Hooray! There are still some holiday items left and now they are available on the online store!
Thank you for visiting Pine Tree Studio at the Christmas markets - if you need a last minute gift mailed directly to someone - I can help!
Thank you for supporting another year of art-making!
This summer, I was lucky enough to film two video demonstrations at the studio of Quilters Newsletter magazine in Golden, Colorado! Together with Associate Editor & Host Mary Kate Karr-Petras, I discussed and demonstrated my techniques for upcycling 100% wool sweaters into wool felt that I then use for appliqué. You can watch these videos here and read more about my work and inspiration here.
I've always had a passion for photography, but sometimes I forget to practice! According to my Instagram account, I've been adding pictures for 36 weeks…that's over half a year! I love snapping pictures on my iPhone- it's so easy to take digital pictures and when I look around at the place where I live, I'm seeing new things all the time. Colors, the sky, an interesting piece of architecture, incredible natural beauty. These moments captured in photos feed my soul, and get me fired up to do art. It's just a matter of seeing the extraordinary in the place where you live. What feeds your soul? (Click on photos below to enlarge and link here to go to my instagram page - you don't need an account to view it)
What's a jealous quilter to do when her brother in Boise brings home a camper (once it's fixed up, it will be amazing!)? Make some out of fabric, of course. My brother lives next to a park in Boise and around the time he brought this camper home, a group of en plein air painters descended on the park for a day's work and about four of them chose to paint the camper! Well, my version is painting with fabric! So, check it out in the on-line store, two colorways of campers for two new Fiber Art Card designs - adorned with vintage buttons!
Ahhh, summer! Two new fiber art card designs that capture the fun of being in the sun….check them out in the on-line store.
Handcrafted felt, made in Pine Tree Studio, wound and sewn together into gorgeous roses that never fade….just added to the online store.
WOOL!!!!! I've been making my own felted wool from thrift store sweaters (read more here) and combining the wool appliqué pieces with hand-dyed quilted cotton backgrounds, as well as vintage wool fabric pieced backgrounds. Embellishments are added in pearl cotton threads and voila! charming foxes are leaping all over my little wall art pieces. It's been a deluge of rain in Boulder this Spring, but feeling like summer is just around the corner.
These felt roses, made from felted upcycled 100% wool sweaters, are destined to adorn the fabulous felted knit hats that Daniela Knapp makes. Daniela and I met through the Handweavers Guild of Boulder and have worked together at the Annual Sale. Daniela is an incredible and expert knitter and one of her specialities is felted hats in all colors. These roses are going into Daniela's hands today, so likely you will see hats & pins together at the HGB sale in late October/early November. Or maybe you already have one of Daniela's hats? I do!
Spring and Winter go back and forth here in the Rocky Mountains, so felted wool is still a favorite material for me to work with! These brooch/pins are so fun to make, I just can't stop. Embroidering with perle cotton brings the thick felt to life with color and a slight sheen. Check back for more new creations coming out of the studio this Spring!
It starts with a 100% sweater either found at a thrift store or in someone's closet....and it ends as an original embroidered felty fox! The discarded 100% wool knit sweater is washed for 2+ hours on the hottest cycle in the washing machine until the knit is no longer visible, because the fibers have so shrunken and intermeshed, that I've produced FELT. Then, the former sweater can be cut with scissors into shapes and appliqued, embellished and created into unique works of art. Wool is a great fiber to play with on a snowy cold day like today....going to make another cup of coffee and bring these felty guys to life.
New today in the On-line store are blank Fiber Art Cards just perfect to send a friend to stay "thinking of you" or just "stay warm!" It's a bright cold Winter's day in Colorado and I can't think of anything nicer than a hot cuppa tea and a note from a friend. (Okay, maybe that and watching Masterpiece Mystery! too.)
Today I'm designing a new fiber art card - a black speckled Thuringian rooster to complement the white hen from 2013. I'm playing with the free-motion quilted thread details on the body and tail, as well as the colors of thread and border. He's a handsome fellow!
Look who's making a debut on a Potholder/Mini-Quilt!
Foxes run around Pine Tree Studio everyday, and this dapper quilted fellow is really quite fabulous posing with his muffler.
Take a look in the on-line store!
July 20 - August 28, 2013, the City of Boulder is hosting a show at the Boulder Public Library. Artists who have created work on location or inspired by Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks, will be hung in the Canyon Gallery for you to explore. The show is entitled "Art Inspired by the Land" and you can view my 52x52" art quilt, "Before Boulder." When my son, Joshua, was in the third grade, I chaperoned a field trip to South Boulder open space. There, the students and parents alike learned that the trees that we see today in Boulder were planted by settlers and are mostly non-native. What did grace the prairie rolling up to the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, were three types of tall grasses. Thus, my art quilt reflects the distinctive "Flatirons" that lie before us spatially in Boulder and the tall grasses that grew chronologically before us. I've wanted to create a quilt of the Flatirons since I moved to Boulder in 2001, and this Ranger talk provided the added inspiration.
Have you seen the Boulder B-Cycle bikes at solar-powered stations around town? In May 2011, Boulder's new bike sharing program was launched for short-excursion cruiser bikes from point-to-point stations downtown. How awesome is that? To celebrate the first year of Boulder B-Cycles (and by the way, B-Cycles are also in Madison, WI, Houston, TX, Hawaii, Denver, and Chicago!) artists donated original artwork that was auctioned at the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art to benefit the program, and photographs of the artwork were transferred onto the panels on both sides of the Boulder B-Cyle baskets, instead of advertising! Here's my art quilt that was auctioned and reproduced onto a B-Cycle basket!
Now I need your help! I've only seen "my bike" with the quilted fish panel once while driving on my way to an appointment. So if you spot the Boulder B-Cycle with the quilted fish basket panels, take a picture with your phone or camera, email the photo to me and I'll post it here on my blog. And if you're really adventurous, come with me as I ride a B-Cycle around Boulder from station to station looking for that B-Cyle to snap a photo!