Gallery - Retrospective 6, 2018-2019
This piece was made as part of the Guild's wet and needle felting class. The background is hand painted commercial
felt. The mottled coloured piece was wet felted using a variety of different wool fibres to create a background. The star spouts were needle
felted onto the mottled background using wool and angelina fibres. The piece was finished using running stitch.
Georgian Bay Bunkie
Stitched in an architectural stitching class offered by Sylvia Alwan. The bunkie sits at the water's edge,
overlooking the beautiful islands of Georgian Bay. The sketch-like quality conveyed by the stitching belies the architectural integrity and
beauty of the handcrafted bunkie.
Karen de Ruiter
This piece was inspired by my teachers Mary Faye Green and Marlene Linton in the Beginners Stitch class 2018. Our
project was to use the many stitches learned, incorporate a variety of fabrics/threads and add embellishments, to make a finished piece. I
decided to make two heart shaped pot holders as they are functional and also allowed the creativity we were encouraged to explore.
St. John's Harbour circa 1900
St. John's Harbour circa 1900 was completed during my Maps class with Mary Veenman. Based on an old map of St.
John's, it was all backstitched on linen and shows the finger piers and fishing stages in the harbour that have long disappeared.
The Ghosts of Oxbow Glen Golf Course
Like all golfers, myself included you want to consistently have a swing that will get the ball farther and
straighter. This sequence of figures shows the form you need to practice and perfect to make this happen.
I drew the figures, cut out each one and arranged them on a piece of tissue paper. I traced them onto the tissue and placed it over a square
of white organza and put it in my hoop. Using the back stitch and a single strand of black embroidery cotton I outlined all the figures.
When completed I removed all the tissue paper. I painted the background of the picture on a muslin fabric to depict a golf course. The
organza was placed over the painted picture and prepared for framing. I really enjoyed the class and all the steps that had to be done to
complete the project.
A Touch of Yellow
I taught a class called Coming Full Circle. We used a wide variety of techniques and materials to produce pieces
depicting the universal circle image. This piece is a machine embroidered piece to show what could be done.
I was in the "Lets Draw for Fibre Arts" class taught by Diane Whitney. We worked on our intuitive and
observational drawing skills and transferred images onto fabric. I selected a drawing of my son drinking his bottle in his bed. He is a
sensitive boy and it took a while to get him to give up the bottle, but I look back fondly to the time when he was a bit smaller and needed
that simple comfort to calm himself. I transferred the drawing onto tissue and used the free motion foot on my machine to transfer the
drawing to cheese cloth. I used scrapes from his bedspread (the shark fabric) and a piece of canvas, as well as a dowel from the indigo
workshop as the background for the piece.
This piece was done for the class that Meg Cheeseman taught on Dorset Buttons. There are many variations of Dorset
buttons. In this one, I used solid coloured pearl cotton thread to wrap a ring and build the base. Variegated thread was then wrapped and
black thread woven in last. The fabric banding used in the framing was a remnant that just happened to match perfectly.
Thrush on a Beech
Wood thrushes make beautiful music and, on spring evenings, it's not unusual to hear at least one virtuoso in the
bush behind my house. For this bird I used a variety of stitches to try to show the texture of different feathers and the way they catch the
light. The background is an eco-print of leaves gathered from the bush, including the sharply-toothed and veined leaf of one of the tall
beeches. To make the print I squashed the leaves between two layers of cotton, rolled the "sandwich" around a copper rod, wrapped it tightly
with string, and steamed it on the barbecue for an hour or two.
Techniques and inspiration courtesy of Rose Klein's Stitch Mystery and Kathie Morgan's Eco-Print classes.
This large wall hanging was inspired by a class on "Fabric Mosaics" taught by Kay Sweetman in 2019. I am nuts
about roosters, they are so colourful and seem to have a very cocky attitude! After drawing out a design, the trick with this process is to
have the patience to select a colour palette of fabrics, create thousands of 1/2" square 'tiles' backed with a fusible web and then work to
attach them to your base pattern, one by one, mostly with a pair of tweezers and the tip of a very hot iron. Some machine stitching takes
place after this to further secure the tiles, then highlights are added with hand stitching. As yet I haven't quite completed the
embellishment on this piece (because I found some fabulous threads I want to incorporate!) but will eventually be stretched on a frame to
hang in my dining room, replacing another rooster who will be retired to the garden fence!