Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Facebook Fans Page

I now have a facebook fans page I'm still learning how to use FB, you can join my Fans Page here:

Prairie Fibers Update

I've been updating my main website Prairie Fibers to reflect the direction I am going now - focused soley on my studio and teaching. I'm hoping to have my art website up and running by the end of the week!

Tuesday, January 27, 2009


I found this yesterday whilest cleaning my studio closet still attached to a bulletin board from my undergrad years. I made this back around 1995 in a papermaking class.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Back of Tapestry

I suspect based on it's size that this was intended to be a chair seat cover. It appears, from the back anyway, to have been woven by a machine in a factory, not by hand.

Courting Couple Tapestry

I found this in a box of fabrics I purchased at a yard sale a few years back. I'm not sure how old it is or what it was even intended for but I plan to create something the piece. I'd like to know a little bit more about it before I cut into it and create an altered tapestry/embroidery with the piece.

I have some beautiful quebracho dyed silk dupioni that I plan to use for the borders, both in a steel gray and a lovely rose color ;-)

Friday, January 16, 2009

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

This and That no. 3

This and That No. 3

Update still in progress added some yummies to the right side, I'll finish beading the right side this evening. I haven't decided if there's enough yummies on the right side yet I have some larger pieces of lace I'm thinking of adding first. Once I start adding beads there won't be a surface to stitch through to attach the lace. I may add some aqua/dark turqoise trim on the rights side first to balance the color.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Mokuba Knitting Tape

I found out the knitting tape I'm looking for is called Mokuba 1502 Cotton Tape I just need to find a retail source, that's reasonably priced so I can purchase some to finish my project.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Knitting Tape

I'm looking for a source of ribbon or knittng taple like this, I left the files largish so you could click on it to see the texture/weave better. This is what I have left over from the 1980's. It is approximately 3/8" wide.

Friday, January 09, 2009

This and That No. 3 - in progress

I've added some beads to the crown piping and need to add more, I've been going through my stash of beads and am coming up with nothing as a pony bead is too big and I want to use something bigger than a 11/0 bead. The one bead I have that is the correct size is the wrong color, so maybe it doesn't need more beads on the piping??? Yet it tells me it wants to be encrusted!

Thursday, January 08, 2009

My Sewing Table

I've been cleaning my studio again so my sewing tabel is a mess, hopefully I'll have a better handle on things tomorrow - mess wise.

This and That No. 3 Still Beading!

I added some beads to the top of the pom pom fringe and am thinking about encrusting the entire area. I was trying to bring out the dark aqual color in the calico fabric and carry it to the bottom of the piece.

I'm also contemplating adding beads to the red cording at he top of the piece. If I do, and I'm pretty certain I will once my fingers heal up, I'll add some matt gold copper lined 11/0 seed beads as I think this will compliment the colors of the piece and well.

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

This and That No. 3

In progress still - I went with the yellow and red toile instead of the ruby red. I did opt to deco the edge of the crown with red cording.

Vintage Flowers

Tutu ala Bear

This is what happens when you don't have children. You find something that you just h ave to have in this case it's the vintage millenary flowers on the tutu and you end up dressing up your bear in the tutu!!! I'm not sure how old the tutu is the netting is brittle and the fabric is very worn, the flowers have been through the wash who knows how many times but I still like them and they will look wonderful on the valentines I'm creating.

Ugly Yellow Treasuy

Ugly Yellow by Lavelleygirly

On the Road to Heaven Treasury

popincute made this heavenly pink and green treasury!

Monday, January 05, 2009

New Fabric

This fabric, white upholstry, came from my aunt Sondra it's a creamy off white weave.

Stack of calico's and a fancy white fabric with gold threads woven throughout the fabric

Peachy pink tulle or netting

Some sort of cotton and silk blend fabric, I like the weave.

I had to go to JoAnn's today as I was needing some flannel fabric, seems I only have scraps of said fabric type and found a wonderful selection of fabrics on clearance. I'll be sure to make something really yummy with these and post the results here and soon.

Sunday, January 04, 2009

keep me warm at night Treasury

This gorgeously beautiful treasury was created by flameonglass

This and That No. 3 Comparison

Here is a side by side comparison of the crown for this piece I'm not sure which I like best the solid ruby or the yellow and brick red toile. Opinions please ;-)

Stitch Problems

Well this is supposed to be a heart pattern - stitch No. 72 on my Janome 6500 and the hearts are not closing, also the machine is making a rather hard jerking motion when creating this pattern. Ideas on what may be the problem? Here are three pics starting with the bottom pic and ending with the top pic seems that towards the end the hearts were starting to look more like hearts.