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September 6, 2018
Hawaiian Miniatures from Roxane Lessa Fine Textile Art

 

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When I was a kid growing up in Boston, I remember going to the MFA and seeing the Persian miniature collection. I was so enthralled with the tiny details, the brilliant jeweled colors and the stories they told. Here is an example of one:

So that memory inspired me to create some miniatures of my own.

I like to use little 6″ x 6″ x 1″ canvases to mount small treasures to sell at parties and to give as gifts.  They have been ...

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August 23, 2018
Commission is Nearing Completion! from Roxane Lessa Fine Textile Art

 

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Yes! The commission of the gate to the South Carolina cemetary is nearing completion. For those of you who like numbers, I have kept track of the hours I put in so far – about 28 from start to finish. Yesterday I put it up on the wall for  damp blocking. This is a process where I pin the quilt at regular intervals and spray it down until it is damp.

Once it is dry, it is pretty flat and there are no more ...

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August 17, 2018
Can I Get a Whoop Whoop? Easin' on Down The Road... from Confessions of a Fabric Addict

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Wow, has it been week!  But it's finally Friday, and that means it's time to get our whoop whoop on!  I'm excited to have some things to share this week, so let's get started...

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If you'll remember, last week I didn't have much to show because I had been painting.  Well, I painted some more this week, and I learned a valuable lesson while doing so.  My first attempt at chalk painting yielded this...


I wasn't very happy with the way it finished, and sent this pic to my daughter (who ...

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July 26, 2018
Last chance for Online Classes with Me from Roxane Lessa Fine Textile Art

 

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After much deliberation, I have decided to phase out my teaching online. I will still have the courses available until January, 2019. If you are currently enrolled in one, you will have access until you finish the course. My ability to reply to your questions will go away after January 1, 2019.  Right now the classes are listed as closed, but if you would still like to do one, I can invite you into a class. Just send me an email at roxane ...

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July 18, 2018
Watering Can Garden Art Project from From My Carolina Home

This idea of a cute, painted watering can has been circulating around the internet for a while now, and I wanted to do something like it for my garden.  It was one of those projects that was planned quickly, but went low on the project list as other projects with deadlines took priority.  Then with the heat and humidity of the early summer this year, I just couldn’t find the optimum time to do it until recently.

Watering Can Makeover at From My Carolina Home

Some time ago I picked up this watering can at a thrift shop, and used it to plant an annual flower in ...

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July 5, 2018
Taking A Break at Swan Lake from Roxane Lessa Fine Textile Art

 

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After finishing up the large orchid triptych, I am taking a break in my studio. This week for your viewing pleasure, I thought I would share something from the other part of my world. A video of the Royal Ballet prepping for Swan Lake. Many years ago, I completed my training in classical ballet at the Royal Ballet School and I often turn to this company for inspiration. In this video you will see the corps de ballet sharing what it is like ...

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June 21, 2018
How Do I Finish the Orchid? from Roxane Lessa Fine Textile Art

 

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How Do I Finish the Orchid?

Well, I wasn’t sure how to hang and finish this piece. Originally I had it in mind to make it a joined triptych. Like this:

I did like the white spaces between and around the piece on paper, but somehow, when it came time to make it that way- I didn’t like it. I started out by trimming around all three pieces, but left extra  around the main orchid to add white silk strips.

But ...

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June 8, 2018
Apple Study 3 from Pebble Creek Arts

I started this painting over a year ago when David and I took our first camping trip. It was so nice to sit outside with him and the dogs and just relax with a glass of wine until bed time.

I finally pulled this one back out of the WIP pile and decided to finish it. I took video of the remaining progress and used it in my first voice over tutorial! Please check out the video here or on my videos page (link on the left).

I was happy with the results. However, when I sprayed the fixative, it ...

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June 4, 2018
How to Quilt an Orchid from Roxane Lessa Fine Textile Art

 

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It’s been a hectic time finishing up rehearsals and recitals at the two studios  where I teach ballet. Oh, I didn’t mention I teach ballet now? Well, I do and so my art quilting has become more of a part time endeavor. Going back to my ballet roots has been rewarding, albeit tiring. And this older body does not always feel great demonstrating steps it used to do with ease. However, it is great working with the kids.

Anyway, this week ...

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June 3, 2018
Channel Trailer from Pebble Creek Arts

I got in the front of the camera for the first time! Talk about excruciating! It took several tries and several blunders, but I finally felt like it was good enough for posting.

I had a trailer for my YouTube channel, but it was not very interesting and I decided that I needed to emulate my favorite channels a little closer. Since my favorites are the ones with tutorials, I thought I would give it a shot. Since I am going to start doing tutorials, my first step was to create a new channel trailer that would represent that a ...

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May 17, 2018
Ocean Waves Quilt Guild from Roxane Lessa Fine Textile Art

 

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Last week I had the pleasure of teaching at the Ocean Waves Quilt Guild in Lewes, Delaware! I even got to cross the Chesapeake Bay on the way- although it was very foggy </p>
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April 26, 2018
How to Use Glitter Thread from Roxane Lessa Fine Textile Art

 

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 I just have a quick moment to catch you up on the new piece.  And yes, I decided on Glitter thread to quilt the side panels and all those crazy lines. I liked the shine, but for some reason it was breaking frequently- more than it should. I had my top tension loose. I used a #14 Topstitch needle and I went slowly. Still breaking. Then I remembered that this thread is wound horizontally. Why does that matter- how it’s wound? Because ...

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April 13, 2018
Gel Printing update from Creating Chaos

I've already reported just how much I enjoyed the #31daysof gelprinting that I took part in on Instagram but now I want to let you know what I've done with all the prints.

First, I decided to make a book for the majority of the print so that I would have a record of them for the future.  I debated whether to make a book myself but in the ended I took the easy option and bought a scrapbook to add them to.  I got a kraft paper book with a spiral spine so there was plenty of ...

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April 11, 2018
I have a solo show! from Roxane Lessa Fine Textile Art

 

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 Last week I had the opening of my solo show at a company in downtown Raleigh as part of the First Friday art walk.  It will be up for the month of April if you are finding yourself in downtown Raleigh. It is at Personify on 416 S. Dawson St. during business hours M-F.
It was great fun! Friends and strangers alike came and we had a lovely reception.  Luckily the weather was mild!
If you’re not local, here are some pictures ...

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April 6, 2018
Horse Eye Study from Pebble Creek Arts

This one was pretty quick. I just wanted to complete a study.

It is 11 x 14 charcoal on 140lb watercolor paper. Sometimes it is just nice to get something completed.

Check out the speed drawing video on my YouTube channel!

Signing off for now. Happy Friday!

Trish

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April 4, 2018
GelPrinting Challenge from Creating Chaos

During March I took part in a gel printing challenge organised on Instagram by Birgit Koopsen.

It was quite time consuming (in a nice way!) so I tended to do three or four days at a time just in case I wasn't able to do a day.   We were also away for part of the month at our caravan so I took loads of stuff with me but of course as all you crafters will know, despite taking loads of stuff, there is always one or two things, or even more, that you should have included!

I enjoyed the ...

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March 30, 2018
F4 Reflected in the Rain from Pebble Creek Arts

This started as a charcoal drawing to prepare for an oil painting. I never did get to the oil painting, but the drawing is nice. This is a gift for a friend who actually took the original photograph.

It is a 10 x 10 charcoal on 140lb watercolor paper. Since it is going to be a gift, I mounted it to a cradled panel and built a frame for it.

I hope my friend likes it.

Signing off for now. Happy Friday!

Trish

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March 28, 2018
Creating a Dream Map from Roxane Lessa Fine Textile Art

 

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Do you ever have a day dream about what your wish your life could be about? Or a dream at night that was so wonderful you had to write it down? As a part of a course I am taking, I created a visual dream map about a year and a half ago. It has been really interesting to see what has come to pass since then. I keep it in my bedroom, so I see it every morning when I wake up ...

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March 22, 2018
Painting on Silk Part 2 from Roxane Lessa Fine Textile Art

 

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I’ve made some progress on the silk painting.Here is the mock up of the design again:
One of the things I discovered was to make the black darker I had to paint several layers and mix brown, blue and yellow into the black to make it richer and darker.  It took several tries. I used a wide flat brush to paint it on the silk which was ironed to the freezer paper pattern.
Next I mixed up some Pearl EX silver ...

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March 15, 2018
Painting on Silk from Roxane Lessa Fine Textile Art

 

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I do love silk, and I love to paint on silk. I love the process, the sheen of the fabric- everything about it. It’s very meditative and I can do it for hours.  Once I recovered from my trip, I looked through some of the orchid pictures from S.F.  Which one to choose?  So many good ones!

I finally choose one for it’s gorgeous color and got to work creating a composition. I decided to go big! I choose a ...

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