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Armadillo Fabric Collage September 30, 2007

Posted by barn owl in collage, embroidery, Texas wildlife.
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I’ve been working on and off creating this armadillo fabric collage, with beads as embellishments. I plan to add flowers to the prickly pear cacti in the background, as well as a few butterflies. Maybe an embroidered tarantula in the foreground, and it will be complete.

I’m also working on a quilted wall-hanging, using a batik zebra piece…to go with the giraffes in the living/dining room area.


Litterflies Journal Quilt September 1, 2007

Posted by barn owl in collage, embroidery, quilting, recycling.
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Last November I attended the International Quilt Festival in Houston with my mom, my sister, and a friend; it was very inspirational. We all loved the extensive display of journal quilt pages, each about 8″ x 11″. I decided to start a series of journal quilt pages with an environmental theme, using issues of litter, recycling, pollution, and residential development as starting points.

The first piece I’ve finished counterposes the abundance of butterfly species we have here in South Texas, with the curse of litter that creates eyesores and health hazards in the landscape. I created butterfly shapes with plastic bag scraps, twist ties, aluminum foil, and gum wrappers, and added beads and embroidery as embellishments. The background is a hand-dyed, sun-printed piece of fabric created by my mom. Initially I tried quilting the piece in an embroidery hoop, which was a big mistake; when I switched to quilting without the stretcher, my stitches became smaller and more evenly spaced.


In the background is one of my tote bags, crocheted from cut-up plastic carrier bags and newspaper wraps.

Fish Dish Towel August 10, 2007

Posted by barn owl in embroidery, fish.
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My friends A and G in California have a Hawai’i/tropics theme going on in their kitchen/living room area (yeah, at least a few of my friends eschew giant energy-gobbling showcase houses, as do I), so I embroidered a couple tropical fish on a dish towel for them. Just simple chain stitch, with several strands of colorfast (I checked) DMC embroidery floss:

Fish towel

And I am so incoherent after 5 hours of hunting trochlear nerves and explaining those-who-exit-from-the-jugular-foramen that I think this post will have to end. I’m surprised I could even copy-paste a Photobucket link.