Inspiration Thursday: Featuring Cornflower Blue Studio

For this week's Inspiration Thursday, I wanted to share an artist that I admire quite a bit: Rachel of Cornflower Blue Studio and Flower Moon. 6886648767_91b2f7036d

Fiber Arts

I absolutely love her freeform crochet pieces.  Many of them remind me so much of the ocean and ocean life...of course I'd be drawn to her work!

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Modern Fiber Art Sculpture :: Coral Sea

Please go visit Rachel's blogs Cornflower Blue Studio and Flower Moon for more inspiring photography of her work.

(All images in this post belong to Rachel and are from her Flickr)

Thinking About Halloween Already

So, it's almost the middle of September, and I've already started on my costume for Halloween. I mentioned it in a post last week.  Here's a sneak preview image. Photo Sep 11, 10 10 13 PM

I'm pretty proud of that pocket, let me just say.  I've started on the shirt portion of the costume, but I need to go back and redo a few things on it before I'm ready to show pictures.  I had to go back to Joann's twice to get piping and more of the duckcloth in white.  I also was able to get a blue tank top yesterday to go underneath the costume one.  And I got fabric paint for the back design.  Come to think of it, I should have gotten grey as well.  Damn.  Oh well, another trip back to the craft store for me, I guess.

I haven't been motivated to work on the embroidery project.  But here's a little something.

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I've started on the border, but I'm planning on making it more elaborate than just a line of embroidery.  We'll see.  It's sort of evolving on its own as I think about it.

I also said in my last post that I was finishing Amanda's Cowl.  Let me tell you, kitchener stitch is a bitch.  But I made it.  Here's a picture of the lovely bias.

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I've already started on her next project, too.  I'm loving the puzzle peices!  They're just so simple and I can knock them out one by one pretty quickly.

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Amanda usually leans towards chocolate browns...she must be having a green kick considering the last project I made for her, and this one!

The yarn for my sister's Christmas present arrived today.  I can't wait to get started on it.  She picked out the Lucy Hat in the same colors as pictured in that link.  I'm looking forward to getting started on it.

I think that's all I have for progress this week.  What are you working on right now?

Project Progress for the Last Week of August

Last week of August!  Here we go! I finished my sister's shawl last night.  'Bout time, considering the yarn was meant for Christmas slippers for her from last year, but I'm really not feeling socks and slippers anymore.  I'll stick with shawls, hats, cowls, and other projects...sweaters...yanno.  The shawl is blocking as of last night, too, so I can give it to her next time I'm over at my parents' house.

Jennsshawl

I've also finally started with the silhouette embroidery project I've been talking about.  I even have photo proof.  Ha!  I pulled out some unbleached cotton from my various fabric stashes around the house (I swear, I need to condense it all, as well as my yarn stash, into one place), found an oval template I liked and that fit with the images I'm using.  I then transferred the oval onto the fabric in two places for my first project involving the silhouettes (I have two other ideas regarding it/them).  Next is choosing the embroidery thread I want to use.  I'm doing silver/grey borders for this one...and probably the second one.  I don't have an aversion to gold (except when I'm wearing it.  I like silver much better on me), but silver is my favorite and is fitting for the project.

Embroidery

I'm not just going to have an oval border.  I want to have some embellishment at the top and bottom, maybe some decorative curls.  I'll figure it out as I go along.

As for my next knitting project, my friend Amanda sent me some yarn for two projects she wants me to make.  One is a scarf that I believe Susan, who I worked for when I interned at The Grove, designed.  I'm starting on that first.  It uses Kid Seta yarn in white and green.  The second project is a diaper changing pad using vinyl fabric on one side, and knitted puzzle pieces on the other.  Amanda isn't having kids anytime soon (I hope!), so I figured I can work on the scarf first.  She'll be out to visit in a few weeks, so I plan to have it done so she can take it back home with her.

That's all I have to show and tell.  See you tomorrow!