Friday, January 29, 2016

- Blue skies for B

Texas is a land of amazing extremes. Whereas yesterday I was depicting ice (which I photographed while wearing shirt sleeves in 28 degree frostiness), today I'm sitting outside stitching in the sun ...

Patch #28 torn shred of white linen napkin on grey-green linen  from an old shirt dress
and Patch #29 indigo-dyed shibori cotton and pomegranate dyed linen

Once upon a time, I decided Virginia was destined to be my home because I was smitten with the ability to walk barefoot in January (admittedly a stretch, but I was only 18 at the time). Well, Virginia is currently digging out from 1-2 feet of snow, while the Texas Hill Country is enjoying temperatures in the mid-70s ...

The view from the breezeway

Now this is my kinda barefoot.

We were delighted to show off our weather to daughter Meg's friend Bridget, who was in town for a conference. We ate lunch al fresco at the Leaning Pear. The smiles say it all ...

Austin daughter Meg with her life-long friend Bridget
(aka B and daughter of my longtime best friend from Virginia)

5 comments:

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

beautyFull patches...the ICE! and so too, the young women!

Liz Ackert said...

Thank you ... the ice didn't look wild enough until I ran over it with a lint roller. That got it moving in the right direction!

And yes, I wonder if they realize just how beautiful they truly are.

Roxanne said...

Hi Liz,
I am really curious about how, on a circlular shape, you can get such even fray. It is perfect...as is the "feather" from yesterday, which looked real at first glance. As for the beauties...inside and out!

Liz Ackert said...

Thanks for the question ... I need to do more process shots, but sometimes I get so caught up in what I'm doing I blow past the logical photo opportunities.

Basically I followed Jude Hill's Ragged Edge Applique method in Spirit Cloth 101, with the following exception: I didn't want to draw a dark line, so I ironed a 1" diameter circle of freezer paper onto a piece of linen, then I cut out the linen leaving about 3/16ths of an inch around the edge of the circle. I used a split backstitch with one strand of DMC around the perimeter of the paper circle. Unfortunately, the freezer paper quickly came loose, so I pinched it like crazy to keep it in place. From there I followed Jude's method to get the fringe. Her Spirit Cloth 101 class is full of techniques like this ... and it's available on a donation basis here http://spiritcloth.typepad.com/feel_free/online-classes-spirit-cloth-101.html

As for the feathery bit of frostweed ... I just did a backstitch with two strands of DMC floss up the middle of the torn bit of linen (linen has the best fray). It was kind of flat and not very inspired looking until I used my masking tape lint roller on the sun patch and inadvertently rolled the frostweed patch, too. That lifted the frayed edges much more artfully. How they will wear over time remains to be seen.

Liz Ackert said...

P.S. Yes, you read them rightly: the beauties are wonderful moms with big hearts.