Tuesday, October 18, 2011

a place to rest your head

So here I am, just sitting by the computer waiting for etsy to let me change my shop name......ho-hum, what to do?  I know!  I'll post about the pillows I just made.  I made some pillow covers.  Someone (I shall call her Buyer) sent me pictures of pillows and asked: "can you make these?" because she wanted them as a gift for a friend.  I answered "sure" without really thinking it through, because.....you know....that's how I roll.  Anywho, the one pillow was easy enough:

I used blue and pink thread to make the lines of a piece of writing paper and then hand embroidered the quote that Buyer chose.  It was fairly simple but I had to do it twice because the first white fabric that I chose was too thin and the embroidery started making little holes in it. The back is a brown linen type fabric sewn in an envelope style so it can be taken off and washed.  It's lined with a pretty bird fabric.  AND it pretty much looks exactly like the picture she sent.

The second pillow is this birds nest.  It looks nothing like the picture she sent.  The second pillow Buyer wanted actually had no image on it, just words.  I tried.  It looked bad.  So I scraped the whole thing and did this with the hopes that she would approve.  I stuck to the appropriate theme: Nest.   It was also done in the envelope style, with the brown linen back and bird lining. Luckily, she liked it.

So that's what I've been up to.  I should probably check back with etsy now.  Before I leave though:   Brussel Sprouts?  Yeah or Nay?

Monday, October 3, 2011

Monday, Monday...

Art Walk is over.   So what's next?

Ok, ok, wait a minute, first let me talk about Art Walk a little.  I can't remember if this is my 3rd or 4rth year participating in Art Walk but either way, it was the best year yet.  Even with all the different sport games going on, we had more visitors than in any of the previous years combined.  The weather probably helped a little with that but I'm going to give a lot of the credit to Susan Buss from the RAA .  She did a great job of publicizing the event and getting artists involved.  I'm already looking forward to next year and making plans for how to improve our display and make it more interactive.  Just a small little toot!  toot!  for us: we did win an award for our display.  A certificate and a $50 check to be exact.  How cool is that?  I will send a great, huge, massive THANK YOU!  out to all my volunteers.  They made this whole thing seamless.  XOXOXOXOXOXOXXOXOXOXOXOXO Ladies! 

 I did have a couple pieces displayed this year.  One piece was at the Jazz Gallery (I showed that in the previous post) and then I had a couple pieces up in the ABK display.  2 of them were older pieces but 1 was a new piece that I just finished the day before.  It's another runner done in the Rose and Star overshot pattern.  Didn't I say that I was never going to weave that pattern again?  I must have forgotten that.

 Here is my Butterfly Morning Woven Runner at the Jazz Gallery.  I like were they placed it.  

This is my Star and Rose Woven Runner. The warp is grey and the weft is a pale yellow.

So, next on my list is Warped Milwaukee.  The deadline is Oct. 31st and I'm really, really hopeful that I will not have to enter anything this year.  I just want to sit back and coordinate.  After that is Art vs. Craft at the end of November (as a seller this year) and Hovercraft a week after that. 

THIS WEEK though, this week I'm taking a break from weaving to work on some pillows.  That sounds.....restful.