Wednesday, August 12, 2009

What I'm working on now

Much of my spare crafting time these days is occupied by cartoneria, or Mexican paper sculpture (paper mache). I am taking a class to learn to make sculptures and working in my free time on what will be (I hope) an elaborate Halloween display. The only hope I have of success in this endeavor, given how elaborate I would like it to be, is to start now and work on it constantly.

This means I have less time for needlework. However, I continue to plug away on a long term brick stitch project: an embroidery covered reliquary box. I haven't posted about it before because I don't want to show too much until it is further along, but I wouldn't want anyone to think I am not working on anything. Last month I entered my unfinished box in my very first A&S competition in the category of relics and reliquaries. I couldn't stay for the whole A&S so I missed the awards announcements and since I never heard anything I figured I didn't win, but last night I found out that I won! Hooray!!

I am using my brick stitch pattern #14 for the sides of the box. I have finished one side panel, the front panel, and have started the top and second side panels. This is a picture of the second side panel in progress.

If you are intrigued by cartoneria then check out the website of my instructor, Ruben Guzman, at www. He has some very nice sculptures.


Aelia/Krista said...

Honey, no one looking at your blog would think that you're not working on anything. But I empathize with the feeling.

Congrats on your win! It is well deserved. I cannot wait to see that bad boy done. I love your neat, precise work and your constant stream of patterns; they are all enjoyable and inspiring. Keep up the delightful work.

anna maria said...

I just found your blog through Betsy Porter's facebook page. I'm so amazed and impressed by all your work!
I'm also jealous that you have such a definite focus, whereas I am alwasy all over the place with my interests.
I'm in Betsy's workshop at St. Gregory's. Have we met?