monday, May 19, 2014

Good Afternoon All,
Here is my latest, almost finished piece.  It just lacks some hand stitching and mounting.
It began as a piece of silk fusion that I made using silk roving along with my own hand dyed silk cocoons, carrier rods and thread flotsam.  I added in some vintage silk threads during the process and that is what you see moving through the diagonal middle.
Once the silk fusion was dry, I laid it on top of the red orange dyed jute which is on top of batting and a backing.  I quilted the bajeebers   out of all of the negative space on the fusion then did some basically invisible stippling on the red orange fabric.  
The yellow circles are felt from the surplus store.  I will hand stitch those down with some violet floss then I'll mount the whole thing on stretcher bars and trim the frayed edges a bit.

 These close ups show a bit more of the fabulous textures as well as the mix of color.
It's been years since I've played much with Silk Fusion.  I made more than a dozen pieces the other day.  They are for sale in our gallery as well as on our new Etsy site:


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