I haven't posted on my blog in about a month! It's hard to believe that summer is long gone and the fall weather is here! So where has the time gone? We managed to get away for an extended weekend in mid-September (to Utah to visit family), the preschool and elementary programming at the library is in full swing, and the girls are back at school, so I guess all the busyness has made time fly. Since I finished "Bamboo Grove" last month, my creative projects have been on the back burner, and I am just starting to get back in the groove lately.
Yesterday I created this Halloween door decoration (it's technically not a wreath) out of what I think is a felt placemat, some cute sticky-backed felt spooky shapes, a few laser-cut painted wood phrases, a pipe-cleaner spider, and some sheer orange ribbon. I got most of the supplies at Michael's yesterday, and I'm pleased with the colorful and fun result! I try to hang something seasonal on the door every month and I have used, re-used and maybe abused my previous October/November wreath over and over. It was time for an update. But I do continue to rehang this felt banner the girls and I created years ago. We traced cookie cutter shapes onto felt for some of the ghosts, bats, and cats, then cut them out with scissors. I think it's retained its charm and whimsy (although it certainly could use a pressing!).
A short article in the April-May issue of Quilting Arts magazine titled "Stitch and Discharge" by Mary Ruzich inspired me to try discharging with Softscrub with bleach. At first, I tried regular bleach out of the bottle, but it's so watery and thin that there is very little control. I actually painted the Softscrub directly onto this piece of denim with a paintbrush in this design and look at the results! (Now my daughters are getting all kinds of ideas about decorating their jeans!) In the article, the fabric is layered and quilted first, then she discharges the raised quilted area. I experimented with stamps, with okay results - not great, but not totally ineffective. Probably larger, less detailed stamps would work best. I haven't tried stencils, but I bet they would have great results.
I'll have to play with this technique some more. It would make a nice addition to my "Summer Blues" WIP which is still hanging out on my design wall. The other day, I revisited it and actually stitched a few pieces together. It was originally going to be 18"x36" to fit into the FANE group show currently at The View in Old Forge, NY, but now I can make it any size I like, which is changing my thought process and throwing me off a bit. Maybe I should just continue to think of the 18"x36" size.
I'm not as motivated to work on this as I was in the summer (seeing as there's now no deadline!) but I'm trying to stick to "showing up at the page" at least a few times a week, if I can't do it daily. It's so much easier and more relaxing to just crack open a book!
Anyway, that's where the time's gone!