I wanted to create something for my sister and brother-in-law’s 50th wedding anniversary but was stumped as to what to make. Some friends in my garden club suggested I make a picture of the family home which we had sold in January after the death of our dad. My husband objected that this would have no significance to my brother-in-law but suggested that if I included the car he would have been driving while “courting”, it would be meaningful to them both.
With some help from my niece, I tracked down the year and model of the car (1956 Ford custom.) The internet made it relatively easy to get a picture although there weren’t many with the rear view that I wanted. I remembered the car and knew it was a light green. I painted some polyester fabric for the car so it would have a sheen.
Using an older photograph, I tried to create the house and yard of our youth. I drew the house and made appliqué patterns. I painted a background which included a willow tree that had died many years ago and a snowball bush that my mother had loved and my father hated. I appliquéd the pieces using free motion embroidery and added a few flowers and the willow and snowball. For the final touch I placed the car in the driveway.
I had it framed under glass so the photo is before it went to the framer’s.
The anniversary party was attend by a huge number of people so we decided to give family gifts at a restaurant the next day. I was pleased with their reaction although my brother-in-law didn’t have his glasses on so it was my sister, Karen, who first spotted his car. Her reaction was heartwarming. Karen said it showed how much he liked it when, after the meal, he took it around showing it off to the waitress and the other people in the dining room.
The cool weather has arrived and it is time to get in your sewing rooms. See Studio and Gallery for the listing of October and November Classes. They include everything from making buttons to creating lace Christmas ornaments.
My teaching studio and gallery at 683 Route 104 Burtts Corner is finished after being under construction for quite some time. My husband has done a great job creating this space.
GALLERY- The gallery is open by chance or appointment.
TEACHING-I have started with offering a series of four classes beginning in September. I hope that students will want to learn my specialities and then come back for help with their own projects. This would be a directed studies course but that will be for the future.
I would be happy to her from you about techniques you would like to learn.
See the current class schedule in Studio and Gallery.
This week I returned from my trip to the UK where I met my daughter, Lisa, and we visited London, Jersey, and Brugge Belgium. We had a nice trip and a good visit. The crowds of people made me appreciate my home with its rural setting and wide open spaces. Below are a photo of Big Ben in London, one of Lisa on a walking trail in Jersey and one of Brugge. I have a week left to get ready for my teaching at Quilt Canada in Lethbridge Alberta and then hope to organize the opening of my new teaching studio and gallery.
My teaching studio that has been in the works for several years is almost complete! It will be equipped for 6 students who will each have their own ott light, power bar and sewing chair. It is a pleasant brightly lit space with natural light from multiple windows. My husband has been working hard to finish the vestibule leading into this room. I will keep you posted as to when classes begin.
I will also be hanging some of my thread paintings so that the space doubles as a gallery.
Members of SAQA-Atlantic have put together a trunk show which represents the diversity of techniques and styles which they use in their work as art quilters. Each piece is 8 x 8 inches and is presented in a 12 x 12 inch mat. Clear presentation envelopes protect the artwork and permit it to be handled safely.
The trunk show is available to travel to meetings of quilt guilds and other interested groups. A SAQA member can accompany the show to make a presentation regarding art quilts and SAQA.
I have finished my piece entitled He Sings and here is a photo of it before it is shipped off for matting and packaging.
He Sings – January, 2015
Materials and Techniques- Hand painted background, free motion embroidery 3-d thread white- throated sparrow, free motion embroidery over yarn tree and branches, 3-d leaves.
I strive to recreate nature’s beauty realistically in my work. While my artistic medium is primarily thread, my painted fabric backgrounds support the production of landscapes and life-like three-dimensional images of birds, wildlife and portraits. My wish is to transport the viewer to a unique place, whether it is a forest stand, a beach delivering the glories of a morning sunrise, or a backyard hosting our joyous songbirds.
Have you been thinking about making a jacket, vest or cape that is distinctly “yours”? If so, come to the Quilt Canada 2015 in Lethbridge Alberta and take the Designing One of a Kind Wearable Art with Kathy Tidswell on June 4 and 5. Sewers and Quilters of all levels are welcome. This is a class designed to help you make individualized items that fit your lifestyle. You may choose fancy or casual. In addition to learning hints on the types of patterns to choose, you will learn embellishment techniques such as lace cutwork, bobbin work, trapunto, arranging appliqués and new methods for attaching appliqués. Information will be shared on choosing batting for quilted items, or you may choose not to quilt. My outfits often feature appliqué or appliqué and cutwork with no quilting. Come have some fun and learn some new techniques. You will receive hints on placement of appliqués and produce samples using free motion embroidery on a regular zigzag sewing machine. Then choose which techniques you want to incorporate in your piece and work on your outfit under my tutelage. For more information and to register visit www.canadianquilter.com/events/quilt–canada–2015.php. See more wearable art in the Gallery.
Wearable art doesn’t have to be ” wild” or fit only for the runway. It can be just a simple vest or jacket that you individualize. Come to the Fibre Art Festival in Amherst Nova Scotia and take my Designing Wearable Art class on Oct. 14. Learn some new techniques and make some new friends. Sewers of all levels are welcome.
I will be attending QC 2014 and staying in Vallee residence June 11, 12 and 13. I would love to talk with you about travelling to your guild or group to give classes. Please come talk with me.