Friday, June 27, 2008

Dragonfly Dreams

This art quilt is featured in a Treasury on Etsy until February 6/10

This piece started off as an experiment in techniques and ended up being a wonderful, fanciful exploration of colour and texture. I hand-painted the background fabric in soft blues with a touch of violet and I hand-dyed the border fabric, cheesecloth, and pearl cotton used for some of the bobbin stitching. Commercial sheers create soft swirls that encase iridescent and silver particles and are further embellished with free-motion stitching and hand beading. The yarns used to create the grasses were cast-offs obtained from a spinner in Vancouver. The trails of beads are also stitched by hand.

The wings of the large dragonfly are created with cheesecloth and the smaller dragonflies clinging to the grasses are free-motion embroidered. . . Click on the image to see more detail.  SOLD

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Butterfly Whimsy

The inspiration for this wall quilt came from a visit to my Mom's 90 year old friend, Jean, who had just moved into a new seniors' residence that had still not had any decorating done on the walls. The colours in her room and the common areas, predominately greenish-gold and yellow, prompted my use of the soft yellow batik of the background and the butterfly which is a symbol of new life.

The wings are constructed of layers of different colours of organza and tulle. The layers have a margin of light gold cord bobbin-stitched around them about 1/2" from the edge. Glitter and iridescent flakes have been encased between the layers and then the wings have been stitched with metallic thread in a free-motion design. They are then hand-beaded. The butterfly body is made from an upholstery fabric that is rich in texture. The butterfly is sitting on a branch that is embellished with free-motion embroidery and bits of thread. The border is constructed of olive green crushed taffeta which sets it off beautifully.

Just a few weeks before I was going to make a trip to Maple Ridge to take the wall hanging to "Auntie" Jean, that I got the news that she had quietly slipped away from life -- but I know that she would have loved the detail and the symbolism in this piece, and remembered the many times that we worked together on sewing projects when I was growing up. . . Click on the image to see more detail.

Monday, June 2, 2008

Greeting cards

These blank greeting cards measure 5"x7" and come with a matching envelope in a sealed clear poly bag. The fibre art image is adhered in the "frame" of the card. The landscape is created with fabric that has been hand-painted or hand-dyed by the artist as well as some commercial fabric. Free motion stitching and thread-painting enhance the raw edge machine applique. All cards are Kathy's original design and, although there are similarities in the cards, no two are exactly alike.

Sorrento Centre banner

In September 2006 Val Johnstone and I designed and constructed this banner for Sorrento Centre. It made its debut as a processional banner at the Anglican Provincial Synod in Kelowna at the end of September that year and has since graced the wall of the front office at Sorrento Centre. The central image is St. Francis Chapel and the background image is the view from the beach at Sorrento Centre. Curved piecing, applique, free motion stitching.