Gallery - Retrospective 5, 2018-2019
Boro/Boho Gone Crazy
This piece was inspired by a coat created by Rose Klein and the Boro embroidery class that I didn't get into. Boro
is the age old Japanese art of mending textiles and is literally translated as rags or scraps of cloth. I loved Rose's coat so much I wanted
to do my version.
These works are some of the results from an online workshop with Kathy Hayes, Natural Dyes and Surface Design.
Fabric was scoured, treated with a mordant and then coloured with plant dye extracts such as Lac, Pomegranate, Longwood and Osage Orange. We
worked with dye and discharge pastes before and after dyeing to create the design elements. Dyeing is always magical as results are unique
every time. Working with plant extracts adds another dimension and challenge to dyeing.
This was done in the course Wet Felting and Embellishment given by Meg Cheeseman and Lynda Watson.
The green and gold piece was wet felted and other colours were added to the surface, then stitched around to give some dimension to the
piece. It was then embroidered with gold thread, beads and silks.
The pink and white piece was mounted on white fleece and embroidered with silver thread. We were shown how to make a 'snake' of felt then
sliced up to make the little baubles.
The frames were white so I painted then to match the needlework
Home Away From Home
This piece was from Telling a Story with Maps with Mary Veenman and Liz Bell.
My inspiration for this piece was Maldon Essex U.K. where my daughter and her family live.
I traced a paper copy of the map on to fabric outlining roads, rivers, lakes and important landmarks and buildings. Fabric paint or
watercolour was used to paint large areas and these were later outlined with various stitches to denote significant areas, buildings, and
This piece was made in Lynne Nicoletti's class of Sashiko: East meets West. Sashiko literally means "little stabs"
or "little pierce" and is a Japanese form of decorative reinforcement stitching or functional embroidery. The motif is a popular Japanese
design of hemp leaves. Traditional Sashiko uses indigo dyed fabric, white Sashiko thread and a long darning needle that is designed to let
you 'load' multiple stitches on the needle before pulling it through the fabric.
Threads Across Continents
I'm a new member of the Guild and my first class was called Beads, Buttons and Kantha Stitch, taught by Beth Sims.
I decided to enhance an African wax cotton fabric from Ghana with different types of beads and running stitches. I used simple seed beads,
wood, metal beads from India and ceramic beads from a small workshop in Nairobi that employs single mothers.
The Kantha stitch is a traditional stitch from India, used to embellish textiles. Because it's a simple running stitch, it's perfect for
For this piece, I was inspired by the idea of an imaginary thread across countries with which I have a connection.
Portrait of Zena
Inspiration for this piece was my grand dog Zena and a birthday present for my son Steve. I started working on it
in a Thread Painting class with Sue Hickey. A photo of Zena was transferred to fabric and it was hand stitched using embroidery floss in
long and short stitch.
My Garden of Flowers
This fabric book was started at the Winter Retreat in 2019. The pages are made from natural unbleached cotton that
have been tea stained then coloured with watercolour dyes using a sponge technique. The flowers are appliqued from a thrifted shower curtain
and the colours enhanced with watercolour pencils. Additional appliqués of vintage dyed lace were added. Some of my favourite quotes about
gardens, nature and life in general, were hand lettered on the pages. A light coat of acrylic wax was put on the page to make the page stain
and waterproof. Hand stitching was then added to each page. The wrong sides of pages were hand sewn together to make double sided pages and
the signatures were then sewn into a heavy green felt cover with a button closure. I enjoyed every minute of the process.
This piece came out of the Mosaics class with Kay Sweetman. The inspiration came from fabric I had for a long
time. Pieces of fabric were fused onto a background much like you would use ceramics or glass. I used clay buttons I had made, a copper fish
and embroidery thread. This piece provided me with an opportunity to use things I had collected over time. By collecting items that call to
you the project will eventually find you.