Traveling? Some Stitch Tips

silkstitching1Believe it or not, I’m looking forward to a long, long car ride next week. Why? It’s an opportunity to stitch for extended stretches of time without those bothersome interruptions like fabric dyeing, thread washing, and being chased around the garden by mosquitoes.

etuiSo as I pack up my etui, threads, and stitch projects I have a few tips for your next stitching adventure on the road:

  • Safety first. Have someone else drive the car.
  • Only stitch in the daylight. Unless you are wearing a head lamp, stitching at night can be dangerous.
  • Bring all your supplies with you (needles, thread, scissors, thimble). Most roadside convenience stores do not carry embroidery thread.
  • Find a safe place to stick the needle when it’s not being used. I can not stress this enough. You may think you are just popping out of the car for a quick coffee run but you are really losing the needle in the seat of the car only to be discovered by a disgruntled spouse when it’s your turn to drive.
  • Expect attention from passing semi-truck drivers. Truck drivers are very nosy and like to look over your shoulder when you stitch.
  • Do not listen to politics on the car radio. Reactions to stupid remarks by candidates can cause you to lose control of the needle resulting in finger stabs.
  • Do not give driving directions when stitching. The driver does not appreciate seeing a needle waving “go left” out of the corner of his eye.

A Quilt Museum for You

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Via Chair Mail (1997) by Laura Wasilowski

The San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2017. It also celebrated a gift of 87 art quilts, donated by Marvin Fletcher and his late wife Hilary. It is known as the Marbaum Collection and I am so happy that my work, Via Chair Mail is included in this generous gift!
 
colorchipcollage3This particular version from my blue chair series is made from “random acts of fusing”.  After creating a piece of fused artwork, I save all the cut-a-ways or confetti fabrics from making the work and construct collaged fabrics in sheets. As more projects are completed, more fabric is added and the sheets eventually document the art I make. Like a journal, I can “read” the fabric collages and reminisce about the art I’ve made and events in my life during the construction.
 
Having my art work purchased by Hillary and Marvin Fletcher and in the care of the Marbaum Collection is an honor. Their support of the quilt as an art form lightens my heart and gives me great delight. I am so fortunate my art work travels around the world with their collection. This piece travels Via Chair Mail.

 

A Quick Gift for Friends

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Windy City #3 (detail) by Laura Wasilowski

How did this quilt become a gift for several friends? Through the miracle of Spoonflower. Spoonflower prints custom wallpaper, gift wrap, and most importantly fabric. Upload your own photos to their site and you can print yardage of that image on various types of fabric.

 

teatowels2Making a collage of my Windy City quilts, I printed the image in a repeat on tea towel fabric. The linen cotton canvas fabric is 54″ wide so I was able to get six tea towels out of two yards of fabric. Once the fabric is cut and hemmed I have gifts for friends. An easy way to share my art and dry a dish at the same time.

(An Update: Pat had asked for a link to the page of where to buy the tea towel fabric. Click here to purchased it directly from Spoonflower.)

Wool Winner Announced

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Free-Form embroidery on wool by Sarah.

Thank you all for leaving comments for the wool scraps give-away. It’s always fun to hear about you’re creative plans. We all have such active imaginations that must be nourished with art making! And speaking of creativity, isn’t this embroidery by one of my students beautiful? Thank you Sarah for sharing your artwork with us.

joyfulstitchingfrontcoverI must admit, I owe my love of wool stitchery to my new book, Joyful Stitching. Writing the book taught me so much about the joy of free-form embroidery. (You can read a recent review of the book here.)

And now for the lucky winner of the package of wool scraps. I’ll be sending it out to: Jackie of Colorado.

Thank you all and keep on stitching!

Give-Away and Wool Stitchery

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Stitching on wool by Paula.

Your needle and thread glide through wool fabric with a satisfying ease. Hand embroidery on wool makes for rich texture and pattern like Paula’s inventive design above. Her free-form flower, a sampler of colorful stitch combinations, has even attracted a honey bee!

NHworldquilt2Are you attracted to wool stitchery too?

Soon I’ll be teaching my Improvisational Hand Embroidery on Wool class at the World Quilt New England, in Manchester, NH. Students like Paula, will design their own artwork, transfer it to wool, and stitch with a selection of hand dyed threads.

I hope you can join me!

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Unable to visit with me in New Hampshire?

Then please leave a comment on today’s blog and you may be the lucky winner of a bag of small wool scraps plus a skein of  hand-dyed floss to start your  own wool project.