Posts Tagged ‘Craft’

This is not an art piece in the usual sense — rather a commissioned table top protector for Art Plus Gallery.  But since it took nearly all day, it is going to count for my 30-for-30 challenge. I understand there are no rules!

It is 14″ in diameter, for a round end table that is 24″ in diameter. The chevron design is composed of strips of grays and reds, fused to the background muslin.  I printed the words on a piece of tulle, and fused them on top, then quilted it and hand embroidered the edge.

I’ll take it to the gallery this afternoon, in time for our Grand Reopening today from 5-8, after extensive remodeling.

Voila!  On to day 9.

Art Plus table cover

Pillow Commission

Posted: January 26, 2015 in Crafts
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A new client sent me such a cute picture of a commissioned photo pillow I made. Here it is in place with Jordie, the doggie who posed. I used a decorative tucking technique for the white area, plus custom made piping.  The back is a beautiful light blue and tan batik, with a zipper closure. A second pillow is in the future for her other dog.

Custom made photo pillow, with client's doggie. By Martha Ressler

Custom made photo pillow, with client’s doggie. By Martha Ressler

A friend commissioned me to make her a Hot Spot in a particular design: a comic book woman crying, saying “OH MY GOD I FORGOT TO HAVE CHILDREN!” I checked my go-to fabric designer, Michael Miller, but he has no such design, nor does any other fabric designer that I could find. I did find a magnet on the website that fits the bill, but it is copyrighted material. To get a yard of fabric printed on (which I use a lot), I have to affirm that I have the right to the image.

So!  I designed my own in fabric as a “master,” then took a photo of that, changed up the colors (thank you Photoshop) for variety, and I’ll make my own fabric to use in the Hot Spots. I had to change the image at least 30% — easily accomplished by changing media alone — plus other changes.

Here are my images, followed by the image. I’ll post the final product whenever it gets made!


Master copy of OMG I forgot to have Children