Monday, September 29, 2014

Knit Washcloths

I'm spoiling myself with four thick, fluffy washcloths knitted from KnitPick's Cotlin (a cotton/linen blend)!  From top down, the colors are Planetarium (a bit darker than the photo turned out), Harbor, and Swan.

These are easy .... great for times when you can't give your full attention to the knitting, like visiting or watching football.  I cast 45 stitches onto US size 6 needles, knit until I had a square (about 9 inches), and cast off.  I then put two rows of single crochet around the edge with a US size E hook.  I have this idea of making one for each day of the week, but for now four will suffice and it's on to a couple of quilted table runners I have ideas for!

Happy Creating!  Deborah

Friday, September 26, 2014

Friday Inspiration - Kirsten Chursinoff

Autumn Allium Duo

If you're in need of inspiration today, quickly head over to the website of Vancouver, Canada artist Kirsten Chursinoff!  Kirsten uses scraps of many different fabrics sewn together as her backgrounds, resulting in gorgeous gradations of color.  I'm looking at all my little scraps very differently now!

Rosehips and Umbrels

On top of these pieced backgrounds, she machine and hand embroiders little pieces of nature - flowers, fruit, leaves, even weeds. 

Knapweed 2

See more of her work on her Facebook page here and read an informative interview on Creative Machine Embroidery's blog here.

Happy Creating!  Deborah

Monday, September 22, 2014

Autumn Textures

Autumn begins this evening - one of my favorite times of the year!  Partly because everything turns new colors, and I'm a total color freak.  But also because of the different textures as leaves and flowers fade, dry, and decompose.  Early autumn reminds me of Dutch still life paintings - mixed in with the still vibrant flowers and fruit are ones that are already beginning to break down.  The ripeness of summer is fleeting.  In my last few summer days on the farm, I've been gathering up photos that I can work with over the winter, creating new fiber art.


Happy Creating!  Deborah

Friday, September 19, 2014

Friday Inspiration - SAQA's 2014 Benefit Auction

One of my favorite places to browse for inspiration is the Studio Art Quilt Association's annual benefit auction!  Members from all over the world donate small art quilts - it's a great place to see new techniques.

This year's pieces are up on SAQA's website and the auction's already begun, so be sure to take a peek at the 387 small quilts!

Happy Creating!  Deborah