Baby quilt coi gechi

by Orkaloca settembre 5 bed quilt

Per un bimbo che è nato il mese scorso, un regalo da parte della nonna :)

Perchè i quilt artistici li faccio per passione ed espressione, ma quel che vende son i quilt tradizionali, specie per bambini.
Così faccio i secondi per guadagnare quel che serve per fare i primi :)


Sketchbook 02

by Orkaloca settembre 5 ispirazioni

(questo post partecipa al Off The Wall Friday del blog di Nina-Marie)

Una delle strade che ogni tanto percorro andando a passeggiare col cane costegga un orto.
Un orto strano perchè accanto ai pomodori ci sono dei bellissimi girasoli ornamentali, le campanule viola, alberi di mele, pere e melograno stracarichi, perfino i chichinger... e poi ci sono le zucche.

Ci sono le classiche zucche verdi da risotto e poi c'è questa.
Una singola zucca bianca, a pera, tanto grossa che per farla star su l'hanno imbragata tipo alpinista.

Da qualche giorno questa zucca mi frullava in testa così oggi io e il cane si siam sedute fuori dalla rete dell'orto e mentre lei sgranocchiava un ramo io disegnavo sul mio sketchbook.

Vorrei riuscire a tener una certa regolarità nel disegnare, tanto più che sto vedendo che, insomma, non sarò picasso ma me la cavicchio :p


Sketchbook si comincia

by Orkaloca settembre 3

Stamane mi son dedicata un'ora e con la scusa di portare Nala a far una passeggiata mi son incamminata lungo un argine, sketchbook e matita alla mano.

Nala non capiva tanto perchè camminassi così lenta "Alloraaaa? Ti muoviii?"

E' che mentre con un occhio badavo che non facesse cose stupide lei (tipo buttarsi nel canale) con l'altro occhio guardavo il disegno che stavo facendo, con tratti veloci, per cercare di cogliere l'ambiente.
Il tutto camminando.

E' stata una prova tanto per rompere il ghiaccio ed iniziare lo sketchbook.

Cosa ho imparato?
Artisticamente nulla, se non notare che, come per me è sempre stato, preferisco ancora buttar giu schizzi molto veloci piuttosto che fare le cose a modino.
Tecnicamente che... disegnare camminando e badando al cane non è la cosa più facile del mondo, ma si può fare :)


Journal: making of

by Orkaloca settembre 1 creazioni

Beside sketchbook the Quilt Judging Course requires me to keep also a journal about my everyday inspirations, reflections, thoughts and so on.
I'm not used to keep a journal, I've made my last one when I was 20, now I've to go back in the mood for journaling. As I did with the sketchbook I've tought that first of all the journal must be nice so I'll be happy to write in it. So I've made it :)

I had this white book, intended for decoupage, and I've decided to cover it with fabric.
Here you can see the white book with a strip of fusible web on the spine. I'll use it to attach the fabric cover.

I chose a green batik for the background and orange and red, with good value contrast, for applique.

But once I've cut the applique shapes I've seen that the contrast wasn't enough so I added a purple fabric to enhance the applique edges and increase shape definition and colour contrast.

I fused and sewed the applique with decorative stitches and shining rayon threads

Next step has been quilting. I've outlined the batik motif, I've used stipples between motives and stuffed the motif lines like you do in boutis, to enhance them.

Then I've used beads and sesquins to decorate it and give motion and a sparking look.

To visually unify the appliques and give the idea of charms dangling from the bigger star I've used a furry thread, handsewed with beads.
So here's the finished cover.

Thanks to the fusible web I've attached the fabric to the cover of the white book, using also a piece of fapric inside the cover to give all a neat and finished look.

And so after two days of work, here's my Journal :)

Now I only need to take courage and start write in it!



by Orkaloca settembre 1 art * creazioni * Art Quilt

Last friday was the release day for the monthly Fast Friday Fabric Challenge and the theme was to explore the design principle of Repetition and play with creative descriptors of group of objects (like a pod of whales, a deck of cards etc)

First I thought to make a quilt about killer whales (predictable but I LOVE them) but after I read the challenge I found by chance, in my grandma home, this old chalk drawing made by my mom when she was a girl:

It has a meaning to me, and since the design seemed to fit with the challenge I've decided to convert it in a quilt.

I've copied the design on fusible web, cutted the pieces and fused on them fabrics, big pieces for the cats, confetti pieces for the yellow/blue part of the bullseye.

I've named it "catseye" because you can't name a group of cats ... every single cat is sure to be the center of the world :)

I've used commercial cotton, the threads are poly and rayon..
It's 15x9 inches and it isn't bounded because I think I'll frame it :)

The only doubt I have is about the blue/yellow part of the catseye... I wonder if it could benefit by a dark satin-stitch to enhance the blue/yellow edge. But I'm afraid that this could visually darken the right half of the work lowering the value contrast with the purple cat.

On the FastFriday blog I've had several good feedbacks and they think I should leave it as it is, what would you suggest?
Thank you!



by Orkaloca agosto 31 creazioni

It seems that out there, in the world of artists of all kinds and species, a big role is played by the sketchbook.
A sketchbook is a notebook, in a few words, in which the artist write or more often draws the ideas that come in mind and that can evolve into finished works.
I've never had a sketchbook, I rather use to sketch on anything I have in hand, from pieces of paper to the back of dinner bills to bar napkins.
Bad because then I often lose them, but ideas remain in my mind.

I have a project book, where I archive the original patterns and templates I design, after I made the prototype, so these are finished projects not ideas for inspiration.
I've never felt the need for a sketchbook. And even now I would not want it, but to keep a sketchbook it is one of the things that Quilt Judging Course requires. (along with a journal but I will speak later about it)

Obviously since I don't like it I've not made it till now, since last october I procrastinated but now I have to do it. So I decided that at least my sketchbook must "belong to me", "be me and mine", from cover to cover.

So I've decided to make my own sketchbook :)

Few years ago I bought a book about how to make books and in the past I've made several, also with leather cover, with a technique similar to the one shown in  THIS WEBSITE (sorry italian but lot of pics).
This time I took it easy. Easy but not sloppy. Which means that I basically did as shown in the link above but without being too fussy, no details such as the sheets survature, the headband or the joint groove... without the bells and whistles: p

For the interior I did 5 sets of 5 bended sheets, so a total of 50 pages, then I ross-tied them.
In this photo you can see the seam and the clamps I used to help me keep everything still.

I joined to the front and back sheet the pastedown pages (the first and the last pages used to attach the cover) and I glued the back of the sheets with paper. (which you can use as an alternative to gauze)

Then I made the cover. The souls of the upper and lower boards and of the spine are made of cardstock, covered with marbled paper I made some times ago. (in the link I put above you can see how to do the cover)

Made the cover I joined it with the pastedowns, carefully leaving a small space between the pastedowns and the boards edges, all around. we call this space "nail".

I was careful to don't glue the spine to the back of the sheets, the spine must not be glued and must be curvy.
Ok, I made a couple of bells and whistles :p

So here it is, after a night under weight, my reallymine allmine sketchbook :)
I've also used my best marbled papers :)

Now I only have to put my mind in this challenge, find the technique, the inner skerching voice, to fill the pages :)

I am comforted by the fact that, apparently, have a sketchbook is one of the most complex and less spontaneous tasks that there are, not only for me but also for other artists :)

And what's about you? Do you have a sketchbook? It is easy to you to make it? Was it always been so? Is useful for you? Would you give me some hints? :)


My corner-studio

by Orkaloca agosto 25 vita di tutti i giorni

Have I ever shown you my corner-studio?
I don't think :) so....

It's a corner-studio because is my creative space, my studio, the place where my works born... and it's also a corner, literally.
A corner of my living-room, that's large so I moved the couch from the wall and in the little space between couch and wall I've made my studio. It's about 6x9feet.

It's small but as you can see I've tried to organize it at the best :)
There's the table where I design, cut and sew, the ironing board and a small shelf-case where I keep books, projects, threads, battings, my second machine and all the notions and items I need ready ner me.
Then there are the rack and the plastic boxes where I keep my fabric stash and WIPs, and finally there's my beloved the mannequin.

It seems messy... no it IS messy, and small, but it has a great pro... this:

That window that allows me to have the best natural light I can desire on my table.

Well, my sewing world is all here :)

Small? Let's say intimate and cozy ^_*


Paint quilt 02

by Orkaloca agosto 23 WIP

Il post di oggi fa parte del blog hop "off the wall fridays" ospitato da Nina-Marie

Oggi mi son dedicata a tentare di dare una texture tono su tono ad un pezzo di cotone nero.

Ho deciso di fare una sorta di craquele usando come mascheratura della pasta di farina e come colore dell'acrilico grigio scuro.

Dunque come prima cosa ho fatto la pastella per mascherare con farina e farina di riso in parti uguali quindi ho aggiunto acqua fino ad avere una pastella che ho steso sula stoffa con una spatola.
Ho lasciato asciugare bene. Asciugando la pastella si crepa. Ho quindi steso il colore grigio spennellandolo bene specialmente sulle crepature in modo da farlo penetrare.

Ho dato due mani di grigio ed ho lasciato asciugare, quindi è stato il momento di togliere la pastella secca e rivelare la stoffa... successo o fallimento? Qui si inziia a vedere...

La stoffa risulta grigiastra perchè c'è ancora della farina intrappolata tra le maglie, quindi ho stirato il pezzo per fissare l'acrilico e poi ho sciacquato la stoffa per eliminare i residui di pastella.
Ecco finalmente il risultato

Carino, si, son abbastanza soddisfatta, ma mi piacerebbe più texture specie al centro.
Ho deciso allora di ripetere il procedimento ma usando una pastella di sola farina di riso. Ecco allora la stoffa che per la seconda volta aspetta la completa asciugatura della pastella

Non è ancora ben secca ma si nota gia come la pastella di sola farina di riso si crepi molto di più.

Quando la pastella si è asciugata bene bene ho steso l'acrilico, un po' più chiaro del precedente, e via altro giro di asciugatura.
Infine ho potuto scrostare la farina di riso rappresa e rivelare il risultato:

E che dire... MI PIAAAAAACEEEEE ^___^

Ora dovrò studiare il modo di usarla con le altre stoffe senza perderne l'effetto e la bellezza ma senza dominare nel quilt sulle altre parti :)
Mmm potrei usarlo magari per fare delle applicazioni sullo sfondo? Ci devo pensare bene :)


Paint quilt 01

by Orkaloca agosto 22 WIP

With this post I'm starting a new WIP serie, I've had an idea and I'll show you my steps to make the quilt I've in mid.
I don't know where it will bring me, I'll make a masterpiece or rubbish, but someone said that the fun is in the journey, so let's start and see what happens :)

Sometimes I read a prompt, like a creative prompt or a quilt challenge, and immediately in my mind the image of the quilt appears.
It's strange, like a love at first sight.
Do you ever feel such a thing?

Well some days ago I read a creative prompt, a very simple one... PAINT.
Paint, a 5 letters word with a great variety of meanings.
And after reading the prompt I immediately seen in my mind the quilt, so I took a piece of paper and draw the concept.

Thinking to paint I immediately thought "color!" and then I thought "black!" because black to me is the more interesting and complete of colours, also if I know technically it's a non-colour :)

So I've had the image of this quilt, all black, with a paint can and a brush outlined by white lines on black. And from the brush a drop of black paint that becomes the most colorful paint you've ever seen and form a colorful pond.

The image in my mind is wonderful, the problem is to bring it into the real world.

Since it will be a black quilt I've decided that if it have no variation in colour, it has to have variation in fabric and texture so I selected some black cotton, lining, tulle and silk from my stash.

As first step I've made the applique pieces that will be the can, brush and colour pond. I've used heat'n'bond on black cotton and white silk.
The colorful fabric is a fabric I marbled some times ago.

Now I have to make the background, I will play with textures both visual and tactile. For tactile texture I will use different fabrics and I'll try some manipulation, For visual texture I want to try to add some ton sur ton painted motives.

Work in progress, stay tuned ^_* andoh, comments and hints are always welcome!


Il campioncino del giorno: Batik facile

by Orkaloca agosto 19

Altro giorno, altro campioncino di tecnica per il Quilt Judging Course... ieri mi son data al batik facile, ovvero fatto usando, come mascheratura, la pastella di farina.
Al contrario del boutis e del sunprint, questa tecnica la conosco molto bene e l'ho usata spesso.
Ha i suoi pro e contro, da un lato è facile, richiede solo farina e acqua, non c'è da faticare per togliere la cera dal tessuto... però impone anche alcune limitazioni. Ad esempio la stoffa non può essere tinta o colorata per immersione, solo a pennello, spugna o spruzzo. Non si deve bagnare troppo.
Comunque è una tecnica che a me da sempre belle soddisfazioni :)

Ho fatto il disegno sulla stoffa con la pastella e l'ho lasciata asciugare, quindi ho dato il colore a spruzzo.

Asciugato il colore c'è la parte divertente.... scrostare la farina

Per rivelare il disegno formato dalla stoffa rimasta bianca