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Something new to show, but not sewn

2014 September 25
by elizabeth_admin

Yeah… I didn’t salvage that tank dress.  It’s still laying wadded up in some dark corner.  But I have made something recently.  Since I started this blog many years ago, I have always stated that someday I would get back to making mosaics. But I never did.  But I’ve been toying around with the idea of making them again and finally just got out my mosaic making tools and stuff out of the moving boxes in the garage.  I thought I would maybe do a small project with Jack’s class, but I think it might be too unwieldy a project for them.  I don’t know.  I still might come up with a workable project for them.  We’ll see.

But since I had everything out, I thought I may as well make something.  I had a wooden trivet base and tons of plates, so I made picassiette trivet.  Boy was I rusty!  I used the wrong tile cutters for the project, the spacing is a little on the large side, and my alignment isn’t perfect, but it turned out ok I think.  It’s my first project after a seven year hiatus.  Give me a break!

Without further ado, here it is…



For scale reference, this is about a 7.5 inch plate on a 10 inch wooden base.  Jack helped me glue down the middle pieces.  You can’t see it in the photo, but I added a bit of deliberate “wabi sabi” to my piece by using one slightly greenish yellow tile for the side when I ran out of the yellow tiles.  A slight imperfection for my “broken” plate piece.

Not sure what my next project will be.  Sewing or otherwise.  Still in a little creative rut.

Anyhow, cheers!

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  1. September 25, 2014

    Fun! Actually, I think when I was in elementary school they taught us about mosaic by having us make one, but out of construction paper. We got to rip it up, and then glue it onto a larger sheet to make a design. The ripping up paper part was definitely fun, and we didn’t have to worry too much about sharp edges and expensive supplies.

    Anyway, it’s surprisingly fun to go back to other creative outlets when the sewing mojo has left. I used to really like painting, but it wasn’t a very practical hobby for someone living in a college dorm, so it sort of fell by the wayside for a long time. Then, this summer, I ended up needing to make props for a skating show number about van Gogh. So I ended up replicating seven of his paintings, one of them being (and I’m not kidding about scale here) a 6ft tall image of his face. What’s more I was doing it all on a limited budget – I ended up using house paint samplers from the Home Depot and painting on cheap outdoor canvas I picked up in the LA garment district. Reproducing someone else’s work using crappy supplies would NOT have been my idea of a good time several years ago, but I hadn’t done it in so long that the simple act of painting was really cathartic. I spent days sitting outside on the patio (the only space large enough to hold the canvas) completely absorbed in the work. It was a level of creative obsession I hadn’t felt in quite some time, and it felt good.

    So, anyway, long ramble is to say, I’m sure you will get out of your rut eventually. It might not be in any sort of way you anticipate, but it will eventually happen. Creative people need to create. Sometimes we get burnt out and need breaks, but I think the need to make things is deeper than that, and usually wins out at the end. It’s just annoying that is seems to work on its own timetable, and not the one that we as creative individuals would want.

  2. Judi permalink
    September 26, 2014

    It turned out better than “ok”, it’s very pretty!!!

  3. Joselina Huber permalink
    September 26, 2014


    Thanks for sharing your mosaic project. I have been reading your blog for while. Not sure if this is my first comment.
    I have no idea how to make something like that. You did a great job.

    Enjoy the rewards

    Aloha from Josie

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