I like these pens. The colors in this pack are a little limited, but the do blend well with each other to make new hues. The blue is really strong
Latest sketch in one of my new sketchbooks. Getting back into the habit. The rock exists but I took artistic license with the water.
I don't know about you, but I have been buying Wendy Richardson's hand dyed fabrics and bamboo socks for years. I love her colors and her fabric choices on the over dyes that she does.
I always visit her booth first at Road to California in January as that is the only place I can see her.
I have several pairs of her bamboo socks that have gotten worn at the heels and are no longer good to wear but I was unable to throw them out because they are so beautiful. This morning I had the brilliant idea to turn them into finger-less gloves.
I cut a little below the ribbing with my pinking shears so that I would have some thinner sock for the turn under. I tried them on to make sure there was enough stretch to go around my hand.
After turning them under I used a zig-zag stitch and slightly stretched as I sewed to make sure I will have enough circumference after I was done. I then turned them inside out, put them on and pinched between my thumb and forefinger to get the sizing for the thumb hole. I sewed up about 1/2 inch, over about 3 stitches into the hand side, then back down to the edge. I repeated this another 1-2 times to make sure I had a secure seam. A sharp pair of scissors to clip between the two stitch lines and then turn those gloves back to the right side. I am thinking I can probably do the same or similar with the foot area that is still good.
And there you have them. A pair of finger-less gloves to wear on a cool morning walk. What have you done with your 'Wendy socks'?
As an artist, I sometimes struggle with the "have-to's" and "want-to's" of creating. I have decided to work on some of the wants for a while. I have a technical type job but it does involve creative processes. Sometimes inspiration comes from other art and sometimes from my geeky side.
I have two different ideas for totally 180 out series. I am going to do some study pieces in each style (one more hard edged and one more organic) and see which one I will do the first major piece in. I can see each series being 4-8 pieces each. Both are inspired by photos I have taken but one goes more abstract and one more representational.
David and I took a trip to the Irvine Museum a few weeks ago and saw their exhibit on water. This museum is focused on California Impressionists and I cannot tell you how much I loved the work.
Paul Grimm does the most amazing clouds and landscapes. The paintings are so amazing that when you looked from 10-15 feet away it looked so non impressionistic, more photo realistic, until you get close. You have until June 16, 2016 to see this exhibit. I highly recommend the trip if you are in the Southern California area.
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We are fiber artists that live in Southern California. We work our jobs by day and create our art by night.