Friday, September 20, 2013

Black & White & Red Rampant All Over

Finally finished my bag front.... I liked it so much that I decided to keep one and make a 2nd one for the Orycon Art show.  Here are the fronts....

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Winter Is Coming - Part Deaux + other things....

Well...The bag is finally finished.  Here are the images:
Bag front
Bag back
Bag front with flap open
It will debut at Orycon in November. ( More on this later as I will be a panelist and a judge for the Masquerade. This year promises to be so fun...I can't wait.

I have another bag I have started. I was inspired by some fabric cuttings a friend gave me from work, (Thanks Stephanie!) I don't have a title yet, but I already have the front and back prepped. I just need to create and add the applique (It will be a red dragon based on Celtic tattoo art.) and then put it together. I have a fabulous black, white and red lining in a Japanese print that I found in one of my Goodwill adventures.
Top pattern is the back and the bottom is the front with the cut-out of the dragon pattern.
Last but not least...I can finally post pics of the box I did for my niece, Manuela. It was for her birthday in July. I beaded a turtle from one of my mom's favorite shirts. I appliqued it on to a Balinese print and thread-painted the floral pattern. I then attached it on top of a wonderful cedar cigar box I found at Goodwill. I named it "Red Sea Turtle: maybe Moses had a little help". Manu loved it!
Beaded Turtle against the original shirt fabric.

Finished box
I did get to play with my new Embellisher machine (needle felting)...It is pretty awesome. I am washing the first test piece now to see how it holds up. Hoping it survive the wash as I would love to use this technique for my next bag. I really strive to have my bags durable. 

Well this is it for now....Stay tuned...Live long and Prosper ~ Teri

Sunday, July 14, 2013

"Winter is Coming"

When I saw the House Stark Sigil (from Game of Thrones)...

I was immediately inspired to make a messenger bag. I envisioned doing the wolf's head with a satin-stitch outline and the fur in a 3-D effect out of different quilting cottons prints. 

For the rest of the bag I found in my stash (fabrics I had found at Goodwill at some point.) some wool, wool binding and a few upholstery fabrics that incorporated many of the colors from the cottons I had picked out, plus a lovely cotton plaid for the lining. I still have to put it together...but here are the pieces. (This way you can what the interior looks like.)

As you can see, I love to put in lots of pockets...

Bag Flap (With zippered pocket)

Back of Bag with zippered pocket

Bag interior with 2 pockets

Bag interior with 2 pockets

Bag interior with zippered pocket. 
I am so excited that it's almost done. I will post a pic of the final bag...Say tuned! Teri

Thursday, July 4, 2013

"Perch"....or "WTF"....or..."Ah...Lunch"'s been awhile since I have part of my birthday resolution (LOL...) I am going to post more regularly. 

Quick recap... I had a great showing at Chicon. Sold 5 items including one that went to auction. At Norwescon 37, my "Guardian of Avalon" took third place and in addition, I sold 2 more bags. I am so pleased and honored that my work is being well received.

As a starting ground for my next series of blogs, I decided to take you through the creation of one of my pieces.

I had an idea of creating a Chinese dragon with jersey heather cuttings I can get from work.  They are variegated in color so the scales would truly have an ombre effect.

So I was sketching basic dragon bodies...was not liking anything I was sketching. I sketched one dragon and it looked wrong...but I kept staring at I decided stick some wings on it. I ended up with a very different direction. 

Realized he was looking at something and in the original face he was slightly bemused.  Now? I can't tell if he is protective or hungry. I have a few working titles (See blog title) It really all depends on how his face looks after I finish it.

Next to come??? The pattern execution. Stay Tuned! 

Live Long and Prosper...Teri