Thursday, May 05, 2011

April in May Part 3 ....I promised I'd get busy with my 'hands off the computer' artsy stuff...

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and I stayed true to my word...well...kinda,sorta, maybe...

After photographing a portion of the butterflies this afternoon, I went on to capture a few shots of some of my 'hands-off-the-keyboard' work.  Then, it was on to cleaning up the mess I've created which in turn reminded me of one of the reasons digital work is so appealing..  Here`s just a few of the top reasons..

....no mess to clean up after
no thread bits hanging off my cuff
     as I reach for a glass of wine at a restaurant,
          only to notice the acrylic paint under my fingernails that looks like  dirty mud in the candle light.  

...to be continued...

 Ok - maybe not wine or candle light...  I'll be honest - maybe a diet pepsi and fluorescents at the local burger palace?

I lead such a glamorous life.  Truth is, most of my laundry last week was in the form of pajamas...oh but they are clean and smelling so fresh. 

end of digression..................................................................................................................................


On to the photos...

This project started out as a 4 x 4 inch fabric collage for a new project I'm participating in.  I was longing for spring to arrive and came across a photograph I had taken a few summers back of one of my favorite flowers - Sweet Peas....favorite because of how beautifully scented these ones were in particular.





After extracting the sweet peas from their background, I created the following for the front of the square... (pardon the overly saturated colors...)




followed by  a larger square  background to sew it on to....




.... the back that bears the 'signature' of the person as part of the specs for this particular project....




Off to the printer, and printed onto fabric (that's why the colors above are SO saturated!)  Followed by a bit of cutting and ironing on to some thick quilting stuff... we arrive at the non-digital portion of this post !



Here's the macros of various parts of the square after it fell under the sewing machine and picked up some stitches....





....and picking up a few beads along the way....and some FUN (to me) tatting gifted to me by one of my most  favorite soul sister-artists.... (Thanks!)


One thing seemed to automatically lead to another...and before I knew it, I had decided this would become a needle book to house my growing stash of needles...  (so much for getting a head start on this new project...)






 





 I gathered up some felt I 'knew' I'd need at some point in the future, along with the swirly black and white cotton fabric to line it...







....and since I'd already created the back part (even though I didn't really need 2dresses on it)...I left it there...






Now I have  little needle book and it has come in handy so much so, that I look forward to making another one and maybe one after that!  I think these may make great little birthday or shower gifts, or maybe find their way into a stocking or two at Christmas!

Very Important Image Credits:

Funky woman holding the fabric, the kaliedescopey looking spray of light for the backgrounds (although I changed the color)  , plus the word FLY - all from Tumble Fish Studio at http://tumblefishstudio.etsy.com

The little bird from - http://iktupilli.etsy.com

and the font used to spell TDS - from Evelyn "Finecrafted Designs" at http://deviantscrap.com


Thanks for reading and if you happen to know what species of Sweet Peas they are, please drop me a line....




10 comments:

Michele said...

Beautiful Trudi! I really love the sweet pea image.

Mary Helen-Art Saves Lives said...

OMG these are simply beautiful!!! Keep up the good work! Peace be with you, Mary Helen

cat lacigale said...

this is a gorgeous work. I love what you've done !
Catherine

Gaby Bee said...

This needle book is so lovely that it really does make you want to reach out and touch it! Just perfect!

I wish you a happy rest of this week and a fun upcoming weekend.

Hugs, Gaby

Healing Woman said...

You absolutely take sewing to new heights. I love this little needle case! How inventive. I didn't realilze it was tatting you were using for some of your sewn pieces, I always thought it was old lace from doilies etc..this is a real treasure.

cathy said...

WOW - both are so beautiful, especially the sweet pea needle book. I love how you shared the process along the way - from photo to sewn art. Amazing how you take your photos and create such beautiful art. I have so many photos from my travels around the world - but am still working to create more than just a photo. Thanks for the inspiration! Cheers from Brussels -

cathy said...

WOW - both are so beautiful, especially the sweet pea needle book. I love how you shared the process along the way - from photo to sewn art. Amazing how you take your photos and create such beautiful art. I have so many photos from my travels around the world - but am still working to create more than just a photo. Thanks for the inspiration! Cheers from Brussels -

Lorraine @ creativedaily said...

Love to see the progression from digital to fabric. Your needlebook is just fabulous and what a great gift idea.

Terri Kahrs said...

LOL!!!! I've gone to dinner out with sparkles on my face and leftover paint on my elbows (it didn't come off in the shower). I feel your creative clean-up pain, my sister!!!

Your needle case is stunning! It WOULD make a lovely gift! Hugs, Terri xoxo

Marilyn Rock said...

The sweet peas are luscious! I love the vibrant colors, here; and this is brilliant work as always. Thanks so much for sharing! xxoo