Wednesday, November 24, 2010

This piece was for an illustration competition Selvedge magazine hosted, whereupon the artist was to document a place with textile history in the format of a travel journal. I was inspired at my family reunion, to sketch this christening gown my cousin was baptized in, after it was discovered in a mason jar at her great-grandmother's house, smelling eerily of buttermilk. It was rolled up with a note, describing its history, and 4 other jars, containing various garments with apparent historical significance to Lorraine. I just love the fact that she chose to preserve not fruit, but clothes, in jars!

I'm not really sure I fully realized the prompt but it was fun to dabble in a sketching project, and actually get it finished in time to hand in. I haven't heard anything back from them in a couple of months so I think it's safe to assume I didn't win and can now post it here!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

I love this fiber-licious picture! This quilt was sold in Los Angeles to a woman, who was gifting it at a friend's baby shower. I hope there's a baby under it somewhere, snuggling under it, and enjoying it as much as I did making it!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Mr. Raccoon-Fox pretending to be a sunset. Happy birthday, Megan! Hope you like him!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

A new pillow, finished in time for the Craft Fair on Saturday. It's made from a modge podge of various felt pieces, given to me so generously from a fellow neighbor crafter. It's based off the Lucky Strike logo, honoring Durham's tobacco roots. Durhamites can't get enough Durham paraphernalia!

This was the first time I have ever sewn faux fur. It won't say it's necessarily easy but it certainly can hide a lot! I love how you can't see the zipper.

Monday, November 1, 2010

I've been dying to start a new project out of Donna Wilson's book, The Knitted Odd-Bod Bunch, and today I finally settled on the Rill Raccoon-Fox pattern. Of course, I can't just copy the thing, I have to come up with some complicated way to make it my own. I decided on making a rainbow gradient run throughout the entire body -- this gets me out of having to have a certain amount of any one color! This picture is of the tail.

I put my work down to go eat dinner and, when I got back, I found Mortoise had gotten herself caught around my ball of yarn and it had followed her around the whole room, no joke! She is such a character. I wish I could've gotten a picture of the entire room.

Donna Wilson (right), with some of her knitted creatures.

Her blog here -----> Leaves and Twigs