Friday, August 28, 2009

New Work - What I Did During My Summer Vacation

I spent five glorious weeks at our summer home in California. The weather actually was not very nice. It was overcast and chilly. So rather than spending a considerable time down at the beach, I spent more time in my studio.

While I brought UFOs to work on, I ended up creating these four new pieces. The pictures can be enlarged by clicking on them.

It all started with a cool fish stencil I bought while at the Long Beach IQF show. It's by Laura Murray. The stencil also has some feathery plants which look like seaweed or kelp. I haven't done a lot of beading so this was good practice to use beads for the fish eyes.

After this piece, I knew I was going to visit my friend Claudia Sammis so I wanted to make something for her. I also wanted to experiment with Angelina fibers and couching on decorative threads. This little 12" x 12" is the result. I call it "Fish for Claudia".


After the fun of couching on decorative threads, I decided I wanted to try more of that so I made this next piece. The background fabric was one of my purchases from Long Beach. Friend Cathie Hoover saw it and said it looked like me. So of course, I bought it. The pleated border at the bottom I learned from quilt teacher and friend Vikki Pignatelli.


Finally, I made this last piece. More couching and a focus on beads this time. At the bottom you can see shells from our beach that have been drilled to make buttons. The large orange fish is from the stencil but enlarged and done with thread work instead of paint.


Here's a close-up of the shell buttons from our beach.


All in all, it was a great summer in my studio. I stretched myself to do more embellishing with paint, beads and fibers.

9 comments:

Vicki W said...

They are all very nice but my fav is the 1st one!

Connections said...

Looks like you had fun! Thanks for sharing.

Diane D. said...

Wow, Lisa, lots of great work. Isn't it funny how sometimes you get started with something, and then the ideas just keep on rolling in?

norma said...

You certainly had a productive summer and got good use out of that stencil. I like them all.

Suzanne Kistler said...

I love them! How big is the first one? Would you consider selling it? Also, what kind of drill bit did you use on the shells? I've got a collection that I'd love to attach to a quilt or two.

Lisa, this fish lady LOVES what you did this summer. super!!!

Lisa Ellis said...

The first quilt is 35" x 28.5". We used a tiny drill bit that comes with the Dremel drill. It's a handy tool to have if you don't own one. I believe they are available at Loew's. I wouldn't sell this one because it's not up to my standards. I was figuring some things out while I was making it. But I would make another! And I'm thinking seriously about making a pattern and teaching it. It's a simple design and a great introduction project for using stencils and paint.

Antonija said...

Lisa--these are all beautiful! All are related, yet really different. What a great way to use shells on a quilt. I've collected lots of them from our "inland sea" and I may have to borrow your idea.
Congrats on a fruitful summer!

LaughingLG said...

Beautiful fish, and it isn't hard to see that you were inspired by your surroundings.

Leigh-Anne Crooke said...

wow - absolutely stunning quilts.