........................................................................................................................................................Now in Mahone Bay Nova Scotia.

Saturday, November 30, 2013

My "Escape" quilt

My latest challenge quilt, prepared with the theme "escape" in mind..
This was a rather fun piece for me. It is a self portrait at 10 years of age. References include a menagerie of much loved characters such as Stormy Misty's Foal, Kavik the Wolf Dog and cast members of Peterson's field guides to birds, insects, reptiles and amphibians.  
... Ahh life is good.
Perched on my shoulder is what was my ever constant companion, a hand-raised starling named Chicken Hawk.
Today I live with yet another orphaned starling named Birdy and I still love to escape into books. Not much has changed really!

Hand drawing (portrait)
as well as photo transfer for the starling, frog, butterflies and wolf.
Hand and machine stitching.
Prisma color pencil and textile medium throughout.

With special thanks to Laura Kemshall who taught me that sketching is not just for paper.

To see more escape quilts visit our international creative challenge group: Latitude Quilts

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Something New to Make

A rigid heddle loom is a simple loom. Weaving on a rigid heddle loom is your basic user friendly, non-threatening, stress free, all around happy textile experience. Janet is teaching a beginners class this month so that you can
1. Learn a fantastic new skill
2. have your very own hand-woven scarf by the end of the day!

Intro to Weaving on a Simple Loom 

* this class is scheduled for Saturday November 30th, 2013

10am - 4pm

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Felting Workshop...

Book now with felt artist extraordinaire, Jacqueline Leblanc! She will be teaching on November 23rd and 24th. This class will be for those who are new to wet felt.
details: http://workshopsatlondonwul.blogspot.ca/p/wet-felting.html

Saturday, November 02, 2013

Two Things I Know

So I've been on a little road trip and I have to share. Here are two thing that I know...
If you find yourself in the state of New Hampshire you MUST visit Badger Brook Farm.
What more could a rug hooker ask for? An absolutely stunning farm setting, a gorgeous shop brimming with wool fabrics, patterns and threads and a cozy stitching circle by the fireplace. Patti will welcome you, she will make you feel at home. Patti also has a little troupe of rescued dogs that are always up for a visit if you like ( so you know I felt right at home). You will love it. You will want to stay and stitch a bit and I dare say you will have many, new treasures to work with when you leave. Punch, hook, applique ... just everything.
See for yourself : https://www.facebook.com/pages/Badger-Brook-Farm/134766936710340
Another thing that I know; if you find yourself in Rollinsford New Hampshire you must visit Wool and Goods. Oh my goodness! This shop is housed within an old mill building along with many other art studios and similarly creative spaces.
Kathy is marvelous. She is incredibly generous with her time, expertise and enthusiasm for making rugs...  AND she's a rug hooking Daily member. Yay!
The shop is loaded with wool fabrics, hooking supplies and patterns, patterns, patterns. Kathy pays great respect to the late Patsy Becker and continues to make Patsy's patterns available to the Rug Hooking world, a wonderful service to us all. If you have the opportunity do go to Kathy's shop. You'll find classes and gatherings and woolens and gadgets and bits and pieces. You will be welcomed and you will be inspired.
Check it out here: http://www.woolandgoods.com/
Happy weekend everybody,

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