Tuesday, May 26, 2015

tutto a posto tuesday

Since my injury I have been a little behind. This one is not completely finished because I am not sure what to do next. I remember being really great at composition, but all of those years of knitting and not having to deal with composition has made me not so good at it anymore.

Baci e abbracci

Saturday, May 23, 2015

tutto a posto tuesday...four days late

Due to my fall on May 7 I was not able to embroider for a week or so. This one was finished on Wednesday, but I was not able to post it until now. It is about 4 by 5 inches and sewn onto a piece of 140 lb. hot press watercolor paper. I will be sending it out with a note of thanks inside.

Baci e abbracci 

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

tutto a posto tuesday

I love the colors of this one. I don't know why but orange and yellow are so pretty. It was done in the same genre of the others, using crocheted lace as the inspiration.

Baci e abbracci

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Competition and Rejection

If you are familiar with Sherri Lynn Woods's work you know she is an improv quilter. I love her work and consider my style of quilting improv as well. So, when she posted on her blog that she was writing a book and had an open call for people to submit test quilts to be included based on "scores" I thought, 'why not?' This was my first competition. I thought I followed the "score" and was happy with my quilt. I did not make it into the book. I was really disappointed.

I still thought my quilt was rather nice and hung it on my office wall. I have received compliments on it, which always makes my day, and am particularly happy when a member of the faculty compliments the quilt because they are all successful artists that show their work in galleries. The thing that really perturbed me though was the rules and regulations about where I can show my quilt and who got credit for the design of my quilt that came with the rejection. I felt the direction (score) for the design of my quilt was so open and basically asking me to design my quilt, that the request to give the author credit for the design if I showed the quilt publicly or entered it in any competition was not fair. I was also asked to not post a photo of the quilt on my blog, even though it was not accepted to be included in the book, until the book was released. I also thought that was unfair since the author really had no rights on my quilt as it was rejected. Whether I was right or wrong about thinking these rules were unfair, (because I don't understand the world of publishing) that was the focus of my hurt for being rejected. That way I did not have to deal with the fact that my work was not good enough to make it into the book.

Now, a year later, the book is out. I received an email that the blog tour is beginning and it has come up again. It is funny that just yesterday I was going through old blog posts from Chawne on Completely Cauchy (see sidebar) and started reading posts on rejection. I know if I want to sell my work I will have to deal with a lot of rejection so I better get used to it. From Chawne's blog I was led to Bill Volkening's blog who noted that if you work from the heart you cannot go wrong.

Although I am facing daily rejection now that I am selling my embroidered pieces, I am working from the heart. I love making these pieces. I love stitching by hand. It is different than knitting by hand where I was always trying to knit faster, as if there was some clock I was racing against. With embroidery I love watching the stitch form and really have no other choice than to stitch slowly. Of course I want to sell my work because like it or not I want that validation. I would rather get a compliment on my work than on how I look on a given day. I really like the work that I am making and hope that others out there do too--enough to want to own one.

"Comparison is the thief of joy," a quote from Theodore Roosevelt is my mantra.

I was just looking for Chawne's name to note in this post and in my search saw an embroiderer praised on someone's blog. As soon as I saw the work I knew whose work they copied. All three works shown were copied from two different embroidery artists. This person's work was praised as if it was original. I was upset by this as the one doing the praising obviously has not seen the work of the artists that were copied but I must remember my mantra., and know that with hard work my time will come.

Anyway, here is the quilt that was rejected...

Baci e abbracci

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

tutto a posto tuesday

On the first tutto a posto tuesday--rescheduled from April 21--I am showing a piece that is a little different than the others I have been working on. As I said in my April 21 post, this first piece for this blog series took much longer than I thought it would. Not only does the chain stitch take a lot of time, but when I finished what I had planned I wanted to add my signature "lace scallop-picot" edge. I am hoping that this is the first of a series of works that incorporates the look of quilting into the embroidery by using some of my “strings” (scraps of fabric) in a patchwork/block style type of arrangement, but instead of embroidering a running stitch as in quilting, I am using the chain stitch. I think the little "v's" of the chain stitch not only remind me of my beloved knitting but are soooo pretty! Again, analogous colors, this time with the addition of complimentary colors as well.

Sorry, these photos are not the best...

I decided to set this series aside as I am not really sure of where to go next. Look for my next piece to be more in line with the other work I have done.

I recently started reading Tanis Gray’s blog (you can click on it on my sidebar) who is doing a series of posts on Color Theory. She is a fabulous knitwear designer, author, and sewer, and she makes beautiful project bags that are for sale in her Etsy Shop.  Her April 21 post discusses Color Psychology. It was interesting to see which colors convey which emotions. The color wheel at the top of the post made me think about my color choices. It is interesting to think about why an artist may have chosen a color or group of colors to use in their work, even if it was something in the subconscious that made them make the choice. I personally love orange, but thought it was interesting when I saw that color could convey frustration and being nervous and anxious. It is something to think about next time you are picking out colors. I personally know someone who always works with the same colors either together or separately. Does that mean she is always in the same mood? Now that I actually think about it, I always tell my husband that she is the most even-keeled person I know. She and I have never argued about anything. Mmmm...

This work will be available in my Etsy Shop after I take better photos.

Baci e abbracci

Monday, April 27, 2015

Looking for Inspiration...

I am sure you have heard that if you are ever stuck on deciding on colors for a project, one idea is to find inspiration by looking at the work of artists that work in a different media. For instance you could pull the colors from a painting that you love to coordinate yarn for a sweater, or take a skein of variegated yarn that you adore and use those colors for a quilt.

If you are looking for inspiration for amazing color or just want to see beautiful paintings, check out the work Bill Scott. He currently has an exhibition at Hollis Taggart Galleries in New York.

One of my favorites, City, Country, Sea, 2011

I just noticed that these colors are quite similar to the colors of the quilt I made a couple of years ago that is pictured in my header. No wonder I love this painting.

Remember to stop back tomorrow for tutto a posto tuesday...

Baci e abbracci