Make1 Fabric Shop Stocking My Hand-Dyed Fabrics!

One trunk show cancellation has ended well this year – it’s turned into a month long stocking of my hand-dyed fabric, scarves a few quilts and some ready to give gifts! Make1 a studio, shop, and community space in Guelph was to have hosted a trunk show this month but instead it will be hosting a selection of my snow dyed items.

 

Make1 storefront with items by Doris Lovadina-Lee Toronto artist
Photograph courtesy of Make1

Jo the owner, curator and maker is featuring Makers and their items for the month of November. Her store is full of modern quilt fabrics, hand dyed yarns, and a space to create. Follow Make1 on instagram at: @make1guelph  where pictures of beautiful fabrics as well as what is happening in the shop are posted. Love the Fat Quarter Friday feature! 

This is a detail of the quilt I’ve been working on for a while. I finished it the night before I delivered it to Make1 so there is no photo of the completed work and no name! It will be in the shop with Atmosphere, Cosmos and a couple of smaller pieces. So when you drop in have a look at it and let me know what would be a great title for this one. I’ve been calling it the Purple quilt. Descriptive but not evocative, plus I have other purple quilts so definitely not the best. LOL!

Machine quilted texture on the quilt back!

The Chakra commission quilt that I have been working on for far too long is finally finished! I laid it out on my bed so I could remove the lint from it and I just had to take some photos and a short video too! 

back of hand dyed purple chakra quilt by doris lovadinalee

The sun was shining in and really highlighting the beautiful texture of the machine quilting. It also brought out all the subtle changes in colour of the hand dyed fabrics.

Sunlight showing off the machine quilting texture
close-up of quilt back in purple hand dyed fabric by doris lovadina-lee toronto ontario canada

The machine stitching has made the quilt, perfect for snuggling under. It has enough quilting to soften the lap sized quilt but not too much to make it stiff.

It has been an honour to have been asked to reinterpret my Modern Chakra Quilt into a functional quilt. It’s been fun to create it using all of my hand dyed fabrics.

Color or colour, fabric stashes and book club!

Oh no, I’ve joined a book club to read and learn hands-on about colour! Normally something that would not cause a negative reaction. But, the first thing we are told to do is cut the 150 color card swatches included with the book: The Quilter’s Field Guide to Color : A Hands-On Workbook for Mastering Fabric Selection

Rache Hauser cover
The Quilter’s Field Guide to Color : A Hands-On Workbook for Mastering Fabric Selection by Rachel Hauser.

Why do we need to cut up a perfectly new book? It goes against everything I believe! I work in a library, I’m a library technician! I can’t possibly cut up pages!

Rachel Hauser Table of Contents

Cutting up a perfectly fine book (I know I must!) notwithstanding, I am excited to be participating with a small and enthusiastic group of quilters on this project. We are a mixed bunch – some have been quilting for many years and others fairly recently. Some have an art background and many others don’t. I know we will all learn a lot from each other and this experience whether we do or don’t have an art background.

Rachel Hauser. About

I have a good size collection of fabrics in my stash. Will it suffice for this project without purchasing? I hope so, as I do want to use the colours I have collected without adding any more. My aim is a deficit, not surplus.

Fabric Stash in closet of doris lovadina-lee canadian textile artist

The first cut is always the most difficult!

Knitting for Covid-19 Memorial Blanket Project

There hasn’t been a lot of meditation in any format for me lately. But I changed that a few days ago when I began to knit. A friend passed on information from the CBC regarding a couple of women who were beginning a very large scale project to honour all of the people who have dyed due to Covid-19. The Covid-19 Memorial Blanket Project was conceived by three knitters: Heather Breadner, Allison Day, and Amanda Sharpe. They took inspiration from the National AIDS Memorial Quilt which travelled around the world and a part of it became Canadian AIDS Memorial Quilt.

ball of yarn and knitting needles with a page of instruction from the Covid-19 Memorial Blanket project

All knitters and those that crochet are invited to participate in. Unfortunately, the number of squares they require number 9,193 to date. There will be more.

My husband is really the knitter in the family and he’s already made three blocks. My mother has contributed one as well. She knit hers in just a couple of afternoons. Oh, retirement – sigh!
I have only until November 2020 to get my square to them. They hope to have all of those collected made into a large blanket so it can start its tour across Canada.
But it’s expected that they will need to continue knitting and creating more blankets until necessary. So I recommend reading the information they have posted on their website and keep knitting even if seems November seems to be too soon.

My studio – my house!

I say in some of presentations that my studio is my entire house, inside and out! I am not kidding. Thank goodness I have such an understanding family!

Roses and Lace is a large quilt hanging to be photographed by canadian artist doris lovadina-lee
quilt hanging on design wall in studio

Where is your studio?

Stitch Meditation – 9th Month Review

There is no secret that I love colour – however it’s spelt 🙂 Blocks of colour pieced together to create design and impact.

6 squares of 5" stitch meditations. Hand embroidered meditations by doris lovadaina-lee textile artist canadian

Held together with basic stitches – made by hand.
Irregularities, imperfections are expected when a piece is created by a person not a machine. They exist and and remain to indicate the maker.

Looking back at the ninth month:

Colour and waiting til it’s complete – one stitch at a time!

Stitch Meditation – Day 63 and 64

Always drawn to colour! When colour is present, the design can be simple.

red and pink pieces stitched together with embroidery thread into a 5 inch square stitch meditation by Doris Lovadina-Lee Canadian textile artist
Hand dyed cotton, perle thread
5" square embrodered with red, purple, yellow and turquoise fabrics by doris lovadina lee toronto ontario canada quilter
Hand dyed cotton, perle cotton

Creases, folds even holes left from the scrap’s previous incarnation. Where did this piece come from, what was it’s purpose? Left to be discovered by those who stop and look.

Stitch Resources

  • Website: Color in Art. By Thaneeya McArdle.

Adding colour — one stitch at a time!

Stitch Meditation – Day 61 and 62

I am very interested in modern art. There is something about the colours and design that really appeals to me. Specifically minimalist art. I find myself looking at these pieces much more than others. Some reach out and speak to me while others quietly whisper. It forces me stop, to listen, and think.

stitch meditation day 61 by doris lovadina-lee textile artist
hand dyed cotton, repurposed linen and perle cotton

I had only stitched the orange blanket stitch and thought it was complete. Yet, I kept putting it back into the container to wait. I stitched a few others. Then it popped to the surface and I added more stitches. Now its journey is complete.

stitch meditation day 62
Hand dyed cotton, repurposed linen, hand dyed perle cotton

French knots and a Y-stitch on hand dyed cotton sprinkled with salt. Is it the ocean or the sky?

Stitch Resources

  • YouTube: Handiworks. Hand Embroidery for Beginners: 10 types of leaves. (starts with fly stitch)

Waiting and stitching to the finish — one stitch at a time!

Pillows and more headed for online shop!

I’ve been working on updating my online shop. Taking photographs that do justice to the beautiful nuanced colours of the hand dyed textiles is not easy. Many, many photos are taken to get one or two I really like.

5 hand dyed pillows on white bench and 2 textile paintings

Pillows, scarves, table runners, and a few more things are being photographed and in some cases rephotographed. I am letting these items go to new homes in order to make way for some new ideas, new colours and new fibres.

My newsletter subscribers will get the first option to log in and purchase all items in the online shop for 20% off and free shipping. Then I will open it up to everyone. So subscribe now!

back of a 4x6 cloth postcard with copyright symbol and Doris Lovadina-Lee

Salud! Sit back and enjoy all your savings! You will be happy when the holidays roll around and you’ve done your shopping.

Stitch Meditation – Day 59 and 60

Stitching is still happening in fits and starts. Simple shapes and basic stitches. Rummaging through to find just the right pieces of cloth. Drawing lines with knots and running threads, outlining a circle with variegated thread, improvising and stitching quietly.

five inch square of deep turquoise blue and circle of yellow cotton hand stitched with perle cotton embroidery thread doris lovadina quilter

Changes to my stitch repertoire are bound to happen though. A friend lent me her copy of a book she thought I would enjoy reading: Intentional Thread: a Guide to Drawing, Gesture, and Color in Stitch by Susan Brandeis.

five inch square of three strips of fuchsia hand dyed fabric and repurposed silk stitched with embroidery cotton and a narrow cotton strip created by doris lovadina-lee canadian textile artist

After just a quick look at this book, I knew it was a fantastic resource for anyone who loves to hand stitch. I immediately ordered my own copy! Susan Brandeis is a retired Distinguished Professor Emerita at North Carolina State University’s College of Design with degrees in art education and textile art. This is the textbook she wished she had when she was teaching.

cover of Intentional thready by Susan Brandeis
Brandeis, Susan. Intentional Thread: a Guide to Drawing, Gesture, and Color in Stitch

Beautifully illustrated with examples of her work, a guide to stitch types, samplers of her stitches and so much more! I know that I will be referring to this book for a long while and seeing new things each time.

In the preface to the book, Brandeis writes about living in a world of speed – information, transportation, and commerce are happening faster and faster.

But the abscence of speed in the handmade stands in opposition to that hurry, offers an anitidote to frenzy and commotion, and is one of the reasons I love handwork. I am drawn to the ‘meditative’ quality of working slowly at human (rather than machine) speed.

Susan Brandeis

I’ve listed a YouTube video in the Stitch Resources. It’s a short video of Susan’s retrospective show. It’s interesting to hear of her talk about the ideas, inspirations, and techniques she used to create her pieces.

Stitch Resources

  • Website: Susan Brandeis: Textile Art, Craft, Design, and Education
  • YouTube: Susan Brandeis Retrospective: Quilting & Surface Design, 1978-2008.

Always studying and improving — one stitch at a time!

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