Saturday, November 22, 2014

Vitis - Art Quilt with Grapes and Grape Leaves

A new art quilt is born! 

This has to be my favourite art quilt (maybe the latest is always the favourite) . . . I love the soft colour palette and the beautiful texture that ripples and swirls with the leaves and grapes.
The grape leaves are painted using metallic copper and moss green textile paints with stencils I made using local grapes leaves to get the shape just right. The grapes themselves were stamped using the end of a spool of thread.

There is lots of machine quilting and then my favourite seed stitches that I did by hand . . . it was such a relaxing piece to work on. I chose to add the botanical name for grapes "Vitis" to the left side. Here is a photo of a bit of the detail.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Vintage Textile to Treasured Purse

A few years ago I purchased a piece of handwoven linen at an estate sale and I have used that piece of fabric in several projects since then.  It is fairly coarsely woven so is beautiful to hand stitch and that is just what I did when I created this little purse.
The purse came to the attention of the editor of Art Quilting Studio magazine and I was asked to submit an article and photographs of the purse for their Winter 2014 magazine.  I received the magazine in the mail today to find a beautiful three-page article on this little purse.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Printing fabric

Last month I attended a three-day workshop at Sorrento Centre where Catherine Nicholls was teaching a course on working with thickened dyes.  It was a fantastic three days of playing with fabric and dyes under Catherine's excellent guidance.

We worked on designs first and then translated those designs into screen printing and block making techniques. I will post more about the block printing another day.

This is my silk screen that is prepared for breakdown screen printing ...

And this is the metre of fabric that I printed from that screen ...

It is a gorgeous piece of fabric and I am giving lots of thought as to how I will use it.