As I sorted through the 1930s pattern books from the Awesome Auction Haul, I found three books of patterns for home goods. The first two are table settings books from 1937, published by The Spool Cotton Company. That was the J. & P. Coats Company, and all of the patterns recommend Coats Mercerized Crochet cotton, […]
Going through the Awesome Auction Haul of pattern books from the 1910s to the 1990s, I found that there were no books from the 1920s. Hopefully the original owners, Minnie and Olive, were out having too much fun in the Roaring Twenties to do any needlework. But from the 1930s, we have a nice mix […]
I just wrote about this quilt two posts ago, but it really needed more work then, and it is made from scraps, so here it is again. This was made for an online art quilt group, and the theme was “maps”. I had so much fun creating the shapes from scraps, and using lots of […]
This year I have been indulging in some online auctions. I always liked going to estate sales, but lately it seems they have all moved online, and I like that even better! I don’t have to wait until the auctioneer gets to the lot I am interested in; I can bid immediately and then watch […]
Our online art quilt group, The Endeavourers, picked “maps” as this quarter’s theme. I love looking at maps and I had a lot of ideas for this one, but I finally settled on recreating this old map of London from 1572. Its details make me feel like I could jump in and start strolling the […]
Thank you! I have been paying a lot of attention to the things you say in your posts, in reference to interesting backgrounds! Before, I thought of my photos just as reference materials, mostly to document what I saw, but possibly to use in an artwork where I could just make the background look however I wanted. Now I am trying to get interesting backgrounds in each picture. So thank you for sharing information!
You are welcome. Many people believe photography is an art form.
Oh, of course I know it is. I must not have expressed myself well. What I was trying to say is that while I don’t aspire to become a really great photographer, and look at my photographs just more as a record of what I’ve seen, I am now trying to make those records more visually interesting in a stand-alone way. I make art quilts and use them as reference material for those too. Because I am so involved with the textile world, I don’t foresee also taking the time to learn to really understand all the camera functions, etc. to get to the level of art photographer. Sorry for this long answer but I hope this explains what I was trying to say.
I have always loved the textile museums I have visited, India, Peru, etc. Sorry if I misunderstood. What I think makes a difference for some is thinking, as you say,about making a photograph rather than taking a photograph.
Not “just” pretty pictures at all–these are gorgeous! The colors and shapes and variety make me feel almost drunk!
Great pics…you must live in the perfect area for all these beautiful butterflies to stop by…
They are usually widely scattered but I have planted one bed of zinnias where they gather more densely, for easy photo ops! 🙂