Friday, May 30, 2014



My new jacket, all ready for my trip to Ashland, Oregon for the Design Outside the Lines Retreat.
The main fabric is African vintage indigo dyed cotton, handwoven in strips on a backstrap loom and hand stitched together.   I then added some running stitches after cutting the fabric for the jacket.  The pocket decorations are old (vintage - 30 - 50 years old?? or more??) from Thailand, cut from old, damaged fabrics, and the trim fabric is printed cotton (new) from my local quilting store.

This was fun to make, but I did quite a bit of various hand stitching on it and it ended up being a lot more work than I originally thought it would.  Oh well!  I'm happy with it and will enjoy wearing it this next week at the retreat.

I'll report on the retreat when I return.  New creative ideas, friends, scenery.  What could be better?

Sunday, May 4, 2014


A couple of new watercolor sketches from my sketchbook.  They both had a bit of candle wax rubbed on the preliminary drawing to create resist highlights.  Just experiments, don't think I'd actually do that in a 'real' painting -  too harsh.  I like the highlight on the bowl (no candle wax) best.
This is an older drawing, as you can see by the date, but I hadn't included it in any other blogs so thought I'd do it now.  This was painted with Durwent Durer watercolor pencils.  Lots of fun and I love the way they blend and intensify when you wet them, but you can also use them like colored pencils for lines and shading.  They'd be great for traveling.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

collinsstudio: I've finally finished the hand painted vest I star...

collinsstudio: I've finally finished the hand painted vest I star...: I've finally finished the hand painted vest I started at the retreat in Santa Barbara.  This is it below. Now on to the next project. ...
I've finally finished the hand painted vest I started at the retreat in Santa Barbara.  This is it below.
Now on to the next project.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

This was a long road trip and on the way home I stopped in Tucson to visit a friend, and we spent a day at the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show.  We could easily have spent a week looking at all the beads, and minerals and gems, and still not seen it all.  What an awesome display of beauty and glitz. Below are a couple of wonderful crystal stones, and two pieces of African handwoven indigo fabric.  I brought the fabric home with me, but unfortunately I couldn't bring the crystals.  Maybe next year, but I'm thinking that fabric will make a nice Boro type jacket.  Will let you know.

These are a few pics of some work I did after one of Kay Khan's workshops.  I'll do more, and I can see these ideas used in clothing embellishments.