Points of View: Landscape quilts to Stitch and Embellish
My book centers around 10 projects using an easy pattern method I’ve
developed using tracing paper to create lovely landscapes ready to
frame or stitch into wall hangings. Each project incorporates an embellishment technique like fusible appliqué,
paint sticks, transfer paints, coloured pencils and vanishing muslin,stitchery and more.
You can find the book in your local quilt store or order a copy from me
– and I’ll sign it for you! I’ll be adding some new products to my
online store that are used in the book: iridescent paint sticks, fabric
crayons, and heat transfer paints.
Click here to read more details about the book. My advance author copy arrives by courier tomorrow!
WORKSHOPS coming up soon:
Collage: Fabric Constructions:
I’m teaching in my hometown Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia. September 17–19, Registration deadline August 27th run by Mahonne Arts.
Using fusible appliqué techniques, this workshop explores a fresh way to look at the design process and encourages participants to trust their own artistic vision and intuition. Work in a spontaneous way with the fabric to make small compositions based on an architectural/shrine theme. Log on to Mahonne Arts This is a photo of student work done in a collage class in Fibreworks, Kingston, Ontario earlier this year.
I’m also teaching a landscape workshop at Art Quilt Tahoe in California November 12 – 17 2007
I’m planning to be at the Pictou Lodge Retreat in Nova Scotia on September 21 and 22. I’m not teaching but going to hang out with quilting pals and enjoy the good times. It’s a super friendly retreat and there is still space if you want to join the fun http://www.mayflower.typepad.com/ We’d love to see you there!
Myrna Giesbrecht: Women, Art, Life.
Myrna lives in Kamloops, British Columbia, and teaches extensively on-line and is a Teacher of the Year nominee for the Professional Quilter Magazine. Check out her unique 12-week on-line coaching workshop called “Women, Art, Life” – a positive life, affirming workshop, which starts 1st September. http://www.myrnagiesbrecht.com
Rosalie Dace is coming from South Africa to teach at Quilt Canada in Newfoundland, June2008. I met Rosalie many years ago and know her to be a generous and fine teacher – I’d take her workshop myself, except I’m teaching too! Check out the Canadian Quilters Association web site, I know you’ll learn a lot from Rosalie.
Lani Garrity is a delightful free spirit who lives here in Nova Scotia and I adore visiting her blog – pure inspiration. Lani offers free e-zines and an “Artist happiness” on line course. You’ll find her web site intriguing: http://www.lanipuppetmaker.com/
Making Time: A Daybook
In my previous newsletter I talked about journals. Deanne Fitzpatrick has produced a great perennial diary/daybook that is designed to inspire you to record your daily life, thoughts and ideas. It’s being used as a daybook, travel journal, cottage guestbook, and a swap book between friends.
This full colour daybook/journal is illustrated with Deanne’s hooked rugs,
6 by 8", with over 60 full colour images $24.95 visit www.hookingrugs.com/supplies.php
Tell her I sent you!
A quilting friend, Sally Scott, wrote to me recently from South Africa. Sally is a high-energy textile artist who captures the essence of South Africa in her work. Her passion clearly resonates in her work. I think you’ll find her site worth a visit. One piece in particular caught my attention and I think you’ll find it worth studying. It’s titled Surrender, a powerful and moving ritual garment, is about the key life process of forgiveness. The piece was inspired by a love poem written by Anacreon in 6BC. Sally copied the poem onto the inside of the garment – so be sure to see the inside as well.
There is a lot of rich material on Sally’s site. Be sure to see her links to other artists like Rosalie Dace and Odette Tolksdorf.
We don’t hear enough about contemporary textile art in South Africa, but Innovative Threads, which was established by Art Quilter Margie Garratt, is working to change that, with exciting pieces from its annual juried exhibition displayed on the Web. Celebration, pain, humour, reflection, colours vivid and muted – these pages make you long to see the real thing. I check into this site a couple of times a year to keep abreast the state of the art quilt in South Africa.
Well – that’s it from me for now. Enjoy the last days of the summer. Oh, summer, we hardly knew you!
bye for now,