lizcommotion: blue handspun yarn on a weatherbeaten bench with a seashell next to it (yarn blue handspun)
I have to see the Gastro in a few hours. Not so excited about that.

Let's talk about crafts instead. I am making such the exciting yarn for [personal profile] shanaqui 's birthday. I am playing with a fiber I have never played with before. It is exciting. (I am even excited about plying, which is saying something.)

I have finished quilting the base of the art quilt, which decided for itself that it will have a snake theme because it decided to quilt snakes on itself. I am good with that. So, my art quilt is turning into a piece of Bone fanart. (You know Mim, the dragon who bites her tail? I know the dragon/snake is from like a zillion other mythologies - and is originally a snake - but i always think of Bone. Yet I am also Pagan and super into mythology, so I also think of snakes. So yes, fanart-mythology dragon-snake it is! Because I said so. The quilt may decide otherwise yet.)

Here's my progress thus far (I still have to applique the pieces down, obviously, and will probably do some hand embroidery/beadwork maybe? But yes):

Art quilt 1 progress
Square art quilt about a foot around ish, with 8 stripes of color (beige, beige, yellow, green, and four shades of blue going from bottom to top). Machine quilted with some designs of dunes and snakes. Varying colors of machine quilting to contrast rather than blend in with the base quilt. On top are red/brown batik torn fabric squares in three patterns arranged in a circle so that they gradually reduce in size. Most embroidery will focus on emphasizing a mouth and tail at the top.

Other crafting? Let's see. I finally finished swatching for my nephew's hat. I won't show you the swatch, that's boring. I have to wash it and measure gauge, and then I can begin making his hat. He wants a brim AND earflaps AND a nib at the top (the thing to pull it off). I am kind of dreading this hat, thus it's been several months between him dyeing the yarn and me working on it at all. But...I will see. Maybe once I'm working on it?

In the meantime maybe I'll work on younger nephew's dragon, which was originally going to be a fire truck. Heh.

Oh, also, I am officially In Love with Cormo Sheep Fiber. So soft. OMG. It's the fiber for my spinning group, and mmmmmmm. So yes. That's a thing. Will post more later after I finish plying it.
lizcommotion: Lily and Chance squished in a cat pile-up on top of a cat tree (buff tabby, black cat with red collar) (yarn bunny)
Here's a belated post of a lot of the things I've been playing with, creativity-wise. It's a mix of sewing and knitting and the sad thing is, it's not even everything. I've also been playing with zippered bags, but some of those are super sekkrit and one is holding my nascent makeup collection (ok, mainly tinted lip balm) and I'm too lazy to dig it out). However, here are things that I *do* have photos of...

First sweater for me!
My first sweater for an adult! Photo heavy - sewing and knitting photos under the cut )

And that's what's going on here right now in my impromptu studio.
lizcommotion: Two African American men gazing at a sign reading "March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom" (bayard rustin)
I have two walkers now, one for upstairs and one for downstairs, I decided I needed a bag that I could switch between them to carry random items in. Kind of like an extra purse, but for both inside and outside the house. I still may add some sort of clasp to the top (which I had initially left off in case of tall items), but here is the initial prototype.

Four small photos behind the cut... )

I am super duper proud of myself. \o/ Also, really enjoying this bag. And I am probably going to make more things, too, and maybe add a cell phone pocket/pouch somewhere.... ^_^

As far as yarn bombing, I've finished another section; I just need to weave in copious amounts of ends and add lots of buttons. Should be fun, I've just been working on other projects.

Also - speaking of other projects - keep an eye out for the Super Exciting Hat and Hat Pattern to be posted Soon. (After hat finishes blocking and I get decent photos, in other words.)

lizcommotion: Lily and Chance squished in a cat pile-up on top of a cat tree (buff tabby, black cat with red collar) (Default)
Continuing on the quilting theme, there was an exhibit near Seattle that started after I left that I really wanted to see. It's called "Bold Expressions: African American Quilts from the Collection of Corrine Riley" and runs until October 7, 2012 at the Bellevue Arts Museum. Many of the materials are scraps of blue jeans, flour sacks, and work clothes.

Here is one sample from the deeply abridged (only 12 photos) and drool-worthy online exhibit, entitled "Controlled Crazy Quilt" (Indiana, 1970s):


image of a crazy quilt in bold colors and...I really can't do it justice with words, I'm sorry

For more images, click here.

From a review of the exhibit, which maybe does a better job with verbal expressions:

"I saw striking and organic Rauschenberg swathes in a strip-style quilt from East Texas, circa 1930s or ’40s, and, when looking at examples of what are categorized as “controlled crazy quilts,” I made plans to reorganize my already color-grouped closet in a whole new way. Reds and blues hang out with pale pink, two examples put cobalt blue with dull plum and creamy white, and different shades of denim show up in the most inspiring and satisfying ways....

It’s Riley’s contention, and BAM’s artistic director Stefano Catalani agrees, that all of the quilters’ decisions—the random red square, the broken pattern—were intentional, but I’ve found that many artists and designers are happy to admit that their best work often comes from a happy mistake or a last-minute recovery from some supply or time shortage."

lizcommotion: A black-and-white photo of a Victorian woman (victorian lady)
Here's an interesting article on Etsy about the origins and history of crazy quilting. No wonder I like it so much - its origins are Japanese. ^_^

Bonus: Also linked from the article above, a piece about Japanese Boro: "Literally translated as rags or scraps of cloth, the term boro is also used to describe clothes and household items which have been patched-up and repaired many times. Once clothing was made, it would be maintained throughout the owner’s lifetime, or perhaps even longer."


image of a crazy quilt from the Museum of Appalachia, courtesy of Wikipedia

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