I am working like crazy to get ready for the Holiday Tails Art Fair this weekend. I finished up these ornaments above and below. Some of them will be for sale at the fair. I want to keep a few, but it's hard to decide which ones to keep! The Folk Art Friends ornaments above were an alternate colorway I put together to show the variety of colors and stitch you can use. These were printed with brown ink on ivory linen. The ornaments below were created with free hand embroidery on wool. The free form embroidery is tricky and I kept wishing I had lines for guidance, but I like how they turned out. I now admire even more the work by some of the embroiderers I follow on Instagram (especially Adam Pritchett).
In other news, I have been learning some new bookbinding stitches over the past month or so. These are really fun to make. The first two photos show some of the postcards books I made. I used modern art and quilt postcards from my stash.
The newest type of stitch I've learned is called the buttonhole stitch. This stitch is created with a delightful little cutout in the spine of the book. These are truly lovely, special journals. All of my journals have been created with acid free artist's paper. Some have drawing paper, some have heavier paper suitable for wet media. Some have a variety of paper for those who might want to experiment. All of the journals come with a handwritten label indicating which paper is which in case you find something you want to get more of. These are all for sale in the shop for the next few days. I'll close the shop starting on Friday for the weekend when I do the art fair and unsold items will be re-listed on Monday December 11.
PS- I managed to finish the quilt from the previous post and submitted it along with two others for QuiltCon. I'll post about them when I get a chance after the art fair.