Laughing Dog Arts

Friday, August 6, 2010

Broken Hearts

This is what I have been playing around with lately. I found a box of acrylic felt pieces at a garage sale awhile back and gave myself permission to play around with them.  I hand stitched some circles of felt together, then cut them into quarters, rearranged them and put them back together.  A bullseye. After I machine stitched them down on the felt backing I began adding bits and pieces of felt shapes and beads and buttons.

Originally I was going to make this into a pillow but after I saw how much pet hair it was picking up just by carrying it around, I decided it would not be a good pillow.   Plus it would be uncomfortable with all the beads and buttons.  Imagine what your face would look like after resting your cheek upon it!

I had fun embellishing using some rayon threads and fiber strands. 

I especially like this orange and hot pink heart, I love the way those colors look next to each other.
I will leave you with this picture I snapped after noticing Charlie sleeping in the chiminea.   Doesn't he look cozy?
I see I am coming up on my 100th post pretty soon.  I haven't been blogging much lately, too nice outside to be inside.  I hope it stays nice for a couple more months yet and that my 100th post is a ways off.  Until then,
Be well.
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sjmcdowell said...

Hi Jan,

I love the broken hearts with all of the vibrant colors!!! You did such a lovely job!!
Thank you for your comment a little while ago
on my blog and my birthday is this sunday the 8th. I am not too fond of the age I will be but I am grateful for my life!!
How sweet that Charlie is sleeping in the chiminea..thats really cute!!

I am glad you are having good weather and
that you are enjoying being outside.
We have had such sweltering heat down here
and you can't be outside too long becaue of it.
I love being outside but not here when it's
too hot. I will be glad for the Fall season.

Enjoy your weekend my friend!!


Approachable Art said...

Oh my gosh, just wonderful Jan!!

yoborobo said...

Jan - your new piece is fabulous! I love those colors, and the way you have set up the pattern. Really nice! And Charlie looks very happy. :) Have a great weekend - xox Pam

maggi said...

A great felted piece Jan with some lovely stitching and beading. I particularly like the way that you have done the hearts in two colours. Felt is very attractive to pet hairs and so difficult to get them off. Charlie looks very cosy - trust a cat to find a good spot.

Robbie said...

Jan, this piece came out really good! Isn't it a hoot to cut up and put back together!! How's Rocky doing?? Enjoy your weather!

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Jan I absolutely LOVE this...I never thought about using felt for a quilt...though it is not that much different from the old felted wool pieces.
The colors and patterns are exceptional and the little hearts in two, ooooooo, I really, really like this!
I am sorry I am so behind on comments--I'm doing good to keep up with my own blog, as in, getting anything posted!
More power to you! Art made and blog post! WHOOOO-HOOOO!!!! :D


Karen S said...

Beautiful! I love the theme and the way you executed it!

Bunny said...

Congrats on you reaching nearly 100 posts. I know what you mean. I have a hard time posting everyday. Not a wordy person I guess LOL. I love your hand work stitches and beading just beautiful. Love it. Charlie looks so comfy.

Emma said...

Your felt hearts is a beautiful piece & great to get it done while making hay! ;) That was a v informative post. They were drying hay on a nearby croft, draping it over crossed sticks, all in a row. I said to my DH I'd take a pic for a fundraising calender before it's gone & blow me if they hadn't piled it into their truck the next day!

Those fish did look pretty surreal!

Steph said...

"gave myself permission to play with them" ...that is often my problem !!! I am giving myself some "rules" like "do not use this or that material/fibre" and that destroys often the hundreds of possibilities that may look very very good ... like this nice thing you did here !!! I like it ! Never thought, that this material could be so nice arranged and look so good! I hope you understand ... Sorry again for my bad (school-)english ... it is years ago ;-)

Perlenkatze said...

Jan that came out beautiful. I love it.

Iowa Gardening Woman said...

Beautiful beautiful, beautiful. Every time I see your work it inspires me to want to get my fabrics, beats and yarns and threads out. Love the new sound on your blog also. Or maybe it is not new, I usually don't have the sound on when I blog reading.

Anja said...

Hello Jan,
I didn't see that on my bloglist, but what a nice surprise. I like the little details on this work. Experimenting with colours and forms!
What would the world be without our little cats?
Sending you some sunrays!

Deborah said...

Charlie looks very cozy indeed! You are just so clever. This is so exciting to watch what you are creating and re-purposing. **kisskiss** Deb