A UFO Becoming

Left over scraps of moody hand dyed fabrics from my stash begged to become. Beginning stitches with hand dyed embroidery threads pieced them together but it lay hidden for a while waiting for rediscovery.

A bought with a nasty flu bug has kept me out of the studio with time for hand stitching.  The embroidery is nearing completion and then it will be intensely hand quilted.  It even told me its name but wants it to remain hidden until it says it is done.

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A4 Challenge Group Looky Looky!

This is a re- post since I wanted to introduce you to a new group that has come together from the QuiltArt List. We will do a challenge every 2 months. Here’s the address if you want to keep up with what we are doing.    http://challengeplaygrop.wordpress.com/  (Yes, it is misspelled, my doing I’m afraid.)  My post is the first but others should start showing up in the next week,

Jeannie Sredl came up with our theme for the first challenge of “Off To The Races”. That could be interpreted many ways by the diverse group of artists in this group.  I think this quote says it all and should be the mantra of this new group.

The Race was on, the souls of the racers were in it. ~~ Lew Wallace, Ben Hur

Here is my offering in A4 size and a little about it. I wanted to challenge myself to use the mountains of hand dyed fabrics and threads I’ve been making. I started with only the fabrics in mind and no particular composition. That’s the way I work most of the time. I tell people I am seduced by the cloth as I let it morph into what it wants to be when it grows up.

I cut and pin, stitch, look at, stitch some more. When it starts taking on a shape I can see the meaning and how it relates to a theme I’m working from.  The quote on the piece is from Aditya Chandra:

Life is one race I never want to win, I’d rather stroll around enjoying the scenery.

Here it is, I hope you enjoy my scenery.

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Janice Paine Dawes