Exciting News

I was excited and very pleased to  recently learn that my piece Bank Machine Blues was chosen by Martha Sielman to include in her book on fibre artists who are inspired by birds.  Martha is the Executive Director of Studio Art Quilts Associates ( SAQA). 

Exhibition and Sale

Sunbury shores Arts and Nature Centre  Saint Andrews NB has accepted my submission of New Brunswick through the Seasons in Paint, Fabric and Thread to be included in their Craft Year 2020 exhibition and sale to be held Oct. 2- Nov. 7, 2020 in Saint Andrews.  My submission includes both thread paintings and wall quilts.









Curry Mountain thread painting framed under glass 15  by 17 inches

Creating a Landscape


Due to covid 19 workshops are postponed for the present time.

 Create a landscape using my pattern or design your own from your own photo or drawing. This can be quilted or stitched and framed.  Design considerations such as composition, depth, choosing colours to enhance perspective will be discussed.

For more information or to register call 506-363-3560 or email kathy@kathytidswell.com



Thread Painting Two

Due to the Covid 19 outbreak workshops are postponed at this time. Build upon the knowledge gained in Thread Painting One.  Design considerations will be discussed and expanded. Students will construct a landscape using appropriate fabrics and machine applique techniques. Machine embroidery techniques will be quickly reviewed and students will be encouraged to individualize their landscapes both in the construction and in the free motion embroidery stages. Methods for quilting the landscape will be explored.

For more information or to register call 506-363-3560 or email kathy@kathytidswell.com



Christmas Arts and Crafts Market

FAN ( Fibre arts Network) of which I am a member, will host its second Christmas Market at the Knights of Columbus building, 170 Regent St, Fredericton, NB . 

I will be attending with thread paintings, large and small, original sun printed bookmarks, and cards.  Other FAN members will have weaving, felting, rug hooking, clothing and more.

Thread Painting class

 Learn the basics of free motion embroidery using your regular sewing machine. Complete a sampler as you learn to make grasses, leaves,  flowers, weeds, trees, etc. You can spend the entire day perfecting your skills or start a simple landscape. Information on design will also be discussed.

World Wide Whispers Travelling Schedule

Below is the schedule to show where the World Wide Whispers collection has been and where it is travelling to next.  I was very happy to see it recently at the Farfield Mill in Sedbergh UK.




March 7-19, 2019: The Scottish Quilting Show, SEC Center, Glasgow Scotland
April 11-12, 2019: Patchwork en Quiltdagen, Broodfabriek, Rijswijk, The Netherlands
April 18-May 1, 2019: Dumfries and Galloway Quilt Festival, Shambellie House, Dumfries, Scotland
June 1-2, 2019: Edmonton & District Quilters Guild Festival of Quilts (Team Canada only), Central Lion’s Center, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
July 10-20, 2019: Ovansiljans Quilt Guild Show, Idre Fjall Arena, Mora, Sweden
August 7-9 2019: Irish Patchwork Showcase, Limerick School of Art & Design, Limerick, Ireland
August 30-October 3, 2019: Farfield Mills Gallery, Farfield Mills, Sedbergh Cumbria, UK

January 23-26, 2020: Road to California, Ontario Convention Center, Ontario, CA USA
February 27-March 1, 2020: Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival, Hampton Roads Convention Center, Hampton, VA, USA
April 30-May 2, 2020: Quiltfest Greenville, SC, Convention Center, Greenville, SC USA
May 7-9, 2020: Quiltfest Lancaster, Wyndham Lancaster Resort & Convention Center, Lancaster, PA USA (**may be cancelled due to venue renovations schedule)
June 18-20, 2020: Quilt Canada, Edmonton Convention Center, Edmonton, AB, Canada
August 13-15, 2020: World Quilt New England, Mass Mutual Center, Springfield, MA USA
September 10-13, 2020: Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza, Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, Oaks, PA USA
October 15-18, 2020: Pacific International Quilt Festival, Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara, CA USA
November 18-21, 2020: The Quilt & Sewing Fest of New Jersey, New Jersey Convention Center, Edison, NJ

November 5-December 17, 2021: SJAC (St. John Art Center), St. John, New Brunswick, Canada

Thread Painting

Learn the basics of free motion embroidery to create landscapes. Complete a sampler as you learn to make grasses, leaves, flowers, weeds, trees, etc. For those who have some experience or who have taken the course before, you can work independently on your chosen project while receiving individual attention. To register contact me at kathy@kathytidswell.com or phone 506-363-3560. Please not the date has changed from Saturday Sept. 21 to  Sat. Sept. 28


Commissioned Thread Painting

Today I finished a thread painting of the Keswick River in autumn which was commissioned this summer. My process is to paint the background and then enhance the detail by adding texture using the needle on my sewing machine like a paint brush. 

The first photo shows the scene as I finished the painting and the second reveals the finished piece before it goes to the framer for stretching, matting and framing.



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