April 29, 2013 7 comments

Taking the day off..



BSP and I had such a great weekend! Dinner and a show, luxuriating in bed all day Saturday, live music, golf, cocktails with friends... it felt like a mini-vacation!

There was no time to stitch and truthfully - I didn't give it a thought until last night - and I was all "Oh well. The blog will have to wait!"

So I have nothing to post today but I hope your weekend was filled with as much love and goodness as mine was and that we're all refreshed and renewed for our new week of work.

See you Wednesday!

Kit 120
April 26, 2013 6 comments

Sweetness and light...


So, since we spoke last, I've been busy!

I remembered from being in this spot that there were some little purple flowers - not exactly under the tree (artistic license!); but nearby.  I assumed they were violets, so made some violet-shaped flowers; but I was thinking about when I went to my studio last night after work, and remembered that I was at this spot in late summer.  August or perhaps early September. 

And violets are spring flowers. 

Hmmm.... some research was in order...
April 24, 2013 23 comments

Size matters...


It's funny you know...

As I've been stitching away on these leaves, I've been thinking about all kinds of things: my childhood in Northern Ontario; the sun dappled summer leaves that brought me so much pleasure; about how, in  adulthood, that I *still* stroke leaves whenever I get the chance, and that both the stroking of the leaves and the hugging of trees (yes, I hug trees... what? :D ) brings peace and sweetness back to my life; and I thought that it was no wonder that trees have figured so largely in my development as an artist.  

(I wonder, do Hostas bring the same pleasure to Elaine Quehl? Is that why she's been making hostas for lo these many years?)

But. 

Back to these hand-stitched leaves... they've also made me think about my development as an artist... 'cuz whoa - if you've been with me for more than a year (and it's hard to tell - my followers list waxes and wanes and I never know whether it's people who used to be with me coming back, or if it's just new people), but, I digress - if you've been with me for more than a year - you know that even as recently as a year ago, I was all... "I HATE handwork".

And now, well... I kind of like it. *shhh!*

April 22, 2013 8 comments

Busy little bee...


That was me, this weekend.

One of those little bees has antennae going the wrong way, so that will need to be fixed, and one of the ladybugs needs to be picked out 'cuz she's looking a bit lumpy; but I'm loving this little green beetle...
April 19, 2013 7 comments

Dancing on the head of a pin...

Still working on it - you can see from this little mosaic that I added a fourth and fifth layer of leaves (and who knows, I may add another before it's all done)  and then...


April 17, 2013 12 comments

What I'm working on, and news and information post!


Some of you may remember this tree from a couple of years back.  I was waist-deep in my "obsession with trees" phase (a phase I don't think I've quite moved out of, actually); and had just begun looking at new ways of making them in fabric. In this case, painting the fabric with watercolour paints, and then quilting it.  

I got this far - and HATED it.  So it's been sitting in a box of "I hate these" ever since then.  But after I finished Hiraeth, I thought about this tree again, and ways that I could improve it.  (more on this piece, plus the news and info - after the jump!)

April 15, 2013 26 comments

"Taking Flight" All together now..




Orchard Oriole (c) 2013 Kit Lang

My first series is done!  Not that I'll never make another bird  - I'm sure I will (they're kind of addictive, actually); but this particular six by six, ten piece challenge I set myself is done. Yay!

Originally, I hadn't made a decision "I'm going to do a series"; but the show I was making them for had requested ten pieces in the six by six size.  I thought it would be fun to make them all "match" rather than have them be disparate subjects.

Continued after the jump...
April 12, 2013 24 comments

Green Headed Tanager (Take two!)



Mes voila!

The really for real final bird in the series, so we end where we began, with Green Headed Tanager.
April 10, 2013 1 comments

Wordless Wednesday...







See you on Friday with the really, really for real LAST bird in the series.

(Okay, nearly wordless...)
Kit 120
April 8, 2013 6 comments

Housekeeping post and winner, winner, chicken dinners!


So, as you may have guessed- I just HAD to make that green headed tanager again. 

For purposes of the series and charting my growth - it's in.  But for purposes of the show? It's out! :)

So, we start with...
April 5, 2013 34 comments

Red Bellied Woodpecker


Ta da!  Bird Number Ten!

This one's a red-bellied woodpecker and is what started the whole bird series in the first place.  The reference photo (which I don't have permission to post, here) is what inspired it all. 

But he came last, because I couldn't figure out how to make the snow.  Turns out - it was french knots!
April 3, 2013 3 comments

Distracted, distraction, distracting...



I was supposed to be working on my bird, but then I got this idea for something crafty. (More on that, later)...



But eventually, I got back to my bird.  


Kit 120

P.S. Don't forget about the giveaway.  Comment for  a chance to win, HERE.
April 1, 2013 18 comments

GIVEAWAY and backwards post!


The bird I'm working on this week is one that I've wanted to make since the beginning - but I didn't know how.  After having done the Fairy Wren, I sure know how to make a french knot -and realized that that was what I needed to know to make all the snow on those branches.  

More on the berries and the giveaway, after the jump!
 
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