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

Saint John River

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.


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.

Curry Mountain

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.

Looking In, Looking Out

Wall quilt made for Team Canada in the World Wide Whispers project. Inspired by the wall quilt made by Pat Findlay.

World Wide Whispers

I have been part of Team Canada for the World Wide Whispers Project. In a nutshell it’s a bit like the child’s birthday party game where the leader starts by whispering a sentence in the ear of the next participant and then it continues around the room, evolving and changing from the original sentence. Kim Caskey, the Team Canada leader produced the first quilt inspired by a photograph by Lesley Zwaal of Edmonton Alberta. Artists from each province and territory of Canada (13) were sent a photograph showing only the most recent wall quilt and given a one month time frame to create a 18 by 24 inch wall quilt inspired by that photograph.  I was the New Brunswick representative and created the third Quilt in the series. It has been a long 13 months when we were not allowed to reveal our involvement and saw only a photo of the quilt that inspired our piece. Finally on January 6, 2019 Kim sent us a wonderful power point presentation showing us all the quilts, artist statements and more.

 Also involved in their own World Wide Whispers were teams from Scotland, Ireland, the Netherlands, USA.

The Canadian collection will be shipped to Scotland where it will hang, along with the other 4 teams, at the Scotland Guild’s AGM event in Glasgow in March. Following that, they will travel to The Netherlands for a show in April. The most exciting part is that all quilts from the 5 teams will be displayed at The Birmingham UK Quilt festival in August 2019.

Looking In Looking Out is my piece. In a separate post I will show my inspiration piece by Pat Findlay.

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.



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. You can spend the entire day perfecting your skills or start a simple landscape.