Sep 15, 2008

Fiber Art Explorations 3

I have had a busy time lately, with my oldest son heading off to college, and my younger starting 8th grade and playing football. I have been trying to carve out time to continue my fiber art explorations though. I am going to talk about them in no particular order, mainly commenting on the pictures I have to share with you:

Here is a picture of some felt leaves I made for a trade in Fiber Art Traders. They are double layers of wool blend felt, cut in the shape of oak leaves and with the veins embroidered on with a variegated thread. I chose oak leaves because there was until recently a historic oak tree in my town of Gaithersburg, MD.

To make those leaves, I got brave and printed the inspiring words I needed onto muslin fed through my printer. I have a long standing phobia about this, but I survived and it worked on the second try!

I tea dyed some muslin which I plan to use on an art piece which will incorporate an old picture of a distant ancestor. I have tea dyed before years ago, but this time I fan folded the fabric, and it really gives me a different texture.
Here are some fibers I traded with my Fiber Art Traders group. We traded with 10 people, so now my stash is really growing!
I made these inchies to trade with Fiber Art Traders. They have an Olympic theme, and I transferred the icons for 5 different sports using the gel medium technique (see fiber arts exporations 2). Ziggzagged the edges with my first spool ever of sulky thread- love the sheen!
I reorganized my sewing area, with these shelves above my work surface to hold my various fibers, plus zippers, fusibles, etc.
I am continuing on my Take a Stitch Tuesday, I am currently 2 stitches behind - I will post a new pic when I catch up!
I was reading about buttons made with fiber, and follwed a link to a tutorial to make these Dorset buttons. I made a few using variegated DMC floss. I am not sure what to do with them, I might try them in some jewelry creations!
Stay tuned for more fiber art explorations!


Estela said...

love the leaves!!
I also like your shelves in your sewing space! I need more shelves as well

inkOBSESSIONdesigns said...

Your stuff is amazing and so beautiful! I love it!

RagsNehali said...

Your blog is amazing! loved your fairy buttons as well as fabric buttons..
Thank you so much for stopping by & commenting on my blog!

cherscrap23 said...

You are very talented Maggie! Love those leaves! Thanks for coming to my blog!

Lynne said...

Oh my goodness! You are so talented! I love to sew, but I've never mastered all the unique things you are doing. They're fabulous!