Playing with paint

Playing with paint
abstract art

18 June 2014

I Have a Finish

Well at least I almost have a finish!

 All I have to do now to my little art quilt project is to sew the backing on and make a hanging sleeve.  But the front is done.   I haven't decided what to call it yet.  The theme for the challenge was the word "Botanical". So if anyone can help me with a clever name for this I would appreciate it. I am terrible at coming up with names.

For the cap on the yellow mushroom I soaked some linen in a pan with some rusty nails and other rusty bits and pieces I found in an old tool box and then I boiled it up in a mix of tumeric powder in balsamic vinegar and that was the result.  The blue cap is needlelace. I might add that the vinegar stripped the rust from the nails.

 I loved the sheen of the velvet I used on the large mushroom and just happened to have some taffeta that I had pleated up ready for some smocking.  It had been in the box so long that when I removed the threads the pleats stayed there and was perfect for under the mushroom.

The "trees" in the background are cut from some fabric I painted and stamped. I have mounted the whole thing on some thick felt, and other fabrics are some I have had for a long time just waiting for the "right thing" to come along.

closed herringbone

This was a sampler I prepared for a stitching workshop
 I have been back to working on the pages for my fabric book.  It is growing.  The pages are 11.5cm x 11.5cm.  I am looking for a site where I can do some collages with the photos so I can post them in groups.

The pages are a mix of stitch samplers I have done for Tast (which stands for Take  a Stitch Tuesday with Sharon Boggon here)  and samplers I have done with other workshops, or when I have been sharing my own knowledge with friends .  This fabric book is the second I am working on, and includes samplers from my embroidery days from the beginning to the present day.

Dont know the name of this flower but it is giving a nice show in the garden here

This unusual little shrub is quite pretty

My fuschia is very happy in its pot, and never seems to stop flowering.
 I love geraniums and have several colours in pots on my back patio.
The weekend is almost upon us once more. The year is flying.  Have a nice day.

Sorry about the small text I have tried to make it larger but it doesn't seem to be working.  So hope it is on your computers.


  1. totally awesome.
    i think the yellow flower could be a honeysuckle variety

  2. I love your Botanical Embroidery - I like the modern aspect of it. And rusting is a genious thing. I am glad I could see it. Flowers are beautiful and probably still from summer -

  3. Good morning Shirley ~ I love that botanical piece. The mushrooms are delightful. Your use of fabrics and colors is great.

    Your other works are very nice too. You are one talented lady.

    Your flowers are pretty and a joy to see in your gardens I'm sure.


  4. Love your finished piece Shirley. How about "Fungi Botanica" or "fungi fantasy"? Your flowers surrounding you are very pretty. I am sure they brighten your day.

  5. SHIRLEYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!! You're backkkkkk!!!!!! Oh my gosh! this is so beautiful, Shirley! I love how you used all of the different techniques in your gorgeous peice!!!! The name that comes to mind for this masterpeice is FLORA AND FUNGI BOTANIQUE! of course, that just popped into my head and i wonder if there is even such a word as Botanique!!!!! lol. Well it is fantastic, floral, fungi-lischious!!!!!

    I cannot get over the lovely flowers you have blooming at your house!!!!! They are very exotic!!!!! The yellow one is tres magnefique!!!!!

    So happy to see you back in the (stitching) saddle again! The eyes are working good again! Thank God for your wonderful eye surgeon! So happy for you, Shirley!!!!!


  6. Love your flower different from this side of the globe. :-) Your toadstool piece is terrific...not sure about a title, however. "Terrific Toadstools" seems a bit corny, eh?!

  7. I love the little quilt at the top, Shirley.
    Just a note, the text in your post is very small. I know your sight is fantastic now :-), but mine is still the same! LOL

  8. Hello Shirley, I think your botanical art quilt is awesome. It is very creative and all your stitching is beautiful. I love it. For some reason when I look at this art piece I see a enchanted forest. Your Queensland tropical flowers are gorgeous. Thanks for sharing them. Hugs Judy

  9. your wall hanging is a beauty Shirley, so many different techniques, a delight. Lots happeing in your garden, very colourful

  10. Lovely finished pieces of embroidery, Shirley. I also thought of something along the fungi track too-"fungi in the forest". The flowers in the garden are very nice too.