Archive for April, 2013

This Feels Like Something That Would Happen on a Monday

April 16, 2013

Are we sure it’s Tuesday today? I’m sure having a Monday kind of morning.

I was minding my own business, sitting on the sofa in my living room, when I heard a bug fly into my hair. Thinking it was a fly, I ran my hands through my hair to shake it out, but the little critter was well and truly stuck.

If at first you don’t succeed try, try again, so I ran my hand though my hair again, and I felt a little pin prick. Then I heard some LOUD buzzing. I got up and got serious about getting whatever was tangled in my hair – out of my hair. I headed to the kitchen for my purse – the contents of which could solve just about any problem in the world. It certainly weighs enough. I figured a hairbrush would resolve this situation. It should free whatever was trapped, and we’d both be lots happier.

Ouch, ouch, ouch, no little pin pricks now. My scalp was getting full out stabbed, stung, and abused, and the buzzing increased in volume with malevolent intent.

I turned my head sideways and vigorously ran my hands through my hair. Plop, out came a wasp – a big a$$ wasp – a monster-sized wasp, the wasp from h*ll.

How the heck did that get in the house? And why was it attracted to my nice clean shampooed head? I use unscented shampoo and unscented conditioner. Does my clean hair look like a good place to nest? I dearly and purely hope not.

Mother Teresa I’m not. As soon as that angry wasp landed on a flat surface, I whacked that sucker with my AQS magazine. See? Being a quilter who subscribes to AQS magazine pays off in more ways than one. Aside from all the loverly patterns, learning new techniques, and getting a discount card for my JoAnns shopping expeditions, it’s also the first line of defense against monster-sized wasps. Who knew?

I’ve got an ice pack on my swollen noggin, and hope there are no more of his relatives sharing my home. I’d just as soon they stay outside, and out of my hair.



RAFA – April 2013 Meeting and Lesson 2 Piece from Online Course

April 10, 2013

Last Thursday was our monthly Rochester Area Fiber Artists meeting, and it was a great meeting. Unforunately, most of my pictures didn’t come out, but France’s Cro Magnon photo did:

Frances Cro Magnon

It’s a 3 dimensional piece, and those are palm fronds that had fallen off her plant around the piece. If anybody lives in the Rochester area, I do believe she will will be exhibiting this piece at the upcoming Rochester Gem, Mineral, Jewelry and Fossil Show and Sale.

This is the piece I made from Lesson 2 of Katie Pasquini Masopust’s Online class:


I still have to put the binding on, and I’m not sure if you can see the stacked buttons on the red piece of fabric – which still needs to be stitched down, but I really like the black pathway I created with the different sized button trail. That button trail is a result of trial and error.

All day Monday, I worked through multiple techniques trying to get that look. First I tried deColourant. I used it through a window screen, as a solid circle, then used a circle stencil, and painted little dots of deColourant inside. That didn’t work.

Next I tried making my own screen, and screen printing circles. Didn’t like that.

Then Shiva paintsticks came to mind, and I tried using them with the window screen – which made a royal mess. Then cut a paper stencil, and rubbed the Shiva paintsticks over that. Didn’t like that. Used a paper towel to remove some of the paintstick from the stencil, and it smeared over the fabric, and looked pretty darn good. It wasn’t as heavy handed as when I used the paintstick like a crayon, but it still wasn’t right.

By this time I was getting frustrated, and took a break to do some laundry. Has anybody succeeded in keeping their laundry hamper empty for more than a couple of hours? Please share your secret. I always seem to have laundry waiting to be done.

But I digressed. That little break didn’t help with solving the circle dilemma. The next thing I knew it was midnight, and time to go to bed, but while waiting for my turn for the bathroom sink, I walked into my sewing studio, looked at the work in progress and thought, “What about buttons?” The rest is history. 😉

I can’t wait to get the critique from Katie about this piece.


6″ x 6″ x 2013 Rochester Contemporary Art Center

April 2, 2013

After taking a break for a couple of years, I am again participating in the Rochester Contemporary Art Center’s global art exhibit. You can read about RoCo‘s mission by clicking on the name.

This year’s contribution is Out of This World:
6x6 Out of this world 2013

It started with a gelatin print I made a few years ago, that also has some gold metallic eraser dots scattered over the surface. Then I looked through the embroidery designs in my sewing machine, and selected a design that looked like a swirling galaxy, with shooting stars being flung from the center.

I didn’t sew out the design exactly as programmed. Instead of 3 little dots over the extended rays, I went through my beads and came up with some rock looking pieces. They were attached with a seed bead in deep burgundy.

The backing was fused on next, and then 4 strands of yarn were twisted and zig zagged in place to cover the edges. It’s the first time I’ve used yarn instead of a binding, and while it wouldn’t work for something that was going to be laundered a lot, it’s a nice look for a piece that will be hanging on a wall. It adds texture, and a touch of whimsy.

I haven’t decided if I’m going to quilt it or not. The batting is kept in place by the embroidered design, so it really isn’t necessary, but I’m thinking it would look nice. Since I have to deliver it Thursday morning, the quilting will be done if time permits.