Art Pieces 184-191

Dressed to Party, AP 189

Let’s Review:

Over the past six weeks I have been sharing photos and stories of my recently finished art pieces. Included below is a list with links to all of the items. A lot of time and effort went into those projects. If you have a little extra time I hope that you will explore some of the stories.


Art Pieces 184-191:

Included in this next grouping is eight new items. All of them were attached to an 8”x10” stretched canvas frame. Let’s take a look.

New Life For A Discard, AP 184
New Life For A Discard, Art Piece # 184 (SOLD)

This very unusual composition began with a layer of yellow gauze stretched around a canvas frame. Directly above that is a band of hand dyed green gauze. The next two layers, one of orange dotted cotton and a harvested remnant from a former adventure, provide the third and fourth elements. Adding panache is a variety of hand-applied stitches along with a single bone colored button.

Reclaimed Fabric Scrap, AP 185
Reclaimed Fabric Scrap, Art Piece # 185

I am not above scrounging through donated scrap baskets to look for useable specimens. Situated somewhat near the center of this item is a row of pieced together fabric strips. The combined grouping was once part of a much larger creation. I found the wrinkled mass stuffed inside a bucket of scraps. Imagine my surprise at the discovery. The otherwise unwanted structure was adopted into my family of art quilting supplies. Being able to utilize a small portion in this project was absolutely thrilling. Not to be overlooked is the other design features. The first to be incorporated was a base layer of hand-dyed yellow gauze. Directly above that is a square of black on green polka dot fabric. Next came the aforementioned fabric scrap and a single large green button. A variety of stitches were added to both secure the items in place as well as incorporate an artistic flair.

Polka Dot Dance, AP 186
Polka Dot Dance, Art Piece # 186

Polka Dots hold a prominent place among the elements of this project. Their abundance was the reasoning behind the title of the art piece. Serving as a base for the dotted materials is the orange on orange cotton fabric. Added as an embellishment is a single peach button. Protruding from its holes are cascading strands of cotton thread adorned with square metallic beads. The entire fiber art piece was saturated with a variety of hand stitches. Among them are numerous French knots.

Quotations, AP 187
Quotations, Art Piece # 187

Can you guess why I titled this item Quotations? If your answer is the orange fabric, then you are correct! There is, however, one more reason…the pieced fabric strip that runs diagonally across the orange fabric is the second reason. The shape is my abstract interpretation of a quotation mark. To bring more attention to the fabrics I added oodles of hand stitching. Look closely and you will see a zigzag stitch marching around the perimeter of the orange square. The zigzags replicate the triangular image of the handmade quotation mark. At the top of each zigzag peak and inside each center are French knots. Traveling around the perimeter of my handmade quotation mark is a row of running stitch. These stitches give more definition to the shape. All three of the fabrics that form the punctuation mark have their own set of markings. To the brown dotted material I added grey French knots. The white polka dot and the rust triangle both were embellished with seed stitch. All combined the elements create a very interesting composition.

Reach For The Stars, Art Piece # 188
Reach For The Stars, Art Piece # 188

This composition is an abstract interpretation of the sun with its revolving planets and the billions of stars inour galaxy. The sun is the large button. The planets, although more numerous than our own, are the metallic teal square beads. The small white dots are the distant stars. If you can visualize my concept then I think you can understand why I chose to call this art piece Reaching For The Stars. The only fabric used in my design is a single square of dotted grey cotton. This one piece of material provided the base from which everything else blossomed.

Dressed to Party, AP 189
Dressed To Party, Art Piece # 189

Who doesn’t like to get all dressed up to go to a party! This fiber art piece, with all of its glitzy spender, is dressed and ready to celebrate. First to be added was a lively green and white chevron fabric. Stacked on top is a variety of fabric pieces; each adding its own element of flair. The finishing touches of lace, beads, French knots and other assorted stitches all help to pull together an outfit unlike any other.

Mirror Image, AP 190
Mirror Image, Art Piece # 190

This fiber art piece contains four design elements: a deep brown wool, a red checked wool, twin pieces of crocheted lace and decorative stitching. The twin sections of lace were placed next to one another to make them appear as is they were one. The process of doing so gave me the inspiration to title this piece Mirror Image.

Christmas Memories, AP 191
Christmas Memories, Art Piece # 191

This composition began with a candy striped cotton fabric. The design of the fabric also includes intentional markings that give it an antiqued appearance. Layered above is a red and a green piece of wool. Giving the project even more of a Christmas theme is the yellow, green and red ribbon. A combination of French knots and other stitching were incorporated to add the sparkle the composition deserves.

thank you!

Before closing let me thank you for showing an interest in my activities. I am grateful for your participation and look forward to your comments.

Best wishes for a wonderful day!

Fiber Art By Cindy Anderson

Art Pieces 127-134

Butterscotch, AP 131

It’s been a long time since I shared updates on my newest and greatest projects. This year is almost 3/4 over yet I have so much to talk about. Let’s take a look at eight of my newer items.

Purple Rain, Art Piece # 127 was assembled from felt, a painted dryer sheet, a hand-made bead and a strip of recycled sari ribbon. The materials were embellished with seed stitch and French knots using purple and orange Perle cotton thread. The composition was mounted on an 8”x10” stretched canvas frame.

Purple Rain, AP 127
Purple Rain, Art Piece # 127

Giggle, Art Piece # 128 was created using a strip of grey, black and brown wool layered with scraps of cotton fabric. Attached for interest was a single charm containing a label marked with the word giggle. The charm was the inspiration for the name. The small art piece was also embellished with hand stitching using both grey and white Perle cotton. In its finished form the composition measures 8” x 10”.

Giggle, AP 128
Giggle, Art Piece # 128

Hippy Bell Bottoms, Art Piece #129 contains a square of beige wool layered with orange and blue cotton scraps. Also incorporated is a single white button. Decorative stitching was added using #5 and # 8 Perle cotton thread. Hippy Bell Bottoms was mounted on an 8” x 10” stretched canvas frame.

Hippy Bell Bottoms, AP 129
Hippy Bell Bottoms, Art Piece # 129

Seeing Red, Art Piece # 130 began with a layer of red cotton fabric. Added on top, with a simple running stitch, is a layer of grey wool and a hand-painted scrap of red cotton. The upper-most layer has a circular pattern of stitches secured in the center by an exposed knot. This one-of-a-kind art piece measures 8”x10” and is secured to a stretched canvas frame.

Seeing Red, AP 130
Seeing Red, Art Piece # 130

Butterscotch, Art Piece # 131 began with a layer of green wool. Layered above that is a gold colored wool and a fragment of a hand-painted dryer sheet. A single gold button rounds out the layers. Hand stitching was applied with color coordinated threads. This item was titled Butterscotch because of the golden colored wool fabric. The art piece was attached to a 8”x10” stretched canvas frame.

Butterscotch, AP 131
Butterscotch, Art Piece # 131

Spumoni, Art Piece # 132 was given its name because of the similarities between the coloring of the well-known dessert and this art piece. Serving as its base is a rectangle of bright orange wool, Directly above that are small scraps of cotton fabric. An oversized teal button was added for pizzazz. Perle cotton thread was used to embellish this item with hand stitching. The item was attached to an 8”x10” stretched canvas frame.

Spumoni AP 132
Spumoni, Art Piece # 132

In Orbit, Art Piece # 133 was created using a black, red and grey woven wool. Attached off-center is a shiny red button embellished with white dots. Circulating around the button is rows of running stitch added using a Perle cotton thread. Attached to an 8”x10” stretched canvas frame, it was given its name because of the circular pattern of stitches.

In Orbit, AP 133
In Orbit, Art Piece # 133

Feels Like Home, Art Piece # 134 began with a green, black and purple wool plaid. Running vertically above the wool is a strip of black cotton fabric. Also included was a horizontal white cotton strip with lettering. Situated on the far right is a metal flower button. Both machine and hand stitching were added for function and interest. This item was attached to an 8”x10” stretched canvas frame. The name given to this item was chosen because of the like-wording printed on the white fabric.

Feels Like Home, AP 134
Feels Like Home, Art Piece # 134

This brings to a close the unveiling of art pieces 127-134. I hope that you will have the opportunity to explore each of the photos.

thank you!

Before closing let me thank you for showing an interest in my activities. I am grateful for your participation and look forward to your comments.

Best wishes for a wonderful day!

An Opportunity

Purple Rain, AP 127

Solo Exhibit Continues

Not too very long ago I shared news of my solo exhibit at Raven’s Wish Gallery. The exhibit will be on display until August 25, 2020. All of the items are available for purchase.

In Other News

I have been researching the many internet options available for selling my fiber art pieces. After a great deal of thought, along with a bit of nail biting, I have finally decided to open a retail shop here at my blog address. After navigating most of the hurdles I am extremely proud to announce that the online store is finally open! Horray! Although the number of items I have been able to load is small in comparison to what I have on hand I’m still very pleased. As time arrises I will add additional items.

Time To Shop!

Now that I can finally declare my store open for business it’s time to get shopping. You can access it by clicking on the SHOP heading near the top of my page. Also, here’s a link to one of the very first projects to be added. The item is called AP 127 Purple Rain.

Art Piece 127 Purple Rain
AP 127 Purple Rain

thank you!

Before closing let me thank you for showing an interest in my activities. I am grateful for your participation and look forward to your comments.

Best wishes for a wonderful day!

About Cindy

The world of art has always brought me joy. From my childhood explorations with chalk and paint to my creations using fabric and thread, I have utilized art as my vehicle to stretch my wings and explore the world around me.

My favorite art form has been given many names; I know it as “free-form” quilting. This direction has taken me on a journey resulting in the formation of more than 200 art pieces. Most of them center strictly around the manipulation of fabric. Some of the later pieces have added elements of hand stitchery. All of them have brought me an immense sense of joy.

I use this blog to share glimpses of my art and the environment in which it is created. Most of my art pieces are available for purchase. You may see a sampling of them at Raven’s Wish Gallery in Janesville, Wisconsin.

My art is periodically on display in a variety of venues. To learn about my current exhibits you may send an email to cindy [at] inastitchquilting [dot] com

Now go and create your own masterpiece. With warm hugs…

Cindy Anderson