Sunday, October 12, 2008

We had a terrific wind storm this weekend. Thursday night there >90MPH winds. I got up at
3 a.m. because the frame for the swing was walking around on the deck above our bedroom, &
making a lot of noise. At about 4, the power went out, & by 5:30 it was starting to get cold in the house. We have a gas furnace, but the thermostat runs on electricity, so the heat was off too. I bundled up & went out into the storm to bring in some wood for a fire. Just filling the wheelbarrow full of wood warmed me right up. Pulling it to the back door & carrying in upstairs warmed me even more. I got a good fire going & sat & studied ( I have to renew my Pediatric Advanced Life Support tomorrow), by oil lamp until the power came back up around 9.
Hope stopped by for a fitting of her Irish Dance dress. It fits well, but I need to tweak the batting in the back. It needs to be a little wider. It's getting there!
After all the studying, I worked most of the day in the studio on stuff for my ABC's of Embellishment class that will be coming up on Friday. This is Angelina fibers over a rubber stamp. Doesn't look like much does it, but will be lovely when added to an art piece later.

I also spent some time playing with embossing powder & foils. Above are bits of embossing powder & the 2 on the upper right are clear Embossing powder mixed with bits of foil. They look almost jewel like in person.
Above is Alene's It's OK to Wash It glue (my favorite) stamped on to my fabric that had been bleach discharged, & sprinkled with copper embossing powder.

This is Liqui-Fuse stamped on & foiled.
This one is Liqui-fuse & a flake foil that is used for paper making.
Here I needle felted some of the Angelina Flash fibers into wool on silk.

I also got into carving a bunch of rubber stamps to use. I made most of them 2 sided.
I used walnut ink on paper so I could see how they turned out.

I'm pretty pleased with the results. It'll be nice to have my own designs on my fabrics.

Here I used one of them on black & foiled it. I sprinkled it with some glittery stuff & a few bits of Angelina, then cover it with black Tulle, & Stitched it all down. It's about an 8 inch square piece.
I got a bunch of small samples done for the class. It's only got a few students signed up so far, & frankly I like it that way for now. It takes some of the pressure off, since this is a new class, & it always gets better with time. I don't want my students to feel cheated. I want them to have FUN!
PS please say a prayer for my friend Ilene today. She getting a new valve put into her heart!


Steph said...

Wow Deb those stamps are really cool! that dress looks amazing as well.

Mom lost a few shingles off of her roof from that wind storm so yesterday Richard, mom and I were on the roof replacing them before it decided to sknow. Good timing I think huh?

Guzzisue said...

busy,busy,busy I like the stamping on discharge fabric :-)

Ali Honey said...

I hope your friend recovers well from her op.

You have been busy with a variety of interesting crafty things. I guess when the weather id awful inside is a great place to be. I hope your renewel today went smoothly.

A wee new baby was born in your part of the world last Wednesday. He has Kiwi grandparents ( I have been friends with his Grandma since we were 6 ) and USA grandparents. I made one of my felt balls for him.

Melodie said...

Love the crafty stuff! What are you carving on and with what? That is cool!
What's with Ilene!? Is this a problem she's had for awhile? She's so young to be wearing out her heart!! I'll be thinking about her!!
I remember the wayward wind you get up there! Glad no trees fell on you! Love...

Delighted Hands said...

Did you get snow or just the powerful wind?! Glad you can do artistic endeavors without electricity! Your work is beautiful-hope the class goes well.

Deb Geyer said...

Looks like a fun class!

Fran├žoise said...

Lovely stamps. You've been busy!
I still have to use the angelina fibers I bought a year ago... (I completely forgot about them.)

Helen Suzanne said...

wonderful stamp designs deb. wishing your friend all the best with her op.

Vicki W said...

I love all of your stamps!

Gaia Quilter said...

I love a good winter storm but more when its in Jan. or Feb. Wish I was there with you. Hopes' dress looks great on her and I love the discharged fabric with stamping.

Allison Ann Aller said...

Deb, the way you experiment with materials puts me in mind of the way my son explores software...he is utterly non attached in his thinking and tries ANYTHING that works.

This kind of flexibility of mind is something I really admire. The results are beautiful, too.

Anonymous said...

Amazing stamps. You are just so dang talented. If I tried that I'd be bloody from here to there.

Hope Ilene is doing well.