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October 12, 2017
More small pieces from Notes from Studio B

I'm in the process of making more small pieces, both leaves and yoga inspired. The yoga inspired ones were printed a few years ago and were languishing in my pile of possibilities. They are cyanotype on magenta fabric, using some shapes cut out of heavy dark paper.

I've got three canvases painted a dark navy waiting for me to attach them.

I've also started the piecing process with a couple of the wet cyanotypes on turquoise fabric. This is how they look this morning on my work table.

The fabric that was used for both of these ...

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October 5, 2017
Wet cyanotype, reupholstery and more french knots from Notes from Studio B

I played with a few more pieces of wet cyanotype this week using some old pretreated fabric and I'm quite happy with the results.

Because the treated fabric was past its prime it didn't get the usual intense blue, but more of a blue gray. I will probably use  these in another set of small leaf study pieces.

All the ones that were finished last week were hung today in various venues around town.

I finished the quilting on my abstracted overgrowth.

Last Spring I dyed some heavy weight hemp fabric to use on my big old chair ...

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September 29, 2017
More French knots, SAQA Auction,Indigo and some finished leaves from Notes from Studio B

I've had a busy week which included a surprise visit and four day stay by my sister in law and her husband. They came to surprise Don for his birthday.

I've finished all the little leaf pieces and each is mounted on a canvas.

The second week of the SAQA Auction is in full swing and my piece is still available.

Today I had a wonderful group of creatives here to learn some shibori techniques with indigo. I managed to get one picture of them all together in front of a line of their work. The pieces that ...

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September 21, 2017
SAQA Auction and leaves from Notes from Studio B

The annual SAQA Auction started this week, there's still time to get some great pieces from section 1.  My piece will be up next week in section 2.

I've done more of the eco /botanical printing this week, trying different mordants and papers and fabrics. This group was steaming last week when I posted.

Next up was some silk habitoi on the left and silk broadcloth on the right.

Then more on heavy watercolor paper.

A group on a lighter weight watercolor paper.

Then I used a few of the leaves I had leftover and did gelli prints ...

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September 14, 2017
More leaf studies and a different type of leaf prints from Notes from Studio B

I enjoyed making the little leaf studies so much last week that I made a few more. I got out a few of my hand carved stamps, some hand dyed fabric and did some prints.

Then pieced some borders and now I've got nine.

I've decided to stop making them and actually finish them. The three on the left now have embroidered leaves, but that's as far as I got.

I got a bit side tracked trying some eco printing/botanical printing. Even though I've dyed fabric for over twenty years, I've always avoided natural ...

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September 7, 2017
Some new work and a studio"helper" from Notes from Studio B

This week I pulled out some leftover scraps from making our great grandsons quilt last year. The scraps were pretty small and I did add a few other fabrics to the mix, but with the thought of an overgrown landscape I came up with this.

Now how do I quilt it? It's 24 inches square so probably doesn't need much.

I still had a few small pieces left and remembered some leftover prints from the weekly leaf series so ended up making 3 smaller pieces.

These pieces will get some hand stitching on the leaves and will most ...

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August 24, 2017
Eclipse from Notes from Studio B

Not much time was spent in the studio the past week, although I did finish the quilt I was working on and gave it to my granddaughter since she was admiring it.

Kayla and Will with their new quilt and new kitten.

We had a very full house for the eclipse, everyone came a few days early and didn't leave until the day after. It was a lot of fun but exhausting, fourteen people is a lot.

This is most of the group at the very beginning of the show.

Here I am with my daughter and granddaughter, my ...

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August 10, 2017
Cutting and reassembling another failed print from Notes from Studio B

Several years ago I purchased a sewing machine for $5 at a yard sale and put it away in Studio B. My plan had been that it could possibly work for one of my granddaughters, that is until I went looking for it earlier this week and can't find it. There are only a few places in the studio where I could have put it and it's not there. I think it must have ended up in the donation pile when I did a major studio cleanup a few years ago. Oh well, it was a good idea ...

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August 4, 2017
Good year at the fair from Notes from Studio B

The first week of every August is the Washington County fair in the very small town of Cambridge, ID. I usually take a few things up to the fair but never actually go to the fair, taking entries up on Tuesday before it is open and picking them up the following Monday after it's closed. This year I was asked to volunteer for the floral intake which was on Thursday. It was a fun experience and I've already volunteered to do it again next year. We spent the morning assisting those bringing in floral entries and then spent ...

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July 27, 2017
A few pieces finished from Notes from Studio B

This week I finished a few pieces, the green silk piece is done except for the sleeve.

35"H x 38"W

Have no idea what to name it. It was dyed using thickened dyes and originally was going to be a whole cloth quilt(back in 2009 when I did it). I wasn't thrilled with it after dying it and put it in my reject basket. Earlier this year I pulled it out, cut it up into squares and rearranged them.It's still not one of my favorites but at least I'm happier with this version ...

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July 20, 2017
Slow week from Notes from Studio B

I feel like I have nothing to share this week. I did finish the circles and X's from last week, have almost finished quilting the green silk piece and have five others ready to quilt, but no pictures of any of it.

Weekly Stitching
Signs of Life:The five universal shapes

2017 Daily Stitching#2  days 38-44

Lots more french knots.

As usual I'll be linking up to "Off the Wall Friday" and "Slow Sunday Stitching"

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July 13, 2017
Stitching circles and X's from Notes from Studio B

This week I've been finishing up the quilting on this top.

I machine stitched circles around each colored circle and also at the intersection of each block. Now I'm hand stitching a circle inside each colored circle and X's on the connecting lines.

Only 3 more circles to go, then the facing, sleeve, label and I'll be done. 

I also made one more top from leftover scraps, these were gelli printed circles that had been cut into quarters and reassembled. This is the original that the leftovers were from.

Circles and Curves

 I've added some ...

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June 22, 2017
A new obsession; wet cyanotype from Notes from Studio B

A few days ago I stumbled upon a youtube video on wet cyanotype (blueprint) and thought it was very interesting even though it was done on paper. Then yesterday Sue Reno posted on her blog about her experiments with it on fabric and I knew I had to try it. While you check out her blog be sure to look at all the wonderful regular cyanotypes she does, she is a real master. So I got out some of my leaves, some treated fabric, a spray bottle of water and started to play. Both the youtube video and Sue said ...

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June 8, 2017
Daily Stitching Project done! from Notes from Studio B

The daily stitching piece that I started on Jan. 1, is done. It took 157 days.

 Daily Stitching 1/1/17 to 6/6/17
mounted on a black 10"x10"canvas

The last stitches.

This is what it looked like before stitching.
As you can see, I've made some modifications. I covered up parts I didn't like, added some others and changed some colors. The piece was cut off the end of this piece of fabric.
The big challenge for me on this piece is that the original fabric was not printed with any thought or intention ...

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June 1, 2017
Lots of stitching going on from Notes from Studio B

I'm finally back to getting some work done. After traveling most of March I expected a bit of a creative slump, I didn't expect it to last two months! I did make a couple of donation quilts and my SAQA donation quilt and kept up with my daily and weekly projects, but other than that I felt rather lost. Finally this week I'm feeling back in my groove.

First I did a small (12"sq.) piece that has been languishing in a drawer for many years, just the fabric and some threads in a project bag. Now ...

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May 25, 2017
Blueprinted leaves, kittens and stitching from Notes from Studio B

I pulled out all of my blueprinted(cyanotype) leaves earlier this week and have spent quite bit of time arranging and rearranging them on the design board. I think I've narrowed one idea down to this.

I have several more pieces that will probably work together in another piece, but that one still needs a lot of tweaking. My table looks like this.

I have several indigo pieces in the pile also, and leaves that aren't blueprinted, all could possibly be combined into something.

The kittens are now just six weeks old and are starting to eat regular ...

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May 11, 2017
SAQA auction donation done and mailed from Notes from Studio B

Finished the stitching on the SAQA donation, put a facing and sleeve on, labeled it and mailed it.

I also finished dying the fabric for the chair reupholster, took it in and scheduled the process. It won't be started until mid August, but I'm okay with that since I've already procrastinated for a long time.

Weekly Stitching
Signs of Life: The five universal shapes  week #19

2017 Daily stitching days 125-131

More french knots and filler stitches.

I'll be linking up with a bunch of very creative people on "Off the Wall Friday" and "Slow Sunday ...

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April 12, 2017
Getting back to normal from Notes from Studio B

It's been a week since my last blog post and I think I'm finally getting over the jet lag. I was surprised at how much it took out of me and I've gotten very little done so this is a short post.

Weekly Stitching
Signs of Life: The five universal shapes week #15 and the final side of week #14

Weeks 11-15
I've fused the piece to green wool felt.

The next five weeks are also going to be done on one piece of fabric, I'm using a grey that has been used for several ...

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April 6, 2017
I'm back! from Notes from Studio B

I have been traveling for the past 3+ weeks, first a two day drive to Phoenix to visit family and meet our great grandson for the first time. Here he is with great grandpa.

I celebrated my birthday while there, we went to the Desert Botanical gardens, one of my favorite places. It was free on my birthday!!, actually the second Tuesday of every month is free admission, but we didn't know that going in.

Then we left Phoenix and drove to Las Vegas so that my husband could bowl in the National Tournament. I was there to cheer ...

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March 13, 2017
Seventy Days to 70 and Shades of Orange Done! from Notes from Studio B

Seventy Days to 70 is done and tomorrow is my big day.

 #64 Fancy machine stitches that I never use
 #65 Bits of hand dyed cheesecloth and french knots
 #66 Silk snippets covered with gel medium
 #67 Dynaflow background screen printed
 #68 Hand dyed used facial cloths
 #69 Paper from Chinese phone book, fortunes and chopstick wrapper
 #70 hand stitching
 The whole pile
Spread out in order
This was a fun project, I got to revisit some of my old stuff, get rid of some stuff and accomplished what I set out to do. 

Shades of Orange; finished. I think ...

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