Month: March 2017

Slow stitching – book and sample

I’ve been spending a little time doing some hand work. I was inspired to go back to a project I started 2 years ago after reading: Slow Stitch: Mindful and Contemplative Textile Art by Claire Wellesley-Smith.

Wellesley-Smith, Claire. Slow Stitch: mindful and contemplative textile art. London: Batsford, c2015.
Wellesley-Smith, Claire. Slow Stitch: mindful and contemplative textile art. London: Batsford, c2015.

This book is beautifully illustrated with projects by Claire Wellesley-Smith, a textile artist working in Yorkshire, England. She blogs about her work at:

Running stitch with perle cotton on wool
Running stitch with perle cotton on wool

Slow Stitch discusses how the Slow Movement, originally the Slow Food Movement started by Carlo Petrini in Italy, relates to textiles. Examples of Claire’s work and those of :

are included in this beautifully photographed book. There is a lot of inspiration and also a few ideas for starting your own slow stitching projects.

Slow stitch art quilt
Slow stitch art quilt

The piece I am working on shown above started with an embroidery I began when I was a member of the Canadian  Embroiderers’ Guild Guelph. I made a few small pieces incorporating all the fun techniques we were taught. But, the samples languished in a cupboard until my mother suggested that I incorporate them into my quilting.

This embroidered and beaded quilt really is a slow project! I see that I blogged about this project first in December 2014 and then in 2015!

Island Sands
Island Sands

The piece I am currently working is a companion piece to Island Sands which was completed a few years ago.

Island Sands detail
Island Sands detail

I especially like the texture created on the silk noile – ripples left behind in the sand when the tide goes out.

Slow stitch supplies
Slow stitch supplies

I’ve collected up the threads, fabrics, and beads I may use and placed them all together in a plastic box. Hopefully this will keep me organized and on track to finally finish this very slow but satisfying stitching.

Crossing Borders Art Quilters Show

The invitation

I was invited to participate in an online art quilter’s group. Crossing Borders began with eight artists from Canada, the US and The Netherlands. Our goal was to share and learn from each other in a creative and non-threatening manner.

The eight artists:

The guidelines:

  1. Create a 12″x12″ finished piece of artwork
  2. Interpret a theme to create artwork
  3. Artwork to be revealed every 2 months on the last day of the month
  4. Post photograph and any explanation on private Facebook page
  5. Comment on each others work

The Themes:

  1. Crossing Borders
  2. Reflections
  3. Roots
  4. Beautiful Chaos
  5. Life Cycle
  6. Crumbling Support

The Show

Now, after one year, we are ready to show our completed artwork. Jeanne Simpson has organized a show in her studio space at The Hungerford, Rochester New York on April 7-8 2017. I hope those of you close by will attend the opening reception on Friday April 7th from 6-9. Seven of us will be in attendance. We would love to speak to you and show you our artwork.

Fineline Brooches – quilt jewlery

I have been obsessing with creating tiny minimal modern designs with my hand dyed fabrics. The smaller the tiny strips I insert, the happier I am!

Fineline Brooch_red-indigo

Each brooch is machine quilted, a layer of Peltex adds firmness, satin stitching frames the piece and a pin back is added.

Fineline Brooch_red-indigo-green

I love these pins, they are like wearing your own mini works of art.

Fineline Brooch_grey-pink

Fineline Brooch_Black_purple

Fineline Brooch _purple-green

They are so versatile,

Fineline Brooch_black_fuchsia_green

Fineline Brooch_turquoise-purple

It has been so much fun creating these pieces.

Fineline Brooch_Fuchsia-green-cord

With this piece, I added a loop to make this into a pendant.

Fineline Brooch_fuchsia-green

Which one is your favourite?

Light up postcards!

I have been experimenting with adding LED lights to make fabric postcards. Each postcard is constructed like a mini quilt, but, with the addition of some fun sparkle!

Light bulb postcard
Light bulb postcard

Conductive thread connects the LIlyPad coin cell battery holder that has an on/off switch to the LED light. It is the most simple circuit to create.

Light bulb postcard with LED light on
Light bulb postcard with LED light on

NiteLite Glow in the Dark Thread is used for all of the other stitching.

Flashlight that lights up by battery and LED lights by Doris Lovadina-Lee
Flashlight postcard


postcard of light up flashlight powered by battery
Flashlight postcard with LED light on

The flashlight postcard is a slightly more complex circuit. The sewable battery holder does not have an on/off switch, so I added a separate LilyPad Slide Switch to the circuit. This way you don’t need to continually remove the coin cell battery when you don’t want power to your LEDs.

mason jar, fireflies, with battery powered LED lights
Fireflies postcard

The firefly postcards was so much fun! One of the tiny fireflies is captured in the mason jar, but one has managed to escape!

quilted art postcard with LED lights creating a mason jar filled with fireflies created by doris lovadina-lee in Toronto
Fireflies postcard with LED lights on

The two LED lights are connected in a series and I’ve hidden the LilyPad coin cell battery holder in the corner.

Which one is your favourite postcard?


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