some stitching and sketching

I’ve been doing a little more work on a hand-stitched piece. This is in response to classes I have taken online with Jude Hill of Spirit Cloth.
I love her work and have followed many classes over the years. This week I made this little woven patch:

wovenpatch1I’ll add it to a larger piece which is going to have a few assorted pieces and lots of stitching. You might remember this little piece I showed last week which is for the same project:
flowers
This week’s woven patch is added to resemble a city building. I created it first as a small piece by weaving strips into a a larger piece of printed fabric.
I then inserted the woven piece into the larger project and did some extra stitching on top:
patch2
As I work through it I’ll show some more on here, but as I am basically making it up as I go along there’s not a lot to show just yet!
I’ve also been doing some more drawing and sketching, so I drew this little page so illustrate the steps I took to create the woven patch:
patchpict
Hope you are having a good week!

looking for inspiration

This little water-colour picture is my first attempt- Ive been doing an online sketching and water-colour class with Jane LaFazio. Jane also does lovely art quilts, which is how I first found her on the ‘net.
fruit1
I love sketchbooks or journals with little bits of art, random pictures, scribbles, design ideas, etc but never actually kept one myself. So, I thought this would be a good way to get started. A drawing or painting class is a good way to really look at something, because we are taught to draw what we see, not what we think is there.
The fruit was our first assignment. These classes are to get us drawing enough to keep a journal, not to become fully-fledged artists! We start with pencil, then go over that with ink, and then water colour paint.
Leaves were next:
leaves
Some Australian leaves at that- gum tree, mango tree and rose.
leaves2
Mixing the colours is quite a tricky feat, and getting the edges of leaves or petals to look like they are curling over also takes a bit of work!
Drawing a flower in a continuous line was next…
Karen-linedrawing
and this week another flower..
Karen-azalea
I’m thinking of this as an artist’s date- moving a little out of my comfort zone, working with colour and stocking up on some quilting ideas. :)