Welcome

With a sewing machine as her paint brush, and threads as her palette, Kathy Tidswell creates works of art using a canvas that may be a thread painting, quilt, wall hanging or wearable work of art.

Her pieces have been juried into Canadian Quilters’ Association / Association canadienne de la courtepointe (CQA/ACC) National Juried Shows, Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery Grand National Exhibitions and Ontario Network of Needleworkers Threadworks. In 1999 she won the CQA/ACC Award of Excellence in Wearable Art and in 2005 received Honourable Mention.

Since 1993, Kathy’s love of teaching has lead her to share her knowledge and talent delivering workshops and slide/trunk shows from coast to coast for guilds, four Quilt Canada’s (the biannual National Conference of the Canadian Quilters’ Association), fibre art festivals, retreats etc. In 2005, she was honoured with the CQA/ACC Teacher of the Year Award. Her workshops are sewing machine based and include traditional topics such as appliqué, and trapunto as well as her specialities, painting on fabric, free motion embroidery and three dimensional thread appliqués. Students describe her as knowledgeable, patient and encouraging and appreciate the wonderful personal attention they each receive.

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Recent Posts

Festival of Quilts Tickets

I will be teaching during the Festival of Quilts held at the National Exhibition Center in Birmingham, UK at the...
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Festival of Quilts Tickets

Demonstrations at Festival of Quilts Birmingham UK

In addition to being part of the World Wide Whispers quilt exhibition with my piece Looking In, Looking Out at...
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Demonstrations at Festival of Quilts Birmingham UK

Inspiration Piece for my World Wide Whispers Quilt

This is the photo that I received from Pat Findlay of Winnipeg Manitoba and from which I drew inspiration for...
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Inspiration Piece for my World Wide Whispers Quilt

World Wide Whispers

I have been part of Team Canada for the World Wide Whispers Project. In a nutshell it’s a bit like...
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World Wide Whispers

SAQA Spotlight Auction Piece

Yesterday I finished my spotlight auction piece. I had sun printed a piece using metallic paints in blue and copper....
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SAQA Spotlight Auction Piece

FAN craft sale

FAN will be holding a craft sale  Saturday December 15, 2018  at Knights of Columbus building 170 Regent Street (near...
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FAN craft sale

UK Trip Fall 2018

I just returned from a lovely trip to the UK where I did some touring, spent some time with my...
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UK Trip Fall 2018

Commissioned Thread Painting

Today I finished a thread painting of the Keswick River in autumn which was commissioned this summer. My process is...
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Commissioned Thread Painting

SAQA Atlantic Blog

There is an extensive interview  with Susan Lilley about my work on http://saqaatlanticcanada.blogspot.com posted on August 7, 2018.  
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SAQA Atlantic Blog

Opening of Exhibition Natures Thread 2018

Last night was the opening of my solo exhibition which featured thread paintings and wall quilts at the Charlotte Glencross...
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Opening of Exhibition Natures Thread 2018

Opening of Upcoming Exhibition, Natures Thread 2018

There will be an official opening at the Charlotte Street Arts Centre, 732 Charlotte Street, Fredericton NB  Canada on Friday...
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Opening of Upcoming Exhibition, Natures Thread 2018

Listen to Interview on CHSR

Until mid to late September you can listen to a podcast of the interview which took place during my Fredericton...
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Listen to Interview on CHSR

Fredericton Arts Alliance residency

Here is a photo of my Saint John River piece at the beginning of day four.
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Fredericton Arts Alliance residency

On radio

There will be an interview about my fibre art work and my artist in residency at the Casemates  in Fredericton...
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On radio

Artist in Residence for Fredericton Arts Alliance

I was very pleased to learn that I had been chosen for a Fredericton Arts Alliance 1 week residency in...
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Creations

Here, you can discover some of my many creations. You can also explore by techniques, creation type or status .

Majestica

Wall quilt. Juried into the 2008 Canadian Quilters' Association National Juried show. Size 38 by 29 inches.
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Majestica

Ode to Vulpes vulpes

Wall quilt. Juried into the 2006 Grand National: wildlife.
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Ode to Vulpes vulpes

Ode to the Disappearing Squirrel

Wall quilt.  Juried into the 2006 Grand National:Wildlife.  Size: 22 by 28 inches.
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Ode to the Disappearing Squirrel

Bank Machine Blues

Wall quilt. Juried into 2005 Grand National: Airborne
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Bank Machine Blues

Through The Glass

Wall quilt  designed for the 2013 Grand National: Local Colour.  Size 55 1/2 by 22 inches.
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Through The Glass

Day Ebbs

Wall quilt made using Gloria Loughman tiled method. Juried into the 2015 Canadian Quilters' Association National Juried show.  Size 20...
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Day Ebbs

Raining Cats and Dogs

Wall quilt featuring hand painted background and applique. Juried into the  2017 Canadian Quilters' Association National Juried show. Size 18...
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Raining Cats and Dogs

Eagle

3-D Thread applique on painted fabric background.  Matted and framed. Size 14 by 16 inches.
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Eagle

Saint John River

Thread painting on my painted fabric background. Created during my Fredericton Arts Alliance Artist in Residency July 2018.  Theme for...
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Saint John River

Rose in Crystal Vase

Thread painting on painted fabric background. Size 12 by 20 inches.
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Rose in Crystal Vase

Serenity

Thread painting on my painted fabric background. Matted and framed under glass. Size 20 by 17 inches. This piece was...
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Serenity

Great Blue Heron

3-D Thread applique heron on my painted fabric background.
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Great Blue Heron

Curry Mountain

Inspired by a photo taken in the spring while entering the trail leading to Curry Mountain Douglas NB. Matted and...
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Curry Mountain

Looking In, Looking Out

Wall quilt made for Team Canada in the World Wide Whispers project. Inspired by the wall quilt made by Pat...
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Looking In, Looking Out

Nightwatch

Shown at 2012 CQA National Juried Show
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Nightwatch

Fireworks

Shown at 2001 CQA National Juried Show
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Fireworks

Rose Trapunto

Award of Excellence Wearable Art 1999 CQA National Juried Show
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Rose Trapunto

Morning Solitude

Honourable Mention 2005 CQA National Juried Show
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Morning Solitude

ReCreations

I offer several different types of ReCreations that incorporate images of my Creations. I currently offer Bookmarks and All Occasion...
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ReCreations

Flower Series

Package of 4 cards with Flower theme images of my Creations
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Flower Series

Bird Series

Package of 4 cards with one each of a Great Horned Owl, Saw Whet Owl, Blue Jay and Cardinal ....
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Bird  Series

All Occasion Card

Available in in a package of 4. Currently, I have 2 different series available.
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All Occasion Card

Bookmark

Bookmarks are made from images of my work. Available individually or 5 for $10.
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Bookmark

Salute to Vermeer

10 by 13 inches matted and framed
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Salute to Vermeer

He Sings

Piece made for the SAQA Atlantic trunk show. Matted and framed under glass.
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He Sings

Transitions I

Wall quilt 8 by 10 inches. Accepted into SAQA Atlantic Transitions Show and  traveled in NS and NB throughout 2018...
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Transitions I

Gold Finch

3D thread applique on painted fabric. Framed 8 x 10 inches
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Gold Finch

Spring Beckons

Outfit made to honour time spent with my dad walking in the woods as a child.  The leaf buttons were...
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Spring Beckons

Peaceful Oasis

My Peaceful Oasis hung at the Grand National Juried Quilt Show at Josef Schneider Haus in Kitchener Ontario from May...
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Peaceful Oasis

Cow 120

This cow portrait was commissioned by a neighbour for her granddaughter's 2017 graduation from veterinary college where she specialized  in...
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Cow 120

Transitions II

Wall quilt 34 by 21 1/2 inches Accepted to SAQA Atlantic Transitions show and that traveled  in Nova Scotia and...
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Transitions II

Splendor of the Caribbean

Chosen for Threadworks 2013: Water. Toured throughout Ontario for 2 1/2 years. Matted and framed under glass, 14 by 18...
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Splendor of the Caribbean

Keswick River

Thread painting of the Keswick river  19 by 23 inches  matted and framed under glass
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Keswick River

Apple Blossom

Thread painting 5 inch by 7 inch single matt
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Apple Blossom

For Sale
$1200.00
Wall quilt. Juried into the 2008 Canadian Quilters’ Association National Juried show. Size 38 by 29 inches.
Sold
 
Wall quilt. Juried into the 2006 Grand National: wildlife.
Not For Sale
 
Wall quilt.  Juried into the 2006 Grand National:Wildlife.  Size: 22 by 28 inches.
Not For Sale
 
Wall quilt. Juried into 2005 Grand National: Airborne
For Sale
$1000.00
Wall quilt  designed for the 2013 Grand National: Local Colour.  Size 55 1/2 by 22 inches.
For Sale
$1000.00
Wall quilt made using Gloria Loughman tiled method. Juried into the 2015 Canadian Quilters’ Association National Juried show.  Size 20 by 30 inches.
For Sale
$750.00
Wall quilt featuring hand painted background and applique. Juried into the  2017 Canadian Quilters’ Association National Juried show. Size 18 by 14 inches.
For Sale
$270.00
3-D Thread applique on painted fabric background.  Matted and framed. Size 14 by 16 inches.
For Sale
$450.00
Thread painting on my painted fabric background. Created during my Fredericton Arts Alliance Artist in Residency July 2018.  Theme for the residency was the Wolastoq or Saint John river. Matted and framed under glass. Size 18 by 13 inches.
For Sale
$450.00
Thread painting on painted fabric background. Size 12 by 20 inches.
For Sale
$650.00
Thread painting on my painted fabric background. Matted and framed under glass. Size 20 by 17 inches. This piece was chosen for Threadworks :2010 Trees and toured Ontario galleries for 3 years.
For Sale
$290.00
3-D Thread applique heron on my painted fabric background.
For Sale
$450.00
Inspired by a photo taken in the spring while entering the trail leading to Curry Mountain Douglas NB. Matted and framed under glass. Size 17 by 15 inches.
Display
 
Wall quilt made for Team Canada in the World Wide Whispers project. Inspired by the wall quilt made by Pat Findlay.
Not For Sale
 
Shown at 2012 CQA National Juried Show
Not For Sale
 
Shown at 2001 CQA National Juried Show
Not For Sale
 
Award of Excellence Wearable Art 1999 CQA National Juried Show
Not For Sale
 
Honourable Mention 2005 CQA National Juried Show
For Sale
 
I offer several different types of ReCreations that incorporate images of my Creations. I currently offer Bookmarks and All Occasion Cards. Custom commissioning may be available for some images and items. 
For Sale
$395.00
10 by 13 inches matted and framed
Sold
$270.00
Piece made for the SAQA Atlantic trunk show. Matted and framed under glass.
Sold
 
Wall quilt 8 by 10 inches. Accepted into SAQA Atlantic Transitions Show and  traveled in NS and NB throughout 2018 and into early 2019.
Sold
 
3D thread applique on painted fabric. Framed 8 x 10 inches
Not For Sale
 
Outfit made to honour time spent with my dad walking in the woods as a child.  The leaf buttons were created using polymer clay.
For Sale
$850.00
My Peaceful Oasis hung at the Grand National Juried Quilt Show at Josef Schneider Haus in Kitchener Ontario from May 7 to September 3, 2017.
Commission
 
This cow portrait was commissioned by a neighbour for her granddaughter’s 2017 graduation from veterinary college where she specialized  in large animals. She is engaged to a dairy farmer and this is his favourite cow. It is a combination of appliqué and free motion stitching on my painted background. It was framed under glass and …
For Sale
$1400.00
Wall quilt 34 by 21 1/2 inches Accepted to SAQA Atlantic Transitions show and that traveled  in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick  throughout 2018 and into early 2019.
For Sale
$595.00
Chosen for Threadworks 2013: Water. Toured throughout Ontario for 2 1/2 years. Matted and framed under glass, 14 by 18 1/2 inches.
Sold
 
Thread painting of the Keswick river  19 by 23 inches  matted and framed under glass
Sold
$45.00
Thread painting 5 inch by 7 inch single matt