Monday, August 30, 2010

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

dabbling with embroidery...

"A Boy and his Dog"

This is a pillow I embroidered for my husband as an anniversary gift for our first year being married.  It's an abstract depiction of him and Steve the Dog.  (Steve kind of looks like a sausage.)  

This all started, because I got an idea of a quilt design I wanted to make, which I could possibly create using a darning or stippling foot on my sewing machine.  Otherwise known as free-motion quilting.

So I started researching free-motion quilting and figured out that I could also use this same foot for embroider.  I purchased a darning foot for my machine and slightly modified it to work for me.

I would have posted my progress as I practiced this embroidery technique, but wanted to surprise my husband.  So I'm giving this to you all at once.   I practiced three times, before I attempted the pillow above.

This is my third practice piece.
"Dead Roach"

My husband was traveling for work the last couple of weeks and while we were chatting on the phone, I asked him to name an animal, since I was having a design block.  He was being difficult and said, "cockroach".  I know he was being funny, because he hates bugs and all crawly things.  So I went ahead and did a cockroach... but dead (to make it interesting).  Now he's living with it on our sofa for the time being and I'm now contemplating a dead bird pillow. :)

My second practice piece.
This little shrimp was great to practice because of all his legs.

My very first embroidery attempt.
"Pink Elephant"
I'm also pondering stitching my friends... :)

*Riffy- do you have a picture of Bruce and Rex?  I'd like to try and design one of you and the two of them.  hee hee

sketching warm-up... 'something hot'

Ahh, the sketching continues.
"Something Hot"

Next sketch:  Capricious
(It's my favorite word and I love how it sounds.)

See Traci's sketch at Simple Huis.

Monday, August 9, 2010

sketching warm-up... 'something cold'

Now I'm craving a soft serve yogurt in a cake cone...
It was 30 degree's Celsius this morning at 7:30.  Last I heard, it was 34 Celsius with hundred percent humidity.  Being from the Pacific Northwest, this feels like sheer hell.  My husband might say I'm overreacting, but he's from Arizona.   I sure do miss more temperate weather and rain.  Although the occasional monsoon is pretty fun here.  I like to walk in it when it's pouring.  The Koreans here think I'm crazy.

Check out Traci's "something cold" at Simple Huis.

Monday, August 2, 2010

sketching warm-up... 'detail of something in my house'

We are drawing a detail of something from our home.  It can be architectural or a close-up of an object, but it has to be something from my home.

I'm late posting this drawing.  Sorry Traci, I had house guests this weekend and didn't have time until today.  

I did panic a little today, when I couldn't see anything architectural to draw in my house.  All my furniture has really smooth straight lines, which is boring to draw and the 'architectural' detail in our house is really bad here.  So, I went with our sofa...

The next sketch is more of a phrase then a word or object, but it's all I can think of here in the jungle heat of Korea. How about we post on Wednesday for you and Thursday for me? Does that work for you T?

Phrase: Something cold...

Don't forget to check out Traci's drawing at Simple Huis.