Sunday, February 14, 2010
I can't believe it is already February 14. Happy Valentine's Day! It is still snow covered and very cold here in NE Ohio. It just doesn't seem fair that my sister in Spokane has temperatures in the 40 and 50 with signs of spring in the air and we are still knee deep in snow. The only thing I can say it is great weather to sit and stitch and that is what I have been doing for weeks now.
It has been really good to have a break in my travel schedule and catch up with many projects here at home. I am also working ahead as I will be away from home a great deal in the next few months.
With my students here at home we have been experimenting with new metallic threads as well as many new stitches and beads.
We have also used a variety of colors of our hand dyed silk velvet. I just love the texture the velvet gives to each piece.
Wendy dyed use a large assortment of rick racks and braids which we have had fun working with. We are sad as this is the last lot we will get from her as it is too time consuming to dye in small quantities.
It has also be challenging as we have been working on light backgrounds for a change and using all our new bright fabrics. Our new quilt has a combination of hand dyed wool, Japanese fabrics and fun cottons. Many of the blocks are pieced and incorporate velvet and silk ribbons and rick racks.
It has been challenging to work with a new color palette but I must say I am really enjoying the results. I am loving the combination of gray, taupe and cream. They say gray is the new black!