Soon I’ll be off to Lancaster PA to teach one of my favorite classes, Creating Graphic Imagery. Why is it a favorite? Because each and everyone of my students successfully creates original art work. It is such a thrill to see them make beautiful art quilts from sketch to final design.
Soon I’ll be packing my bags to teach in Sisters, OR. Sisters is the home of the largest outdoor quilt festival in the nation called Quilter’s Affair. One of the many activities at the show is the opportunity to bid on art work by donors for the charity, Wish Upon a Card.
My donation this year, Songbird #2, measures about 4″ x 6″ and is free- form hand embroidered on wool. Loved making it, love that it’s helping out someone in need, and love that it will go to a good home.
Songbird #2 began its life as a step-out. It was made to show a certain stage in the making of the songbird project in my book, Joyful Stitching. He is a distant cousin of the original songbird found on the cover and evolved into a bird more interested in flowers than bugs. Hope to see you in Sisters!
One of my classes you’re sure to enjoy is called Creating Graphic Imagery. I’m teaching it at the Quiltfest in Lancaster PA this May. Trust me, you’ll be surprised and delighted by the design you make in this class.
First, you make your own design and pattern so it’s really your original art work. Then, working on black fabric with fused fabrics, you fuse the pattern shapes into place. By leaving just a bit of black fabric showing between shapes, you end up with a woodcut-like graphic design.
I’ve seen some really great art work come out of this class. I hope you can join me.
In preparation for a new class in July at Quilters’ Affair, I’m making multiple garden stitcheries using felt shapes and size 8 pearl cotton threads. This one was going along great until I got a little carried away.
See all those yellow Lazy Daisy stitches filling in across the bottom section? Don’t you think it’s a little too cluttered? The reason I like working with the felt is that it has a clean, simple look that is easily enhanced by embroidery. But those yellow Lazy Daisies are messy looking. They really bug me!
So I’ll spend a little time ripping them out and come up with plan B. What ever that is!
Once the major elements on my little felt embroidery project are tacked to a background fabric, it’s time to add decorative stitches. The wiggly bits (the “grass”) are stitched first. These delicate strips are secured to the background with an embroidery stitch usually associated with flowers: the Pistil Stitch. Pistil Stitches not only travel across the strips to trap them into place but, add a little bead of thread to edge. It’s a twofer!
Incidentally, I’m teaching a class called Felt Like Gardening at Quilters’ Affair in Sister OR this coming July. This piece will be an example for the students.
It’s back to school time! And that means dyeing thread for all my fall classes. The threads you see above are destined for my students as part of their class kits. Whether taking a quilting class or hand embroidery class, everybody gets some colorful thread. Ooooooh! Aren’t they pretty!
These threads are dyed using the “random acts of dyeing” method. I don’t following the repeatable color formulas for Artfabrik threads. Instead, I use up all my left over dye stock to dye threads in random colorways. It’s a great way to discover new color combinations and prepare for my classes at the same time. See you in the classroom!