It’s that time again: March 1st is the date that I share the “fruits of my labor” in February. I am exaggerating a little – I didn’t labor, for one. The theme “Fever” evoked feelings of warmth and passion, perfect to survive a super cold climate, and ideal to combat mid-winter cabin fever.
My materials consisted of Timtex for the stabilizing background, a layer of Steam-A-Seam fusible and a favorite piece of red fabric from my stash. I decided to work all 28 CDAs as one single piece to start with. I used automatic stitches on my Janome, selected a limited palette of thread colors in Rayons and created 28 passes (one for each day of February) of fancy stitches.
Once the stitching was complete, I cut the piece into 28 individual 2.5 x 3.5″ rectangles. I was ready for the final stage. I had hoped to use beading and hand stitching on the small pieces, but cutting my thumb (making dinner) and the combined thickness of Timtex, fusible and fabric soon had me realize that I needed to shift gears. I opted to use a metallic marker to add circles, small dots and broken lines for interest. Wool embroidery threads were couched around the edges with zig-zag stitch by machine to avoid fraying.
Are they perfect? Far from it – but perfection was not the goal. I am grateful to have found time to “fire up” the sewing machine in February and embark on one small creative journey each day.
On to March and the new theme “All that Jazz”… Hmmm, I better get my thinking cap on quickly to come up and focus. But first things first, today is the last in-class session for my Advanced Design students. I am so excited to welcome them back to my studio. Can’t wait to see their homework results. Let’s hope I don’t forget to use the camera this time. Look for an update about the class soon.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend!