Thank you for visiting artful embellishments. This is the third year for this blog and I am so happy to keep publishing. I started in 2011 and began with a quilt of the week, this lead to the leaf of the week for my newly designed paper tree that is located on the wall of my garage in 2012.......2013 is going to bring a lot of excitement and positive change. As a personal challenge for 2013, I plan on designing a artist trading card each week to be featured on the blog.
With so many interests, there will be quilting, art quilting, leaves (and more leaves), as well as experiments in thermofax screen printing, fabric dying, and tons of DIY recycle projects. I may even enter that altered fashion scene. To a happy and healthy 2013, may we all find happiness in those things we create....thank you for stoping by artful embellishments.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Botulism-See Beauty

See Beauty! Sometimes in our day to day lives it is difficult to find beauty in the little things. Cloth Paper Scissors magazine was offering a challenge for "felted wonders". I love my felting machine but was at a creative road block. My friend Jamie was pulling her mail out of her box at work when I spotted the cover. It was absolutely gorgeous. I asked her if I could have it for inspiration. The electron microscope picture was of botulism. There were vibrant purples, oranges, reds, yellows, and blues. I felted the quilt with pure dyed wool roving. The small spore forming bacteria were constructed from wool roving and old nylon scarves in yellow and green. Black nylon scarves were felted around the border. The scarves were then hand stitched with purple cotton embroidery floss. Large orange beads were added for dimension. Finally a quote from an old dictionary defines beauty and a cool dog tag that says "see" was pinned on the front. As a reminder, remember, beauty is everywhere you just have to open your eyes.

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