|The trees are free motion technique stitching and the shadow of the trees was created with water soluble crayons.|
Monday, 25 September 2017
Tuesday, 29 August 2017
I haven't posted in a while but that is not for lack of working, in fact it is quite the opposite. I was asked to create a wedding canopy for a young couple who met at summer camp, many years ago, and wanted to marry at the same summer camp. Not the easiest to arrange for their parents but they wanted what they wanted and their loving parents agreed.
I was given very specific instructions: "We want the highlight to be the gorgeous setting of our camp, and we want nothing to interfere with the view". Essentially, can you please make us a wedding canopy that is invisible! I didn't take the request as an insult, more as a challenge. How to make something that meets my aesthetic expectations, but also something that will blend with the environment in such a way as to enhance the view.
I decided to dye silk organza in shades of blues and greens and weave the two feet wide strips together (as in the weaving of these two young lives together...) I know a bit hokey.
The size that had been requested was eight feet square, the biggest I had ever made.
We arranged to have Lucite poles made, again with the notion of something that would seem light.
The family was very pleased with the result. The canopy moved gently with the breeze throughout the ceremony and worked with the colours of the sky, lake and the trees that surrounded us. The setting was truly magnificent, a gorgeous example of what Canada has to offer, and the day was picture perfect. The bride and groom asked for something ethereal, and the feedback I received was that my mission was accomplished!
Thursday, 8 June 2017
Here's the back story: A very dear friend of mine just lost her father. During the shiva (when the family sits in mourning) I was chatting with her daughter, who had flown in for her Papa's funeral, but was on her way to her friend's wedding, and she let me know that she had come up with an idea to 'do embroidery' and was reading all about it on google. She wanted to buy the bride and groom camping booties and personalize them by embroidering 'his' and 'hers' on them.
So...we came up with a plan and I taught her how to do a stem stitch and then a blanket stitch, and this is the result!
She is so very proud of her work, and there were so many unexpected results, not the least of which was that her grandmother supervised the whole process, admiring her granddaughter's handiwork, and reminisced about the handiwork that she used to do. We all agreed that it would be great to get her back into this kind of activity as she moves into this next phase of her life.
I love the juxtaposition of the new world cutting edge fabric and manufacturing of these booties with the very old world of the hand stitching!
Wednesday, 10 May 2017
This is the finished work. ( process shots were in my previous post). This began as a photo I took while visiting Newfoundland. I "grew" the photo with some of my hand dyed fabric after free motion quilting over the photo.
This work now has a new home in Emsworth, England, a beautiful coastal community I recently visited.
Saturday, 22 April 2017
|Working with a photograph I took while on a trip to Canada's east coast.|
After printing the photo onto water soluble paper, my intention is to "grow the image" with some of my hand dyed fabric. The photo is covered with silk organza so I can free motion without shredding the paper.
Saturday, 25 March 2017
Here is a simple project that is a good one when you don't feel you have the time to launch into a full blown quilt. A great keepsake for a new (or not so new) babe.
I cut out the letters and satin stitch them to the background fabric. This can be done before it's layered up or after, to have the letters puff up a bit.
Sunday, 19 March 2017
Nature inspires Contemplation
|The figure is taken from one of my photos, changed in Adobe and printed on to water soluble paper. I find this is a great way to add elements to work easily. I add a layer of silk organza, and then I can stitch on top of that. Easy as pie!|