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Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Threadpainting Late Summer

I really enjoy machine threadpainting and hand embroidery.  They are such different experiences, and working on my art full time makes going back and forth between the two techniques much more enjoyable.  There's never a dull moment.  Here's a threadpainting commission in progress.  It's not the cornfield yet.  This one came first, it's a scene taken by a family as they drive to their lake.  As usual, I start with 2 pieces of fabric - one sky and one land.  I keep the image up on my monitor for reference.  It's a pretty organic process.  Away I go...


I start back to front usually, building up as I go.  This is bare bones right now, and I have a lot of shading and colours to add.

I like to see it from all view points.  I work sideways and upside down.  It helps me to see things I hadn't noticed before.  (Plus, this is how I navigate when I drive. I have to turn the map when I turn the vehicle.)


Sewing upside down...

And now I'm pretty much done the hills.  The foreground has a field, reeds, trees, water and ducks!  So I have my work cut out for me.  This piece is pretty large, at 9x9" / 23cm square.  It will be framed to 15x15".  : )

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Hello again!
Fast forward a week later, and here it is.  I just finished last night.  Tomorrow I head to the framer's.


I'm nearly done the cornfield commission too!  I'll show you that one next.  : )

Have a beautiful day
xo

Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Gratitude

I am so very grateful for all the opportunities that have rolled in.  I'm booked for nearly the entire year, all the way up to early October.  Olds Fibre Potpourri is going to be a highlight for sure!  My weekend 'Sketch to Stitch' with Noro Yarns workshop is filling up.  It's pretty amazing to hear how far people are coming for it.  I just got an email from someone in the USA who is making the trek.  What an honour!  It will be great to have an artistic, unplugged weekend of exploring, experimenting, and creating.

to register for any of the event, head to THE FIBRE POTPOURRI PAGE


I also have a lot of travelling this year, speaking to 5 guilds in 3 provinces!  And so now I plan my slideshows and topics.  It's very exciting!  I like talking about what I do.  : )  I am very passionate about it.

Next month will be the 2nd annual Quilt Showcase for the Saskatoon Modern Quilt Guild.  I love their poster!  I'm really looking forward to this.  I'll be a vendor once again selling my art, as well as embellishements & postcard supplies.


It's coming up soon!  : )  I'll see you there.


Saturday, 30 January 2016

Published

My mail went missing.  In this current article, I wrote about how I've never had mail go missing.  Here, now, it happened.  The rest of Canada got this winter issue of Embroidery Canada in early January.  Mine didn't arrive.  I did get the neighbor's mail a couple times.  I'll have to have a check-in with our carrier.  So I called up the EAC and they were kind enough to resend.  (THANK YOU)  It arrived at my house VERY fast.


There's lots of beautiful work inside this, all revolving around winter.  The article I was asked to contribute is on postcards.  I just got my resent issue this week!  Embroidery Canada is a members publication of the Emrboiderers Association of Canada.


There's a whole page that features my friend Jeanette's postcards.  I knew she was the right person to ask.  I have a lot of quilted postcards, but only a few hand embroidered ones.  You can see more of Jeannette Luther's work at her blog HERE.  She's a member of the Regina SK Stitchery Guild and her blog is Jenny Penny Poppy.  Her hand stitched postcards were curated into the Our Prairie in Fibre show one year ago as well!  : )

Happy stitching!
Monika

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