Thursday, March 23, 2017

Stitch-In March 2017

Detail from Cheryl C.'s piece.

A small group for this month's Stitch-In...the "old gang" (some of the original members). Great conversations and lots of interesting work.

Cheryl blew us away with her new piece in-process and her plans for a piece utilizing the sampler from last month. This piece is the start of a new autobiographical series. Cheryl is looking ahead to these pieces becoming a published book and an exhibit. Her excitement is really contagious!

Cheryl C.: In-process piece.

Peggy is working on a series of  "healing cloths". These are part of a ministry for her church. She is making them and they will be given to others in need of healing. She decided to use a soft flannel as a background so that they will be comfortable to hold in addition to the healing colors, designs and words. This is so inspiring to me!

Peggy G.: Healing cloth.
Peggy G.: Healing cloth.
Peggy G.: Healing cloth.

Susan came straight from the Woodlawn Needlework Show. She brought along the catalog that had an interesting photo of an embroidery leaf. So Susan decided to create one of her own!

Susan P.: Inspired by the cover design.
Susan P.: Stitched leaf.

In addition, Susan continued work on a patchwork design she started at the last Stitch-In. She is adding couched details.

Susan P.: Couching on patchwork.

Barbara was inspired by the designs on her scarf (from Anthropologie).

Barbara C.'s scarf : Front side with stitch details.
Barbara C.'s scarf: Back side

She used this wooden piece as a stencil.

Barbara C. used this as a stencil! Ingenious!

And then started stitching on her beautiful hand-dyed fabric with variegated perle cotton  WonderFil threads from Artistic Artifacts (BTW: Artistic Artifacts is having a WonderFil Show and Tell on March 25). 

Barbara C.: Stitched designs. She's planning to turn this into a pillow.

I continued work on some samplers for the Boro and Beyond: The Versatile Running Stitch weekend workshop at Artistic Artifacts (this weekend!)

Some of my Boro samplers in-process.

Thanks for a great Stitch-In!

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Stitch-In February 2017

Erika C. Flip Doll Torso side one.

I'm finishing up the backlog of blog posts!

The Stitch-In!
For the February Stitch-In we had a large group (12) and a number of large pieces!

Erika C.: Hand painted and stitched whale.
Erika C.: Side two of the flip doll.

Erika C. brought in her life-size flip doll...part of her Potomac Fiber Arts Guild grant project. She is finishing up the torso and skirt before working on the heads of this two-part doll. I love the details...all the hand-painted and hand-stitched animals. I can't wait to see how this piece continues to progress! It will be part of an exhibit at her gallery at the Torpedo Factory Art Center and also her grant project exhibit. To find out more about Erika's work:

Holly C.: Finished art quilt featuring hand dyed, painted and stitched work.
Holly C.: Detail.
Holly C.: Detail.
Another large piece was this art quilt by Holly C. This piece was painted by Holly and includes both hand and machine stitching. She is planning to enter it in a show.

Barbara C.
Barbara C.: Detail.
Barbara C. is also starting in on a large piece. Love the shape of the hummingbird...looking forward to seeing where this piece goes.

Ann Z.: Sculpture
Jodie F.: Sculpture
Ann Z. and Jodie F. both worked on their sculptures for the Hand Stitching Continued class. You can see finished sculptures here.

Kate M. working on her Healing Cloth.
Peggy G.: Working on a new Healing Cloth.
Kate and Peggy were both working on Healing Cloths. Kate started hers in the Fall Healing Cloth workshop (I'm holding this workshop again in June.). Peggy is planning (along with Ann Z.) to create Healing Cloths for members of her church in need of healing.

Imani R.
Imani brought in her completed fabric collage. She is working on a number of large dolls for an upcoming show. Imani is both a clothing designer and doll maker. Here is a link to her website:

Sampler that Cheryl C. brought in to share.
Cheryl brought in this sampler that she purchased at a flea market. She is starting in on a new series that jumps off from the sayings and sampler concept...really cutting edge stuff! She's in the seminal stages and asked that I wait to share.

Another great month...thanks stitchers!!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Stitch-In January 2017

Holly C.: Hand stitching on linen.
Yes....I know that it's the middle of March! I'm playing catch-up with my posts. Since the March Stitch-In is this coming Sunday...I figured I better catch up on the past couple of months. Tomorrow I'll feature the February Stitch-In.

We met in a new space (at The Art League School) very close to my classroom. The advantage to this space...lots of table space that was already set up, decent lighting and great parking! We had our largest turnout for the Stitch-In to date...11 people!

I didn't manage to photograph everyone's work but I hope this selection gives you an idea of the range of work that the members are creating.

Holly C.
Holly C.: Hand and machine stitching.
Holly C.: Hand and machine stitching.
Holly C.
Holly C.
Holly is working on a series of linen squares using black DMC floss (all 6 strands) and machine stitching. When I first saw her pieces, I thought that she had drawn the images in pen and ink or marker!

Carol R.
Carol is continuing with her purse/handbag series. She hand printed and dyed this fabric and is now adding stitched details.

Debbie S.
Debbie is adding stitching and beading embellishment to this indigo-dyed scarf.

Susan G.
Susan worked on a piece for the Hand Stitching Continued class. You can see the finished piece here.

Imani R.
Imani was inspired to create this new piece after taking the Jumpstart in Hand Stitching workshop. Her fabrics were from an Inspiration Pack from Artistic Artifacts.

Erika C.: This is one side of a "flip doll". This side is about Erika's daughter.
Erika C.: This is the other ("flip") side that is about her son.
Erika brought a wonderful flip doll that she is creating as a sample for her Potomac Fiber Arts Guild grant project. She will be teaching a flip doll workshop based on this sample in 2018

It's always inspiring to get together and see all the different projects that members are creating!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Hand Stitching Continued: Surface and Structure Part 6: Sculptures

Jodie F.: Sculpture detail. Jodie's nature "muse" was a decaying log.

All our class work, in Hand Stitching Continued, was working towards the final project...creating a free-standing sculpture using techniques covered in class. I wanted to keep the format simple yet flexible and opted to have students design sculptures from acrylic craft felt. When working on samples, I was surprised at how well this material worked as a base for a small sculpture. Below is a selection of sculptures by students.

Jodie F.
Jodie F.
Jodie also stitched the interior of her sculpture.
Ann Z.'s muse was tree bark. She is actually continuing work on this piece...adding another separate piece that will have tree roots.
Ann Z.
Ann Z.
Ann Z. started work on a second sculpture.
Peggy G.
Peggy G.
Peggy G.
Susan P. used wrapped wire details on her piece. Susan's muse was based on an underwater photo showing sea creatures.
Susan P.
Susan P.
My sculpture.
My sculpture.
My sculpture: Stitch details.
Jan B.: In process.
Jan B.
We worked on the sculptures during two class sessions. Some students decided to use the second session to work on related projects.

Peggy G. worked on a small doll.

Finished doll.
Marine W.: Fabric collage
Marine W.: Fabric manipulated to look like flowers.
Alice A.: Houses made from folded fabric.

This was a really inspiring group to teach...especially since this was the first time I taught this particular class. It seems that the more I explore...the more excited I get about the possibilities using stitch. Who knows...maybe there will be a Hand Stitching Continued Continued in 2018!

If you want to catch up on past posts about this class:
Part 1: Painted Backgrounds
Part 2: Layering Stitches
Part 3: Buttonhole and Needle Weaving
Part 4: Manipulating Fabric
Part 5: Manipulating Fabric with Stitches

I'll be teaching an evening version of Hand Stitching Continued: Surface and Structure, starting on May 3, at The Art League School in Alexandria, Virginia.