Monday, November 21, 2011

A Cross-section of Fiber Art - Handstitched and Handfelted

One of my latest pieces, finished in October, has been traveling with me to many places as I stitched and stitched.  I am often inspired by the microscopic and the telescopic. This was inspired by a photograph of a cross-section of mahogany wood that was magnified 400 times. 
©Christie Minchew
37" h x 10"w
The green is handstitched with two colors of thread,  the long, wavy lines are wire and the deep red are handfelted pieces with stitched detail.  It is on a background of cotton and crinoline. It is suspended by wire in a mahogany frame that was made by my husband and woodworker, Charles Minchew.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Attack! for Lung Cancer

As many of you know, my best friend (and college roommate) was diagnosed with lung cancer in December 2009. While we're still waiting for those golden words "she's cancer-free", she is fighting an awesome battle.  It just so happens that a friend here in North Carolina is heading up a very fun Art Auction to be held on September 10, 2011 at Roxy Farms Antiques to raise funds for the local chapter of the NC Lung Cancer Partnership .  Of course, I was "in" as soon as she told me!  Below is my latest piece made just for the Art Auction and what I wrote about it.

This piece is made with cotton and wool cloth, wool fibers, thread and yarn. The techniques are hand wet-felting and stitching. The frame is local wild cherry and made by my husband, Charles Minchew.
“Attack!” was inspired by my internet research into what is being used to fight cancer today.  I read over and over that the objective is to shrink, slow, limit, neutralize, or detonate “the bad guys”. “Attack!” is my expression of what it looks like in my mind to watch the good guys pushing the bad guy out of the picture.  Forever.
This is dedicated to Melyssa, my college roommate and best friend, who is attacking her lung cancer right now with gusto! 

All photos Copyright © 2011, Christie Minchew.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

First Galaxy all stitched up!

Finally!  I posted about First Galaxy's start and its continuation, and now I can show you how it all turned out.  When I finished hand felting it, I was disappointed with it but couldn't figure out why.  After much contemplation, I realized that I needed a third dimension.  So I pinched up the black swirls and hand-stitched them and voilà!  I'm so happy with the result - yea!

Friday, January 7, 2011

Hi-o Silver!

It was a bright and chilly day.... I was busily stitching away in the waiting room of the car service station when up rode a cute little gal with a white hat (well, actually that was her hair) packing her own heat (more on that later).  She saw that I was fighting off the frays and arrows of an organza shape with my trusty running stitch. Without much ado, she dropped a button hole stitch into my arsenal.  And, as she rode off into the sunset, I began using a loose version of that.  Wow!  My enemy was defeated! Thank you to that (not) masked woman whose name I never learned.