Sunday, August 29, 2010

Bras for a Cause

My friend Kathi, talked me into doing this - taking a Bra and decorating it - it will be on display for a month at the GoArt Gallery at the Senior Center.   It was fun and I could keep going - but it is time for it to be done.

Pics Below:

Before...............and  After  

I made the wired shell in the center

See closeup

Some ruching, pearls, yarn, appliqued fish

ribbon, pearls, crystal bubbles, seashell buttons

Lighthouses & Water

I often say that my quilts are inspired by nature.   I'm not sure yesterdays walk or activities will inspire any quilts, but it was a beautiful day on the water................

For those of you who think - "yeah, so what?" - this was at the end of a long pier........I never walk out on long piers - phobias are a horrible thing!

This photo was taken part way out - looking towards the end of the pier - yes, I'm proud of myself!

Mark, my handsome husband of 40 years!!!

The newly remodeled lighthouse at Point Breeze on Lake Ontario

Isn't she beautiful!!!

Look at all the gulls lined up on the pier!

My sunflower in the front yard - taken after I got home from the lighthouse tour

I love closeups of flower centers!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Rust Transfer - how fun!!!!

I tried to find a "quote" about the beauty of rust.....but no ones seems to think there can be any beauty in rust. I beg to differ. This is rust transfer or rust dyeing onto fabric. My friend Kathi, who has the best source of fun shaped metal objects to experiment with, brought this home from her job. It was a large circular something (?) - completely rusted. Look at the different colors, textures, swirls etc.

We laid white fabric over the object, spritzed it totally with vinegar water, smoothed it out and put it into a plastic bag for heat. After several days, this was the transfer. What to do with it!!!!! My husband says it is perfect just the way it is.

Look at the perfect center and all the texture around it. How can you not see beauty here?  On the right, Kathi says the dark spots are where the fabric absorbed actual rust from the rusted object.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

More Flowers

I really need to finish something- quilting wise - to post here.   But, I seem to be stuck, for whatever reason.   I did a lot of sunprints and am trying to do something with those - but my sewing room is a mess and there is too much "non-sewing/quilting" stuff that has gotten put in there temporarily and so I hate to even venture in the room.   Anyway - I took these pics this morning.  We had a good rainstorm last night, and I like all the raindrops or waterdrops still on the flowers.

The most perfectly formed little pink waterlily I have seen in our water garden.

Look how it is centered so nicely between 3 of the lily leaves.

Part of the Convoluvulos plant Martha gave us.   My flower is SOOOOOO small.

I can't remember what this is...........SIGH

Monday, August 2, 2010

"Still" Loving the Sun Printing!!!!

I did more sunprinting today - finally tried doing a photo.   This is my Grandson Aaron - 11 years old and I think it came out really well.

On the left side, Aaron-done in Cyanotype - Sun Printing! August 2, 2010.

On the right side is the original photo used to create the transparency for the cyanotype.

I love the results - maximum results - minimum effort involved.

I took the original photo and sharpened the contrast a couple of times.   Then I made a B&W copy and sharpened the contrast a couple more times.   Finally, I used Adobe Photoshop to create a negative and printed it out on transparency sheets.   After that I laied the transparency on the specially treated fabric, in the sun for 15 minutes, and VOILA!!!!