June 3, 2013

Monday, Monday...


The weekend got away from me again (don't you hate it when life interferes with your real work? *s*); but I  had a plan. There was something I wanted to try,  an idea I had, and handwork was the key. So making lemonade out of lemons, I got to work. 






See, I had purchased these little canvas/easel combos. I wanted the easel, actually (you may have noticed them in my Group of Eight Fibre Artists post); but then what to do with these little 5 x 7 inch canvases afterwards?



Making a jump to something seemingly unrelated, during our last hot spell, I did a mess of dyeing (I'll show you some of the results of that another time), but one of the things I dyed was a set of cafe-au-lait linen curtains that had tab tops. These were the tabs, 2 1/4 by 3.5 when sewn up - but looking at them carefully, I saw that they might be usable squares when undone. 



So I undone 'em. :)   And they were cool when opened.  So my idea for using those canvasses was hatched. 






And the handwork began...



and continued...




...added a little colour...



and done! They were tiny, after all.



 
Ta dah!!!!

But, ummm, maybe not. I like the little hand-worked piece, but not so much wrapped around the easel.

I guess I'll have to come up with another plan.  <sigh>


See you Wednesday with a new scheme!

Kit 120

9 comments:

HollyM said...

It's sweet Kit! Handwork is so soothing.

Beth said...

I too like the little handwork piece and the stretched frame isn't that bad either. You do nice embroidery!!

Patti said...

I like the little piece too! Your stitching is lovely and goes wonderfully with your hand-dyed background. But you'll probably come up with something even more ingenious..

Colleen Kole said...

I like it-pretty. What if it was a dyed border? I think I like the stretched frame.

Margaret said...

I can see that the wrap-around (left as is) could take some getting used to. The embroidery on the serendipitous dyed fabric is delightful. Perhaps an extension into the 'borders'? Or affixing the centre to less-contrasting 'borders'? Or... waiting to see what you come up with!

Purl Buttons said...

Exciting! I wonder what surprises are in store for us? Your detail invites the viewer in to see up close.

Becky said...

Love the embroidery! Like you, not sure about the easel. Could you use some dried flowers to embellish it more and smooth out the "edges"? Those sweet grasses and flowers are so organic and flowing...

Juanita said...

Lovely embroidery work Kit! A couple of ideas - Sometimes when I use a stretched canvas I paint it first then I add interfacing or thin batting plus a backing fabric to the piece itself to stabilize it,zigzag or satin stitch the edges, and glue it onto the canvas leaving a painted border all around. Another way is to make the piece exactly the size of the canvas (too late for this one:)and attach the border strips so the border shows only along the edge. Hope this makes sense.

Juanita said...

Lovely embroidery work Kit! A couple of ideas - Sometimes when I use a stretched canvas I paint it first then I add interfacing or thin batting plus a backing fabric to the piece itself to stabilize it,zigzag or satin stitch the edges, and glue it onto the canvas leaving a painted border all around. Another way is to make the piece exactly the size of the canvas (too late for this one:)and attach the border strips so the border shows only along the edge. Hope this makes sense.

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