Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Cat Sitting

His name is Simba and he acts like he's the only cat in the house.

Simba close up

There is another cat in the house, as a matter of fact, but she likes to hide. We couldn't find the scaredy cat when we fed 'em yesterday but I've seen a cat climb into the springs underneath a chair, so I'm sure she's inside somewhere.

Simba, the orange tabby

Friday, December 23, 2011

Elizabethan Woman Quilt 2

She looks less stoned now and more nonplussed. 

What Did You Expect? 

My favorite part is her hair, though the ruff and her facial expressions tie for a close second.

Monday, December 19, 2011

1910s Croquet Dress

1910s Croquet Dress (side)

I made this in 2006/7 from Folkwear's garden party dress for a spring Croquet match.

1910s Croquet Dress

I decorated the hat with fake flowers and kept it on my head (it was windy!) with tulle. It looked classy, but it was itchy.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Uh Oh...

I've been changing some things around on my flickr account and I think it's messed up the photos up here. I'm working on it and hopefully things will soon be better than ever.

In the meantime, here's a detail from my newest quilt (still in progress). She's fantastic, but she looks a little stoned. Like I said, still in progress. The hair is my favorite part, though I'm also pretty pleased at how the ruff is turning out this time.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Renaissance Festival '05

I was an ambitious high-schooler.

Early Elizabethan Ensemble

I got a lot of attention, some good and some aggressive. A washerwoman gave me a stern lesson in curtsying because I curtsied to her, but I was wearing a fancy dress. A member of the court also informed me that I was wearing the wrong style of hat; the French hood had gone out of style several of Henry VII's wives ago. Well, excuse me for being 20 years too late, ma'am. That said, I had a great day with my friends and ate turkey legs and was asked several times by total strangers, "How do you go to the bathroom in that thing?"

Early Elizabethan Ensemble (back)

The answer? "Very carefully."

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

The Nice Camera

I'd thought I was just a lousy photographer and that blaming my camera was unfair. Now that I had a chance to play around with a nice camera for a little while, my mind might have changed.

Action Shot

There are projects in progress and I'm doing a lot of work on my portfolio and resume right now, so there's not much new craftsy content these days. I remember something like this happening last December, too. Nevertheless, I'm around and I'll be updating as much as I can.

Cat Portrait

Isn't Buckaroo a handsome cat?

Monday, December 5, 2011

This is Why You Make a Mockup

The 1780 breeches are coming along slowly. The Reconstructing History pattern is hard to understand and there aren't enough illustrations. To make the first mock up of the pattern before I commit to cutting out my nice linen and sewing the entire thing by hand, I used the fabric left over from this dress because why not?

This is why you make a mock up...

The next mock up will fit better. I ran out of the flowery fabric, though, which is a pity.

This is why you make a mock up...

I love Fix so much; he is the best sport.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Crochet Cowl in Progress

I've got the first row of pieces for this cowl finished. I still don't quite know how to read written crochet patterns and I wish it had charts! But so far, so good.

Crochet medallion

Tuesday, November 29, 2011


Now that National Novel Writing Month is over, it's back to full-time art. I've got a few projects in progress to show you, a few drawings to scan, and lots of complaining to do about my breeches pattern from Reconstructing History. Eventually, I might have breeches to show you, too.

Also, I've written two novels in two years! This makes me feel good about myself.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Here's My Swap Piece

 This is what I made for the Phat Quarter swap. The quote is from Arrested Development.

Somebody Told Me...

Friday, November 18, 2011

Monday, November 14, 2011

NaNo Day 14/ Cat Protector

This time last year I was almost finished with my novel. This year, I'm on schedule to finish closer to the end of the month. It's not a bad thing. This year I've been doing a lot more art. I also have more friends.

It's getting cold here and I moved a potted plant inside from the deck. The cat has taken to sleeping next to it. I'm not sure whether he's just enjoying the new scenery or he's keeping an eye on it for my protection.

"I've got this covered."

Friday, November 11, 2011

NaNo day 11/ Elizabethan Lady Quilt Finished

Writing my novel has slowed my art-making a little, but here's what I've done over the past two weeks. I something to Frieda Kahlo for inspiration, though we can all agree that her piece is more powerful (and more personal) than mine.

On Top of the World (detail)

Here's a close-up of the lady. I used both machine and hand embroidery. This is another one of those times I think a machine that can do free motion quilting would be useful. The Tank is many things, but versatile is not one of them.

On Top of the World
My biggest disappointment is how hard it is to see her ruff.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

NaNoWriMo Day 9

... that's how I think of my life in November. But here's a detail from the quilt I've almost finished:

On Top of the World (detail)

The image is flipped from the one in the sketch I posted last Friday. I remembered the heart is on the left side ("aye, that left pap/ Where heart doth hop." Who can name the Shakespeare play?!) and it would have been awkward to have the veins coming all the way across her chest. Or something.

Monday, November 7, 2011

NaNoWriMo Day 7

It's National Novel Writing Month again and I'm on schedule with my novel. Writing about 1700 words a day means that I have significantly less time (, creativity, or energy) to make art. I have been working, though, albeit slowly. Here is a sketch for my next quilt.

Sketch for "On Top of the World"

I'm trying to focus more on the technical aspects of art quilting, and one thing that helps is a more familiar subject. I've been drawing ladies in historic clothing (mostly Elizabethan) since I was little. While the subjects themselves are more visually complicated, I'm more comfortable with the themes and symbolism. I don't know if that makes any sense to someone who isn't me so I'll put it another way: When I considered quilting Elizabethan women instead of hearts, I asked myself, "Why haven't I been doing this THE WHOLE TIME?"

In other news, I am a pinterest fiend. You should check it out, too.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Dream: Car and Too-Steep Hill

This month in addition to participating in National Novel Writing Month, I'm doing a daily drawing challenge. Not all of them will be good enough to share, but I liked this one a lot.

Most Recent Dream

This is a drawing of my most recent dream. The road turned into a dirt road and the hill was way too steep for the car to climb but the driver (a woman I trusted but don't recognize when I was awake) didn't want to stop. The car couldn't make it up the hill and I was afraid when we stopped that we would fall backwards. I think we called 911 because I woke up when I saw an ambulance and a fire truck in the rearview mirror.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Another Fiery Heart

Fiery Heart II

For this quilt, I experimented with tulle/netting to make subtle shades. I like how it went. 

Fiery Heart II (detail)

Monday, October 31, 2011

My Bitchin' Steampunk Dress (Part 2- My Favorite Detail)

Here is a close-up of the starry underskirt. I've hand-embroidered the constellations, added two kinds of sequin stars, and of course, the battery-powered floral lights.

Skirt detail

I probably shouldn't have attached the battery pack to the skirt in a way that I can't remove the batteries. Something about that doesn't seem smart for long-term storage...

Friday, October 28, 2011

My Bitchin' Steampunk Dress! (part 1)

It's been a long road to get here (see the Bitchin' Steampunk Dress tag for the whole story) but here it is.
Dress, Side

The whole outfit took about a year to complete, though it wasn't my only sewing project over that time. I'm pleased with how it turned out. Please notice that some of the stars on the skirt light up!

Dress, Back 

Coming Monday: All the details!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Swap Piece in Progress


Here's the beginning of my Phat Quarter swap piece. The theme is "Somebody Told Me..."I had trouble drawing a banana, so I just traced it.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Fiery Heart Quilt

15.5" x 16", machine embroidery.
Fiery Heart I

There's a lot I really like about this piece. It's too busy, though. My next one (in progress) has a similar layout but is a little simpler. 

Fiery Heart I (detail) 

Here's a detail. I'm getting frustrated with The Tank's lack of free-motion ability.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Awkward Purse

I finished my Berry Stitch Purse (Ravelry link) and did some nifty crochet to keep the handles on and even lined it but something's... just not right. The handles are summery and the knitting is wintery, perhaps. I'm taking off the handles and trying again.

It's Awkward...

Friday, October 14, 2011

Finished Socks

So these are the Gryffindor Socks I've been working on forever. They're done and their model is home, too.

Gryffindor Socks

Here's the Ravelry Link.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

A Bounty of Fabric...

...but how can I use it?

This weekend, I went home to see my family for the holiday and my mom's BFF gave me some fabric samples that she no longer shows to clients. It's prints! Prints!!! but it's all 100% polyester, most of it recycled. I don't know how The Tank is going to handle it or how hand embroidery will look, but I'm going to find out!


But look at those prints!

Monday, October 3, 2011

More Crochet

Crochet Day Two 

A simple granny square and an unremarkable flower. I'm picking up the techniques, though, and that's what's important. 

Granny Square

I'm a little bored with what I've done so far but very excited about all the possibilities of crochet. I'm looking forward to improvising-- something that's never gone well with knitting!

Friday, September 30, 2011

I Learned to Crochet

This is what I made:

I learned to crochet!

Pictured (L to R):Single crochet (incorrect); single crochet (correct); half double crochet (correct); treble crochet; half double crochet (incorrect); double crochet; ?????. This is my kind of sampler. I only stopped because I ran out of yarn.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Mini Patchwork Squares

From "130 Mini Quilt Blocks" by Susan Briscoe. The block on the lower left is called Friendship Star but I made it a Ninja Star instead. I like it better this way.

Four patchwork blocks

My next step is to go in with hand applique and embroidery (The Tank doesn't like all this fiddly stuff) and see how I might put these blocks together.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Heart Badge

Blue Ribbon Heart 1

A little heart as a blue ribbon. This idea has been on my mind for a while.

Blue Ribbon Heart 2

I haven't decided what (if anything) to embroider on the hanging ribbon.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Stary Skirt: Complete!

Remember my starry skirt from way back when? (Here is the sketch, and here's the skirt pre-decor.)

Batteries for skirt lights

There's a steampunk event nearby this weekend and I'm FINALLY wearing my Bitchin' Steampunk Dress, which means I've been a busy lady the past couple of days. There will be pictures!!

Monday, September 19, 2011

A Weekend in 1811

...sort of. Two four-hour shifts in 1811 plus some time walking around with Fix? I had a great time.


There are better pictures of the outfit here.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Cats LOVE Sweaters

...but not as much as they love sarcasm.

Cats LOVE sweaters...

I'd thought about making the cat sweater and I'd thought about cats in sweaters but by golly I didn't think about getting a cat into a sweater.

Poor Cat

He wasn't happy so I won't try to put it on him again. I'm disappointed but not surprised. Here's the Ravelry link.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Art Quilt #4

Maybe I should start giving my pieces real titles. I don't know what this one would be called yet. Give it a couple more days hanging on the wall...

In the Forest

Monday, September 12, 2011

Sneak Peak- Art Quilt #4

Some fine fall colors in my newest quilt. I'm hoping to finish it this week.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Flea Market Finds

Had a flea market adventure last month. We arrived before dawn to get the best deals!

I found vintage patterns (I've already used the one on the left!), lefty scissors (HOORAY) and "Viking Panel Posters."

I'm going to make something really cool with these someday.

Not pictured: really cheap snacks.