Thursday, April 28, 2016

Threadworks Exhibition and Travelling Show

I just received word that two of my three art works on exhibit in Wellington County Museum and Archives have been chosen to travel around Ontario with Threadworks.   How exciting is that!   I have seen the catalogue of the beautiful array of work presently at the Wellington County show and am very happy to be joining some of these wonderful pieces in the travelling exhibition (my art gets to travel more than I do).
Blueberry Magic

Kitchen Party
 Here is a partial itinerary- so far.

Wellington County Museum and Archives
Fergus, On     April 16 - May 29, 2016

Museum of Northern History,
Kirkland Lake     June 6 - August 21, 2016

Bruce County Museum,
Southampton, ON         Sept 1 - Oct 22, 2016

Fort Frances Museum
Fort Frances     Nov 1 - Dec 14, 2016

Dryden and District Museum
Dryden     Jan 4 - Feb 22, 2017

Lake of the Woods Museum,
Kenora, ON      Mar 9 - April 27, 2017

Thunder Bay Museum
Thunder Bay, ON       May 8 - June 29, 2017

Temiskaming Art Gallery
Haileybury     July 4 - Aug 30 2017

 Arther Child Heritage Museum
Gananoque      Sept 12 - Oct 31, 2017

Scugog Shores Museum
Port Perry, ON              Nov 6 - Jan 6, 2018

more TBA

Now that I finally finished my taxes and mailed them off,  I am starting work in earnest on a piece that I will submit to Fibre Content in Burlington if I finish in time.  It started with a hand dye I purchased recently at our Fibre Fling which I am embroidering and adding applique.  More on this piece later.....

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Great Happenings!! Fibre Fling 5, Threadworks and My Heritage!

Last weekend was Out of the Box Fibre Artists' Fibre Fling 5.   It is our most successful show to date.   We had a great turnout and sales were high!  Of course, we are always so happy to hear the enthusiasm of visitors for Fibre Art.   What a diversity of work using every kind of fibre imaginable!   Many took part in the high tea served on Saturday as well.   The final numbers are not calculated yet but I am sure we raised many dollars for the Stephen Lewis Foundation. 

I sold 3 out of my 5 exhibition pieces and many of my small art pieces in our separate sales area.   All of the necklaces I brought were sold.  My apologies to customers who came looking for necklaces on Saturday to find them gone.   But please don't forget I have an Etsy shop (see sidebar)!   All in all a very good show for me as well:)   

After basking in the glow for two days during the show,  I came down to earth rather sharply when I looked around at all the chaos I left behind at home.   An added reality check came the following day when I found myself up to my elbows in (clean) water reaching into the toilet tank to replace a broken part.   Ah well, nothing lasts forever:)

More good news!  I am thrilled to report that the following three pieces will be part of this year's '.Threadworks  Exhibition at the Wellington County Museum and Archives.  As soon as I read that the theme was  'Flashback'  I knew I had to apply!    These three pieces each describe a different aspect of the theme, from coming of age in the sixties, to questions about a group of old weatherbeaten kitchen chairs in a field in PEI, to a piece taken from an old instamatic camera photo of my son and I as he discovered blueberries growing in the Gatineau Hills (he is now 42).

When I Was Twenty One

Kitchen Party

Blueberry Magic

As well, I just shipped two pieces to Edmonton for the Focus on Fibre Art Association show

' My Heritage' .  The show opens on May 5, 2016.

Protecting Our Wilderness: Canada's National Parks

Votes for Women: The Women's Mock Parliament

I am very excited to have had all five pieces juried into these two shows and it is heartening as well to hear positive feedback from visitors to our Spring show.   We spend a lot of our time alone in our studios with only our friends to critique our work (and they will always say nice things deserved or not:).   It means so much to have feedback from other artists, art lovers, buyers, and impartial judges.  It validates and inspires!!     I was thinking that I need to remember this the next time I get a rejection notice!

So back to work.   This is the time of year when I need to start applying for fall shows as well so - no time to rest.  I am pulling up applications, taking photos and dreaming about new work.....But first the dreaded taxes......

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Fabric Journal Covers, Postcards and Stitching on Satin

It has been a busy winter so far but I finally finished a few journal covers.  I hope to add some to my Etsy shop and will bring a few to Fibre Fling 5 in April as well.   The way I assemble these is kind of complicated (for me!) but works well.  The only problem is that I need to add the landscape first so very careful measuring needs to happen all the way along.  I always forget to take photos while I am working so each time I need to look at a finished journal and copy the steps:)  They are time consuming but I like to have a few for each show I attend.  The skies are all painted satin and the landscape is made up of fused cottons which I machine stitch.  These are approx. 6 x 8".     I am working on one in fuschia that's not quite finished yet.

While I am painting satin for skies and machine stitching I usually make a few postcards as well because they are made with a similar process.   Here are two that are ready for backing.

When working with these satin skies I kept seeing silhouettes of trees in front of sunset or dawn skies ( I guess I am not quite finished with sunsets - my 2015 theme!).   I decided to try embroidering trees onto the satin.  I had been doing some stitching on felt which I LOVE because it is so easy to stitch and so forgiving.  Not so with satin.   It needs a lot of TLC, sharp needles and gentle stitching.  I am happy with the results though.  It was what I had visualized before beginning.  If you zoom in to the trees in the first one you will see sparkles!   I discovered that sparkle chainette worked very well for the few 'leaves' still remaining on the trees and scattered on the ground.  If you haven't discovered sparkle chainette, go to Lorraine Stobie's online shop   Colour Complements where you will find a wonderful selection of her dyed threads.  They are my favourite threads to work with (she has perle cottons, rayon, silk, chainette and more) and they come in a wide range of yummy colours!

I am so thrilled with felt these days so I am needle felting on pieces of ready made felt and adding hand stitching.   Unfortunately I framed this next one before photographing so this photo is not very accurate but you can get an idea of it.    So  relaxing to spend the evening stitching circles on felt!   I even did a tiny daisy piece on felt for the spring show.  I am developing an idea for our coming exhibition at the Textile Museum that involves needle felting and hand stitching on felt.  Our theme will be Colour Unboxed (Out of the Box Fibre Artists).


this one is 3 x 3' approx

I attended a workshop on Monday where we did some Gelli Plate printing on papers and fabric.  It was my first time using a Gelli plate and it was a lot of fun!   It worked especially well on smooth card and rough watercolour paper.  I used both acrylic paints which gave vibrant colours, and fabric paints - mostly translucent - which worked better over opaque base layers.  I think I need more practice but I have several new ideas of things to use to make marks and interesting designs.  I haven't taken photos of my results but I have begun hand stitching a couple of printed fabrics.

We had a mostly mild winter with little snow on the ground until last week when we got a dump of 51 cm in less than a day.   Since then the weather has turned nasty with more to come tomorrow.   And we thought winter was over.......

 Bring on Spring!!

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Here Comes Fibre Fling 5

Out of the Box Fibre Artists are getting ready for our fifth annual Fibre Fling Show and Sale  in Ottawa on April 8 and 9.   And if last night's meeting is any indication, it promises to be the best ever!!     Lots of wonderful Show and Tell at the meeting which will hopefully find its way to our show!   Last year 44 artists exhibited 253 pieces including art quilts, embroidery, mixed media, rug hooking,  dolls, felting, wearables, framed art and much more.   Besides our exhibition, we will have a sales area of smaller items like cards, jewelry, small felted pieces, framed stitchery, journals, scarves and other wearables, bowls, etc etc etc.      I will post more info on my Exhibition page.  You can also visit us at  or look for us on Facebook - Out of the Box Fibre Artists.

Saturday, January 9, 2016

January Always Brings Renewed Inspiration

I find that my creativity takes a nose dive around holiday time with so many other things crowding my mind so I confess that I love to see January and February arrive - bad weather and all!

After my shows were finished for the year, I finished working on an art quilt I had started in the summer.  It has been a long time since I made an actual quilt.  I entered it in the SAQA show - My Corner of the World Canada.  It didn't make it into the exhibition but I still have plans for it.  It was mostly machine stitched with photo transfers of a caribou and park sign and is approx 21" x 26".  It was a good exercise for me and there were a few technical issues along the way which always add to the challenge.

Protect Our Parks

Photo transfer of Caribou  taken in Gros Morne Area

The sign says "Your fees at work.  Thank you" with a Parks Canada logo.  It was placed at the entrance of one of the trails.  When I saw the sign I knew it needed to find its way into a quilt.

Before Christmas I took out some tissue that I had glued and layered,and I painted and hand stitched them.  They became my Christmas cards.  The cards themselves were pretty odd colours I admit but they worked well with the colours of the tissue.

I splattered paint on some for snow flakes

I added birds and/or squirrels to these later on

After Christmas I gave myself the gift of time.   First I cleaned my work space and once everything was sorted and new discoveries were made, I started playing.  First I took out my felting tools and did a couple of small felted and hand stitched landscapes just for fun!  I had to stop myself from stitching too much and covering all the felted bits and I did feel that they were never quite finished - being so used to major stitching on my pieces.   But I enjoyed the process.

When shopping for gifts I couldn't help but notice the proliferation of colouring pages, colouring  note cards etc for adults.    So I grabbed my 4 x 6" sketch book and started designing my own pages with a pigma pen then colouring them with markers.  Oh my, what fun!!  I spent hours just drawing and colouring.   It really is addictive!

this one might be upside down:)

Woodpecker and Fox

Feathers and foliage

Flowers and more flowers

Rocks and Trees and Water.....
I made copies before I coloured them in and am toying with the idea of printing the uncoloured pages on postcards for sale.   I would need to work on refining some designs first of all.    I made some 8.5 x 11" pages too which I left uncoloured.     Not sure if this will go anywhere or if  I just needed a break from working towards shows and sales, themes and deadlines....

This one is not quite finished

I just ordered a couple of GELLI printing plates because I am taking part in a workshop in February.  I am excited about this new learning experience and how I can incorporate it into my work which is leaning more and more towards painted backgrounds and hand stitching. Nevertheless I did buy some new fabric with Christmas $$.  

I also hope to work on some of my UFOs this year .........and Out of the Box Fibre Artists have an exhibition next December at the Textile Museum with the theme of Colour Unboxed.    Hope I have some inspiration in that direction soon..  I am thinking about entering pieces in Threadworks too because I love the theme -  'Flashback'.   

Sounds like a busy year shaping up -   must remember to maintain some balance.

A Happy and Healthy New Year to all!

Monday, November 23, 2015

$100 and Under Christmas Sale

Stitched Journals
Here are a few examples of items I plan to bring to the $100 and Under Christmas Sale in Carp, Ontario December 4-6.   This is a unique show with all items priced at $100 or less.  See show details below.

My Unique Fabric Under Glass Jewelry

Fabric Beaded Necklaces
Framed Stitched Art


Don't forget this weekend I am at the Shenkman Arts Centre in Orleans for Baz'ART.   Please see my Exhibition page for more details.