Sunday, October 30, 2016

Week 44

We are supposed to be in autumn here in the US, but it certainly doesn't feel like it.  Our temps have been above normal for most of October, and according to the weather service, November isn't going to be much cooler.  Above normal temperatures are forecast for the next several days.  Will fall ever materialize? (Pun intended)   Despite the warm temps, I continue to hold onto autumn by creating fiber art in fall colors, even if the trees are not cooperating! 

So here is Week 44's entry, a strip pieced melange of fall colors, all commercial fabrics, separated by strips of black.  I don't know, maybe I should begin making pieces with Christmas fabrics----do you think we could stir up some cold weather THAT way?  I may have to resort to some drastic measures if this keeps up! 

Monday, October 24, 2016

Week 43

The piece for Week 43 is cut from a larger piece of "fabric" I made using all sorts of different materials.  I used roving, yarns, paper, fabric, metallic mesh, & cellophane, fused it all to my stabilizer both front and back and then sewed it all down in a grid pattern.  I made several of these pieces in different color ways.  This one is primarily orange, with lots of other colors thrown in.

We have only 9 weeks left in the year!  I can't wait to see what kind of weird thing I come up with next week!  This has been a fun, and productive, 43 week experiment so far!

Monday, October 17, 2016

Week 42

We are now at Week 42 and I decided to do some "wonky" stitching with bright fabrics.  I tend to be a bit too organized, even when I'm doing wonky, so this didn't turn out exactly as I had planned, but it is, in fact, done, and that is what matters on a weekly schedule!!

I sometimes find that 7 inches is too small for the design I imagine; this would have been better if the horizontal strips were narrower.  But that is what this experiment is all about; playing with ideas and seeing if they work or not.  And if not, how they might have been improved.  It's a learning process.

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Week 41

I dove into my stash of Oriental fabrics for Week 41.  This piece is made with commercial fabric and a small piece of my Sashiko stitching on Dupioni silk, machine stitched to my stabilizer. 
I have several fabrics with Oriental kanji (Japanese writing characters) and I love how they play off of the other fabrics.  This piece is reminiscent of my Messages from the Orient II, which was sold earlier this year. 

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Week 40

Week 40---can you believe we have only 12 more weeks in 2016??  I can't.  And I am proud of myself for staying current on my new year's promise to do a 7 inch piece each week of the year.  It has been a fun project, maybe I'll continue it next year.

The piece this week is also inspired by autumn colors, as was last weeks' piece.  Our leaves here haven't begun turning yet, and it may not be a very good color season because of lack of rain, but we'll see what happens in the next couple of weeks.

I simply glued the pieces onto my stabilizer and I'm not really sure how I will quilt this if I end up using it, but I did like the combination of colors.  I'm currently working on a large piece with these colors in it, so using them in my weekly piece was just a continuation on a theme.