The poet knows how to play on a harp without string and after he knows how to answer to those who claim they didn't heard the music.

Lao Tseu

To complete my website which is in French, I've decided to create a blog in English.

In fact, it will rather be a Gallery, as I am a better stitcher than writer ...
All my artwork from 1999 to 2007 can be found in the Archives : November 2007

I'll add regularly some views and close-up of my new pieces.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Happy Holidays

I wish you a merry Christmas and a wonderful creative Year 2008.

I've made this tag following a tutorial written by Yoka.
You can find it on Topgirlz site HERE

Digital design is also a passion as well as embroidery.

Saturday, December 8, 2007

Bead Journal Project - December page

A green one, this month with a large cabochon.

It seems that there are more gold flowers than usually ... perhaps it is due to Christmas ...

Tiny one are made with charlotte #13 beads.

The close-up :

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Fairy slippers finished

Here are the pictures of the finished fairy slippers.

I have a great pleasure making them. It was not as difficult as I thought it could be.

It was not easy to get a sharp picture, I'm not very clever with my digital camera :-<

The real color is this one (scan) :

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Fairy slippers 1

In the current issue of Stitch, I discovered the explanations to make fairy slippers, I couldn't resist to make these exquisite shoes.

Here is an image of the tops before mounting.

and a close-up

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Bead Journal Project - November

As I plan to make a tryptic at the end of the BJP journey, I have decided to work in three main background colors : black (August, October) , variegated green/blue (July, September) and pink/purple (June) .

November is in pink :-)

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Bead Journal Project : October page

To keep some unity between all the pages, the big E gold beads are in each page. I try to use the same motifs in different arrangements. Here, in blue like August page.

Net in crystal beads fly stitch. Backgroung in black wool french knots.

Bead Journal Project : September page

It appears that flowers motifs are recurrent in the previous pages, so I decided to make the twelve pages all with flowers.

I've learned recently how to insert cabochons using peyote stitch. You can see a large green glass cabochon at the bottom.

Background in french knots with a variegated wool thread, the same as July.

Bead Journal Project : August page

Heavy beading again with a large golden spiral and many little flowers.

The crystal and blue net is done in fly stitch (crystal beads) + one blue AB bead in the middle of each stitch.

Background in black wool : french knots and straight stitches.

Bead Journal Project : July page

I've had so much fun last month that I've continued in heavy beading :-)

Background stitched all in french knots with a variegated wool.

Bead Journal Project : June page

To learn anything about this project launched by Robin Atkins in May 2007, go to the Bead Journal Project blog.
My pages will all be 6" x 4".

I've joined this project with enthusiasm because I needed something to boost me.

7 years ago, I've discovered a book which radically changed my artist's life. Perhaps some of you have read it and practiced the exercices given, I can only strongly advise it to anybody who wants to progress : "The artist way" by Julia Cameron.

Since then I've learnt to listen to myself and understood that our work is the reflect of what we are inside , i.e. : what we have learned, lived, felt, seen, listen to, our joys and our tears, our experiments and researchs ...

Now, it's time to go one step further and study more precisely how the creative process could be awaken and enriched. I thank Robin for giving me this opportunity.

The first image is the full view, the second one is a close-up.

Monday, November 12, 2007

How to grow an idea ?

Surfing randomly this morning , I've found this site giving some interesting tips :
How to grow an idea

Friday, November 9, 2007

Spring melody

Created in 2007

Size : 12" x 31"

Background : velvet , application of narrow strips of fabric, ribbons and fancy threads.

Embellishments : metal, hand stitching and beading

Fragments d'Ys

Created in 2007

Size : 22" x 15"

Background : hand painted silk on hand dyed fabrics.

Applications of printed organza, machine stitched and little squares of fancy fabric.

Hand embroidery and beading.

Falling Night

Created in 2007

Size : 20" x 28"

Hand made felt on hand dyed fabric.

Embellishments : couched fancy threads and organza strips, hand stitching and beading

Burgundy Revel

Created in 2007

Size : 18" x 24"

Background : velvet with couched threads, foiled, layered with organza, machine stitched and zapped with a hot gun.
Felt and fancy fabric motifs, weaved painted laces.

Hand stitching.

Le souffle du Dragon - Dragon Breath

Created in 2005

Size : 12" x 16"

Background : handyed fabric.
Center piece : black cotton, painted, application of velvet, metallic net and various fabric snippets.
Heavy machine embroidery to hold everything in place, then holes burned with a soldering iron.

Heavy hand stitching and beading.

Rivendell - Fox and Oak

Created in 2006

Size : 20" x 28"

The second of the Rivendell serie, there will be more to come ...

Background : crazy pieced with cotton fabrics.

Hand embroidery, beading and ribbon flowers.

Road to Madhepura

Created in 2007

Size : 20" x 24"

Background : hand dyed fabric painted with gold embossing powder, free machine stitched .

Embellishments : braids, snippets of fabric, beads, sequins and hand embroidery

Alien Armor

Created in 2006

Size : 16" x 20"

Old painted laces on a black background + some hand stitching.

Glass cabochons trapped under free machine lace.

Variations in green and gold

Created in 2006

Size : 24" x 32"

6 monochromatic, monostich hand stitched rectangles, mounted on a pieced and machine embroidered background with thin metal inclusions.

Where have all the flowers gone ?

Created in 2006 listening to the song written by Pete Seeger in 1961.

Background : old real army treillis worn from 1996 to 2006, free hand machine quilted.

Center motif : silk ribbon embroidery on a background of hand dyed fabric layered with organza, hand machine stitched and burned with a soldering iron.

October Song

One of my old little crazy quilts remounted in 2007.

Background : hand dyed fabrics, painted flowers, squares of painted laces.

Hand embroidery + beading