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* * * EXHIBITION (and works for sale) with Ken Wilkinson @ Shervin Smith Gallery for the month of May in Melfort. Reception is 7pm on Friday May 1.
* * * TEACHING @ Melfort Creative Quilted Postcards (1-4pm Thurs. April 30) & Threadpainting (1-5pm Sat. May 2) Monika@MySweetPrairie.ca to register.
* * * PUBLISHED - Stitch Magazine (UK) 'Let the Yarn Speak' technique article issue #94 (not in Canada yet... I'll keep you posted)

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Thursday, 16 April 2015

Things I Love Thursday

Hands down.

I love my nails.  I am NOT fashion conscious by any stretch of the imagination, but these are like mini quilts!  Right?  They look like little pieced half square triangles.  They are 'wraps' that are soft and sticky and fit any shape or length of nail.  My pal T.D sells them and helped me put them on.  I've seen lace, cableknit patterns, and some gorgeous florals that look like vintage fabric.  Too addictive.


The only downfall is that they are so distracting.  I can't stop noticing them when I work.  It's like my fingers are fibre art.  lol


I can't stop taking photos of them.  : )  Love 'em.  Thank you T.D.!

Happy Thursday,


p.s.  Would any of you be interested if I hosted a nail wrap party?  I'd love to support my friend and have her over to do this.  That might be fun for Mother's Day and we could use my studio.

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Stitch (UK) Part Two!

The newest issue of Stitch is out!

Stitch UK  Issue #94  April-May 2014

So happy, so happy!  I'm not sure if it's in Canada at McNally's or Indigo yet.  They may still have Issue #93 on the shelves.  This is issue # 94 and inside is a technique article they asked me to write to accompany the From Sketch to Stitch article.  I had no idea they would be in separate magazines, which is pretty darn cool!

I can't post an image where you are able to read all the text obviously, so i have blurred it out.  Sorry - no need to adjust your glasses.  You are seeing. it correctly.


So pretty!  I love this spread.  There's more on the next page but I'm afraid I don't like my images.  I had them colour corrected on my dying laptop last year, so a couple of them are incorrectly accidentally yellowish pink mucky and not nearly as vibrant as they are in person.  It's okay though - this spread makes up for it.  : )  Thanks again Stitch magazine!

This is really exciting for me.  I've been doing the threadpainting for over 5 years and have sold a LOT of work.  I run into people now that I've never met, but they know me for my threadwork.  It was so scary to try something new and worry about people walking away / losing interest.  I couldn't help it though - I had to branch out.  I was just feeling way too inspired not to.  It's been slow, but this year, interest in my handwork has really picked up.  People are loving it enough to take them home.  Some are asking specifically for the handwork.  That's a huge thing for me.  On one hand, it's so humbling.  On the other, it totally fuels me to experiment more.  I can't articulate my gratitude for the opportunity and support to experiment and spread my wings.

And if any of you try out the technique described in Stitch, I would love to see what you come up with!  I hope you enjoy the article.  They whole magazine is full of gorgeous eyecandy.

I only have one that came to me, but I'll let you know when this newest issue arrives in our bookstores.

Have a great day!
xo

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Stitching for Melfort

Creative time!  There's about 2 weeks until the show in Melfort.  There will be crewel yarn embroideries, tea sets, prairie threadpaintings, vessels, and a few collaborations as well between me and potter Ken Wilkinson.



I can't wait to have the show up.  I'm stitching away.  I have all the scenes picked out and all the backgrounds prepped with the right colours of fabric and I'm ready to go.  I'm matching up colours between his pottery and my stitching.  I have a handful of photos printed out because my laptop is just too dark even on the brightest setting.  (p.s.  Dollarama has cheap Polaroid photo paper packs for your printer.)

my photos ready to inspire

This is all I really start with - two pieces of fabric.  One is for sky, one is for land.  It's that simple.

great sky find - thank you Dahn!  : )

I love batiks and hand dyes because they are so natural looking.  Some I buy.  Dye.  Some I barter for.  I love having huge pieces of dyed fabric and looking for that little tiny section that is just PERFECT for the piece.  Like the threads I use, finding that special piece of colour on a large cloth is like treasure hunting.

I keep my photo nearby and start drawing in the landscape with thread.  This is one I nearly finished this weekend.  It's ready for hand work now.

little peek of a work in progress - still bare bones

My studio is one huge mess between Gardenscape and classes.  I had managed to misplace a Bison.  Ha!  You know it's bad when...  How does one misplace a Bison!?
Well, truthfully, it was a little cloth shape of a bison for a small art quilt.  I found it though!  I'm putting this together for a friend who gifted me teacups and bison yarn.  I don't make art quilts, but I think I kind of enjoy it. : )


Neat, hey?  I'll do the binding in a solid charcoal colour.  It's based on a photo I took of a herd south of the city.  I kind of like this lone one.  Still needs to be stitched in place.

Well folks, back to work.  Enjoy this beautiful WINDY. noisy spring.  xo


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