There's a lot of life out there, if you look for it. This is what I had been telling myself pretty consistently a couple of summers back. Why the need for reminders of this fact, you ask? Well, 2013 had not been that fantastic of a summer. My husband lost his job, among other things.… Continue reading Of Beautiful Things
Hello! My name is Sharyn Raiche. I am a fiber artist and an elementary educator. I began ColorWheel Quilts about 7 years ago, after challenging myself to work with fiber every day during my summer vacation. For nine weeks in 2011, I documented my journey with words and pictures on Facebook. At the end of… Continue reading Welcome to ColorWheel ArtQuilts
It's a warm night for May.... overhead gorgeous sky teems with color, Mother Nature's artistry I only dream of reproducing. I've been outside all afternoon, since finishing work on this 145th day of school. My second graders are wrapping up the year, thinking first of the weekend with its baseball games and First Holy Communions,… Continue reading Summer Quilts —-> ColorWheel ArtQuilts
Hello readers, I apologize! It's been a while since I've posted anything.... this time of year tends to get away from me as I move through the last weeks of summer and gear up for another school year. This year I am teaching a new grade level. In addition to that fun preparation I am… Continue reading I am remiss but very busy
Work today focused on adding more thread to the Red Rock quilt. The color are starting to become more complex as I add the layers.. the process reminds me very much of using glazes in oil painting.
Yesterday I visited a great little fabric store, here in North Conway. It's called Vac-N-Sew, and if you can't guess by the name they sell vacuum cleaners as well as sewing machines and fabric. It's a stop I try to make every year when we are in the area, and if you are ever up this way I recommend it. 🙂 I had a wonderful time browsing. I came away with a stack of fabric in some very interesting colors and patterns.... we'll see how this works together once I get home. Today is a travel day. Most of my supplies are packed and ready for the trip home!
This is a thread painting I began working last summer. The subject matter is derived from sketches and photos I took of Red Rock Canyon in Nevada. To begin the process I made a template and then cut and affixed the fabrics to a heavy weight linen canvas, the kind painters use. I sewed a "base" of thread in colors that mirrored the drawing. I am adding additional thread and layering it, paying attention to the direction I sew to help create movement in the piece.
A close-up of the beads and stitching, and the top laid out on the picnic table.
Good morning 🙂 What happened to yesterday's post is anyone's guess. But once again let me explain: here I am, on the beautiful Saco River in Northern NH for my favorite camping trip of the year. Yes, I've brought along everything I need - my family, a good book, sunscreen - and of course... my… Continue reading Patience…. and Perseverance
Hello readers 🙂 Okay, I'll admit it, as much as I love my machine and everything it does, there is something very relaxing about hand sewing. What is represented here is about 6 hours of beadwork... and I know, it's almost impossible to see. I apologize - I believe I need a better camera. I'll work on that, but in the meantime this one is sandwiched and ready for finishing. Time to switch gears a bit. What will be next from the pile? :=)