Digital Collage…..from rusty wheel rim

By on 11-05-2010 in Original photos

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This is my first digital collage. I started with the image below….a rusty wheel rim. The bright red and orange colours captured my imagination. There is a blade of grass in the center of the rim which gave some colour contrast. I manipulated pieces of the image, cropped them in Adobe Photoshop and moved them onto a new background. The colours for the background were taken from the rim as well. The lines were made with a Photoshop brush and applied before moving the image. This collage would look good on a card, in a scrapbook page or as a block in an autumn quilt.

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November’s ‘sky jewels’

By on 11-05-2010 in Original photos

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Overnight, freezing rain and snow transformed into ‘sky jewels’ as the sun peaked out for an hour around 9:00 a.m. About 15 minutes after I had taken the photos, the grey clouds brought more snow and freezing rain. What a beautiful interlude. By late afternoon the sun came out again, bringing back those ‘sky jewels’.

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Icicles were sparkling in the sunlight. I was hoping to catch a drop, unfortunately that┬ádidn’t happen. But they were very pretty all the same.

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A sunny winter day can be astounding, bringing the clear blue of the sky along with clouds reflecting the light. It lifts my heart when the light appears.

Christmas in November….snowflakes

By on 11-05-2010 in Original photos

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This bright sunny snowflake was published in the McCall’s Fall/Winter 1972-73 Needlework Magazine. The yellow gives the snowflake a very “sun-like” appearance. I thought it would look great appliqued in white on a mid blue ground to look more like a real snowflake. Done as a bed-sized quilt would give it an Hawaiian look. Embroidered white on white, in faux suede and given a trapunto technique, it would make a modern, sophisticated pillow.

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McCall’s gave a 1/4 pattern. I have put it together for a full, round pattern.

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Candlelight Bouquet, a vintage pattern just right for Christmas

By on 11-05-2010 in Original photos

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This pretty needlework was published in the McCall’s Needlework Fall 1977 magazine. It is a delicate piece that could lend itself to a medallion on a whole cloth bedspread. A matching pillow would complete the set. Embroidering the flowers in different colours and an appliqued vase would create a very different, but wonderful piece of work.

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