Thursday, November 4, 2010

Fiberart Challenge

I would like to share pictures of my 2  pieces for the fiber art challenge in mixed media.  The first one is based on the quoted poem; Nevermore, by Edgar Allen Poe.  It is quilted, beaded, and painted.
"Nevermore" uses a discarded dryer sheet for the  printing.  With the addition of gel Medium it became crystalline in appearance.  I also used old newspaper clippings about terror during the cold war.  The raven was printed on silk and then painted.  
  The second piece is part of a Sistahood challenge based on "Four and Twenty Blackbirds baked in a Pie".  It consists of quilting and felted sculptures.  We were given a pattern size and fabric kit which had to be used.  The entire piece will be posted soon.

Four and Twenty Blackbirds Slice

Saturday, September 18, 2010

I Ihave the pleasure of being part of a mixed media group called " The Divine Stitchers of The Yoyo Sistahood", commonly called the "sistas".  We have been doing projects together since summer 2007 and the group has fluctuated as to members and participation.   Our first group piece was an adaptation of Virginia Houston's painting " A Kings Road Morning".  After receiving copyrite permission from the artist we proceeded to slice the painting into 9 slices, went our separate ways and returned a couple of months later with the slices which were put back together to represent the painting.  The result is shown above.

     Our next group project was a piece called "Let me introduce me"  We were given fabric packs which we had to use, and instructions which included use 6 words to describe yourself .  Both these group projects have been in the Canadian Quilters Magazine.
Summer 2009 had us doing a challenge called "Where the Wild Things Live".  Once again we had fabrics which had to be used and the wild things had to be hidden within the pieces.  The current project from summer 2010 hasn't been finished yet but was entitled " Four&Twenty Blackbirds" We were each given fabrics and a pie shaped outline for size.  Wait until you see it!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010


Wow, the middle of August.  We have had the most beautiful summer in many years.  Sunny during the days and rainy/cool at night.  I can't believe it's almost over.   
I took a fabulous course last week in Fredericton at their Ed-ventures Program, Encaustic Painting, taught by Sarah Petite.  The instructor is a talented artist whose teaching style had us all producing "masterpieces" by the end of the week. What a delightful combination of brush, carving, cut-work and smell.  A sensory treat! 

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

My walkway made with mosaic stones I call my therapy stones.  There's something fulfilling about breaking something to create something new.  I guess we do that every time we cut into fabric and sew it back together.  I have to admit though holding a hammer and breaking ceramic tiles did service a need that summer.
Today is my Birthday.  I am just shy of 60.  Mom says I came just in time for dinner and she was happy Betty would have a little sister ( in reality they hoped for the little boy, but he came much later).  Pictures of Betty and I show two little waifs dressed in overalls who look like the Campbell Soup Kids of years ago.  I don't worry about the number of candles on the cake.  I celebrate each and every year.  I've lost friends to illness and feel not celebrating doesn't do them honor.  So today I celebrate another year to love, be loved, to create and be!  Happy Birthday to me!

Monday, March 15, 2010

My Mermaid

I've spent several hours today working on my mermaid.  It is an adaptation of John W. Waterhouse's painting of a mermaid.( a copyrite free piece of art)  The cliffs are nearly finished with the sky and water beginning to peek through.  Suddenly it began to show some perspective.  It's always exciting for me when this happens.  You're never quite sure at which point it surprises you when you step back and look at the piece on the wall.  Wow this is the background and I'm getting excited, imagine when the mermaid enters.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

I attended the most amazing rughooking workshop over the last 2 days. The teacher was Vicky Graham. If you ever get the opportunity to attend one of her workshops, take it. We hooked mixed media and fibres on our wall hangings and laughed. I love it when everyone starts out with the same background and end up with totally different pieces. I will post the result at a later date.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010


I spent the morning rug-hooking with the Past Time Matters group. We meet every Wednesday. The format is informal as we hook, network and generally laugh and sometimes cry together. High on the list today was a discussion on what to keep and what to throw out. Having many needlework passions creates a lot of stash and we all need to periodically move it out and onward. One way is to take it to a great group like this and share. I think I'll go sort some wool.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

New Beginnings

As a newcomer to blogging, this feels a tad intimidating. Definitely not the same as writing in my journal among saved pictures and sketches. I think it will be fun though to share my ideas and work with like minded individuals. Quite often we work in a vacuum and need that input from others to spur us on to the next step in our development.