Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Love it, Don't love it

Well, of course I am not doing what I I got caught up with the scanner features and just had to post this.  I was preparing some background cards for my buttons and had some leftover scraps.  So I decided to put them on the scanner in a kind of haphazard woven effect and this is what came up!  It is a little hard to see here, particularly since the image is in such frothy pastel colors, but I need to be able to print over the finished paper so do not want anything too defined, lest it interfere with the typed information.   But just another way to play when it's too cold to really play (golf or whatver!)  And I do love this one feature of my new all in one scanner...but let me also mention that sometimes it just doesn't do what I want...or maybe we both are too stubborn for each other, lol.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Over, under and all around

So it's been a while, huh?  I mean it's not that I haven't thought about blogging but I have been doing stuff.  All kinds of stuff.   Making chicken divan with curry (I had to modify the recipe), playing Balderdash, shopping, visiting with friends and relatives, and all the usual stuff that occupies my life.  And some creative stuff.  Since it's been raining a fair bit here, I decided to use some indoor time to do some preparations of some woven purses.  Here is one I just completed the weaving:

This is one of the  square purses.  I make the 'loom' out of foam core board and then wrap linen warp threads around.  I use all sorts of fibers for the warp.  When I remove the weaving from the loom, it automatically forms an envelope/pocket formation.  From then, after tying the warp threads off as you can see at the top, I crochet a long strap from some of the same threads used in the weaving and attach them to the inner part of the purse.  Following that, from co-ordinating fabric, I make a lining, usually with a couple of pockets and sew that in.  I also make a loop for the button closure, some matching polymer buttons and beads and then put the whole thing together.  I have put pictures of similar bags up on previous blogs. I believe that there was one from December 2011 that I posted in this blog.  It has frothy fibers, silk sari yarn in it, and all kinds of funky stuff. This one has similar fibers.  When I complete this bag with buttons, beads and handle, hopefully I can post another picture of the finished piece. 

So now, all I have to do is decide what colors I am going to use for the polymer embellishments.  That is the fun part.  Think I'll go out and mix up a couple batches of clay to use on this one. 

Stay tuned for 'It's in the bag', which will show the finished purse.