Stepping into the slow lane

Well I havent fallen off the earth, but it has sort of felt that way. I came back from Houston and promptly got sick. I know a lot of us are dealing with this cold. I keep thinking I am going to be over it in another day and yet it lingers. Ugh. I have too much to do.

I am tackling a project that is long over due, my friend Kathy York is curating a village of artist houses for an exhibit. I have known about this project for over 6 months and am only now getting around to starting it and the deadline is just a couple weeks away, with Thanksgiving next week, sigh.

I am trying something a little new for making my house. I found out that abaca paper is often used to make tea bags (and money). Abaca is also used to make unryu tissue which I have used in my collages before. Unryu is the tissue paper that has little fibers visible in it. You can buy plain abaca here or here.

I created several black and white collages, combining text and imagery in photoshop, cut some heavier weight abaca paper to 8 1/2″ x 11″ and stuck it in my toner printer and printed out the collages. Next I painted the paper with textile paints and fused it to Peltex (heavy weight interfacing). Although the fuse did not stick that great, it did hold well enough for stitching.

I have more stitching to do and then pieces to cut and assemble. This is as far as I have gotten so you will have to stay tuned for what comes next.

14 Responses to “Stepping into the slow lane”

  1. Lesley Riley says:

    These are absolutely gorgeous Judy. You continue to amaze me.

  2. Jamie Fingal says:

    We are both in the same boat, so you are not alone. Today, I finally feel like myself from having been sick since I got home. Today I worked on my house. It has a roof and walls. Glad you are feeling better.

  3. So gorgeous! Can’t wait to see the finished house. I wish mine were progressing more…maybe this weekend.

  4. sophie says:

    Another Abaca fun fact–some “straw hats” that appear to be “Panama straw” are actually made from Abaca … and you definitely don’t want to get caught in the rain while wearing one.

    I can already imagine your new house. I can’t wait to see it. Feel batter soon!!

  5. Bee says:

    I hope you are feeling better soon! These pieces are gorgeous!! I love the rich colors. I am eager to see the finished project.

  6. Love the dense color you got with the paper. Finished my house for Kathy but I’m thinking I should make some more of them. It was so much fun!

  7. Melly Testa says:

    I am going to go buy that! Fabtastic work! I am going to facebook this post!

  8. Sue Dennis says:

    Beautiful imagery & so enhanced by the stitch.Hope you’re feeling better soon.

  9. jojo says:

    Just beautiful and look forward to seeing the finished project.

  10. Jane LaFazio says:

    gorgeous! love the colors, the imagery and the info. hope you feel back to normal soon!!!

  11. Quilt Rat says:

    WOW! This is going to be spectacular when finished. I already love it at this stage.

  12. marshaleith says:

    Wow- just beautiful. You should make a video on how you did this- I would be first in line to buy it.

  13. Jane LaFazio says:

    so, instead of collecting teabags, drying them, taking them apart, not to mention begging friends for their teabags, now I can just scan once teabag onto abaca paper and print a million of them! 🙂

  14. I love your work. It is lovely. I understand about your cold. I got the swine flu last term and spent a very slow long 7 weeks recovering. Alot of work was left till the very last minute….. Hope you feel better soon and get all your work done.

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