Sunday, March 24, 2013

Once upon a time....

I rode the bus to and from was a long ride.  In the mornings I had the lovely & entertaining Gwen to chat with but on the way home it was just long.  So I would stitch or pull out my sketch book.  I'd stitch small 'stuff'.  Now I'm trying to figure out what to do with this stuff.  

Pictured below is one version I came up with on a weekend spent with my son.  I asked him what he wanted to do, being a man of many words ... 'art'.  He chose to paint a large canvas at my desk and I pushed myself into the corner of the sofa with my rapidograph.  

This is what evolved. 

'Below the Surface'
a Kimberly design copyright 2011
'Below the Surface'
a Kimberly design copyright 2011
Work some swirls with watered down acrylics, have fun drawing squiggle art over the paint shapes.

Miter/press raw edges to the back, mount on foam core [which I painted], & place on top of art.  Then mount in a shadow box frame.  Then sit back & have another 'Tada' moment.
'Flowers in the Sky'
Art Card by Kimberly
also on the 'bus'

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Love this...

A friend told me I was delusional....
I almost fell off my dragon!

'Avery's Dragon'
Kimberly 2008

Monday, March 11, 2013

check check check

Shipped to The Needle Works

'Knot Garden' biscornu three of seven in the series
a Kimberly design copyright 2013

On the paint table....

'Swirling Hearts' biscornu four of seven in the series
a Kimberly design copyright 2013

On the frame...almost fini!  

'Paisley' biscornu five of seven in the series
a Kimberly design copyright 2013

I'm at a sticking point, odd thing for a women who works with needles to say :-)  All but two little spots to stitch and my brain went blank.  Not to worry ... it will happen shortly as I can't wait to trim those two tufts of Turkey Work!  

Thursday, March 7, 2013

I've been busy....'s great to be busy.  Really, it is.  There are times when I'd like to collapse into a beach chair, preferably at the beach.  Some sand, some surf, a warm breeze, ahh just a day dream for the moment but it will happen!

For now, thought you'd like to see a different slant on what to do with a small square of finished needlepoint. I'd had this piece for 'awhile'.

"Little Something" a Kimberly design 
I stitched this from one of my own free handouts I designed forever ago.  It's worked all in Soie Perlee silk with the edges beaded.  [I'm presently hunting for a copy to offer here for you but can not locate it just yet.]

"Little Something" mounted on sliding top wooden box.
Embellished further with fun line art.
Inside this wooden box in an endless supply of cards with my art on them.  This was my Christmas gift to my Mom this year.  It was prompted after several different trips to every store that was offering BOGO's for greeting cards.  While I was in a fit of giggles over the many trips, this was serious business to Mom.  

Now she need not ever worry as every time she uses a card another magically appears inside her card box.  

'Melissa Shirley Design'

Isn't he wonderful!?!  I finished stitching him a month or two ago.  He's off to the finisher tomorrow with this fabulous Kaffe Fassett fabric and some fun bullion cord I made.  Can't wait to see him all 'done up'.