Saturday, 22 April 2017

work in progress

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.

 auditioning a fabric.

 Another consideration of fabric

 Here's the plan, for now.  Stay tuned for the finished product!

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. 

If you attach a sleeve to the back the child can hang it over a bed or on a door. 
I did some hand embellishments with embroidery thread because I am doing lots of hand stitching these days.  Like the comfort and the "slowness " of it, but anything goes, beads or appliqué....

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Nature inspires contemplation

Nature inspires Contemplation

This work was inspired by my cottage in the woods.  I am lucky enough to have the time and opportunity to spend lots of time in the summer up there, in the gorgeous Laurentian Mountains of Quebec.  Many loved ones have grown to love this special place as much as I do.  I began this piece with the drawing of the canoe, and then worked the composition around it.

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!

The trees are created with a completely different technique.  Free motion stitchery, and then I used wax crayons for the reflection.    This work is inspired by my home away from home, and has elements of this place, but doesn't actually reflect the lake or the mountains.  I am not able to compete directly with mother nature.  You will need to come and see it for yourself!                                                                                                                                                        

Where are we going from here?

Where are We Going from Here?

 This is the finished work, (my previous post is this piece, in progress).  Thoughts the germinated while I was working on this were primarily about our political world.  How we seem to be so confused about priorities and threats. 
This is a shot on the angle.  I did free motion stitch inspirational thoughts into the lower half of the work.  One cannot necessarily read the sayings, unless truly motivated to get 'up and personal' , but then the words just 'read' as another design element (I hope).

detail of some of the figures.  As previously noted on some of my other work, these figures are inspired by photographs I have taken during my travels.

Monday, 16 January 2017

Work in progress

Lately I have been preoccupied with the developments in our world. In an effort to express this concern in a visual way, I have been working on this piece which has as a working title "where are we going?"
Stay tuned. 

Saturday, 7 January 2017


After painting, the fish are much more vibrant, but I wasn't satisfied with just creating a painted underwater scene, since, after all, my preference is inserting a sewed element!

I decided to add vertical wavy free motion lines in a light grey tone to suggest the movement of the water.  There is just a layer of felt behind the fish so this is technically, not a quilt.  shhh...don't tell the quilt police!
Normally I would create horizontal wavy lines but these fish are down deep....
To create the shadow effect, I used a watersoluble wax pastel crayon called "Neocolor II".  I love this crayon!

Not being able to leave the stitching to just the wavy water lines, I also accentuated the details of the water creatures with free motion stitching in variable coloured threads.
another detail shot, this fish is caught in a fisherman's net.

This is an over-all view of the whole piece.  It is quite long, but I have installed it on the wall in a wavy pattern, it undulates like waves on and off the wall.  There are pieces of fishing net and plastic overlayed as the message is our sea creatures are suffering due to too much human interference.  It is called S.ave O.ur S.eas


The initial images of S.ave O.ur S.eas

I created this image by making a drawing, scanning it onto the computer and then having it printed onto cotton through a digital printer. I was extremely disappointed with the colours that came out of the digital printer. 

Using photo images as references, I decided to paint over the digital print. 
Stay tuned for the result!