Posts Tagged ‘purple’

Gifts, Expected and Not

October 25, 2012

Mom’s visit is nearing the end. She and I made a box together.

She is taking some Christmas fabric home with her to make more boxes. This makes me happy on so many levels – we finished a project that isn’t staying here, some of my stash is going to go into a project that I don’t have to make, and Mom and I had fun together.

Mom also finished the purple hat for my daughter. I mention the color because you might not be able to tell:

My camera insists on turning the hat blue. Trust me, the hat is royal purple – not even a hint of blue!

I always considered that one of the gifts of being a fiber artist is a chance to play with color. I know that the value of any given fabric depends on what is next to it, that different light can make some colors shape-shift into an entirely different color, and that greens never come out well on film. However, I have never had a true purple disguise itself so completely as this purple hat did with my digital camera. Perhaps in my next life I will take up photography in a more disciplined fashion and play with color in new ways. For now, I’ll take the gift of the purple that wanted to be blue and keep it for future projects. I bet there’s a quilt in there somewhere.

Purple Alligators

June 2, 2011

I was digging through the piles and found some loose-weave white fabric. Just as I was about to bury it in another pile, I had a thought (always a dangerous thing). I could make another component of my self-portrait with feet.

Years ago I had another idea (I told you they were dangerous things) to create a line of purple work embroidery patterns. I even put together a “working on it” kit for sketches and notes:

I made a quilt with a few sample designs, then put that project aside. Self, I said to myself, now is the time to return to it. Since my sketching skills don’t extend to faces, I found a picture I can tolerate:

Actually, what I like most about this picture is the baby alligator. We had a family reunion in Florida, so of course we went to see the alligators. The petting zoo part was clearly intended for children, but I couldn’t wait to hold a baby alligator. They’re surprisingly soft, but unfortunately my little guy had the heft of a tote bag. I try not to think of that – perhaps my baby gator turned out to be so photogenic he’ll spend the rest of his life in front of the camera.

Anyway, the next step is the embroidery. I’ve almost got it finished:

I’m still not sure where or how or even if I’ll be using this block with the feet. Although the deadline is next Tuesday, I may be collecting pieces for the portrait for quite some time.