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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Kantha stitched prayer flags on: Today at 05:13:22 AM
Made for Smmarrt in the mini prayer flag swap.
I love scrappy patchwork covered with simple stitches, these were really satisfying to make. Included are some beads, vintage buttons, ribbon, & lace from my stash.

We were each sent 2, one to keep & one to abandon. Which do you think she'll choose for what?

2  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Brown paper journal with patchwork cover on: November 13, 2018 12:05:55 PM
This last patchy journal I'm posting is actually the first one that I made. Rather than a hard card cover, it is fabric stiffened with interfacing. Firm but still pliant. And, like the other patchwork pieces I've made recently, it is full of stories. Projects, fabric sent to me from people here, snippets of life rescued from the scrap bin and given new purpose.

I started with the fabric beads.

Those are stitched to the ends of ribbon bookmarks which are hand sewn between the signatures.

You can see the different colours of thread used for the bookmarks on the spine of the book.

I think they make the whole thing special.

Made for calluna in the IYP swap. I hope she will record some of her travel adventures within.
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / "Slow Craft" Adult Merit Badge on: November 13, 2018 11:49:58 AM
Made for calluna in the IYP swap because we are both crafters who take the long route, savouring creative process over expediency.

This is made of all the best things in my crafting world. Felted sweater bits, ancient tape measure, beaded string that used to hold prayer flags and ornaments in a previous studio, embroidery thread, a hoarded kilt pin, ribbons, beads, lace, antique shell buttons.

I love the slothy face. They are slow and deliberate creatures, taking their timely meander through life.
4  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / Aretha, Queen of Soul on: November 13, 2018 11:45:21 AM
To mark her passing.

5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Amazing fiber books. on: November 12, 2018 09:57:10 AM
These incredible works of art were on display at the Oakville, Ontario World of Thread exhibit my daughter and I attended yesterday with Wulf and his partner Ian. It was amazing but because I have become very interested in making books lately, these lovely offerings from artist Melanie Siegel were my absolute favourite pieces there.

Above are smaller volumes but if you look carefully below you can see my reflection in the glass so as to appreciate how enormous these 2 are. Each cover is comprised of 2" squares pieced together, every one of them a small work of art in it's own right. I love this so much. It is exactly the sort of work I do but different, of course, with this artist's unique flavour.

6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / A very strange and disturbing work of art. on: November 12, 2018 09:45:19 AM
Yesterday Wulf and his partner Ian kindly invited my daughter and I to attend the World of Thread exhibit in Oakville, Ontario with them. There was a lot of work on display, I've been posting photos of some of my faves here and this one by Marie Bergstedt is just too bizarre not to share. I don't know what to call this and it's made of fabric, embroidery, buttons, crochet, and I don't know what else so it belongs to no one category. Here it is in all it's strange glory.

It's a self-portrait which really makes me wonder about her life.

7  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions / Beautiful and unique printing concept. on: November 12, 2018 09:33:12 AM
Yesterday my daugther and I attended the World of Thread exhibit in Oakville, Ontario with Wulf and his partner. It was fabulous and I took many photos of an incredible variety of work. Among my favourites was this very large piece with images printed on fabric then embellished with stitching and bead work.

The part I loved the most was a printing on sheer fabric overlaid atop another print. You can see it a bit closer up here, it was genius and absolutely captivating to realize that was a sheer overlay moving gently in the breeze created by passers by.

It's entitled "Incantation" and is by artist Susan Moran.
8  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Unusual and lovely circular quilt on: November 11, 2018 06:37:47 PM
The amazing piece was on display at the World of Thread  exhibit in Oakville, Ontario. We had the pleasure of attending with our friends Wulf and his partner Ian today and I am so happy that we went.
Wulf said he is always so struck by how well free-motion embroidery lends itself to the depiction of trees, their branches, roots, bark. I have to agree. Just look at this wonderful circular piece of work by artist Lorraine Roy. It is so fantastic, I just had to share it with you.

I wish I had gotten many more photos of it but here is one close up at least.
9  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / I need to share this incredible work I saw. on: November 11, 2018 06:16:26 PM
I think you are going to agree with me that this is an amazing artist. I mean, wow. The amount of HOURS put into hand piecing this project alone is unreal but then the lovely slow stitched quilting just puts it all so far over the top that I just. can't. even. Her name is Judy Martin, she's from a magical place called Manitoulin Island. If you haven't heard of it, I can't help you.

This is, I think, a heavier cotton backing covered over with a more sheer sort of cotton with reverse appliqued velvet shapes, the velvet is hand dyed with intense but variegated colours.

Here's a close up of the applique.

And the quilting. This is the central motif. The rest of the piece is filled with that tiny little cross hatching, I'm pretty sure it's just ordinary sewing thread, it's so fine.

It was displayed at the World of Thread exhibit in Oakville, Ontario and this was one of MANY of her pieces in the exhibit. I mean, I feel like I saw 10 years of sitting and stitching represented in what was there and I could tell it was only a fraction of her creations. I am awed and humbled. And then I LOOKED HER UP. Holy cats, what the ever loving? I feel like Jon Snow, I know nothing.
10  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / A plethora of amazing stitches, you want to look at these pics. on: November 11, 2018 05:59:16 PM
My daughter and I had the pleasure of attending the World of Thread exhibit in Oakville, Ontario with Wulf and his partner today. I wish I could have gotten photos of everything there but it was just a ton of stuff. I mean, wow. Who knew artists all over the world were making such amazing things? I am so happy we got to see the show. It was really something.

This one is entitled "One Year Of Stitch" and I can just imagine that's how long it took, These hoops were not small, 14".
By Donna Funnell, I think this is her flickr but I can't be sure. I am also not sure that these 2 hoops were even part of the official show. There is a fiber arts studio in the community centre where the event was held and I think these might have been their *every day display*. You could knock me over with a feather, I swear.

A detail shot. Every bit of this was playful and amazing.

This piece by Jacqueline Harris is acceptionally fine. I really love the circles and the stitches.

Now this was absolutely, without a doubt, part of the exhibit. The artist blew my mind. Each frame is quite large and there were a lot of them. A few had paint included but most were all stitches. Victoria Potrovitza

Look at the row of them! That is an unimaginable amount of hours siting with needle and thread in hand.
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