Friday, November 6, 2009

Welcomes and Work




I've been remiss in welcoming new followers to the blog, so here is the official WELCOME!!! I'm glad everyone is here and bit by bit, others pop in. I am very bad about updating the blog list on the sidebar, and if you aren't on there and want to be, just let me know. Some things I'm right on top of (like the table when taking above photo....) and other things just sort of slip into the ether....
After fighting with the 12 feet of lined fabric and the weight of it all, it was time for a break, so here we are and yes, I am still looking for a Studio Pixie who just wants to help and enjoy the company.......LOL!!!



Posting a few photos so you can get an idea of what I have been dealing with, such as the above tassels. They started out being only the small purple part, without beads, trim, or bullion fringe. I basically build them for each set of banners. Premade tassels the size needed are far too expensive and never match anything I'm working on.....such is this life!


I did luck out on the candles not looking lost on the large background fabric and also, in the never-ending stash of fabric, found a sheer for the stars that allows the pattern of the b.g. fabric to show through subtly. I was afraid I was going to have to SHOP for something, and with my recent luck in getting junk, I was not looking forward to it.



Here are a couple of the other candles; the color is fairly accurate on them, though the fourth darker purple is out of the picture frame.
Physically and mentally, I will be glad when these are done as I am exhausted from the weight of all the fabric and batting. These have turned out to be pretty much like working with a stubborn quilt, especially the freemotion work required to put the candles on.
On the other hand, I like the design as it reminds me of some of the work I saw when I was a child in Europe, and there is a nice, reminiscing quality to dealing with them. Stars on Christmas cards were almost always the six pointed variety over there. It seemed a natural to do the same on these.
Well, enough......there's fabric calling me, and it's not calling me nice names! LOL! Yes, that's where we're at in this project relationship---calling each other names. Baptism by fire.......
I really do like them. Shhhhh........don't tell!!!
Hope everyone is having a good time and working on something that is not trying to throttle them! Have a good one; I bid you all......

Pax.

25 comments:

Linda Moran said...

stunning, gorgeous, awesome - not enough words! I really love the work you do!

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Good Linda....I'm going to send it to you for you to finish! LOL!!!
I've been sitting here blog surfing trying to get in gear to start back again today on the second banner......the coffee has not kicked in and the body is content in sitting mode. I need a shot of something (electricity???) to GET MOVING!
I think I am still tired from the work-a-thon yesterday, but happy with the result!
Thank you! You keep me going!

XXOO!!
Anne

Bunny said...

Anne it is just beautiful, and I know how hard it is to work on something so big. I embroidered an alter cloth for a church and they had given me the antitque cloth I was so worried I would make a hole it it while embroidering. Thank goodness it came out beautiful. Your work is always so nice. I love the image you posted Monday I have that exact image in an embroidery design and put it on an outfit. Have a great day.

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Hi Bunny,

Yes, there is always something that causes pressure with church work. And not the churches either! My problem is miles of WHITE and keeping it that way, plus the weight of everything.
When I made the altar cloth for our church, I was a nervous wreck until it was done. Beautiful? YES! (as I am sure yours was!) Would I do it again? Not without sedatives......you have to DO this stuff to KNOW.

XXOO!!
Anne

marianne said...

beautiful work! and putting me in the mood for christmas- which seldom happens this early!

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Hey Marianne,

Me either! They push it soooo early that by the time it gets here, I am burned out! So I'm glad this could provide some early cheer!
I'll keep reminding myself of that! ;)

XXOO!!
Anne

audrey said...

Anne, the banner is so beautiful. Once you have completed them and all the agony and pain is behind you, you will look at them and be SO PROUD! As you should be ~ the love you have put into them shows (no one will ever know about the cuss words, anxiety, fits that you threw, etc....LOL!). Only your Blog friends will know and we will never tell. (:
I LOVE the taupe fringe around the bottom. It looks wonderful!
GREAT JOB, Anne!!

Marilyn said...

Mornin' Anne!!
I will say this I AM IMPRESSED !!
Your work is beautiful!!
Hope you have a great day as I am continuing my Fall House cleaning (throwing junk away)......
They say if you haven't used something in 5 years you don't need it... (My mantra too!)LOL!!
Love,
Marilyn

yoborobo said...

Oh, Anne - they are just lovely. :) I cannot (CANNOT) imagine working on something like this. It would end up looking like a three-year-old hit it with a box of Magic Markers! LOL! You are AMAZING!!!!! Now, get back to work. haha! Have a fabulous weekend -
xoxox Pam

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Hi Audrey,

You are absolutely right; when they are done, as with all the others I have done, I love them. I figure it is pennance for all the hell I have raised in my life! LOL!!! (which means I have about 5000 more sets to make to break even....)
The fringe is a very soft pink, with taupe and a hint of delicate moss green. It reads as different colors under diffeent lighting, and that makes it work good!
Now steaming that heavy dark piping that goes up the sides; it needs preshrinking or stretching---I'm not sure which---and does better doing it BEFORE putting it on......I finally learn.
Sigh......
Or QUACK! :)

XXOO!!
Anne

Tristan Robin Blakeman said...

Really, really lovely! I'm sure they'll look terrific hanging!

You make your own tassels? Are you as totally and completely insane as I am envious?!

You have to teach me how to do it - I've tried a couple of times and my tassels ended up looking like frayed shoelaces.

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Hi Marilyn,

When you get done at your house, feel free to come here. I don't want to think how many years of stuff could go.....actually, there is dust that falls in that catagory too! LOL!
Thanks for the kind words on the work at hand...that keeps saying get oof the computer... :)

XXOO!!
Anne

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Hey Pam----ROFLMOA!!!!! Oh, too funny! I feel like that the whole time I am doing them! Seriously! I have no confidence until I see the people when they are delivered, and they just smile and ooooo and aaaahhhhh.....then everything is okay.
Okay task-mistress, I see you going for the riding crop! LOL!

XXOO!!
Anne

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Het Tristan,

Yes, I build up tassels. It's not that hard because you start with a premade tassel (the purple part) then turn it upside down, get the fringe out of the way and begin putting bullion fringe (rolled tightly) in the under-section. Lots of hard hand work but they look beautiful. Then beads and trims as you see fit. These are some of the simpler ones I've done due to time constrictions and not being able to find the proper Advent colors.
And yes, you know I am insane. I thought that was why you liked me.... ;) LOL!
Off to the salt mine....

XXOO!!
Anne

gypsylulu said...

Oh me , oh my!...What to say here?
This is absolutely magnificent, Anne!
i knew they would be..but imagining all the work and hoping all will lay smooth...those fabrics are tricky for sure!
Not to mention the weight...you're entitled to any cuss words you need...and we will certainly not tell... lol!
thanks for showing us...
xoxo, gypsy

audrey said...

Ha ha ha
LOVE the "Quack"!!

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Hey Gypsy,

Yeah, it's like trying to juggle cats getting everything straight and smooth and then holding and sewing.
I really do NOT know why I do this....I think I must be a sadist....LOL!!!
But banner two is on the table, and I'm in the humor to work, so all is good! WWOZ on the computer and enjoying my touch of NOLA!!!

XXOO!!
Anne

Deborah said...

Oh Anne!!! It's glorious! Could you make some for my parish, please and thank you! Just splendid. I can almost feel the weight just looking at it. Now play nice together you two!
**blows kisses** Deb

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Deborah...I love you dear.....don't push it! LOL!!! I still have the Easter ones to get done since that was when the hip went.....AAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHH!!!!!!
Okay, we'll try and behave, but I don't make promises. I may be like Milo and just start getting into mischief! ;)

XXOO!!
Anne

Leslie said...

They are turning out awesome! Love the embellished tassles and can't wait to see a pic of them hung in their sacred space. See, you CAN do it!

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Hey Leslie,

Yes, I guess I can...and dang it, I can't think of a THING to get you laughing hard this morning!!! (at least I think it is still morning...LOL!)
It has taken me most of the a.m. to pin, yes--just PIN, the trim on one side. Ready to sew....thank God for Blog-Breaks!!!!
I'll have to find something to make you laugh...you just wait! >:)

XXOO!!
Anne

Georgina said...

Gorgeous Anne...I'm working on getting well, so I can get my sorry arse back into the studio!!! Have a great one.

Love ya,
G

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Hey Georgina,

Sure hope you get well soon; it stinks being sick. Can't work in the studio and then have the house to deal with....ACK!!!

XXOO!!
Anne

Magpie's Mumblings said...

Oh. My. I had absolutely no idea this things was THAT big!! It's no wonder you're having issues with it. Baptism by fire indeed! You have to be a saint to even attempt such a thing.

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Hey M.A.

No saint here, mostly a sinner! It's like trying to speed quilt a king sized piece....with heavy fringe. HA!
BAck at it today, thought I have to admit I have no desire or real energy for it......oh well. Such is the life of a contracted sewee!!!

XXOO!!
Anne

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