Thursday, August 27, 2009

New Course!! Adventures in Contemporary Embroidery

Coming September to the website ( is a complete description of all the various techniques and materials which you can learn to embroider, applique, bead and otherwise employ to go beyond the flat surface of your quilts and other textiles. Above are some examples: Golden Splat!, Blue Box (lid) and DK#5. Yup, all stitched. Email me for more info

New Course!! Using the Embellisher (dry felting) Machine

Here are examples of multiple techniques which this inexpensive and EASY to use machine can do. The course descriptions will be on the website from September 1 ( They are Rotorua Redux, Rosebud and Fetid Wells.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

I've been trying out some ideas for the Science Meets Art SAQA challenge and have so far run into a wall as all my ideas have proven too hard to render in fabric. Now if this were an embroidery challenge . . . So here are some silly examples of my efforts to make wood cells - neither the colors nor scale are realistic, just experimenting.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Here's a bit of a teaser: a small close up of a piece I finished this week called Archeology/Language. Click on it to see the details.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Here are some photos of pieces I've sent off to national shows recently. Remember to click on them to see a bigger version. They are Window 3, That's Amore, Rosebud, Knee-His, Joolama 3 and Coalescence 2. Which is your favorite?

Friday, August 7, 2009


At last, SERE: Summer Heat is complete. After beading, I went in with more paint, some with metal bits, which is why there are so many reflective dots. And then I finished it with a little silk thread running stitch to visually emphasize the horizontal heat lines and connect the spiral more intimately to the rest of the surface. There is batting in this piece so it could be finished as a quilt, but it will be much more impactful stretched and framed, so I will drop it off at my brilliant framer's, Colleen at Kathy's Framer in Torrance, CA, for the final step. Check back to see what frame we have chosen.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

This is the beading and final shaping stage of the piece nearing completion. I thought I'd post its progress to date with some close ups so you can see the intricacy of the detail and understand why it is taking such a long time to complete this phase. Keep in mind that those white headed pins are TEMPORARY! Once I'm happy with the bead details there is just one more step before I take it to my FABULOUS framer.

Monday, August 3, 2009

BIG honor . . . I was invited by the Palos Verdes Art Center to be a docent trainer for their upcoming All Media show. I get to turn more people on to the artistic pleasures and richness of textile art. Thrilled to be able to expand their horizons! This is my piece in the show.