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Watch Out For The One Eyed Monster! Art Pieces 192-199

One Eyed Monster, AP 192

One Eyed Monster?:

Halloween is only days away. All around me I see the holiday decorations of my neighbors. The most prominent of which are the inflated images of pumpkins, monsters and ghosts. Typically we join up with our children and grandchildren to share a meal and walk about a neighborhood trick-or-treating. Given the ever-present pandemic the visit to neighboring homes will be eliminated. In place of those festivities we have plans for games and other activities. Our group is small and the home at which we will gather is large enough for social distancing. I’ve even surveyed my grandchildren to learn about their favorite candies. Even though they won’t fill their bags with candy from the neighbors I will make certain I do my part.

The closeness of Halloween makes this the perfect time to reveal my art piece called One Eyed Monster. I have been spending the last several postings talking about my 8”x10” finished projects; today’s entry continues on that same track.

Fabric Background:

I don’t know if you have noticed, but I have made a shift in how I start my 8”x10” projects. Originally my small stitching  pieces were attached to a naked stretched canvas frame. By naked I mean that the white canvas was left as is. This method had been my preferred style; I thought the starkness of the white canvas and the rough texture added their own type of element. I even liked how rustic my name looked when it was written on the  canvas.

As time went by I wanted to add even more interest to my compositions. Incorporating fabric as a base for my projects gave me another opportunity to expand my art even further. All of the fiber art pieces that I am sharing today and in the future will begin with a fabric background.

The Layers:

As you could tell by the title of this journal entry, I will be revealing fiber art pieces 192-199. They continue with the shift I made from using plain white backgrounds to fabric. Each project begins first with the stretched canvas frame. If I were creating a typical quilt the first layer of the sandwich would be a fabric backing; in this instance it is the canvas frame. Next to follow is a layer of batting, white or black depending upon the color intensity of the next fabric; the batting helps to give the frames edges a more rounded appearance. The third element is the fabric that will serve as the composition’s background. This addition holds a very important function as it sets the theme for everything else that will follow.

Once the three layers of the sandwich have been established it is time to start assembling the decorative features. The parameters for those items is wide open; the only limitation here is your imagination. I’ve been known to use as many as four layers of fabric and or embellishments. I also like to include a variety of doodads such as lace, buttons, beads and snaps, to name a few.

Finishing Touches:

The finishing touch is the hand or machine stitching. This process can make or break your final outcome. It also can be the most enjoyable step. Here is where you can either stay low-key or go hog wild. I let the initial image of the fiber art piece sink in for a while. This gives me a chance to get a feel for the possible avenues I might follow. Once my thought process is complete I gather up the thread colors I will use, thread my needle and get to work. Even though I map out a plan of attack for my stitching that doesn’t mean I can’t change my mind along the way. There have been many times when I have decided to go in an entirely different direction. All that matters is that the final outcome looks wonderful.

Without Further Ado:

Let me introduce you to items 192-199!

Art Pieces 192-195
Art Pieces 192-195

One Eyed Monster, Art Piece # 192

EcoPrint, Art Piece # 193

Shiny Blue Moon, Art Piece # 194

Navel Orange, Art Piece # 195

Art Pieces 196-199
Art Pieces 196-199

Raspberry Orange Slush, Art Piece # 196

Hashtag, Art Piece # 197

Bruised, Art Piece # 198

Floating Stars, Art Piece # 199

Your Thoughts:

Did the One Eyed Monster scare you?

I hope that you enjoyed seeing and reading about each of the eight projects; especially the One Eyed Monster!  If time allows, please share your thoughts in a comment.

Also, if you haven’t figured it out already, each of these items is available for purchase. I would be honored to have one of my items on display in your home. These 8”x10” fiber art pieces would make wonderful gifts for your family or friends. There are even a variety of price levels available; one to fit everyone’s budget.

Thank You!

Happy Halloween!

Cindy Anderson

Fiber Art By Cindy Anderson

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Polka Dots Dance? Art Pieces 184-191

Dressed to Party, AP 189

Let’s Review:

Over the past six Thursdays I have been sharing photos and stories of my recently finished art pieces. Included below are photos of each of the items along with a link to the post. A lot of time and effort went into these projects. Seeing all of them in one post makes me very happy; without this visual reminder it would be so easy to forget just how many I have made.

 

Art Pieces 127-130
Art Pieces 127-130

 

Art Pieces 131-134
Art Pieces 131-134

 

Art Pieces 135-138
Art Pieces 135-138

 

Art Pieces 139-141
Art Pieces 139-141

 

Art Pieces 142-145
Art Pieces 142-145

 

Art Pieces 146-148
Art Pieces 146-148

 

Art Pieces 150 151 153 & 154
Art Pieces 150 151 153 & 154

 

Art Pieces 156-158
Art Pieces 156-158

 

Art Pieces 168-171
Art Pieces 168-171

 

Art Pieces 172-175
Art Pieces 172-175

 

Art Pieces 176-179
Art Pieces 176-179

 

Art Pieces 180-183
Art Pieces 180-183

 

Art Pieces 184-191:

Included in this next grouping is eight new items. One of them holds the answer to the question mentioned in the title of this entry; Do Polka Dots Dance? Follow the links to learn about each of the items.

Art Pieces 184-187
Art Pieces 184-187

New Life For A Discard, Art Piece # 184 has been SOLD

Reclaimed Fabric Scrap, Art Piece # 185

Polka Dot Dance, Art Piece # 186

Quotations, Art Piece # 187

Art Pieces 188-191
Art Pieces 188-191

Reach For The Stars, Art Piece # 188

Dressed To Party, Art Piece # 189

Mirror Image, Art Piece # 190

Christmas Memories, Art Piece # 191

It’s Not Over Yet!:

My adventures in creating 8”x10” fiber art pieces is far from over; I have many more virgin canvases just waiting for my attention. The process of designing and executing each of the compositions has been such an enjoyable experience. I love how portable they are and how relaxing it is to quietly sit and stitch on each canvas.

Just because I have a large number of canvases all ready for exploration doesn’t mean my journey will end there. Who knows what direction I will take after the last one is finished!

Thank You!:

I hope you will have the opportunity the browse through the photos to learn about each of the items. No matter how many you are able to explore I hope that you will save time to share your thoughts. Your insights and comments are important to me! Oh and one more thing___Do Polka Dots Dance?

With warm regards,

Cindy Anderson

Fiber Art By Cindy Anderson

 

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Are You a Fan Of Mulled Cider? Art Pieces 176-183

Mulled Cider AP 178

Many, Many Projects:

I have really enjoyed the process of sharing my completed 8×10 fiber art pieces. Over the last several weeks I have revealed thirty-eight uniquely designed specimens. Thirty-eight sounds like a lot but I have more than that yet to go and in fact, as I am writing this journal entry, I have made plans for another twenty.

Lots of Fun:

Designing and implementing these small art projects is a very contagious practice. The manageable size and portability make them easy to work with no matter where I am. Typically I spend several days pulling together various combinations of fabric. After setting aside a number of groupings I draw on my supplies of beads, buttons, lace, recycled sari and kantha cloth, as well as many, many other options, to add as embellishments.

A Change In Technique:

Up until now I have used white stretched canvas as the background for 99% of my 8×10’s. Lately I have decided to cover the canvas with fabric. This new technique adds a more striking element. Even though I am very fond of the white canvas background it’s always nice to change things up. The last photo shared in this post includes a fabric covered frame.

What’s In The Future:

For now I believe I will most likely continue to wrap my canvases with fabric; however, I have also considered making my own wood frames and stretching my own, unpainted canvas over the edges. Who knows what the future brings!

Let’s Wrap This Up:

I could go on talking about this art form but, with so many more items yet to be shared, it is time to wrap this entry up. Below you will find two collages. Both contain photos of four original art pieces. Directly beneath the photo collages are the names and links to their individual stories. I hope that you will take the time to click on each of them to explore their unusual features.

Thank You!

Before signing off I must express my gratitude for your continued support. Without your participation this blog would not survive.

Cindy Anderson

Ap 176-179 collage AP 176-179 collage

Jimenas Treasures, Art Piece # 176

Snap Decision, Art Piece # 177

Mulled Cider, Art Piece # 178

Blueberry Skull, Art Piece # 179

AP 180-183 collage Art Pieces 180-183 collage

Scalloped Edge, Art Piece # 180

Olive Drab Elevated, Art Piece # 181

Elaborate Flower, Art Piece # 182

Seeing Dots, Art Piece # 183

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Purple Leopard? Art Pieces 168-175

Pleated, AP 168

Have you ever heard of a purple leopard? I have! Of course that’s because I created one. I like giving my fiber art pieces unusual names; this one was particularly crazy. I had so much fun designing and executing the eight projects I’m sharing today; however, I think Purple Leopard was the most entertaining. To learn about my Purple Leopard and her seven other companions follow the links to her stories.

Art Pieces 168-171

Pleated, Art Piece 168

Purple Leopard, Art Piece 169

Ruffled, Art Piece 170

The Owl, Art Piece 171

Art Pieces 172-175

Caterpillar, Art Piece 172

Sunshine Rose, Art Piece 173

Peach Surprise, Art Piece 174

Scrappy Tartan, Art Piece 175

After reading the stories of my newest projects I hope that you will be inspired to share your thoughts. Your participation makes this journey even more rewarding.

Thank you for visiting and sharing in my enthusiasm!

Fiber Art By Cindy Anderson

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Navigating My Online Store he

Floating Triangles, AP 199

A Desire To Sell:

I’ve always wanted the opportunity to sell my art to fellow enthusiasts. Some of my items are currently available for purchase at Raven’s Wish Gallery in Janesville, Wisconsin. Not too long ago I made the decision to open an online shop. The store is hosted via WooCommerce on my WordPress website.

Let’s explore my Shop!

Navigating My Shop On A Desktop/Laptop:

If you navigate my blog via desktop, you will find a line of menu options just below my logo. Situated about halfway across is a link to my Shop. If you click on that link you will be taken to a new screen. There you will find three browsing categories:

Budget Friendly

Poppies, AP 153

 

Colors

 

Mounted on Canvas.


Belly Button, AP 144

When this journal entry was written there were only three categories on display. Coming in the near future are: Wall Quilts with two subcategories of Small and Large.

Navigating My Shop On A Cellphone:

Those that browse my blog on a cellphone will be able to navigate to my online Shop by clicking on the Menu button in the top right corner. There you will find the same list of options. To be taken to my store simply click on the word Shop.

Shall We Explore The Categories?

When I initially setup my shop I didn’t assign categories to my inventory; mostly because I really didn’t know what I was doing. LOL! As I became more acquainted with the application I began to understand how important it was to simplify the shopping experience and what tools were available to help me with that process. This delayed discovery unfortunately meant going back to each item and modifying the already added inventory. While the process was tedious, I believe its value far outweighs the effort.

For the most part, the names of the categories describe what type of items can be purchased at that location. The only exception is the Colors category. If you click on that link you will discover that there are twenty-one additional sections. To help narrow your search I have categorized each of my available art pieces by color.

Budget Friendly is the designation I gave to a grouping of items that I believe will fit smaller budgets.

Mounted On Canvas currently has only one subcategory, 8”x10”. In the future I will add other canvas sizes.

I Hope This Helped:

Navigating any online shopping website can be a trying experience. I hope that this small tutorial has helped you to feel at ease and give you the incentive to get acquainted with my available options. I know that there are always improvements that can be made. If you would take the time to share some of your suggestions I would greatly appreciate it.

Before I Sign-Off:

Before I go let me make a suggestion…we all have birthdays and holidays just around the corner. For most of us that will most likely involve shopping online. Before you decide which websites you will use how about adding mine to the list!

Thank You:

Thank you so much for sharing in this adventure! I look forward to our next encounter.

Cindy Anderson

Fiber Art By Cindy Anderson