Friday, September 30, 2011

Alphabalance

My latest letterpress project was a poem surrounded by a jumble of wood type. Making a jumble of wood type is a lot more work than the word "jumble" implies. First I picked out letters I liked and arranged them around the poem.

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Then I started arranging the letters on the press bed. I used a chase (a very helpful suggestion from the studio monitor) which made things a little easier. But there are still approximately eleventy million little pieces of lead in there. And also some bits of modeling clay in areas where I couldn't fit lead. The layout took a long time. A. Long. Time.

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I pulled a lot of proofs to get the paper and chase aligned the way I wanted, and to make sure all the letters were printing more or less ok. I had to slide paper under a few letters and also add paper and clay between a couple letters that were wobbly.

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The end result. Totally worth the time it took to put eleventy million pieces of lead into place.

 

 

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Elephant

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Another elephant from the retro mama pattern, this one is for Isaac. It's stuffed with bamboo fiberfill, which I'm not sure I like for large projects. It worked really well for small knitted toys, but I'm afraid it might bunch up in a large, flat toy like this. Time will tell.

 

Thursday, September 8, 2011

sock monkey quilt

I finished Isaac's baby quilt while he was still a baby. I started it last summer and had everything done except the quilting, which I procrastinated on for a long time. I invested in a walking foot this year, did some practicing and finally got up the nerve to quilt this. It's by far the largest item I've machine quilted. I quilted one block at a time and they're all a little different. Some are much more intricate than others. One even has his name stitched in it. The quilting took a really, really long time but I'm pleased with it.

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The fabric is Moda Funky Monkeys, which I've been admiring for years. The pattern is my own design.

 

 

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