Clearing out old projects!
How long have I been working on this embroidered Peacock feather? Seriously, it's been so long I don't even remember when I started it, which may have been late 2013! I put it away for months at a time. It was intended for a coworker who always brought us stuff - food and crafty items - when we were at the front in our old location at work. She loves Peacock feathers. When I started adding more turquoise, it needed a LOT more thread, to essentially cover up everything underneath. It finally looked finished enough to call done. I gave it to my coworker on Monday. She likes it.
I need to do the Suzi paintings over. I decided I don't like the full-body on such a small canvas (18"x24"). All these paintings have now been taken off the stretcher bars and are going to be glued and sewn together. This will be my Pilgrimage piece.
Oh, look who's sleeping nearby:
I was bothering him taking photos (see the tail flicking?).
This past weekend we went through recipes to figure out our Thanksgiving menu. It will just be the two of us on Thanksgiving. Steve works Friday. My brother is going to fry a turkey again, but it will be over the weekend after Thanksgiving - he has to coordinate schedules with his sometime roommate.
And I finally cut out some fabric to sew a practice Alabama Chanin shirt. I bought a fabric marking pencil, but it's waxy and won't write on jersey. So I used my white charcoal pencil. I drew a line a quarter inch from the edge, for my sewing line. Then I had trouble sewing my stitches small enough. So I marked a j. piece with quarter inch lines and used it as a guide to sew. I also figured out it's easier to sew with the raw edges up, rather than down. Lots of trial and error. I started out sewing on the Alabama Chanin book:
I am sewing around the design on an old Disney t-shirt we found - I asked Steve to get rid of some cardboard boxes he had gaming figures stored in, and when he removed them they were wrapped in my old Disney shirt, which was frayed at every edge. I didn't want to throw it out. So I used just the front design. After sewing, I cut out the red fabric to reveal the Disney design. Here I am sewing with my paper cheat sheet:
I switched to working on my drawing board, since it's bigger. Here's what I meant by having the raw edges at the bottom. This was difficult to sew.
The I turned it around so that the raw edges are up, and it was much easier to handle the bundle of fabric:
I'll keep you posted on my progress. Speaking of which, we got rid of a bunch of t-shirts at work, many 2XL (overstocked and outdated shirts) so I grabbed a big stash. I want to make a 'negative reverse applique' jacket. That's where the stencil is painted on (Alabama Chanin uses airbrush guns - I will have to hand-paint) then stitched around, then the negative surrounding areas are cut out. I can't wait to try this. This is the technique that really wows me when I see it on their website.
Remember my favorite tree? I can't remember if I told the story about the leaves turning brown sometimes over the summer. I emailed our apartment office and they went to take a look at it. The tree had 'leaf cutters' on the leaves, who were chewing them up, causing the brown spots. They sprayed something on it that hopefully solved the problem. Anyway, here are some pics of it with its leaves turning yellow: