Friday, January 11, 2008

Illustration Friday ~ Stitch





Deciding what to post for this week's topic, STITCH, was not easy. I immediatly knew I would choose a collage to celebrate the American seamstress, but which one ? So I took the easy way out and posted a few. Frequent visitors to my blog or website know that I enjoy collaging around a 'sewing theme.' Two of these photos are from an altered book I made that features the world of the seamstress. This theme is a personal favorite...I have been sewing since the age of twelve and have always loved fabric stores, notions and the smell and feel of new fabric. I have quilted for years, but it has never been the hand-quilting that thrilled me, but the piecing together of bits of fabric to make a new and fabulous design. It is amazing what one can create 'stitch by stitch.'

© Nancy Lefko

28 comments:

Kate said...

They are all wonderful, Nancy! I think it is wonderful you keep this dying art alive, too. I could never sew well, but my mom made all of my clothes growing up, and it was always fun to pick out new patterns with her at the fabric stores.

Cathie said...

i love them all, i would have had a hard time choosing too. i love the old sewing machines, they are so beautiful. nice, soft, calming colors.

Digital Scott's illustrationblog said...

Terrific collage work!

Sherry Rogers said...

I really love your art so much! I would love to see photos of where you live. . .I bet you decorate incredibly. I bet as well as you create art.

claudine hellmuth said...

i love them all!

studio lolo said...

Didn't the women look so happy back then? Wonderful pieces, all of them!

Barbara Hagerty said...

They're all wonderful! No way could I choose a fav.

Gas said...

Your collages are amazing!

rbaird said...

I really like these Nancy!
I love the colors and everything. They would look so good in my sewing room!

Rrramone said...

Well done!!

Perriette said...

Nancy, they are all fabulous! I love the soft vintage colors and the happiness of the sewing ladies.

Nancy Bea said...

Nacy Lefko was good at collage-
She was an artist!

Terrific piece!

LuLu said...

Bonjour Nancy! Your sewing collages are beautiful! I too come from a mother and grandmothers who knew how to sew and I learned early. I would go to this special fabric shop in a dark neighborhood of Montreal and choose some fabric to go with the pattern we had just bought. I remember the smell of the store so accurately, and the buffered noise that came out of it, due to the tons of rolls of fabric stacked on the walls and aisles. I loved rick-rack, buttons with little shaped figures on them and velvet, oh, sweet velvet!!! Very nices collages indeed, thanks for the memories woken up!

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Diana Evans said...

Hi Nancy....

I am so glad you posted a bunch of these...your work is beautiful...so nicely put together and they make me smile whenever I visit....

Have a wonderful Day!!!

Cheers,
Diana

Patty said...

hi, Nancy!
love your "stitch" collages, seems we have this sewing thing in common.
have a great week,
Patty

Ginger*:)* said...

Nancy! These are fabulous. As a child my mother sewed almost everything in our home. Drapes, curtains, spreads, pillowcases, clothing, and more.

I love these collages. Not only do they have great color, design, and your special gift for putting just the right things together but they evoke memories of a time in America when there was great pride and joy in creating for home and family.

Excellent!

Michelle Henninger said...

Very original idea! I love the celebration of history! Beautiful pieces!

Michelle Henninger said...

Hi Neighbor! We New Hampshirites have to stick together! What a small world.

Again, I love your work!

esque said...

These are very gorgeous, but the first one's my favorite! Keep it up!

carga said...

very nice. I love your collages

Tim Hunt said...

All your collage work is impeccable Nancy. Your choices of imagery and colour are seamless (sorry about that). I bet your quilts are beautiful too.

Thanks for your comments on my work.

Ellen Byrne said...

Really nice feelings vibe from all of your work!

Diane Duda said...

This must be your "dream topic"!
Love them all, Nancy.

xo
Di

Faruffa said...

Perfect!
I like the atmosphere create by your illustrations

Cathy Gatland said...

I love your collages - gentle, quaint and funny too - I also love altered books and fabric art - will check back soon

Cakespy said...

Oh! I just came across you through Illustation Friday--you do such lovely work!!

Random York said...

Perfect Nancy!

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