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Quilts and Health Webinar

Quilts and Health book by Marsha MacDowell, Clare Lug and Beth Donaldson with radiant light quilt by doris lovadina-lee toronto quilter

Textile Talks is a weekly series of online webinars co-sponsored by:

  • International Quilt Museum
  • Modern Quilt Guild, Quilt Alliance
  • San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles
  • Studio Art Quilt Associates
  • Surface Design Association

This week’s subject is the association between quilting and health. The authors of the book: Quilts and Health, Marsha MacDowell, Beth Donaldson, and Clare Luz will be presenting on Wednesday, May 11, 2021, from 2-3 ET. Registration is required but the talk is free. For those unable to make this in person, the Textile Talks are recorded and available on YouTube.

radiant light quilt on blank art card by doris lovadina-lee
Radiant Light blank note card

Radiant Light one of my chakra quilts is in the book along with many other beautiful and poignant quilts. Read more about the quilt and book in this post.

I hope you can join the webinar tomorrow for what I expect will be a very informative hour.

mug with a photo of a chakra quilt Radiant Light by Doris Lovadina-Lee
Radiant Light mug

Golden Light

The last month of 2020 and the beginning of 2021 has been a very creative period for me. I’ve continued to work on the House and Home series and have now created 5 pieces. They are in various stages of completion. This small finished piece called: Golden Light began with the offcuts of a larger piece that may be the beginning of a new series.

The palette selection began with an arashi shibori-dyed cotton. The stripes move from soft to medium blue and then onto turquoise. There are also bands of gold and yellow in this piece.

I continue to use small strip inserts that reveal bits of colour. Texture is added with rows of stitching in variegated thread.

Golden Light is the late afternoon sun bathing the sky just as the light begins to fade. Warm and relaxing.

Upcycling snow dyed wool and silk scarf kantha style!

Moths! These fuzzy winged insects feasted on this beautiful snow dyed wool scarf, leaving it unfit to be worn. I loved the pattern and colour of this scarf and did not just want to throw it out.

Kantha style shibori dyed scarf in fuchsia pink and white in progress by doris lovadina-lee toronto quilter

This is another long-term project that I have on the go. I am using a variety of threads on this scarf, alternating in between perle cotton, embroidery floss, and regular sewing thread. I am looking for similarity in colour but different thicknesses to add texture and interest.

Kantha was originally a very humble embroidery craft. Running stitches kept layers of old saris together to create blankets for the cold winters in Bangladesh. I hope my scarf recognizes the beauty of recycling and stitching too.

Venetian Mosaic Block: shaping up

This is one of four large blocks I’ve been working on for a long time. That is to say, I started this project a long time ago and then put it away for a long time! I recently pulled it out again, last winter, and thought I could have it pieced and quilted by the end of March this year. As you can see, that did not happen!

Circular medallion design bordered by a striped fabric by dorislovadinalee.com

The quilt is based on marble mosaic floors I saw in Italy. I took many photographs and purchased a few postcards that inspired these original designs. And, because they are original, I am designing and drafting the quilt. Mostly as I go. I did have an overall plan, but not all the details.

detail mosaic striped border by doris lavadina-lee canadian artist

All four of the medallions are pieced and the circle into a square striped border have been stitched.

back of paper pieced mosaic block

Fabric still needs to be trimmed and some paper pieces can be removed. The four triangles for each medallion have been designed and colours chosen. To date, I have 2 and 1/2 triangles completed. The new deadline is still March, now of 2020. I am a bit more optimistic that the quilt can be completed. I plan on machine quilting it myself and will quilt each quadrant separately and then join the four together.

Large square with circular design bordered by 2 triangles

Wish me luck!

Indigo dyed hand woven organic cotton crepe scarf

I have been waiting, not patiently, for spring to arrive so I could do some indigo dyeing. Finally, it got warm enough and last weekend my friend Sheila and I set up a dye vat.

indigo striped fabric in tub of soapy water by doris lovadinalee toronto textile artist

One of the first into this spring’s dye bath was a pale turquoise cotton crinkle scarf. The colour was not intense enough and it was boring!

arashi shibori scarf in pale green wrapped around a pvc pipe by dorislovadina-lee

Handwoven organic cotton makes a luscious scarf, with a super fine crepe texture. I absolutely love the result. It is the scarf on the right hand side below.

3 unique indigo dyed scarves draped over chair dyed by dorislvoadinalee

These three indigo dyed crinkle scarves are so easy to care for. They can be machine washed in gentle and machine dried too. Ideal travel companions, wrapped around neck, shoulders or folded under to rest your head. Twist to pack, shake out and wear. You will always be elegantly dressed! Bon voyage!

Maria Nunes and the art of crochet!

I am so fortunate to be collaborating with a local craftsperson – Maria Nunes. Her hand made crochet jewellery is beautifully designed and crafted. Maria learned to crochet as a child, growing up in Portugal at a time when there was still no television, not even electricity! In school they were taught to knit and would make simple scarves and hats. At home, Maria’s mother taught her to crochet to make doilies, table scarves and trim for her ‘enxoval’ or trousseau.

Hand dyed crochet cotton in fuchsia and green by Doris Lovadina-Lee Toronto Textile artist
Fuchsia Ombre and Blue to Green Variegated Hand Dyed Crochet Cotton

Maria has continued to crochet and over the years has made many household items using traditional patterns. Recently, she has changed her style to reflect modern tastes, creating handcrafted pillows, wallhangings and of course jewellery!

pair of indigo hoop crocheted earrings with blue glass beads on black surface
Indigo Hoop Earrings with Blue Glass Beads

Variegated, ombre, and with colour changes over very short areas have been a challenge for me. I have had to rethink my process as well as the amount of dye used! But it has been so much fun! I will also be indigo dyeing this spring and I can’t wait to see the jewellery she makes. I gave Maria all the indigo dyed cotton thread left from one of my projects. All of the pieces she made have been sold! It shows that blue and white is a much loved combination.

round crochet beige circle earrings with natural coloured beads on black background
Beige Cotton Circle Drop Earrings with Glass Beads

Magazines, and books are still places Maria finds inspiration, but more often she finds herself turning to Pinterest. Inspiration for her designs also come from working with the materials. A bead, the colour of the hand dyed cotton thread can start her on a new design. More and more often her jewellery includes beads, they really excite her with opportunities!

Crochet cotton round earrings and snow dyed scarf in fuchsia
Fuchsia Hand Dyed Round Earrings by Maria Nunes Designs on Snow Dyed Wool Scarf by Doris Lovadina-Lee

Maria believes that crochet is a dyeing art. She has tried to teach the next generation but with the competition for TV watching, and the internet with its so many social media outlets, it is a hard sell. Maria finds that crocheting is a relaxing and imaginative art. It has a calming effect allowing room for imagination.

Maria Nunes of @maria.n.designs crocheting

I am collaborating with Maria on dyeing some new crochet cotton. More experimentation with colours, ombre effects, indigo and more. Follow Maria on Instagram @maria.n.designs to see what she is creating.

Pastel Travel Scarves Snow Dyed for Spring

February has been a great month for snow dyeing. I think we got most of our snow during this month. In preparation for spring weather, I dyed these scarves in a variety of lighter shades. The one on the left reminds me of Pantone’s color of the year: PANTONE 16-1546 Living Coral. I am rinsing out shades of blue and green as well.

two containers with snow dyed scarves by dorislovadinalee.com Toronto Ontario Canada

While I had the scarves together and was admiring the colours, my son picked up one of the snow dyed scarves and promptly named it: Pink Flamingo. I laughed and challenged him to name them all! So here they are:

  • Lively Marsh
  • Safari Dusk
  • Soft Radiance
  • Peach Cobbler

Can you match the name to the scarf?

5 pastel travel scarves snow dyed in pastel colors in Toronto Ontario Canada by Doris Lovadina-Lee textile artist

Are you planning on travelling? These newly snow dyed linen/rayon scarves crinkle beautifully when washed and dried. They are perfect travel scarves. Just twist and put in your luggage. Shake out and wear. Machine wash and dry!

Piece/peace challenge art quilt

The Fergus Pod of SAQA issued a challenge to create a quilted artwork based on the workds piece/peace. I created: Walking in Peace, a log cabin with spiral insert.

log cabin block in progress green oakshott cottons and hand dyed linen with Kafe Fassett print

Oakshott cottons, hand dyed linen and a Kaffe Fassett print are combined to make this 12″ x 12″ art quilt.

closeup of machine stitching on SAQA challenge piece

I have been experimenting with inserting strips into my work. I love the challenge of cutting into completed tops! Each turn of the spiral slightly distorts the log cabin block.

12 inch by 12 inch finished Piece/peace quilt challenge for SAQA Fergus Pod

Once the quilt was completed, I struggled finding a title for it. One of the members at the meeting suggested the title: Walking in Peace. The green various shades of green reminded me of a garden maze and the bright spiral the practice of a walking meditation through the garden.

12 inch square detail of corner with initials DLL made for SAQA art quilt challenge

How do you name your artwork?

Set of 5 Chakra Quilt note cards

Set of five of my Chakra series of quilts is available in my shop.

set of 5 blank note cards with photos of chakra quilts by doris lovadina-lee toronto textile artist
Cards from left: Chakra Quilt, Modern Mosaic Quilt, Danielle’s Quilt, The Vibrant Path Quilt, Radiant Light Quilt

These all occasion cards are blank inside and come with envelope. They are printed on glossy paper that show the beautiful colour of the original quilts. On the back of each card is the title, the medium and size of the original artwork.

These greeting cards would make a wonderful gift for the holistic seeker, yogi or quilt lover in your life.

Individual fine art photo mount cards of these Chakra Quilts are also available individually in my shop.

Fibre Content 2018

I am very pleased to announce that you will be able to see some of my work on display at the upcoming Fibre Content Show that will be at the Art Gallery of Burlington from September 6-16, 2018. The show will display 90 pieces from 60 artists from across Ontario including one of mine! 

 

photos of artwork for Fibre Content 2018 Exhibit
 

Opening Reception is Sunday September 9th from 1:00 to 3:00.  The Art Gallery of Burlington is open from 9:00 to 9:00 Monday through Friday, and 10:00 to 5:00 on Saturday and Sunday.  Admission to the show is free, parking is a minimal charge and catalogues will be available for $10. 

In conjunction with the show, there are six Artists Talks and Hands on Events that require tickets to be purchased.  They are scheduled for both Saturdays, the 8th and the 15th, and all details are on the links and websites.

I hope you plan a visit to the Fibre Content Show to see an outstanding display of textile work.

Far left: Arizona Glow, Albert Cote
Top mid: Floating in Blue – Triptych, Gunnel Hag
Mid left: Spring Thaw, Tracey Lawko
Mid right: Gratitude, Pat Hertzberg
Top right: Alight, Mita Giacomini
Bottom Right: Prairie Sunrise, Chandra Rice

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