I want to first start off by saying that these aren't the best iPhone pics in the world, but they work, for now. Actually, they were a spontaneous capture after falling prey to the new "Sew Somerset" Summer 2013. Oh man, I'm crazy about Somerset. They publish the most exquisite magazines. They tend to every little detail from photos, to in depth articles, artistry, lifestyle and more. Every time I open an issue from them, my creative spirit takes off, the notebook comes out and I quickly get to jotting down ideas for later use. I've yet to run across a somerset magazine that hasn't pushed me to rethink life and art in some way. If only I could collect them all!
Sew Somerset "Summer" is a June release. Behind it's cover is more than fabric and thread. This particular issue is alive with collage using a host of magnificent materials. It's also heavy on canvas work, an area I've yet to fully explore.
I sat down yesterday to take photos of some of my fave projects from the issue - a perfect blend of prettiness for the blog, and weekend!
Petite Collage work - I can see a lot of opportunity here for practicing collage assembly. I tend to think that collage can go one of two ways; gridded or abstract. I often juggle between the two...a mix of both.
I can easily envision this translated onto paper as a background for a layout; tiny strips of different patterned papers spread throughout and lines sewn like roads leading the way. Or, one could consider using actual fabric and quilt batter on a layout - fabric is just as readily available as paper these days and fat quarters are a quick purchase! I should do a better job of using the fabric from my quilting days..I'll photograph my fabric collection someday and share with ya'll. You'd think I was crazy ignoring it as much as I do. Laugh.
There you go, a peek inside the latest Sew Somerset! Love at FIRST sight.
After an immediate visit to urgent care this morning for an ear/sinus infection, I cut myself a break and stopped by one of the best local knit shops in the Twin Cities, Three Kittens Needle Arts. I hadn't been there in awhile and something told me I'd be sitting and resting a lot this week. I figured it might be a wise choice to pick up a couple of variegated skeins of yarn for a new knitting project. I tend to prefer hand-dyed, saturated wool yarn. I enjoy watching how the colors interact with each other - you just never know what to expect!
I spent part of today's afternoon photographing the rustic, rainbow-ish yarn - a couple of visitors decided to join me. First, I brought out the adorable fabric birds from Crafts Direct...
We haven't solidified a name for this guy - we see him every so often. He lives amongst the feral community, one I've done direct rescue work with before. It's tough to see these cats because it's not by any means an easy life for them. They tug at my heart.
After the yarn shop, I was craving chicken noodle soup - no kidding! It's the only soup to eat when battling a cold...nearby, happened to be a relatively new cafe, Mend Berri.
Right away when I walked in, I noticed the cork artwork on the wall. Talk about a great first impression! The rest of the place was as fab, if not more - found me some chicken noodle soup and an iced tea, too. The soup was ultra fresh, and the tea, brewed to perfection! Will be going back :)
Off to grab my knitting needles! After that soup, I'm ready to knit!