Friday, December 30, 2011

Yule Haiku and Fiber Art - December 30, 2011

Yule Haiku and Fiber Art - December 30, 2011

Sparkling baubles...
Glistening upon the tree...
My eyes dance with cheer...

       A designed and made this fiber art piece to go with my "yule"  haiku.  I made thousands of beaded icicles for my Christmas tree over the years.  I took a digital photo of some of these icicles in a crystal vase on my coffee table and then printed it on fabric.  I then quilted it and added real  red beads to the tree and many of my beaded icicles onto the photo of the vase.   This gives it a 3-D effect.   Fifteen of my beaded icicles were attached to this fiber piece.   It does glisten brightly.

Friday, December 23, 2011

November - Gnarled

ancient catalpa
gnarled witness to history
leaves whisper secrets

Our prompt word immediately brought to mind the gnarly bark of the catalpa tree which I have photographed many times.  Chatham Manor, built around 1770, stands just across the river north of Fredericksburg, VA and served as a Union headquarters and hospital.  In front of the house are two catalpa trees, known as "witness trees", which were planted before the Civil War.

To learn more:
Chatham Manor
Chatham Catalpa Tree

The background image in my piece is from my own photograph, transferred onto a batik with Lesley Riley's TAP paper.  The quilt measures 11.5 x 14.5.

Monday, December 5, 2011

December prompt

The word for December, and our final word for this first year is: YULE

Have fun, and Happy Holidays!