Petrapiece by Hoonie Feltham

July 18, 2009

Originally uploaded by Karnataka10

“This is a piece I made in 2007 and exhibited in an Art Show in Oxford, England that year.
It reflects my response to a visit to the World Heritage site of Petra in Jordan. Petra was built by the Nabbateans around 2000 years ago in a long, deep gorge in a mountain range. The buildings are shallow, mainly one room deep, carved into the sandstone rock face. People may remember the scene of an extraordinary building in Raiders of the Lost Arc. That is the main building facing you as you walk down the ‘siq’ (gorge).
2000 years has caused the sandstone to weather into highly colourful lines of pinks and purples which I have tried to replicate in my piece.
The embroidery of the weathered sandstone is placed between two pieces of dupion silk onto which I have machine embroidered the ziggurat shapes carved onto the faces of most of the buildings in Petra.
The piece sold from that exhibition.”

–Hoonie Feltham

Flickr

July 18, 2009

This is a test post from flickr, a fancy photo sharing thing.

Flickr

July 18, 2009

This is a test post from flickr, a fancy photo sharing thing.

Before Breakfast: A Merit Badge Inspired by Lynda Barry

May 18, 2009

BeforeBreakfast

I stitched this patch before breakfast this morning. I’m reading Lynda Barry‘s What It Is.

Merit Badges at Gallery Hanahou

January 28, 2009

Here are my three merit badges for the show at Gallery Hanahou:

If I Only Had a Brain

If I Only Had a Brain

If I Only Had a Brain

If I Only Had a Heart

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If I Only Had Some Guts

Embroidery Show at Gallery Hanahou

January 28, 2009

The Forget Me-Not embroidery show at Gallery Hanahou in SOHO opens Feb. 6.

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Melinda Barta launches melindabarta.com

October 24, 2008

Melinda Barta decided to launch her new web site to coincide with the publication of her latest book, Custom Cool Jewelry. I’m hoping to get back the copy I loaned to my sister in San Diego; in the meantime, I’d like to recommend my favorite parts of the site:

Melinda’s Musings

This blog dates back to 2005, making it ancient by web standards, but who said I was keeping up with anything? I just discovered Melinda’s Musings, a blog that accompanied the publication of Melinda’s first book, Hip to Stitch. I’ve been enjoying my copy of the book for several years now, with its original, easy-to-follow projects that are “crafty chic.” Nested in MM are:

CraftSanity: podcasts; and where I read about postedstitches, where two quilters hold a monthly conversation. I had a similar fiber art pen pal idea during my design school days. I sent out a bunch of cloths with an inch or so of my handstitching, asking friends to add something and send back. Unfortunately, of the four embroidered cloths I sent out only one came back and then I started grad school and all hell broke loose so the idea got scrapped. I still think it’s a great idea.

Also: Melinda has a link on her friends page to Renie Breskin Adams’ web site and blog. I’ve loved and admired Renie for years and took a course at Penland from her in 1998. Renie is the Queen of the Detached Buttonhole Stitch, and a Master Embroiderer. Looking at Renie’s blog and cartoons brought back memories of her delightful silliness. And like the Dalai Lama, she seemed ready at any moment to break into hysterical giggling. I’m glad that R has brought her whacky whimsy to the web.

Below: a detail from the narrative embroidery I worked on in the course at Penland:

Beadwitched Earrings at Quilt Visions Art Quilt Gallery

October 7, 2008
Beadwitched Earrings

Beadwitched Earrings

My witch earrings and pendants can be purchased at Quilt Visions Art Quilt Gallery in San Diego. For information enquire at visions@quiltvisions.org or 619-546-4872. If you incline toward the tactile, you’ll enjoy viewing their web site. Be sure to visit on your next trip to San Diego.

My fairy jewelry-making kits are also available in the Gallery Shop. They come in three styles: original pastel, woodland colors and a slightly larger fairy with vintage repro flower and leaf beads.

larger fairies (kit makes 9)

Pictured: larger fairies (kit makes 9)

If you’re interested in making your own witches, see this post.

Beadwitched Earrings

October 7, 2008
Beadwitched Earrings

Beadwitched Earrings

Beading Daily has published the instructions for my wirework witches. They are available for free from now until October 27, 2008.

Flocked Beads Appear in Beadwork Magazine

October 7, 2008
Customized Color Flocked Beads

Customized Color Flocked Beads

Beadwork magazine published my hand-colored beads in their October-November 2008 issue. All you need is some of these oval flocked beads you can buy at Michaels or JoAnns Fabrics and a selection of felt markers, some fine for detailing. A colorless blender also comes in handy to get a wet-on-wet effect.