Black and Batting

Black fabric and batting. These two things do not belong together. They shouldn’t even be in the same room! And I’m not even going to talk about black fabric and TWO PUGS  THAT NEVER STOP SHEDDING. Anyway, for some reason I seem drawn to black recently, and its been a trial. I do have a large stockpile of those sticky rollers to remove lint from black fabric, and I’ve gone through quite a few of them in the past month or so.

Anyway, here’s what I did with that “garage photo” that I liked so much.  (scroll down for the description of the garage photo) First of all, I realized after the fact that I liked mine upside down from what the original artist did. Second of all, I gathered a nice collection of neutral threads and I planned to embroider all the marks and scars on the original garage doors. I kept staring at the picture, and that did not sound very fun to me at all. So I drew a little sketch filling it up with circles, and that appealed to me (of course.) The colors of the cloth were so bright that the neutral threads looked great on them. It was hard for me to stick with the neutral threads through the whole thing. And I did try to explore as many ways of embroidering circles as I could think of. Here’s the end result.


Then, I found this very sparkly gold fabric at Joann’s. I had seen it several times but passed it up because what was I going to do with it? Then, on my last visit, I thought, hey, what if I embroidered on it? So then I drew another sketch and made a grid. I put a few white squares in my sketch, but when I went looking for fabric, I found this bird print that I really like, so that’s what I included in the grid. I’m taking a trip soon, so this will be my travel project. I’m pretty excited about it.

Choosing the thread colors is the best part of any project:


I am going to Ohio for Sauder Village Rug Week. My rug, “He Holds All Creation Together” was chosen to be one of the Celebration rugs. I have wanted to go to Sauder for several years, so this was as good an excuse as any to go. Maybe when I come back I’ll get back to my rug hooking projects!

7 thoughts on “Black and Batting

  1. The gold project looks beautiful and fun! I was born in Ohio…I bet you’ll have a blast. I finished my little class project and like it a lot. I’ll send you a pic if I can get my camera to work. Aren’t you tired of hot? boy I am. Have fun, Barb

    • I’m excited about my Ohio trip. I’ve been there once before–Ohio seems to be a major player in the textile arts. I’m glad you finished your project–I’d love to see it! And yes, I am very tired of HOT. I tend to stay inside most of the day except for a little time morning and evening in the garden, and when I leave the house to go to the gym.

  2. Your “garage door” project turned out great. It is so exciting to find inspiration in odd places, like garage doors.

  3. So happy for the recognition you have received for “He Holds…” May God’s Word continue to be presented in your creativity and work! Safe travels.

  4. What’s high in the middle and round at the ends? oHIo – thank you to Devo for making that song stick in my head for decades, LOL. Hope you have a great trip there. And wowza on how that garage door quilt evolved – it’s gorgeous! Can’t wait to see your stitching on the gold and black quilt. 🙂

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