Tuesday, May 22, 2012


I had been unable to find inspiration for the Walk in the Woods show.
After many starts I decided to try something different.
I have been wanting to try some points with
paper piecing.
I have collected MANY patterns soooo
decided to try this runner.
This is the top ready for more work.
I am doing some stitch in the ditch
and hoping to add beads and/or
hand work before adding the back.
This way that stitching wouldn't
come through to the back.
I'm  ready to try that now.

By the way, I'm now also working on something for the
Walk in the Woods show.
If it doesn't work out I'll have something for our
paint, cut, stitch, cut, stitch, and then
whatever piece.      g

Monday, May 14, 2012

Element 7

The Raven Mavens were up for another challenge, and revealed their creations at the last meeting.
Angela proposed the challenge to the group at last month's meeting.  Some struggled with this, but everyone seemed to enjoy the creativity that evolved.  After all, that's what these challenges are all about!

 Angela called this challenge Element 7.  Everyone was given three templates, shown above.  We had to use all three shapes in our composition, and were able to use them as many times  as we wished.  We were limited to four colors, and were able to use any medium we wanted.  Angela chose this project because she admires abstract composition, but says she struggles with it in her own work. I feel we all learned something from this great challenge.  Thanks, Angela!  

Angela's collage piece. She's got the abstract going!

Trina got very creative with her shapes.

Jan's got the abstract thing figured out!

Susan's lovely tribute to the Twin Towers.

Kathleen was the ambitious one with two pieces!

Nancy saw sailboats with her shapes.

Suzanne's Fruita round about.

Rita's background makes the flower and bird sing.

Gjeneve's interactive design.  She opted to keep her pieces loose, with black felt as the background, so she could move them around.  What a great design exercise!

Kathleen also shared the scarf that she overpainted.  She was very unhappy with the original colors, so solved the problem by overpainting it with Seta Colors.  Beautiful!

So, another great critique exercise!  We will all be working on a six month challenge proposed by Susan, called the Traveling Goddess.  This is going to be fun!