Gallery - Retrospective 4, 2013-2016
This piece is done on silk shantung fabric. It uses classic gold work technique with padding in some areas and
small pieces of gold kid leather. I used many of the beautiful gold work stitches and incorporated Japanese gold wound thread, pearl check
metals in several shapes and sizes and finished the piece with sequins and beads. It is completely hand stitched and the overall piece
measures about five inches square.
Primarily, the technique was stitching on air, which was a class I took with Roberta Whitmore. The fabric in
behind the openings were Shibori pieces I did from a class taught by Meg Cheesman. There is also some machine stitch and couching.
I was inspired to do this as a gift for customers of my husband upon the completion of the house he built for them.
Teasels, Cowslips and other Seed Heads
The fabric was painted then stamped. The seed heads were stencilled using the teacher's thermofax screens, teasels
were machine free motioned quilted. The batting and the backing fabric were tucked under at the back using Wonder Under so that the raw
edges of the front were exposed.
The class was taught at The Ailsa Craig Quilt and Fibre Arts Festival - Quilts of Great Britain with textile artist, Gillian Travis.
I enhanced the basic batik fabric with ribbons, lace, couched threads and a variety of hand and machine stitches.
The class was called Stupendous Stitching based on the work of Carol Ann Waugh and was taught by Andrea Manias.
This winter rural scene was created using soft deep purple wool for the sky and white quilt batting for snow. The
silver moon is fabric, stars are embroidered using silver thread. The snow drifts are defined using grey thread. The crest of the snow banks
are dotted with gold mica flakes for glitter and texture. Cheesecloth covers the whole scene. In order to keep the cheesecloth threads from
moving, diluted fabric softener was patted on with a paint brush. After drying, the same method was used to apply the diluted dusty rose
acrylic paint. The toothpick posts which were daubed with white paint were added on top of cheesecloth.
This piece was from a weaving class with Rose Klein using a small frame. I liked the colours together.
Sunrise from the Beach
This piece came out of a class with Roberta Whitmore in machine embroidery. The photo was transferred onto a piece
of fabric and machine embroidered.
Seasons in My New Home
Using a pattern I worked this piece in a Blackwork class. I like the theme of seasons as it is one of the things I
love about living in Canada. Australia doesn't have such definite changes.
While learning Jacobean Embroidery, I was fascinated by the repetitive and fractal nature of the traditional
floral designs, and considered the ways that internal organs are similar. Since the heart is my favourite organ, I chose to draw the various
chambers and vessels, each rendered in a different stitch and thread, using reds for oxygenated blood and blues for deoxygenated.