SAL Update: Green Iguana #27

April 7, 2019 at 9:00 am | Posted in Embroidery | 17 Comments
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Today’s progress on Mr. Iguana – here’s the shot from three weeks ago:

Green Iguana - 2019-03-17

In the meantime, I’ve finished filling in the area under his eye, and once that was done, moved the frame a bit up. Therefore it was time to take another full picture of him!

Green Iguana - 2019-03-29

It’s been another week since then, and I’ve made some progress on the area behind his eye:

Green Iguana - 2019-04-06

Onwards to filling in above his eye and doing the background at the top, so I can move the frame over to the left.

Here are the other members of the SAL who are posting today. Make sure to check out their work, it’s amazing: Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, Jess, Sue, Debbie Rose, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Linda, Mary Margaret, Heidi, Jackie, Sunny, Hayley, Megan, Catherine, Deborah, Connie, Clare, Renee, Jenny, Carmela, Jocelyn and  Sharon.

If you would like to join in please contact Avis, who will give you full details.

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Where I’m hanging out these days

March 27, 2019 at 7:37 pm | Posted in Fiber Art | 1 Comment

You may have noticed that I’ve been writing very few blog posts lately, but that isn’t because there’s nothing to write about. In fact, I’ve been writing quite a bit more in the past couple of months, I’m just doing it somewhere else. Since that particular project is very fiber-oriented, I think you might enjoy following along on my adventure, even if you’re not the intended audience.

Basically, I’m organizing and running a community art project for this year’s Worldcon, which is taking place in Dublin this August. We’re building a model of a small part of a fantasy world using fiber and thread:

The Raksura Colony Tree

If you do plan to come to Dublin for Worldcon this summer, I’d love to meet you and to get some contributions to the model. If not, you might get an idea or two for a project of your own. Here’s a teaser of what I’m working on:

Raksura Colony Tree - Sample Platform

SAL Update: Green Iguana #26

March 17, 2019 at 7:23 am | Posted in Embroidery | 13 Comments
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Mr. Iguana got a finished eye today! Here’s last time:

Green Iguana - 2019-02-24

And now we’re here:

Green Iguana - 2019-03-17

The eye is completely filled in, and I’ve started working on the horizontal strip below his eye, which will also lead to finishing a pattern page. I’ll then go on to deal with the area behind and above the eye. The pink vertical line slightly in front of the iris is the midline of the piece, so once I’m there, this will be three quarters done! Makes me think I’ve got a chance to finish it up by summer!

Here are the other members of the SAL who are posting today. Make sure to check out their work, it’s amazing: Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, Lucy, Jess, Sue, Debbie Rose, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Steph, Linda, Mary Margaret, Heidi, Jackie, Sunny, Hayley, Megan, Catherine, Deborah, Connie, Clare, Renee, Jenny, Carmela, Jocelyn and  Sharon.

If you would like to join in please contact Avis, who will give you full details.

SAL Update: Green Iguana #25

February 24, 2019 at 7:36 am | Posted in Embroidery | 19 Comments
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Still working along on the eye. Here’s last time:

Green Iguana - 2019-02-03

He’s gotten most of his makeup now – mostly those dreaded colours indistinguishable from white left over:

Green Iguana - 2019-02-24

Here are the other members of the SAL who are posting today. Make sure to check out their work, it’s amazing: Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, Lucy, Jess, Sue, Kate, Debbie Rose, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Steph, Linda, Mary Margaret, Heidi, Jackie, Sunny, Hayley, Megan, Catherine, Deborah, Connie, Clare, Renee, Jenny, Carmela and Jocelyn! Please welcome our new member Sharon to the group!

If you would like to join in please contact Avis, who will give you full details.

SAL Update: Green Iguana #24

February 3, 2019 at 3:42 pm | Posted in Embroidery | 19 Comments
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Short post this time. The eye has gotten a few more colours. I went from here:

Green Iguana - 2019-01-13

To here:

Green Iguana - 2019-02-03

The lines are much stronger and the first shades of green are making an appearance.

Here are the other members of the SAL who are posting today. Make sure to check out their work, it’s amazing: Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, Lucy, Jess, Sue, Kate, Debbie Rose, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Steph, Linda, Mary Margaret, Heidi, Jackie, Sunny, Hayley, Megan, Catherine, Deborah, Connie, Clare, Renee and Jenny. Please welcome two new members to our group, Carmela and Jocelyn!

If you would like to join in please contact Avis, who will give you full details.

SAL Update: Green Iguana #23

January 13, 2019 at 10:13 am | Posted in Embroidery | 17 Comments
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Not much progress this time, but very visible nonetheless. I went from here:

Green Iguana - 2018-12-19

to here:

Green Iguana - 2019-01-13

He’s got an eye! These are just the first 3 and a bit darkest colours, but it’s already looking good. Finishing the eye will really bring out his personality.

Here are the other members of the SAL who are posting today. Make sure to check out their work, it’s amazing: Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, Lucy, Jess, Sue, Kate, Debbie Rose, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Steph, Linda, Mary Margaret, Heidi, Jackie, Sunny, Hayley, Megan, Catherine, Deborah, Connie and Clare. Please welcome two new members to our group, Renee and Jenny!

If you would like to join in please contact Avis, who will give you full details.

Challenge 2019 – Music!

December 29, 2018 at 7:59 pm | Posted in Patchwork, Quilting | 4 Comments

Every year, my quilt group issues a challenge to make a small 40×40 cm quilt using specific materials. We show the results in our yearly exhibition. Here’s what I did last year.

This year we got this fabric – black with gold. Challenge 2019 - Fabric

The theme to go with it is, unsurprisingly, “Music”. This was not going to be a problem, and sure enough, one day I got hit by an idea. An additional constraint I give myself for these challenges is to make them out of my stash, if at all possible. So, here’s what I pulled out:

Challenge 2019 - Fabrics

I already had this nice cream and gold fabric, and added some solid black and cream. A very short time later, there was this:

Challenge 2019 - Pieces

Here’s the finished top:

Challenge 2019 - Finished Top

Quilting added some more sparkle, and as I usually do with these challenges, I finished it into a pillow cover:

Challenge 2019 - Finished

Wouldn’t this make a great decoration for a music room? This project went from idea to completion in a couple of weeks, which happens seldom to never for me.

 

SAL Update: Green Iguana #22

December 23, 2018 at 8:30 am | Posted in Embroidery | 13 Comments
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Last time I still was in the middle of some background:

Green Iguana - 2018-12-02

I finished filling it in for another bit, and then moved the frame, so as requested, you get a view of the full design so far, and then the new position of the frame:

Green Iguana - 2018-12-07 - old position

Green Iguana - 2018-12-07 - full design

Green Iguana - 2018-12-07 - new position

Since then I started to fill in the area from the right:

Green Iguana - 2018-12-19

The dark line that’s appearing is the ridge where his eyebrows would be, if he had a single hair on his body. No idea how much I’ll get done during the holidays, we’ll see that next time!

Wishing you all a good start to 2019, see you in January!

Here are the other members of the SAL who are posting today. Make sure to check out their work, it’s amazing: Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, Lucy, Jess, Sue, Kate, Debbie Rose, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Steph, Linda, Mary Margaret, Heidi, Jackie, Sunny, Hayley, Megan, Catherine, Deborah, Connie and Clare.

If you would like to join in please contact Avis, who will give you full details.

Another Rainbow Quilt

December 15, 2018 at 3:32 pm | Posted in Patchwork, Quilting | 4 Comments

I’m just now getting around to write about the quilting project that slowed down my embroidery for a while this summer. My favourite Quiltshop was celebrating its 20th birthday with a competition titled “Feuerwerk der Farben” – hard to translate, but approximately “A fireworks of colours”. The task was to create a quilt 45cm wide and 70 cm high fitting the theme. Anybody who’s been reading here for a while knows that I love making things in all the colours of the rainbow, so of course I had to play.

My early ideas were very ambitious and didn’t quite work out for one reason or another, so my design got simpler and simpler as time was starting to run out. The relatively small size requirement didn’t help, either. That was the point where I started collecting all my not-quite-solids and cut squares out of them. Here’s one of the earlier layouts:

Early design with diagonal squares.

I really liked this one, but couldn’t quite nail down a harmonious layout, and the construction would have been fairly complicated. So in the end, I went for a very simple layout:

Rectangular layout of quilt.

After that decision was made, the actual sewing was fairly easy. I went for a stained window look with black strips separating the tiles. Here it is proudly hanging in the exhibition:

The exhibition has been over for quite a while, but you can see what everybody else came up with on the shop’s website. The colours were much more vivid in real life than in the pictures, though!

SAL Update: Green Iguana #22

December 2, 2018 at 1:29 pm | Posted in Embroidery | 14 Comments
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Not that much excitement this time around, but I continued filling in the background and went from this:

Green Iguana - 2018-11-09

to this:

Green Iguana - 2018-12-02

Just a bit more filling in, and then I’ll move the frame so that that empty roundish area to the lower left is in the middle and tackle his eye, which will be back to confetti central!

Here are the other members of the SAL who are posting today. Make sure to check out their work, it’s amazing: Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, Lucy, Jess, Sue, Kate, Debbie Rose, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Steph, Linda, Mary Margaret, Heidi, Jackie, Sunny, Hayley, Tony, Megan, Catherine, Deborah, Connie and Clare.

If you would like to join in please contact Avis, who will give you full details.

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