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Does anybody remember the amusing old song from the 1950s and 60s "A Sewing Machine is a Girl's Best Friend". It started something like this:
"Oh! A sewing machine, a sewing machine is a girl's best friend,
If I didn't have my sewing machine I'd have come to no good end.
A bobbin, a bobbin, a wheel, a wheel, I while away the day,
By night I feel so weary that I never get out to play."
In my opinion this lass is never going to get the thread through that needle!
This lovely geisha is my offering for the Take a Word theme of "Sewing", with artificial silk fabric for the central panel.
When I made this wall-hanging, I left the puffy cream silk background as a cushiony contrast to the extensive machine embroidery on the clothes. Sadly it doesn't photograph well, and perhaps I should originally have made the decision the quilt the background as well.
The image was taken from a beautiful card, but I've lost my record of who the artist was, so I apologise for not crediting it.
In Photoshop I selected the legs from a photograph I had taken of a young friend, repeated it to form a design and then printed it out onto the cream cotton fabric ready for quilting with random free-machine quilting on the sewing machine. For the challenge I've added a red border and the word "Legs" in Photoshop.
I'll also be linking this to Artist's Play Room , Paint Party Friday and Inspiration Avenue .
Visiting from the APR - What a lot of clever stitchwork. Quilting is such a wonderful craft. One I've not got the patience nor skill for, but love what all others accomplish :0)ReplyDelete
Jez I loved to read your lovely memories from your childhood, thanks, your small quilts are so beautifully made.ReplyDelete
Each sewing piece is brilliant!! I love the colors, the designs...all of them!!ReplyDelete
you always amaze me! You have so many different approaches and yet your work always seems like you. Love your "legs," that is really cool!ReplyDelete
Great work. CheersReplyDelete
Oh Jez these are so beautiful. Each one so different.ReplyDelete
I'm in awe because it takes all my time to sew a button on...and I have a sewing machine that has been waiting for years for a broken needle replacement!!!
I think the geisha looks perfect with the silk.
I'm off today to try and create something to enter APR...fingers crossed.
Have a great week whatever you have planned ;)
I'm so glad you've shared these, they are spectacular!!ReplyDelete
I agree with Electra. Jez, you are one creative lady! xoReplyDelete
Your quilts are so beautiful Jez, so much love and patience. I have never quilted anything larger than a cushion cover so really am in awe of your workmanship. Thank you for sharing your work with the world! :)ReplyDelete
I love quilts I just wish I love to sew...this is fabulous and funny!ReplyDelete
Jez you're a talented lady in many ways. Bravo!ReplyDelete
Wow! You are such a creative artist! They are beautiful! The stylish lady on the first quilt is my favourite!ReplyDelete
You are very creative in many ways. Love your work. Legs is a fun piece. Gre3at.ReplyDelete
Fantastic textile art! ValerieReplyDelete
sewing freaks me out and sends me to hiding in a dark corner ... I always manage to draw blood... always... so this is even more amazing to see than if I was a sewer... mad skills dear Jez...xxReplyDelete
Love love the first one, oooh you are so clever. Happy PPF.ReplyDelete
wonderful collages. Happy PPF, Annette xReplyDelete
You make art with needle and thread ... saludosReplyDelete
Great pieces, I love the legs....Happy PPFReplyDelete
Lovely art especially the legs, so original.ReplyDelete
Great needlework. Thanks for sharing!!ReplyDelete
These are marvelous, Jez! You may consider linking the glamorous lady to Inspiration Avenue's Retro Art Challenge at http://inspiration-avenue-team.blogspot.com/2013/05/retro-art-challenge.html. Blessings!ReplyDelete
Jez you never cease to amaze me!! Wonderful quilt work.. all so unique and special!!ReplyDelete
You are so talented and creative with fabric (as well as with a paintbrush). I'm blown away by these pieces! The Geisha trying to thread the needle is amazing!ReplyDelete
I'm happy you've found us at Inspiration Avenue, and hope you'll stop back each week to play!
you are one amazing and remarkable woman, Jez, and the breadth of your work humbling. I love these pieces and your generous sharing of their stories and your own thoughts.ReplyDelete
Wow Jez, you are full of surprises!! these textile pieces are amazing, you have such a talent!! (don't remember the song though, lol)ReplyDelete
Really like the work you are doing here! Especially the legs are very well made. I will start my own crafts project once my button sewing machine and the elastic thread I ordered arrives. Wish me luck :)ReplyDelete