Wednesday, May 11, 2016

The World of Possibilities Does Not Disappoint

Adding the doors, the 'secret panel' (in white) and the 3D village scene completely changes the look of the casket interior.
More blank canvases to embroidery!
More possibilities!

And by playing in Photoshop a little more I can imagine what the lower interior might look like with the casket top closed.

Friday, May 6, 2016

Casket Progress

The inside of lower half of the casket is complete!

The bottom drawer holds my sampler, signed and dated.

Other drawers hold my tunnel scenes.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

William Progress

William's torso is done. I am still playing with the placement of the figure. 
He now has a roll of building plans in his hand.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Mountain Tops

The Golden Rule Mountains have been backed with paper and cut away from the background fabric.

The straight edges will be covered with my cloud-like needlelace border. But the mountain top edges had me stumped.

Until I wrapped this beautiful new trim along the edge.

Just what the edge needed!

Monday, April 25, 2016

Embroidered Illustrations

Bubbledom is one of the destinations in The World of Possibilities. So of course it will have an embroidered panel on the outside of the casket.
But all of the different places you see on the casket exterior will have an illustrated story on the inside. 
I have already made a miniature version of my Red House Book and it fits in the upper section of the casket. It is 4 1/4" x 7". Each book will be that size. 

So these two embroideries will be in the little book describing Bubbledom.

It is a toy shop.

This is a different 'view' of Bubbledom. It is also one of the drawings I shared with you last December

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Checking the Hive

The bees are happy it is spring.

And they are already hard at work.

The beekeepers, my husband Chris and my daughter Jane.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Casket Doors Update!!!

Claire's door is finished!

The border will be red to match the exterior of the Red House embroidery above the doors.

Here are some detail shots.

The little blue bird in her cage.

And I have started work on William's door. 

This is a digital mock-up of how the facade of the casket will look.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

My Personal Stitcher Finishes Another Piece!

Claudia, my personal stitcher, (aka my little sister) has finished her SAL. 
I love the buttoned up hearts!
And this color scheme is stunning.

Have you finished your SAL? 
If you send it, I'll share it.

And coming up later this week, a long overdue update about my own stitching.

Friday, April 1, 2016

And Another SAL Finish

My mother just finished her SAL too! I love the soft pastel colors and her happy chirping birds.
I have all of the finished SALs together on the SAL page.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

A New SAL Finish!

This is beautiful! I love the colors. Very bright and beautifully stitched.
Lots of details at Brodibidouillages et Compagnie

Monday, March 28, 2016

Make Love Not Walls or The Needle is Mightier than the Sword

Designed on the beach, stitched in the sun, when you just can't stand to hear any more lies, any more hate.
Women have used their needles to stitch their thoughts before. I am continuing in a well traveled tradition. 
Please feel free to share on Pinterest, Facebook or social media of your choice.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

My Embroidery at the Mathers

It is a quilters paradise here in central Indiana as shows and exhibits open in Indianapolis and Bloomington. 
One of the exhibits in Bloomington, IN is at the Mathers Museum of World Cultures.

In 2014 my quilting group, The Charm Club, got a behind the scenes look at some of the extraordinary artifacts in the Mathers collection. Our task was to pick a piece to inspire a quilt of our own design and making. 

I almost got the job done except I created an embroidery instead of a quilt.

In the center of the image above is a photo of a 'bracelet' found in one of the collection drawers. It is made to imitate a watch. I had hoped to use the watch face in the clock tower of a tunnel embroidery.
The scale proved to be a problem so I ended up with a simplified traditional face but the inspiration was always in the back of my mind.

But the image that truly took my breath away was pulling back a curtain to peek inside a closet of Asian robes. The colors of all the silks hanging together was amazing.

I hope the layers of color in my village scene hold some of that same intense color.

For the exhibit at the Mathers I presented the tunnel book in a frame.

It will have a permanent home in my embroidery casket one day.

The exhibit is now open and on Saturday March 5, from 1-2:30 pm,  myself and other members of the Charm Club will be at the museum to answer questions about our work.
Stop in to visit if you can!