Friday, April 2, 2010

My 2010 Art Bra Calendar Submission

I have been at a brain freeze for ideas for the new ArtBra Calendar. This idea just sort of popped into my head - though there are two more in there waiting to get out. It is called "Closet Cowgirl". It was inspired by the pink plaid cloth I found while straightening up my studio (and boy! does it need it!!!) though you can hardly see it for all the fringe. I stitches the boots, flowers, music notes and badge on my embroidery machine. There is still time to submit a bra! For more info, check out

A New Stump doll

Since the Garden State Dolls Artisans decided to do a stump doll costume challenge, I have been playing with a new pattern and costumes. The first one was Marie Antoinnette. This one is Madame Le Pompadour and again it is taken from a picture. I haven't decided whether or not to put this out as a pattern. Any interest? I made her wig from hair I got from Colleen (her ebay store link is on the left, OOAK Art Doll Mixed Media Supply Shop. I used Rit dye to color it. Her dress is embellished with ribbon flowers. I dyed most of the lace again using rit dye. The overlay on her under dress came as you see it - it is bright yellow on an orange net ground with some lurex. That fabric dictated her color scheme. very out of the box for me!

Here is a pic of the painting I modeled her gown after.

CQ Blocks for Breast Cancer

We are at it again! We are doing another quilt to be donated to a Breast Cancer Treatment/Health Center. This is #5! This year, I suggested using the fan block I used for Dino's Memory Quilt. Here are the two blocks I did. I am constructing the quilt again this year. I put together a few virtual configurations and we unanimously agreed on this one. I am using a bright navy with a purple cast silk for the borders and backing. The blocks are all so beautiful and can be viewed here. I hope I do them justice constructing the quilt.

New Class in Pennsylvania, June, 2010

I created this treasure box for a class I will be teaching at the Ribbonsmyth Studio, Perkasie (outside of Doylestown), Pa June 11-13, 2010. The class which will be Saturday and Sunday will include creating the "fabric" from newspaper, dyes, crayons, paintsticks, iron-on interfacing and fusible web. We will also be dying and coloring lace with a brayer and creating the flower cabachon using a piece of faux Dichroic glass (these we will make Friday night!). The lace and leaves are "gilded" with gold in a few different techniques which we will also explore. The base of the box is 4" x 6" and is approximately 7" high. We will also be exploring making felt beads. Victoria Adams Brown will be teaching her fabulous Embellished Cuff. For more info and reserve you spot, visit Ribbonsmyth.