July "Seed Pods" Blog Hop

Magical Reveal time has come again!!! :)

July's art theme was "Seed Pods" hosted by Jennifer Cameron over at Art Elements. This theme was inspiring because I love the shapes and textures created by the variety of seed pods found in nature. I think many of us are captivated by the promise that seeds and seed pods hold. The potential of something SO small having the ability to propagate new life and often grow into something immense and magnificent is just awesome!
I knew I wanted to try wet felting wool ever since Cathy shared her tutorial for the making of her gorgeous work in our May Tidal Pool challenge. I even ordered myself a Palm Washboard felting tool, after watching her tutorial, so that I would be ready to wet felt as soon as I found the time and inspiration. This seed pod theme seemed like it would lend itself really well to a felted landscape with some embroidered detailing and that would also allow me to learn some new hand embroidery stitches. BONUS!!


June "Sunflowers" Blog Hop

It is REVEAL TIME again and boy did that month go by FAST!! 😲 This month’s themed art challenge over at Art Elements was "Sunflowers" hosted by Susan Kennedy. I always associate sunflowers with gorgeous photos and paintings of the Tuscan countryside for some reason, so my design for this theme was inspired by images of Tuscan sunflower fields against a blue sky. These types of photos contributed to the colors, composition and the feel of my new piece this month.

**DISCLAIMER: Since sewing and quilting are NOT my area of expertise, I apologize in advance to those who quilt and sew, for any improper use of terminology and/or technique descriptions in this blog 😂**

As soon as I saw the theme I knew I wanted to use a very new to me hand sewn quilting technique called English Paper Piecing. My by-love-rather-than-by-blood third mom, Annette, taught me about this method just last year! It’s use of geometric shapes seemed perfect for the sunflower petals and would allow a novice …

The ORIGINAL Crochet Coral Reef Project

Greetings and salutations!

After sharing my tide pool creation with you, it seems like a great time to share some of the discoveries I came upon while doing research for May's art challenge. I found an amazing project called The Crochet Coral Reef that was created by The Institute for Figuring that features not only the basic hyperbolic plane that I mentioned in my Tide Pool post but SO much more, all brought about to raise awareness and bring communities together!

“The Institute For Figuring (IFF) is a Los-Angeles based non-profit that pioneers creative new methods for engaging the public about scientific and mathematical issues by putting people and communities at the core.

The Crochet Reef project resides at the intersection of mathematics, marine biology, handicraft and community art practice, and also responds to the environmental crisis of global warming and the escalating problem of oceanic plastic trash. 
Crochet Coral Reef installations have been exhibited in art and science …

May "Tide Pools" Blog Hop

Welcome followers and new comers!
The art challenge theme for the month of May over at Art Elements was "Tide Pools". It’s REVEAL TIME!!!
You can also follow the links at the end of my blurb (if you're still awake) and see other artists' work inspired by this month's theme!!

I decided to take this theme challenge rather literally. I work better in specifics rather than abstract but I did stretch my comfort zone by using free-form crochet as much as possible to replicate creatures and shapes you might find in a tide pool.  The idea of working free-form with NO patterns or stitch counts makes me break out in hives and was a challenge all of its own to my control freak, precision mind. However, I think the end results are very authentic and creative in a seriously one of a kind way!!

I started out by choosing concept photos to use for basic shape ideas and for selecting my color palette. 

Then I gathered yarn that fit in the palette from my ample stash (the yarn has it’s…