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.

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Best wishes for a wonderful day!

Fiber Art By Cindy Anderson

Art Pieces 150-151, 153-154, 156-158

Redemption, AP 158

The Beginning:

My blog was started as a platform to share my successes and disappointments with the art of longarm quilting. Late in 2019, after seven years of offering my services to my fellow quilting enthusiasts, I decided to stop. In fact my longarm quilt machine has sat idle since May, 2019, with one of my own quilts loaded on the rolls and patiently waiting to be finished.

My Activities:

Even though my longarm machine has been quiet my studio has not. I’ve poured my efforts into wrapping up as many unfinished projects as possible and into creating smaller, easier to handle fiber art pieces. Their smaller size lets me easily transport and work on them wherever I go. I take them with me to my Little Cabin In The Woods, and anywhere else that I will have an extended downtime.

Seven More Specimens:

My love of designing and working with the smaller specimens has distracted me from writing about them here. For more than a year my completed art projects have been stockpiled just waiting for the spotlight. Over the last few weeks I have been setting aside time to share my triumphs. Being share today are seven more specimens.

Yellow Tail, Art Piece # 150:

Titled Yellow Tail because of the dangling yellow thread, this composition was created using three layers of material; a green felt, an orange batik and a yellow/gold batik. All three layers were secured in place with hand stitching. The entire art piece was attached to an 8”x10” stretched canvas frame.

Yellow Tail, AP 150
Yellow Tail, Art Piece # 150

Yellow Corset, Art Piece # 151

This simple little art piece was created using a layer of green felt, a gathered section of synthetic gold fabric, a small strip of orange batik and one lime green zipper pull. The stretchy gold fabric reminded me of a corset and as a result I used that image as the inspiration for the title. Decorative hand stitching was used to both secure the elements in place and add visual interest. This fiber art piece measures 8”x10”.

Yellow Corset, AP 151
Yellow Corset, Art Piece # 151

Poppies, Art Piece # 153:

Attached to an 8”x10” stretched canvas frame this small specimen was assembled from two fabrics: a rectangle of green felt and a hand-dyed cotton fabric. The pattern and colors achieved through the fabric dyeing process brought back memories of my mother’s poppy garden. To draw more attention to the small orange spheres I embellished them with French knots. Also incorporated were several yellow French knots and array of other hand stitches.

Poppies, AP 153
Poppies, Art Piece # 153

Bolo Tie, Art Piece # 154:

Contained within this composition is a rectangle of green felt, a multi-colored strip of fabric and a hand dyed strip of rickrack. The green felt was secured to an 8”x10” stretched canvas frame using a simple running stitch. The remaining items were attached with French knots. Two blue strings dangle on either side of the folded fabric center. The blue strings combined with the folded fabric reminded me of a bolo tie; thus the origin of the projects title.

Bolo Tie, AP 154
Bolo Tie, Art Piece # 154

All Dressed Up, Art Piece # 156:

This 8”x10” art piece is All Dressed Up with an unusual grouping of elements. Serving as its base is a felted wool coaster. Directly above that is a strip of multi-toned batik, two dotted fabrics: a brown with white and a white with metallic dots. Topping off the composition is a jazzy hand-made bead. The wool coaster was attached to the stretched canvas frame with small dashes of gold thread. Two gold X’s were used to secure the multi-toned batik and the gold dotted cotton was embellished with like colored French knots. The bead was also secured in place with hand stitching.

All Dressed Up, AP 156
All Dressed Up, Art Piece # 156

Road Trip, Art Piece # 157:

This 8”x10” fiber art piece was also assemble using a felted wool coaster for its base. Added for decorative interest was a strip of multi-toned brown batik and one gold snap. Multiple rows of running stitch were used to both secure the components in place as well as add visual interest. The vertically oriented blue area of color with its artistic stitching remind me of both a roadway as well as a meandering river. This association inspired me to title this item Road Trip.

Road Trip, AP 157
Road Trip, Art Piece # 157

Redemption, Art Piece # 158:

The word Redemption was printed on the white strip of fabric. The presence of that word is the reason for the title of this item. Created from a vertically placed strip of red plaid and a reclaimed remnant from a previous project this item’s elements are simple yet striking. Rows of running stitch were used to attach the wool plaid in place. The reclaimed, multi-sectioned fabric strip was adorned with black stitches and a single white French knot.

Redemption, AP 158
Redemption, Art Piece # 158

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!