Thursday, September 12, 2013

In Betwixt and Between

WIP Wednesday and Off-the-Wall Friday, that is.

This is another week in which I'm filling in for Lori at The Crafty Lady.  (She's got a booth at "Creative Stitches and Crafting Alive" in Edmonton.)  If you're in Lacombe tomorrow or Saturday, do drop by!  We've just had some shipments of yarn, and there's lots to see.  :-)  Of course, if you're in Edmonton, drop by the Show and see Lori at The Crafty Lady Booth.  She'll be the gal with great yarn, red hair and a big grin.  Tell her I sent you!

Monday was my first "usual Monday in Lacombe" since the end of June; I got back to my Anglican Rosary (10 a.m.) followed by coffee, aquacize (11 a.m.), lunch and Woolly Theology.  Dropped the finished shop sample off for Lori to take to the Creative Stitches show in Edmonton:

"Girl's Cropped Cardigan" - Schachenmayr SNC Inspirations #162
Yarn: Bravo Micro Crande
Tuesday...haircut; mow lawns (front and back): clear out beans (now finished) and weeds from garden; nap; read...

Wednesday: guy hired to clean furnace/ducts (first time in 5 years at least) didn't show; called his cell; found out he was stuck in northern Alberta with a broken-down vehicle, awaiting parts.  When I called, he said, "Gosh; I guess I'd better call my other customers, eh?"  Sigh....Re-booked for 2 weeks from now...I hope...

So...what to do with the gift of a day sans the noise and interruption of a Duct-cleaning Machine?

1. Start with a drawing (based on a real-life model):

2. Trace it onto the fabric.  I used a mechanical pencil.

3. Paint it with stitch.  I used black thread and FMQ:

4.  Quilt it:

5. Then paint it with Tsukineko ink, acrylic paint, Fabrico marker, textile medium, textile paint...

And there comes the rub.  Look closely at the green leaves, especially on the lower left of the photo.  Sigh.  Too much liquid = running.  Nothing I did could save it.  Even after drying it doesn't meet my standards.

What to do?  Dye more background fabric; re-do the drawing and stitching and quilting; paint again -- with less liquid and more control.

This is my piece for the 15 x 15 "Time" theme..."To Everything There is a Season".  Apt, no?

Meanwhile, the "Wasabi Hat" is finished:

"Wasabi Hat" on a dinner plate

And I've started Hat #5 in my "10 Weeks, 10 Hats" self-challenge.  Truth be told, I'm almost finished it, as I have only the decreases to the crown to do.  In quiet moments at TCL, this is what I'm doing, so I should be finished sometime tomorrow and on to Hat #6.

And after work this evening I trundled over to the Lacombe Memorial Centre (LMC), because the "10 x 10: The Unknown Artist" exhibit was supposed to be hung today.

I didn't realize the LMC was closed...the Library, which is open till 8 p.m., was shut off from the main area by a sliding door...the kind that's really a sort of wide 'mesh'.  Even so, I was able to get a sneak peek:

See the green piece, the second from the left?!  That's mine!  Whoa!  "Tree Study II" is right up there near the entry to the exhibit!!

And here are the details of the show:

I can hardly wait to see the whole thing.  Of course, I'll be at the Preview evening on Wednesday... Excited?  Who, me?  ;-)

Maybe I'll hook up to Off-the-wall Friday, just for fun...

Have a great weekend!


Jenny K. Lyon said...

Margaret that cropped cardi is a delight! I don't really see the issue with the line drawing piece and I like how your machine stitching catches an almost pencil-like gesture-it looks quite lovely in the photo.

Anonymous said...

Good luck with the show!

Heather Pregger said...

I love the cardigan! And congratulations on the show!

elle said...

consider it shadowing and go! I like it!

quiltedfabricart said...

Congratulations on the show, very nice :-) on the bleeding leaves, maybe try to make them bigger, try adding another line of black outline or even a dark green to cover up the bleeding? Good luck and thank you for sharing your process.

Linda A. Miller said...

Love the are so industrious! May you have much success with the show!

Kathie Briggs said...

Margaret, I don't mind the bleeding. Its like adding watercolor to a pen and ink drawing and letting the color bleed over the lines.

Judy Warner said...

So, I am a little late, as usual. I really like the sweater - beautiful knitting, but it needs a bigger hangar. Sorry about the leaves, like the suggestion to adapt. I would play with it more - does the paint have to be inside the lines? :)
Hope that the show opening was fun. Congrats!