Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Keats poetry scarf.

Last week I had fun free-motion stitching this scarf with a few poems from John Keats
Because of the length of the scarf it's hard to photograph so I made this video for you to enjoy. 

Keats poetry scarf from ruth rae on Vimeo.

The scarf reads:

“Bright star, would I were stedfast as thou art”

Bright star, would I were stedfast as thou art— 
         Not in lone splendour hung aloft the night 
And watching, with eternal lids apart, 
         Like nature's patient, sleepless Eremite, 
The moving waters at their priestlike task 
         Of pure ablution round earth's human shores, 
Or gazing on the new soft-fallen mask 
         Of snow upon the mountains and the moors— 
No—yet still stedfast, still unchangeable, 
         Pillow'd upon my fair love's ripening breast, 
To feel for ever its soft fall and swell, 
         Awake for ever in a sweet unrest, 
Still, still to hear her tender-taken breath, 
And so live ever—or else swoon to death.

To Autumn

Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness, 
   Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun; 
Conspiring with him how to load and bless 
   With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eves run; 
To bend with apples the moss'd cottage-trees, 
   And fill all fruit with ripeness to the core; 
      To swell the gourd, and plump the hazel shells 
   With a sweet kernel; to set budding more, 
And still more, later flowers for the bees, 
Until they think warm days will never cease, 
      For summer has o'er-brimm'd their clammy cells. 

Who hath not seen thee oft amid thy store? 
   Sometimes whoever seeks abroad may find 
Thee sitting careless on a granary floor, 
   Thy hair soft-lifted by the winnowing wind; 
Or on a half-reap'd furrow sound asleep, 
   Drows'd with the fume of poppies, while thy hook
      Spares the next swath and all its twined flowers: 
And sometimes like a gleaner thou dost keep 
   Steady thy laden head across a brook; 
   Or by a cyder-press, with patient look, 
      Thou watchest the last oozings hours by hours. 

Where are the songs of spring? Ay, Where are they?
   Think not of them, thou hast thy music too,— 
While barred clouds bloom the soft-dying day, 
   And touch the stubble-plains with rosy hue; 
Then in a wailful choir the small gnats mourn 
   Among the river sallows, borne aloft 
      Or sinking as the light wind lives or dies; 
And full-grown lambs loud bleat from hilly bourn; 
   Hedge-crickets sing; and now with treble soft 
   The red-breast whistles from a garden-croft
      And gathering swallows twitter in the skies.

Part of a reply to a letter Keats wrote: 
"I am certain of nothing but of the holiness of the heart's affections and the truth of the imagination. What the imagination seizes as beauty must be truth - whether it existed before or not."


Monday, September 21, 2015

Desk view

Sent from Ruth's iPhone


Desk view


Thursday, September 10, 2015

Poetry blouse

Ruffles and poetry art to wear for sale in my shop.


Saturday, May 09, 2015

Stitched journal page.

Welcome to my blog, I'm so delighted to have been asked to be the Documented Life Project™ featured artist for May 9th. The theme for this month is Touchy Feely (texture). The art challenge for this week is Stitching, and the prompt is “All that I am after is a life full of laughter.” 

For this theme I gathered up paper, paint, fabric and thread and I set off creating my journal page. I hope you enjoy this time-lapse step by step video of me working on my page,

stiched mixed media journal page from ruth rae on Vimeo.


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

New kits in my shop

Fabric cuff kit along with the online class is only $25.00

Hand dyed fabric kits in a few different colors along with fabric flower class where I show how to make the flowers as well as how to dye your own fabric! Is also $25.00

Please head on over to etsy to cheek them out.  


Wednesday, November 05, 2014

New book

Discover Collage Inspiration, Ideas and New Techniques!
Inside Explore Mixed Media Collage, authors Kristen Robinson and Ruth Rae transform timeless and classic techniques into fresh, trendy artwork. You will learn not only which techniques to use and how to best combine them, but you'll also follow along with tons of easy step-by-step demonstrations along the way.

Order your copy today and find: 

  • Over 20 deconstructed projects to inspire your very own collage-making
  • A showcase of 32 timeless and classic techniques with modern twists, from creating your own personal stamps and stencils, to creating dimensional objects with plaster wrap, and more
  • Three powerful sections that build off one another, starting with basic techniques, moving into step-by-step projects, and ending with a fantastic idea-generating collage gallery 

This is the perfect book for every collage lover! Whether you're looking for ideas to get you started, or just need new collage inspiration, Explore Mixed Media Collage will give your work the boost it needs!

You can buy you book here


Tuesday, November 04, 2014

DVD's now available

I am thrilled to let you know I have three new workshops for sale they are available as DVD's or video download! 

Fanric collage workshop is filled with techniques for creating unique layers in your mixed-media fabric collage by using your sewing machine to write words and make texture. You can buy it here

Learn to make one-of-a-kind jewelry that can be worn as a necklace and bracelet! You can buy it here

In this workshop exploration of dimensional collage!

Combine fabric, paper, wire, and wood to create a romantic three-dimensional mixed-media collage. You can buy it here