It's Summer time!

Summer's here and what a great time to be inspired! Flowers are blooming, vegetables are growing and the sun is brighter then ever. I've been weaving up a storm and experimenting with all sorts of crafts. 

At the local farmer's market, I picked up my summer favorite- sunflowers. It's bright yellow petals and green leaves make me smile. What can I say! As I looked closely at the center, I realized that specks of purple and maroon popped out like dots in a Seurat painting. I somehow had to experiment with that concept in a weaving. 

Inspiration

Inspiration

Final product

Final product

So I made this wall hanging. First I painted the center of the flower directly on the warp. I got introduced to Dye-Na-Flow a few years ago and it's become a favorite painting tool of mine. Painting and weaving- yes please. After the center was dry, I wove the piece with leftover hand painted yarn I had lying around. It was perfect to create the flower with all its beautiful yellow tones. Next, I embroidered the petals and leaves. I also added black and maroon bits to highlight that beautiful center I was talking about. I put it on twig and voila- wall art! 

"Alright Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my closeup."

"Alright Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my closeup."

I also wanted to experiment with paper cut outs and embroidery. Here is a little canvas piece I made.

   

 

 

Flowers I received as a gift. 

Flowers I received as a gift. 

Vegetables from my grandmother's garden, Handwoven table runner underneath. 

Vegetables from my grandmother's garden, Handwoven table runner underneath. 

Happy Summer everyone! 

-Jeni Lynn