Pure Joy Shawl

The past three months I have been GLUED to knitting needles.  Like knitting non-stop – it’s totally taken over my life and bank account.  Eeek!  I do have something beautiful to show for it though!  I give you, the Pure Joy Shawl by knitting pattern master Joji Locatelli. 

Obligatory “Hide-Face-With-Hair” Pose. Check out my boots! They are the Sanita “Puk” clog boots. I adore them.


The “Wingspan” pose.


The “Yes, I hang out under trees and ruminate alllllll the time” pose.

I am so pleased with how this shawl turned out.  Initially, I had a bit of trouble understanding the wrap and turns but thanks to a few helpful Ravelry users I was able to figure it out.  I have worn this shawl several times already, usually as a scarf draped around my neck.  It looks bitchin’ with my leather jacket.  Here is a shameless selfie as proof.


So what is next?  My WIPS are:  The Girl from the Grocery shawl by Joji, Pilot Pullover by Amanda Kaffka, a cowl for my son, and just 30 minutes ago I bought yarn for Sunset Highway by Caitlin Hunter.  You guys, I need a second job to pay for all this yarn. 

Check out my Ravelry page.  Friend me and be my enabler! 




Painted Table Finished!

I haven’t be doing much mixed media work, except for re-doing our kitchen table.  That was a huge project.  I sanded the top off of the table, primed it, and then went to work creating an outdoor scene.  I added sequins, paillettes, and cut paper to create the work.  When I was all finished I covered it with an epoxy called Art Resin.

I wanted to include text on the table, something special to me since it’s a place where my family will gather daily.  I chose to write “The Peace of Wild Things” by Wendell Berry.

When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting with their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.

Mmmmm…. isn’t that lovely?  When I read it I feel a physical relief of mental weight taken off my shoulders.  It’s so beautiful and peaceful. 


Other than that table, I have been knitting up a storm.  In September I went to the Manitoba Fibre Festival, which was my first yarn/fiber festival experience.  I bought a few things and am planning to go back next year.  I’m looking forward to sharing my knitting projects with you.  Thanks for stopping by!

Feelin’ It!

Hey!  I haven’t posted for a while, but that doesn’t mean I’m not busy with creating.  In fact, I’ve got a few pieces that I’m currently working on and am definitely feeling those creative ideas running through me. 

First, the art quilt/headboard covering.  IT. IS. FINISHED.  I actually finished it the weekend that I had originally said I wanted to, I’ve just been busy and haven’t posted the update.  Here it is!

So much gorgeous color!  I am really happy with it.  Now to finish the rest of our master bedroom and make it look complete.  Right now I’m trying to figure out what to do for curtain panels.  Do I want to sew some or buy?  Decisions, decisions. 

I finished this piece a couple weeks back.  I LOVE the song Like The Dawn by The Oh Hellos.  It makes me think about my sweet husband and this piece was inspired by the music. 

Like the Dawn - Artwork is the Property of Alicia Spilde

Like the Dawn – Artwork is the Property of Alicia Spilde


Speaking of my sweet husband, we went kayaking last week at Lake Bronson State Park.  It was Wednesday night, and it felt great to have a mid-week adventure.  I am looking forward to getting out again.

We saw a beaver, a crane, an eagle, and 3 fawns with their mammas.  So sweet. 

This weekend I am going to work on getting my entry together for the FL3TCH3R EXHIBIT.  It’s an “international juried exhibit focused on socially and politically engaged art.”  I think my piece, “The Pressing Question,” would be a great fit for this exhibit.  I hope they think so too.




Half Brothers Brewing Company – Art is Up!

I happened to be in Grand Forks this Tuesday so I drove by Half Brothers Brewing Company, and the art was up!  I was so excited!

Check it out.



What I REALLY WISH is that I had the contact info for the other artists involved.  I mean, I truly have no idea who else participated in this endeavor.  And that makes me sad.  I want to know these talented people.  

Here is a video Half Brothers Brewing Company posted on their Facebook page.

And look at this fantastic Instagram post that Downtown Grand Forks shared!

Alright, that is all for now.  I need to paint something big again!  I had so much fun with this project. 

Psst… the headboard covering is done.  Stay tuned for pics.


Finish Art Quilt or Bust

Happy Memorial Day Weekend!  I have some creative plans for the long weekend ahead and have made it my mission to finish the art quilt that I am working on.  The art quilt is 30″ x 80″ and will be wrapping the headboard I am making for our bed.  We just moved into our newly remodeled master bedroom, and our bed is against a big wall with lots of potential.  I decided that it needed some fun and color, so the art quilt idea came about.  

art quilt tula pink alicia spilde wild north art

A small sample of the art quilt!


You can see in the picture that one the left side there is some mesh looking fabric.  That is actually magenta tulle that I bought at JoAnn Fabrics.  After reading this book about art quilts, I learned about using tulle to cover pieces of fabric that were glued down first.  This way I can have the loose and frayed edges on the indiviudual fabric pieces, but it’s all held together with the tulle.  I bought tulle in nearly every color you can think of and the look the different colors gave the fabric was pretty cool.  I found that blue and white dulled the look but magenta made it SING. 

Can we just all take a moment to acknowledge how amazing my husband is for being cool with a big glittery magenta headboard?  I’m a lucky gal.  He knows color is my soul food! 

Anyway, back to the project.  I started with a piece of fabric that I had laying around and cut it just slightly larger than 30″ x 80″.  If I could choose a different base fabric, I WOULD.  I had a huge curtain panel from JCP that I couldn’t return – it is thick fabric, similar to upholstery actually.  I would choose a thin muslin if I could do it all over again.  When I was quilting the first half of this project, I was literally sweating from the effort I had to give in order to move the project and all its layers around to make a decent stipple pattern.  

Wrong base fabric aside, this project has been exciting and scary.  I spent one afternoon cutting pieces from gorgeous fabrics and arranging/gluing them to the base.  Here is a photo from that afternoon. 

art quilt collage alicia spilde wild north art tula pink

After I finished this step, I rolled this project up and pretended to forget about it for a month or so.  I tell ya, I was scared about quilting this beast.  I knew the base fabric was too heavy and all those little pieces… how would I keep it all together so it looked like something when I was finished?  Enter Serendipity Quilts to save the day!  This is where I read about the tulle.  Whew!  That problem was solved.  Now to learn how to free-motion quilt, haha!

I bought a new sewing machine so I could finish this project the right way.  I love this machine!  It came with tons of different attachments, most importantly the free-motion quilting foot.  I feel like I caught on quickly to free-motion quilting basic shapes and swirls, so after a few nights practicing I got the courage to start on the project.  I spent about two hours quilting half of the project together and now the remaining half is left.  Did I mention that I really wish I would have chosen a different base fabric?! 

I haven’t touched this project for about a month and I know I’m procrastinating because I know it’s going to be hard physical labor to finish this beast.  It must be done though.  We are moved into our new room and definitely need this headboard piece completed.  This is the weekend!

Well, the quilting will be complete.  I bought a large assortment of beads because I will be hand sewing on beaded accents throughout the art quilt.  I may also do some hand embroidery.  When it’s finished it will be a sight to behold.  I can’t wait. 

*The fabric is a mix of primarily Kaffe Fasset and Tula Pink, and then a bunch of assorted designers. 

Finished Commission for Half Brothers Brewing Company!

I am so excited to share the commission I’ve finished for Half Brothers Brewing Company!


This was a BIG project.  From start to finish it took me about 20 hours.  I started with a nice sheet of plywood (Thanks Husband).  I don’t know specifically what the plywood is called but I know it was really smooth and cost about $50.00. 

I had a lot of latex paint leftover from painting various rooms in my house, so that was mostly what I used.  I did go to Lowe’s and get a few sample sized cans for $3.49 each (what a steal!) – but didn’t use much of those. 

The biggest challenge was working on a project of this scale.  I usually work smaller, with a canvas or paper size no larger than 16 x 20 inches.  To help with the process, I drew my image on a piece of paper that I had cut 4 x 8 inches and then used a projector to make it fit onto the 4′ x 8′ piece of plywood. 

Brett and I are going to be delivering this piece to Half Brothers Brewing Co tomorrow.  I can’t wait to see it in it’s new home! 

If you have a second, take a peek at some of my new Etsy Shop items. 

Etsy Shop is Open!

I have exciting news! My Etsy shop, Wild North Art, is now open for business. It was A LOT Of work to get things organized and listed, but now that it’s done I am so happy I did it. Please take a moment to check it out by clicking the image below.

Wild North Art Etsy Shop Alicia Spilde Original Artwork and High Quality Reproductions

Other than working on my Etsy shop, I haven’t gotten much else done. I am hoping to spend some time in my art studio this weekend, as I have had a few new ideas. I have found the time to practice free motion quilting on my new machine, so that is a good thing. I’m practicing so I can get started on the quilting portion of the headboard covering I’m making. I can’t wait to show you the finished product, it’s HUGE!

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!

New Hues Exhibit

The New Hues Exhibit artist reception was this past Saturday, scheduled to coincide with the first Art & Wine Walk of 2017.  The weather wasn’t cooperative but the art was fine!

I was inspired by the other artworks shown in the exhibit and have been busy in my art studio getting my new ideas out.  Sometimes I feel so full of passion and new ideas that I feel like my heart is going to burst.  Does that ever happen to you?

On the schedule this weekend is the Northwest Minnesota Art Council’s annual exhibit reception.  I’ll be traveling to Halstad, MN for that event.  I am happy to say that my piece, The Pressing Question, will be making it’s way around northwest Minnesota in the NWMAC traveling exhibit.

I’m working on getting notecards made from some of my prints.  I’m thinking about opening at Etsy store to sell them.  I do wonder if my work will get swallowed into the black hole that is Etsy, but I won’t know until I try.

New Work

I’ve got a few new pieces that I’m excited to share.  Three will be in the NWMAC March Exhibit and one has been entered into the NSMAC Annual Show.  I haven’t heard if it’s been accepted yet, but should find out soon.  All of the artworks I created are mixed media consisting of acrylic, ink, collage, and embroidery.  Wanna see them?  Ok!

This is a 12 x 16 art work called “She Lit a Fire”.  I was inspired by a song by Lord Huron while I was creating this one.

Here is “Hold On. Don’t Let Me Go”.  This was a really fun one to do.  Compared to my other artworks I would almost consider this minimalist style.  This one is 8 x 10.  The women portrayed in this work are the same person.

This is an 8 x 10 called “Luminous”.  I had some help with this artwork as you can see.  Our cat, Cookie, ate part of it while I was at work one day.  I was devastated and considered starting over from the beginning.  I decided to roll with the punches and modify the piece instead.  I will always love this piece because of the story and memory behind it.  I am considering putting some ink on Cookie’s paw and having her stamp the back since she so graciously helped me with this one!

Bonus pic of Cookie!  What a stinker.

The three pieces above are the ones that will be in the NWMAC March exhibit.  The one below is called “The Pressing Question” and the inspiration for this piece came from the political happenings of 2016/2017.

I love the layers of this work and find it so interesting to look at in person.  The colors are so vibrant!  It makes me happy too look at but at the same time communicates my strong feelings to what’s going on in America.  I’m so glad I have this artistic outlet to express my feelings.

That’s all for today, thanks for stopping by!

I Was Busy Doing Things

Hey, it’s me!  I’m back to update and hopefully check in a bit more than I have.  The 3 times per year doesn’t really cut it, huh?

This is going to be a quick update for what I’ve been doing and also a preview of what’s to come.

Ok, so since September I have been sewing up a storm.  Some successes, lots of failures, and many learning opportunities and lost money in between.  When something turns out the cost of fabric doesn’t really matter.  But when I mess it up, oh, now that is painful.  I had to put a ban on purchasing the custom fabric from all those Facebook groups that sell it for $20.00/yard.

My garment sewing has now merged with my love of mixed media art.  I started practicing free motion quilting so I can add textiles and stitches to the style of artworks I was creating the previous two years.  Here is an example of an art work created using only fabric and stitching.  This one isn’t finished yet but you get the idea.



Last night I started two artworks that will be shown in the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council gallery space next month.  These are going to be done on paper in my usual style but with textiles and stitching for embellishments.  I’m feeling so inspired!

Aside from my creative endeavors, my family has taken up snowshoeing.  What a great way to get outdoors.  I love the crunch, crunch of the snowshoes on snow and I enjoy the challenge of braving the cold and snowy conditions.

My husband and I went to Hayes Lake State Park for our first outing.  It was COLD.  There were times when I thought I was going to lose my fingers to frostbite but I powered through. 🙂  We had such a fun night and then went to Roseau for supper afterwards.


Yay for date night!

The three of us have gone out several times since then.  Our son caught on right away and he is a great sport with putting up with adventures.  I think he even enjoys himself, haha.

I’m a proud mom.

Look at him go!

Ok, that’s it for now.  I promise to update  on my artwork coming up.  I’m so excited about the direction it’s going.