Thursday, October 27, 2016

Santa and His Helpers

Santa and His Helpers: 18 X 20. We can brighten our holiday with this little reminder of Santa and the gang putting up the Christmas tree, after a long day working at the North Pole. The background is put together in the Bohemian Tapestry style, using many fabrics left over from other projects. For Santa and his friends, I looked at a lot of Christmas clip art and picked out a few of the most interesting images. I made patterns from my drawings and fused the fabric choices onto a stabilizer. I have used several layers of free motion stitching on this and finished with a last go round of metallic thread. Sheer sparkle material is used to represent icy patches on the rocks. Click on image to take a closer look at the sheer fabric sparkles. This wall hanging can be purchased through the Polish Pottery Shoppe. This can be seen on OFF THE WALL FRIDAYS

Monday, September 19, 2016

Jack's Place II

Jack's Place II: 18 X 32 Bohemian Tapestry. Another in my series of seasonal wall hangings. Jack has a lot of fun sitting in this field with his special friends. The straw man is a good prop for the ravens to land on and he can keep the scene interesting with his wonky hat and red shirt. He is not doing a good job keeping the crows away, but then, one raven in particular loves the conversation. The season would not be complete without the addition of the black cat. The cat seems to be staring at us with a warning to keep our distance. I used raw edge fabric cuts to create texture and free motion stitching to unify the whole piece. This is for sale through The Polish Pottery Shoppe

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

God Bless America

God Bless America: 15 X 15 Mixed Media Fiber Art. Preparing this wall hanging to hang in an upcoming patriotic exhibit, my mind was going back to my childhood again. Growing up in post world war two, the 40's put a great emphasis on American symbols. Newsreels, war movies, books and magazines were all about the greatness of America and our victory over those who would destroy us or our allies. I can almost hear the song "God Bless America" sung by Kate Smith. Most families had sons who came home from the war and we were a thankful nation. So, this is my tribute to those times and the greatest generation. You can purchase this through The Polish Pottery Shoppe. This can be seen on Off The Wall Fridays

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Polish Peasant

Polish Peasant: 12  X 15. Growing up in an Eastern European immigrant neighborhood on the east side of St. Louis, gave me an interesting perspective into how important tradition and ties to your ancestry are to those who left their home and came to a new land. My grandparents became part of a melting pot of immigrants from the Balkan countries. They knew many languages and recipes that were part of the everyday life of this community. I have memories of going to the meeting places where traditional music, foods and dancing took place. I have watched the ladies dancing with their colorful skirts and hand embroidered blouses and vests. The music was always lively and their were many hoops and hollers as they went through the different dances. I have tried to portray a little of this feeling in my fiber art wall hanging. Notice the floral wreath upon her head. She is dressed in festival attire and I can almost hear the polka playing while she prepares to find a partner. This can be purchased at The Polish Pottery Shoppe SOLD

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Whimsical Garden

Whimsical Garden: 20 X 30. This piece was created as a companion to the previous landscape posted here as it sold immediately. However this one also sold immediately. There is much beading on the main flower character, also the photo just did not show this. With 6 more weeks of winter here in the middle of the country, I have been trying to bring up some color in anticipation for Spring. SOLD.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Early Sunrise Landscape

Early Sunrise Landscape: 16 X 20. This project was originally part of a workshop that I taught on how to get more depth into your landscapes by using gradient planes of color and value. This is a painter's technique that has been used in my art quits. So many of the principles of design cross over into various mediums, like fiber. Notice the exaggerated size of the flower in comparison with the size of the sun. Your mind makes the comparison and relates it to distance, even though it is a flat surface. I have beaded the flower to make it the focal point of this wall hanging and to add texture. Click on image for closer look.  You can see this on Off The Wall Fridays This can be purchased through the Polish Pottery Shoppe 125.00 plus tax. SOLD  

Monday, November 30, 2015

The Night Before Christmas

The Night Before Christmas: 16 X 20 Bohemian Tapestry. I managed to squeeze in one more project before the end of the year, as my Polish Santa sold so quickly. This is loosely based on an ad that I saw online. I liked the idea of Santa by moonlight and decided that maybe he is taking a selfie as he is getting ready for his long trip on Christmas Eve. The reindeer would be waiting for him in the moolit snow and maybe one last Cardinal would be resting in sight. Foxes are always one of my favorite woodland creatures and maybe Santa has made friends with them in his journeys. That moon is full and just rising above a hill top, giving a shimmer to the earth below. This can be purchased through The Polish Pottery Shoppe This can be seen onOff The Wall Fridays SOLD.