London-Wul is a fibre farm in New Brunswick Canada where animals are neither destroyed nor sold without exception. Also a national award winning shop and studio, London-Wul is home to textile artist Heidi Wulfraat.
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
.... a tour of the shop.
A little February cheer can be a wonderful thing!
Amanda Jean Nyberg (crazymomquilts.blogspot.ca) and Cheryl Arkison (cherylarkison.com) got it just right!Sunday Morning Quilts
is a gentle invitation to embrace your stash and dive-in to quilt
making. This modern look at scrap quilting will have you feeling both
capable and inspired. Delightful stash management strategies are
discussed with a collaborative playfulness that feels distinctly as
though you are sitting-in on your new favorite stitching circle. Storage
solutions, from barrels, bags and bins to hand-made colour-coded boxes
are presented with a practical and creative approach as well. Sunday Morning Quilts
defines Modern Quilting with generous amounts of respect and
inclusion qualifying all with "the most important aspect of quilting is
working with what you like, making what you like". Such lovely
conversations are coupled with 16 fun projects complete with instruction as well
as encouragement to move forward, modify and personalize modern scrap
What I loved most about this book?
It celebrates the camaraderie of two quilters (in true modern, on-line fashion).
It is new and fresh with all of the comforts of tradition.
It is practical, accessible and do-able for everyone.
Here is the quilt that I put together for our first Latitude Quilts challenge themed "Carnival".
From my initial sketch and fabric selection, I thoroughly enjoyed this process....
I enjoyed this theme. It is a subject matter that I most likely would
never have approached on my own. The first thoughts that came to mind
when contemplating this challenge were monochromatic, photographic
images of the "side show" carnival variety. In fact my perception was so
photo oriented that I knew I would not be able to take this line of
approach without copy-write access which became a deterrent.
I then began to explore the Venetian Carnival which, of course, is such a
visual draw. I chose a relatively subdued palette in contrast to this
very lively and colorful theme. The figure in this piece is meant to be
somewhat ambiguous as Carnival is known to be a festival of disguise
both in terms of gender and social strata. Fruit and vines were included
to indicate a celebration of bounty and indulgence. Pears were added in
reference to nature, curves and the feminine form, also a formative
subject matter when considering the Venetian Carnival!
Finally, a little starling head appears in this piece to add a sense of
mischievous folly. This very particular bird appears in many of my
Techniques and materials:
hand painted, appliqued, hand-painted fabrics and paper
photographic image transfer, inkjet (This pertains to the little
starling who actually lives in our home and kindly poses for
photo-shoots whenever necessary. He is a non-releasable rescued bird.)
Prisma coloured pencils, textile paints and textile medium.
free motion stitching throughout