Slow Stitching in Isolation

It has been hard to be creative in this time of social distancing and isolation. Ron and I spent a week in Branson, MO at the end of February. The global crisis had not been called a pandemic yet. We were careful anyway and it was fairly easy to do because it was off season. When we got back home on March 1 we decided to impose our own isolation based on the news reports from around the world.

You might expect all of us creatives would be pumping out piles of new work. For me, not so much. I have taken some time to finish some UFOs and up the game so to speak on a few pieces. These are silk pillow covers that needed some oomph. The centers are eco dyed vintage linen napkins stitched to the silk pillows. They are embellished with vintage crochet work that was dyed with oak gall. The hand stitching is all done in some of my hand dyed embroidery threads. They will be showing up in my Etsy shop soon after a good pressing and photography.

I “FELT” a chill in the air

I rescued a sadly felted pure wool blanket at the thrift. Ron thought I was cazy as I danced to the car. It was sweltering out but I felt a chill coming.

I cut it into shawl, scarf sizes for eco printing and natural dyeing. This one was bundled with fresh leaves and put into a logwood bath. Love the way it ┬áturned out! I’m thinking it will go in my Etsy shop soon.

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Fiber Art Jewelry

I finally got some of my fiber art necklaces photographed and for sale  in my Etsy shop. (There is a link at the top of this page if you want more information). 

The first one is one of my favorites and it took many hours of pains taking work to embroider and bead this antique crochet piece. 

There is one listed with an image of Christ’s Sacred Heart on leather. The other one is an image of my silk quilt, Angel Trumpet Splendor, applied to leather. The images on leather is a technique I discovered recently and I’m sorry to say I won’t be sharing the ‘how to’ for a while. I hope you enjoy seeing these. 

Remaking a mannequin

Here is the finished mannequin displaying some vintage jewelry. I have been working on some art jewelry since the smaller pieces are easier on my arthritic hands. My hope is to sell some of the pieces on Etsy. 

I needed a model for photographing since I didn’t think my aged neck was a good background and for sure my DH’s neck wouldn’t work, lol.   The bottom photos are the beginnings of a $3.75 plastic form. I soaked muslin strips in gesso and applied them randomly. When it was dry I applied numerous coats of paint to make my lady look antique. I think it was a great project that saved me big dollars.                         

Etsy Treasury

Well, this can become terribly addictive. I have created a couple of treasuries on Etsy. It’s a great way to learn your way around the site, check out what others are offering and analyse the photography. This is a link to my newest treasury. Ice is-nice-blue-is-cool

Creating these is also a great way to practice your artistic eye. You get to compose the page with the color and style you choose. It’s almost like painting a picture.  Take a look if you’re interested.

What I’ve been up to

I have decided to try my hand at Etsy. Wow, this is a lot of work and just like Rome, my shop won’t be built in a day. Photographing for Etsy is different than the flat, what you see is what you get photography I do for Ebay. Geesh, gotta learn how to pull out all the stops, use props, write the story behind the item and anything else that will help it stand out to buyers. There is a big learning curve.

Why am I doing this you might ask. Ebay raised their listing fees and the commission they charge when something sells. This is great for the power sellers who run a full time business and who also get discounts but not so good for the little artisans who are trying to get noticed. It is simply too expensive.

I love to find vintage linens, vintage fabrics and unique one of a kind fabrics. I have an extensive collection but I need to move some of it along so someone else can give it TLC. I plan on trying to list  3-5 things a day from this stash. There will be ribbons, buttons, fabrics, linens, saris and whatever else I might come across in my explorations.

When I have a decent inventory of vintage fabrics and supplies, I will start to list some art and artisan crafted jewelry. Maybe even an art quilt or two.

Hope you visit me, send some friends and if there is something you are looking for along these lines, send me a note and I will let you know if I have it.