Monday, December 23, 2019

T-shirt with Stretchy Noodle Binding on Cotton Jersey

I finished sewing a T-shirt for my sweetie for his holiday present. It’s hard to buy him gifts, but he always wears the T-shirts I make him. This shirt is entirely hand stitched in cotton jersey, using techniques I learned from the books by Alabama Chanin.


My sweetie like AV equipment and electronics. So I made this stencil just for him. I appliquéd the design with backstitch.


Here, I used my original binding technique with a jersey noodle. This is the second shirt I’ve made with this edge treatment, and I really like it.


I cut the strips of cotton jersey 1.25” wide before stretching them into noodles. Then I appliquéd the noodle to the edges in two passes as I show in the drawings here.


It’s easy to do this binding on the neckline because you don’t have to ease it like you do with Alabama Chanin’s folded binding, which I find to be a particularly difficult task. The fold-over step with the noodle automatically makes the noodle shorter than the finished neckline, making it just the right tightness. Here you can see the fold over step half done. 


So the finished neckline is taught and stretchy. Next time, on the sleeve ends, I’ll ease the noodle a little (with a shorter noddle) because I think it belled a little, and a little taper there at the ends of the sleeves would have been better and could have been solved with some easing.


Thanks for looking. Happy holidays!

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Doodle No. 37 Three Cats of Dr. Caligari

Never be afraid to go full rainbow. 



Prismacolor black ink, Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils, Finetec and other mica watercolor paint on Stonehenge 250 GSM 100% cotton paper

4”square

See the flash of the mica.


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Friday, December 6, 2019

Doodle No. 36 Calling Sector 7

This doodle has more mica paint than the others. 


5” square

I thought you might like to see how I layered the colors. The finished piece is bottom right. 


Drawn with archival Prismacolor black ink, Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils, Finetec and other mica watercolor paint on Arches 300 GSM 100% cotton paper. 




Thanks for looking. 

Friday, November 22, 2019

Doodle No. 35 Rooftop Conversation

Remember Cat Planet? This is different planet that also has cats. Sure, you can only see one cat here, but there are more cats on the dark side of the planet. The scale in the right should give you a sense of how big everything is. 


I did something different with the colors on this one. I had a cognitive shift in how layering colors works. I layered colors on the opposite sides of the color wheel, and I’m telling you, it was pretty dicey there for a while because when you mix pink and green, you get brown. Half way through the coloring, I thought it was almost certainly past the point of no return, a total color failure,  At that moment, I took my Kepler dog for a walk to get away from it for a while. When I returned to this drawing, I decided it was salvageable. In the end, I got it right where I hoped it would be when I decided that mixing pink and green was a good idea. 


5” square. 

Drawn with archival Prismacolor black ink, Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils, Finetec and other mica watercolor paint on Aquarelle Arches hot-pressed 100% cotton 140 lb paper. 


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Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Doodle No. 34 In one hole and out the other

This shows another version of the Poincaré model of hyperbolic space with microbes, space junk, aliens, and a few plants. 
Some are real. 
Some imagined. 
Some are totally unbelievable. 

I’ve worked in these colors before. 
I suspect I’ll use them again because they match the furniture. 

5.75” diameter circle.


Drawn with archival Prismacolor black ink, Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils, mica watercolor paint on Stonehenge 250 GSM 100% cotton paper. 


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Monday, November 4, 2019

Doodle No. 33 Tribert Makes Thymine



The design of this is based upon the Poincaré model of hyperbolic space. Ask a mathematician about it. It’s probably their favorite model of hyperbolic space. 


5.75” circle
A lot of people photograph their oakk in brings of flowers with real flowers. I don’t paint flowers. So I thought these Polyhedra seemed appropriate. 



NFS 
Thanks for looking. 

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Doodle No. 32 Adam Explains How Holes Work

These weren’t the colors I thought I would get, but in the end I’m happy with how they turned out. It took a lot of layers of colored pencil to get there


This piece is for someone who likes old wooden furniture and modern art.  It would look nice in a fancy guilded frame.

6.5” by 9.5” oval 
Not for sale
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