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.

Check these areas for more about Kathy and her Creations.

Recent Posts

SAQA Benefit Auction

My piece Autumn Breezes is in Section 2 of the SAQA Benefit auction which runs until October 6. Bidding on...
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SAQA Benefit Auction

Treasured Memory

I just returned from the Grand National Fibre Art and Quilt Exhibition with the theme Still in Portage la Prairie...
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Treasured Memory

World Wide Whispers Exhibition

I am very sorry to say that because of a miscommunication the World Wide Whispers quilts will not be shown...
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World Wide Whispers Exhibition

World Wide Whispers Touring

Team Canada's collection of 13 quilts will be proudly exhibited at this weekend's Festival of Quilts show (Edmonton & District...
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World Wide Whispers Touring

Accepted Entries

I was very pleased to learn this week that my entry into the Grand National Fibre Art and Quilt Exhibition...
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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

Creations

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

Treasured Memory

This piece was juried into the 2019 Grand National fibre Art and Quilt Exhibition : Still held in Portage la...
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Treasured Memory

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

Type: Wall Hanging, Wall Quilt
Not For Sale
 
This piece was juried into the 2019 Grand National fibre Art and Quilt Exhibition : Still held in Portage la Prairie Manitoba July 4- august 10. 2019.
Technique(s): Free Motion Applique, Free Motion Machine Quilting, painting with inktense pencils, Using Fusible Web
Type: Wall Quilt
For Sale
$1200.00
Wall quilt. Juried into the 2008 Canadian Quilters’ Association National Juried show. Size 38 by 29 inches.
Technique(s): Applique, Blind Stitch Applique, Free Motion Machine Quilting
Type: Wall Quilt
Sold
 
Wall quilt. Juried into the 2006 Grand National: wildlife.
Technique(s): 3D Thread Applique, Blind Stitch Applique, Free Motion Machine Quilting, Painting on Fabric
Type: Quilt, Wall Quilt
Not For Sale
 
Wall quilt.  Juried into the 2006 Grand National:Wildlife.  Size: 22 by 28 inches.
Technique(s): 3D Thread Applique, Fabric Painting, Free Motion Machine Quilting
Type: Wall Quilt
Not For Sale
 
Wall quilt. Juried into 2005 Grand National: Airborne
Technique(s): 3D Thread Applique, Fabric Painting, Free Motion Machine Quilting
Type: Wall Quilt
For Sale
$1000.00
Wall quilt  designed for the 2013 Grand National: Local Colour.  Size 55 1/2 by 22 inches.
Technique(s): Applique, Free Motion Machine Quilting, Machine Quilting
Type: Wall Quilt
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.
Technique(s): Applique, Gloria Loughman tiled method, Machine Quilting
Type: Wall Quilt
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.
Technique(s): Applique, Free Motion Machine Quilting, Painting on Fabric
Type: Thread painting
For Sale
$270.00
3-D Thread applique on painted fabric background.  Matted and framed. Size 14 by 16 inches.
Technique(s): 3D Thread Applique, Free Motion Embroidery, Painting on Fabric, Thread Painting
Type: Thread painting
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.
Technique(s): Free Motion Embroidery, Painting on Fabric, Thread Painting
Type: Thread painting
For Sale
$450.00
Thread painting on painted fabric background. Size 12 by 20 inches.
Technique(s): Free Motion Embroidery, Painting on Fabric, Thread Painting
Type: Thread painting
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.
Technique(s): Free Motion Embroidery, Painting on Fabric, Thread Painting
Type: Thread painting
For Sale
$290.00
3-D Thread applique heron on my painted fabric background.
Technique(s): 3D Thread Applique, Painting on Fabric
Type: Thread painting
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.
Technique(s): Painting on Fabric, Thread Painting
Type: Quilt, Wall Quilt
Display
 
Wall quilt made for Team Canada in the World Wide Whispers project. Inspired by the wall quilt made by Pat Findlay.
Technique(s): 3D Thread Applique, Machine Quilting, Painting on Fabric, Thread Painting
Type: Cape, Wearable Art
Not For Sale
 
Shown at 2012 CQA National Juried Show
Technique(s): 3D Thread Applique, Free Motion Applique, Machine Quilting, Painting on Fabric
Type: Jacket, Wearable Art
Not For Sale
 
Shown at 2001 CQA National Juried Show
Technique(s): Machine Quilting
Type: Jacket, Wearable Art
Not For Sale
 
Award of Excellence Wearable Art 1999 CQA National Juried Show
Technique(s): Trapunto
Type: Jacket, Wearable Art
Not For Sale
 
Honourable Mention 2005 CQA National Juried Show
Technique(s): Free Motion Embroidery, Free Motion Machine Quilting, Painting on Fabric, Thread Painting
Type: ReCreation
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. 
Technique(s):
Type: Thread painting
For Sale
$395.00
10 by 13 inches matted and framed
Technique(s): 3D Thread Applique, Fabric Painting, Free Motion Embroidery
Type: Thread painting
Sold
$270.00
Piece made for the SAQA Atlantic trunk show. Matted and framed under glass.
Technique(s): 3D Thread Applique, Fabric Painting, Free Motion Embroidery
Type: Wall Quilt
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.
Technique(s): Gloria Loughman tiled method, Machine Quilting, Oil Pastels to Create Leaves
Type:
Sold
 
3D thread applique on painted fabric. Framed 8 x 10 inches
Technique(s): 3D Thread Applique, Colouring
Type: Jacket, Wearable Art
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.
Technique(s): Free Motion Applique, Gloria Loughman tiled method, Machine Quilting
Type: Wall Hanging
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.
Technique(s): 3D Thread Applique, Free Motion Embroidery, Free Motion Machine Quilting, Thread Painting
Type: Thread painting
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 …
Technique(s): 3D Thread Applique, Free Motion Embroidery, Painting on Fabric, Thread Painting
Type: Quilt, Wall Quilt
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.
Technique(s): Free Motion Applique, Gloria Loughman tiled method, Inktense Pencils to Create Leaves
Type: Thread painting
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.
Technique(s): Free Motion Embroidery, Painting on Fabric, Thread Painting
Type: Thread painting
Sold
 
Thread painting of the Keswick river  19 by 23 inches  matted and framed under glass
Technique(s): Free Motion Embroidery, Painting on Fabric, Thread Painting
Type: Thread painting
Sold
$45.00
Thread painting 5 inch by 7 inch single matt
Technique(s): Free Motion Embroidery, Painting on Fabric, Thread Painting