Trip to London, Jersey and Brugge Belgium

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.London webJersey webBrugge web

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.

My Entry for SAQA Atlantic Trunk Show

He Sings 1024Members 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.

Artist Statement:

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.

Designing Wearable Art at Quilt Canada 2015

Rose_Trapunto_Jacket_RearNight Watch backHave 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/quiltcanada2015.php. See more wearable art in the Gallery.

 

detail of hummingbird and appliquépuffin vest

 

 

 

 

Wearable Art

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.

Designing One of a Kind Wearable Art

Have you been thinking about making a jacket or vest that is distinctly “yours”?  If so, come to the Fibre Arts Festival on October 14 and take the Designing One of a Kind Wearable Art  with Kathy Tidswell. Sewers and Quilters at all levels are welcome. 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 methods for attaching appliqués. Information will be shared on types of batting or you may choose not to quilt. I often make vests and outfits with just appliqué or appliqué and cutwork. Come learn some new techniques. Samples will be produced using free motion embroidery on a regular zigzag sewing machine and some work on individual pieces will be started.  For more information visit www.kathytidswell.com or contact Kathy at 506-363-3560 or email [email protected]
 
 
 
cutwork and applique outfitHibiscus applique vestpuffin vestdetail of hummingbird and appliqué
 
 
 
Would you like to create realistic images of flowers or birds totally from thread? If so come to the Fibre Arts Festival on October 15 and take the Creating With Thread from KathyTidswell. You will learn to drop the feed dogs on your regular zigzag sewing machine and create beautiful pieces that can be used in quilts, artworks, cards and wearable art.  In this class, you can choose to make flowers or birds but once learned the method can be used to make your own creations. For more information visit www.kathytidswell.com or contact Kathy at 506-363-3560 or email [email protected]
 
 
 
 free motion embroidery  iris

fireweedlady slipper

 

3-d thread applique

 

 

Quilt Canada 2014

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.