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.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

The apprentice-Part I

Being asked to assist Randy Crawford to do a project for a show was a dream come true. Being an apprentice is such an honor, particularly to one with Randy's background.  Randy is a fiber artist who has his MFA from Cranbook. He has sold numerous pieces of art, so numerous he has lost count.  His art is displayed in galleries, air ports, homes, businesses, and many other venues.  He has held solo shows and is a master of painting, ceramics, drawing, and fiver.  So we he asked if I would like to become an apprentice while embarking on a twist tie experiment, how could I say no?

My favorite part of this project was the trouble shooting. I had the twist ties, but sewing them together was the challenge. I used water soluble stabilizer and two sided tape to start. The picture to the left shows how each individual twist tie was laid out.

The next part was to use a zigzag stitch with white thread to get all of the twist ties to lay flat. This anchors everything.

The next step was to pick color combinations that are appealing to the eye. Random stitching was done on each of these squares.  Usually three to four colors were chosen.  Each of these squares takes about one hour.

At the end we embroider large words that pertain to art on them.  The finished project will be magnificent and should take us about a year. Our target is the faculty show in fall of 2014. Stay tuned for more work from the apprentice.

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