Saturday, August 21, 2010

Recent Swap Creations

Amidst the whirlwind that has been our summer, I have neglected to keep up with sharing the pages that I have created for my Stitched Pages swap. So here is a bit of a catch up! This is a page that I created for Mandy whose theme is Oceans.

I put it all together in this piece, my latest passions for stitching and beadwork and fabric collage. The Sand is a piece of wonderfully textured silk and the sea is fabric collage created as a sheet and then cut to fit. As Mandy lives in the UK, I included sheels that I had collected form New England beaches to adorn her page.

Here I have to take a break from the show and tell, and speak about this wonderful book by Judith Baker Montano!! This book is amazing and a must have for any and all interested in fabric collage embroidery and silk ribbon embroidery. This book is filled with glorious pictures that will inspire and delight even the casual observer!!! I adore this book and find myself going to it for inspiration again and again!!

This next page was created for Ann in Germany. Her page theme is Fairy Tales and I chose Thumbelina by Hans Christian Anderson as the source for my inspiration. I used one of my photos that I printed on cotton lawn and stitched it to a sunprinted background. then I inserted a tiny stamped and painted fairy in amoung the flower petals.




Finally my most recent page is for Kath in Crete. Her theme is flowers and I had no end of ideas for her page. I finally decided to use a Viola print from one of my favorite photo series. Again this is one of my own photos.


I backed the printed photo with a swath of silk paper and then a hand dyed green background. I did all of the work on this page by hand which I find myself going to again and again. My won version of slow cloth, I guess. When I create with lots of hand stitch , I feelt aht I really know the piece that I am working on and that I have truely put a part of myself into my work.

On this page I finally mastered creating Fargo Roses with silk ribbon, as well as several other rose forms from Judith Baker Montano's wonderful book. I used a bit of vintage lace and then added beads and leaf trim to fill in the flower swag.
We still have 6 months to go in this swap so I will be showing you more pages as I create them.

16 comments:

Judy said...

I have many of JB Montano's books. While tidying things up in my sewing room recently, I came across them. Even though I don't do much of her style of creating these days, I too look to her pages for inspiration. I also come to your blog again and again for inspiration and of course, friendship! You are a gem and I'm so glad we have found eachother!

xo

KarenKayArtWorks said...

I love your ocean theme, you do beautiful work.

Dotti said...

Thanks for sharing Elizabeth...love your work!

Julia said...

Hi Elizabeth!...
I just love your work, so soft and elegant!...and the textiles you use...great...xx..julia

Peggy Beck said...

These are fantastic and so romantic in their feeling. I love the colors, the stiching, the beads, just everything about them is like candy to my eyes. Thanks Liz. Wow is all I can say.....

Marilyn Rock said...

Beautiful and detailed to perfection! xxoo

Jeanne Turner McBrayer said...

Such beautiful pages! The recipients will be so pleased that you put so much of yourself into their projects.

Judy Warner said...

Wow, Elizabeth. Those pages are wonderful. I will look forward to following your blog and seeing more of your work. Thanks for the invite!

Plays with Needles said...

Oh My!! So much fun going on while I've been away. The charm necklaces are to DIE FOR!! Love love love them!

And your fairy peaking from behind the flower is so you...your fargo roses are perfect. And I just picked up the fiberart montage book but haven't had a chance to read it yet. It sounds like I'm in for a treat.

Liz said...

Your pages are gorgeous! It's easy to see you are enjoying making them.

Debrina said...

Beautiful work, Elizabeth! I just love tiny details - and you've offered them up by the bucketful here!

Deborah said...

Lovely, lovely work!

Createology said...

Your pages are spectacular. The details are amazing. And how very thoughtful of you to personalize them for each recipient. Happy creating...

suziqu's thread works said...

My first visit here. Your work is really beautiful. I also am a crazy quilter and have Judith Baker-Montanos books - she is truely inspirational. Your current page looks gorgeous!

Judy said...

Oh Elizabeth!You have outdone yourself with this latest work.I must get that book!! I am relatively new to embroidery, but am Loving it.An inspiration here Elizabeth.

Sharon said...

Gorgeous work Elizabeth! love the ocean theme but your photo image of the pansies stole my heart.

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