Working with little bits of textiles that would normally be discarded is immensely satisfying. A strip of linen/rayon torn off the edge, embroidered with French knots anchoring it to the blue and white fabrics. Random seed stitches in a cotton thread finer than the hand dyed perle cotton. Textures and colours, gauze, velvet, lightness and luxurious depth!
A beautiful indigo dyed silk velvet strip was cut off to straighten the edge of a shawl. So silky and intense in colour, I incorporated it into this stitch meditation.
Article: Susan Ball Faeder: 100 days of amulets. Okan Arts Blog, August 22, 2019
Website: Quilter’s Express to Japan: Textiles & Fibre Art. Website by Susan Ball Faeder
The sunnier and warmer days have brought on a lull to all the busy activity of the spring. Slowing down and taking the time to do nothing has been important. A few pieces have been stitched but not all photographed. It seems to require a lot of effort that can be better enjoyed with family and friends.
Website: The Seasoned Homemaker blog and shop by Leslie Rutland
Pinterest: Inspiration board with ideas from the web by Doris Lovadina-Lee
Blog post: Slow Stitching, No Bitching! by Anne Marie The Beadful Life
Flora and fauna are the subject of two prints I photographed. This dragonfly with hearts was photographed at Sandy Lake in Nova Scotia. It hovered on this stalk of grass almost as if it was posing! I love this image so much that I enlarged and printed it on aluminum. The metal adds a depth and luminosity that is so different from a print on paper.
8 advantages of Aluminum Prints:
There are so many places to hang these beautiful and durable pieces. With only one nail or screw required they are also very easy to install. The dragonfly and Queen Anne’s Lace metal prints be available soon in my online shop.
12 best places to hang Metal Wall Art:
Queen Anne’s Lace is considered to be an invasive weed, but I love this flower. It’s so light and airy. This photo was taken in Margaretsville, Nova Scotia. I isolated the bloom from a large snowy white bank of them.
More of the Flora and Fauna series greeting cards available in my shop, have a look around!
Anne and I participated in Quilts at the Creek this past weekend. So many beautiful quilts, new, old, modern and traditional. I took a few photos in between selling hand dyed fabrics, scarves, presenting a trunk show and visiting with friends old and new!
I had every intention of getting out into the show and taking photos of the beautiful quilts old and new on display. The reality is I didn’t even take these. I sent my son out to take some and he managed to take 2! They were so blurry, I can’t use them!! LOL!
Our great aprons made by Anne blended perfectly with the fabrics and threads we were selling!
Luckily, the 3 quilts I entered were close to the vendor’s pavilion and so I did run out and he took a couple of me and my quilts. Just a tiny bit less blurry.
The original title of this post was: Quilts at the Creek 2019 – last show! So happy to announce that this is not true. Seems that (TRCA) The Toronto Region Conservation Authority that manages Black Creek Pioneer Village know a great thing and they will be taking over from Valerie Prideaux. So contact Black Creek and let them know what you love and what you would change about the Quilt Festival. They are looking for suggestions and volunteers too. Here is to another fantastic quilt show in 2020!
Don’t worry there will still be an amazing selection of Maria’s jewellery available, but not at this price. Maria’s star is rising and so are her prices. So, the prices in my shop will remain only until the end of the month! Along with a new lower shipping cost!
Pick one pair for yourself and another for a gift! Christmas is coming… 😁
Colour all around! These gorgeous hand dyed items by Anne Peters, a textile artist and passionate dyer, will be available for 2 days only. Anne of @dyeforfun and I will be sharing a booth and our love of shibori dyeing next weekend at Quilts at the Creek festival.
At 1:00 sit down and relax for 45 minutes while I do my trunk show in the Wilmot Town Hall. I will be showing and talking about my love of indigo and snow dyeing using shibori techniques. I will be bringing some of my quilts and fabrics to illustrate the techniques I use to create one-of-a-kind scarves and fabric. Then step across the Town Hall Green to see the items available for sale in the vendor located just steps away in the Event Pavilion area. Come and see us, our indigo and hand dyed shibori cotton fabrics, kits, variegated perle and embroidery cotton threads. I am also bringing snow dyed fabric and scarves. A cornucopia of colour, texture, and designs will be available!
Anne has some bundles and fat quarters of shibori and hand dyed fabrics and thread that are greatly reduced. She is clearing out colours and designs that she is no longer dyeing to make way for her new ones. Visit us to see what she has available. But don`t wait!
Anne and I will be in the vendor’s pavilion from July 27, 2019 – July 28, 2019 @ 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Quilts at the Creek at Black Creek Pioneer Village 1000 Murray Ross Pkwy North York, ON M3J 2P3 Canada
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.
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!
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.
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!