Thursday, January 21, 2016

Fibre Art Quilt ... Grape Leaves on Linen

This is a new art quilt created by painting natural linen with Shiva Paintstiks. I collected grape leaves from vines in my neighbourhood and used them to make stencils that I then arranged across the surface of the fabric.  I used a variety of greens and metallic copper paintstiks to get lots of colour variation in the leaves and then used some of the same colours to create subtle bunches of grapes.

The leaves are heavily stitched with free motion machine stitching and then I outlined the grapes and added tendrils to the vines.  The background quilting has been done in a columnar format, with some of them on an angle, and then the spaces around the leaves and grapes are filled with hand seed stitches.

The piece measures about 20" square and hangs from a sleeve on the back.  The edges are finished with a turned facing for a contemporary look.

This piece is in my Etsy shop now (click on the link on the right side of this screen).

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Fibre Art Accordion Journal Workshop - March 10 and 17

I will be teaching an Accordion Fibre Art Journal class at Thread and Paper in Salmon Arm on March 10 and 17, 2016 ... Come and enjoy two days of fibre art fun, creating samples that will be incorporated in this beautiful journal.

Techniques we will explore include creating a piece of unique fabric, fibre art beads, covered sticks and pipe cleaners, organza leaves, thread lace images, stamping fabric, beading and a variety of edge finishes.

To register call Thread and Paper at 250-832-3937 or drop by this Saturday (10am to noonish) to speak to me and to see the sample of the accordion journal.

Fibre art experience is not required, although you will want to be familiar with your sewing machine and be willing to play with fibre!