“That’s a Nice Box” Sculpture I

The box is a sewing box featuring thread spindles on the front porch along with magnets to hold needles.  The inside has two compartments.  The top is well padded to use as a pin holder and is totally removable so it can be set on table closer to the stitching being done.

I used a basic square box design but put it on a longer base to accommodate the thread spindles.  The cuts used were rip, cross cut, miter and dado. I used table saw, drill press, router, air compressor nail (brad) gun and angle bracts to form corners at 45 degrees.  I used wood glue and small staples to secure box parts.  The exterior was covered with quilt pieces, quilt batting and paint.  I put a base of heavy core poster board on bottom to protect furniture. 

The hardest part of this project was learning to use the Tinkercad program.  I used graph paper also to figure out layout of shapes for cutting MSD board.  TinkerCad is a challenge since I didn’t realize I could not size the project to actual size, the TinkerCad base would only go to 39.9 inches and I needed 48 inches.  The only other part I had an issue with was the brad gun since I was not as perfect with using it as I could have been, spacing of brads was not even.  Also the holes for the thread spindles should have been deeper.  The wooden dowels were ½ in diameter and were a bit small for holes I used.

All in all, this was a fun project once I relaxed about working in a crowded room and having to wait on equipment. (I am used to working in my own shop and building much larger things.)

Completion date Feb. 2021

Garden Tower project

Wow, I actually won a discount on a garden tower. We managed to get it together and planted it with a bunch of transplants. Yes, I know it is mid-Feb and by mid-May, they will be roast veggies! But Joanne sacrificed her umbrella for temp. shade. (I am designing a better shade/trellis for it but not as pretty) The back yard now has working drip irrigation, except for this planter and a few others. In two weeks we will get the rest of the plants and have the peach tree replaced with an Orange Tree. The Mexican (Key) Lime is loaded with blossoms. Slowly but surely we are getting settled into our new space and looking forward to whatever comes next… I guess!!! (Thanks to New Moon Nursery for all the great plants)

ART 115 3-D Design Project 1

Well, I am off and running and having fun. Here is project 1. Relief.

This project was to be made as topographical style of some area that had meaning to you. Made out of 1/8 in cardboard, it really spoke to me to do part of Wyoming. Although it is not of the exact part of the search area, I chose the one of Johnson Creek Reservoir road for the feeling of depth. Reflecting back on a search we did for a 62 year old male, I keep remembering how scary some of the area was. I literally crawled part of it on my knees and elbows! The thought of why an old lady like me, I was around 60 at the time, should be doing this search still wanders thru my mind. Never think you cant challenge yourself and come out better for it, I learned a lot about myself up there on the Bluegrass creek. And I have learned something else about me in doing this sculpture, I love sculpture… not just seeing it but doing it! Yep, changing my major, partly thanks to encouragement from my Sculpture 1 instructor.

As to the actual nuts and bolts, or cardboard and glue, work: Use of the internet to find the USGS map, and thanks to Staples for enlarging the section I decided to use. Careful tracing on layers of cardboard then cutting with Excato knives and polishing edges with the Dremel sander discs. Lots of alignment and layer by layer glue (Elmer’s) and adding a touch of water in the form of Rainbow Gallery braid.

This was an attempt to use artist canvas to incorporate stitchery (embroidery) onto a painted canvas. This is the first of a series I am working on.

Photo 1. Painted with acrylic paint and stitched with Rainbow Gallery Bravo cotton thread using a # 20 needle. Multiple stitches mostly of woven types (better view of stitches in next photo) Art canvas 9.5 in X 7..5 in.

Photo 2. Close view showing L. to R. half hitch, twisted half hitch, long couching, over under weaving over 3 threads, couching, bullion and long stitches.

Photo 3. Back view showing canvas stapled to frame (commercial purchase already on frame) and threads pulled thru to back.

Lessons learned: Let paint dry at least a week. Use sharp needle and try not to pierce canvas until you are sure of the location, small white spots in canvas will peak thru. I would have been better off using a table clamp to secure the canvas but since it was small it was not too bad to work with. (All projects in this series will be on the 9.5 by 7.5 inch canvas) Tension can be tricky and doing the bullion was not great. I had forgotten how to do the stitch then the cotton thread with the wrong twist (S twist) did not like to behave! I learned the bullion stitch using Brazilian method. I will attempt this stitch again using Brazilian rayon thread and correct “Z” twist.

NOTE: just as in many types of stitchery around the world, Bullion stitch is done in different fibers and methods depending upon the country. Brazilian is the raised embroidery done with the “Z” twist rayon threads. In Australia, the more common “S” twist and everything from cotton to wool to silk is used with beautiful results. At a later point in my experimenting I will do a sampler of each type.

Chicken Legs I Experimental stitchery

Cold good morning from Arizona

A chill in the air out here in my office/garage. Joanne grumbled this morning… “they said move to Arizona, it’s warm, ha!” At 45 degrees with high expected of 55, it is cold after having triple digit heat for over 100 days this past summer! I think our blood has thinned. Still, I am glad not to have to scrape windshields, shovel snow and break ice on the water tank for livestock.

Have a good day what ever your weather is and remember, we are to tiptoe into 2021 and hope not to disturb that bunch of evil elves, perhaps they will leave us alone this new year!

A new year, a new website

As 2020 draws to a close, thank goodness! I have decided to also redo my website and blog… oh, and portfolio!

This will be an ongoing shift of life as all life is. My art, needlework (also part of my art), and writings will be the majority of this new website. I need to focus on what I enjoy and that is NOT selling, but creating. Feel free to comment at any point in this journey. Life is but a journey with smooth paths and very rough trails. I have traversed so many trails and some good paths. I hope the next part of my life is filled with more smooth and less rough. We learn through the rough and we rest in the smooth. To be continued…