Thursday, March 1, 2012

Snow in March

It never fails.

I am always out of sync with the seasons. And it seems I can never finish a monthly project in the month I'm supposed to finish it.

The dream I had of finishing my January Crazy Quilt Journal Project by the end of February is dashed. And now I'm two months behind. *sigh*

Nothing to do, but to buck up and finish this piece and so...

I'm making snow on the first of March.

I finished the tree the way I wanted to and I really wanted to have the effect of snow nestled into the hollow of the tree and resting on the branches.

In the top right corner of my block, there's a piece of glitter dotted fabric that looks like snow...


I wanted to carry that snow down into the rest of the block as well.

Enter wool nibs.


I found a little bag of wool nibs at last year's Sheep and Wool festival so I bought them thinking they might come in handy for something.

And today they got their day in the sun...uhh...I mean, snow.

I took a little empty spritz bottle and filled it full of textile medium and spritzed it all over those wool nibs...then sprinkled all the nibs with glitter.


Now I'm waiting for my experiment to dry to see if it's going to work...


I've got my fingers crossed. This might be the only snow we see this year.

Maybe if it works, I should let Jack have a snow day. Wouldn't he love that.

A snow day in March...

22 comments:

Rachel said...

It sounds as though it should work!

Is it any consolation that I'm _four_ months behind on the Glittering Nightcap?

Mary Ann said...

I have never heard of wool nibs. I always learn so many interesting things from your blog:)

Linda H said...

I would gladly send you some real snow if you'd like some Susan! This block is going to be wonderful!! Can't wait to see it when completed.

Laurel's Quill said...

You make me want to stitch, Alisa! Love the branches on the tree. I wouldn't worry so much about deadlines...move as the spirit moves you:)Laurel

Anonymous said...

No matter if it was called "Pea Snow" or "Onion Snow" or "Snow on the Daffodils" -- Mom always said it would snow in March. :)

Mánya said...

Again, I am absolutely taken with your creativity and attention to detail! Your block is going to be fabulous.
(It snowed here yesterday...)

gracie said...

Once again you have my full attention!

Nancy said...

Sounds like a good idea, hope it works!

Shirlee Fassell said...

Looks like a plan and I bet it will make fabulous snow. As I look out my window we are getting snow. I think I will definately enjoy your version much more. I just bought some glitter a couple weeks ago and I can't wait to use it.

Robyn A said...

Hi, just came over from Robin Atkins' blog and found this enchanting post! The lace is stunning and when you think of the conditions under which it may have been made, a small miracle! I am a beader/stitcher/fibre artist from Australia, adding you to my desktop. Thank you!

Robyn A said...

Hi Susan, just had to come back and say how wonderful your work is! Spent time looking at BJP and some of your other treasures - wow! And the photography is incredible.

Createology said...

Isn't it fun to have something in your stash that you needed to buy and now have a perfect use for. We have finally gotten Winter and it has snowed on and off for two days and nights. Not scary bad but enough. It truly is beautiful and it does glisten just like yours will. Blissful snowfall...

Judy S. said...

I am always behind with something or other, so welcome to the club! What you've finished though looks great. Nibs sound like a really neat snow solution---we had a few flakes of the real stuff yesterday morning and today, too, so snow in March seems right on! LOL

Catherine said...

Oohhhh....snow! I Love how you tell us you finished the tree and then don't show us the entire tree ~ I'm going to call you a tree~teaser! ;)

Catherine said...

Oohhhh....snow! I Love how you tell us you finished the tree and then don't show us the entire tree ~ I'm going to call you a tree~teaser! ;)

Robin said...

Oh yes! A snow day for Jack! Good idea. Thanks for staying in touch... hugs, R

Wendy said...

I love your idea for snow and I bet it will work wonderfully! Don't feel too bad about being behind you cannot rush such an awesome project.

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

You are so funny...worrying about when you will complete this work of art! Those little wool nibs are perfect snow.

What I love about the blocks you do, as in the BJP pages you did, is that they ARE little works of art that tell a story. Most CQ are stitches and motifs of symbolism, while yours are pictures. Snippets of you thoughts.

Much love to you..and you did it all while teaching an on line class.
xx, Carol

Wanda-Maria Roszak said...

Are you sure you create something lovely, everyone has moments of fatigue and something is in arrears.
But snow in March, perhaps even fall, but wants the sun, heat and little moisture, you also wish you a hot day.
Regards, cool :)

Wanda-Maria Roszak said...

Are you sure you create something lovely, everyone has moments of fatigue and something is in arrears.
But snow in March, perhaps even fall, but wants the sun, heat and little moisture, you also wish you a hot day.
Regards, cool :)

Miriam said...

Good luck with your snow experiment.
It sounds like it will work perfectly.

Elizabeth said...

I think your wool nibs snow idea is fabulous !! it will work!! I need to get my hands on some nibs- did you buy from Margo Duke??? She uses them to make Queen Annes lace flowers in her felted work.
It IS snowing in Stafford at this very moment and it is tiny little flakes- go figure!! your tree looks wonderful- great job!!!

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