Monday, October 3, 2011

Jackis #7 Challenge Celebrate

I decided to write the word "celebrate". I wrote "celebrate" with black ink and a 1/4" calligraphy pen. Then I traced it on black fabric using a light table and white pencil. Then I did reverse applique with different coloured fabrics underneath. I decorated it with foil, shimmer spray, pieces of glass, & 'jewels'. It's about 12"x12".

Saturday, October 1, 2011

I hate to be late but this time I am caught out.

I have to admit I have been away most of the last two monts and have not done the challenge.
In saying that I am away again next week and I will take a machine wiht me and see if I can make it while away. It is my husbands fishing trip so I am hoping I can do some sewing.
I hate to be late and it is not me but this time I am caught out.

Cheryl #7 Challenge Celebrate

This was a very difficult challenge for me. At first I thought “Celebrate! There are so many things I can do!” it was more like too many things I could do and my mind couldn’t settle on one or how I wanted to represent it. I started off with a very literal translation, which led to a more philosophical translation, but then how to express it? I finally decided I wanted to do something with text. So without divulging the crazy workings of my brain I decided that my challenge would represent that Life is a Celebration, whether moments in time or the journey. I decided upon the journey, which reminded my of one of my favorite quotes, something one of the yoga instructors ends our class with:

Be Aware of your thoughts, for your thoughts become your words.
Be Aware of your words, for your words become your actions.
Be Aware of your actions, for your actions become your habits.
Be Aware of your habits, for your habits define your character.
Be Aware of your character, for your character defines your destiny.
                                                                             Author unknown

Since transcendental thinking got me this far, I decided to do something with  the ‘Om’ symbol.

It is reverse appliqué (I think that is what it is called-first time I have done this!) but I like the effect of the ragged edges after washing. I won’t bore you with all of the philosophical references I was making here. I love denim, and if I were a fabric, denim would be a good representation of me. I need to add some beading or bling. A jewelry-making friend is going to take me on a field trip to a bead shop, but I need to decide what I am eventually going to do with this piece. I may distress it a bit more…I was thinking of making a portable carrying tote to take supplies to class, kind of like the needle rolls. Hmmmm......