Tuesday, February 24, 2015

First Stitches

As I excitedly announced in an earlier post, Trish Burr had recently requested permission to turn one of my doodles into her magical Shades of Whitework pieces. That particular one (she calls Katarina) is now available in kit form in her Etsy shop.

 I am thrilled to tell you that she has come back to me for a few more designs (you can read what Trish has planned for them here)

I want to give her technique a try, so I have begun with a small "learning" piece. Armed with one of her digital download patterns, I decided to start with just a few of the flowers to practice getting my stitches just right.

 Wanting a lovely mottled grey fabric for the background (and not finding it) I decided to simply create my own using a piece of muslin and fabric paint.....when I want a fast way to get just a small piece of fabric in a particular colour, paint is quicker and easier than dye. ( I showed how I do this a number of years ago.....you can find that post here)

Creating a small composition, I traced some select flowers and with a "transfer" pencil I drew the design in reverse onto plain copy paper. With a hot, dry iron, the image is now in place and ready to stitch.

I decided to start small, I am certain my stitches will improve as I continue. Hopefully by the time I finish this small bouquet, I will have the confidence to tackle one of her gorgeous designs and do it justice.

Saturday, February 14, 2015


Near the end of 2014, I was contacted and asked if I would consider creating a logo based on one of my papercut snowflakes....this one in particular

I made a few changes and some enhancements to the original design. The completed "re-design" is shown below. Transformed from a quickly cut paper snowflake in to a sharp, defined logo

Monday, February 2, 2015

On a Winter Day

So far this season, we really can't complain about the weather ....it has not been all that bad.......but yesterday....well.... yesterday Winter came calling.  I am not a huge fan of the Winter months, I don't ski, or ice fish or any of that sort of thing......I stayed inside and doodled.

Why an elephant?   Why not?

Friday, January 23, 2015


In late November, I began a new project, a quilt that holds very special meaning for the recipient. It was finished and delivered last weekend.

Made mostly with materials gleaned from a loved ones P.J.s and T shirts.....lots of personal details have been stitched throughout.....at 72" square, it is just the right size for her to wrap herself in the memories they shared.

Thursday, January 15, 2015


Normally when I see Starlings, it is generally in great numbers. It is unusual to see one all by itself. There has been 1 lonely Starling visiting my feeders for the past few days. Have you ever taken a close look at these common birds, they have some striking patterns on them....inspired to grab my pencil, I have to admit I gave him a few more than nature may have intended.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Beyond Excited

I am beyond excited to finally be able to share this news. Back in the fall, I was contacted by Trish Burr, an incredibly talented author, teacher, and needle artist from Cape Town, South Africa. Trish was seeking permission to use one of my doodles as the starting point for a new project she wanted to get underway. We were able to come to an agreement very quickly and she got right to work. What Trish does with needle and thread is pure magic!. Today she has posted the result on her blog. Pop on over to her site and take a look around....OMG! all of her work is amazing. 

On the left, in the photo below, you can see my original doodle, on the right is the transformation Trish created in thread. She made lots of changes, but kept the outline and a few of the elements in her redesign, the result is stunning and the texture she achieves is outstanding. It is an updated, modern take on Whitework.

I am completely thrilled to have been a part of this!
I am inspired, I have begun gathering supplies and can't wait to give her techniques a try.

Update/follow up....Feb 12,  2015...more exciting news is revealed here on Trish Burr's blog.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Making Snow....sort of

With warmer than usual temperatures here, there will be no White Christmas for us this year. No worries, because even with out the white stuff on the ground, I can still make snow angels.


                                           Merry Christmas!



Monday, December 15, 2014

Its....Nutcracker time

I have a small selection of nutcrackers which I had planned to add to this year, but have not gotten around to looking yet............ so I just doodled one instead.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

The Center

My new project is beginning to take shape. I have the center medallion together and am currently working out my ideas for the next part.

at this stage it is 30" square

This quilt is being made using mostly clothing, the only quilting cotton here is the off-white, everything else is T-Shirts and flannel P.J pants so I know I have to accept imperfections in the piecing.

You may think that working with knits in quilts can be especially challenging, but I simply stabilize the knit with a lightweight fusible on the back so that it will not stretch and change shape. I have had this fusible for a while, you see those lines?, this was a product made some time ago specifically for quilting...for a different purpose, but it is fulfilling the need in this project

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

New Project

A new project has begun, I won't give a whole lot of info on the "what or why" right now, but will share some of the process as I work through it.
I have a basic idea of where I am headed, but am going to be making it up as I go along.....so I really don't have a complete vision for the finished piece just yet. I like to work this way....no set course....it will evolve, as I work, it will continually point me in the direction it needs to go.

I know this piece requires some specific imagery....and since this one will not be an art piece, it will need to be able to withstand  regular handling and washing.

I hand drew some music notes, a beginning bar of specific music, I wanted to include one of my doodles and a pair of drumsticks....not just any drumstick image...I wanted to use a specific pair of drumsticks....here are the images and how I created them.

I used a technique I have shown prior. Very simple.....it involves drawing my image on freezer paper, pressing the freezer paper to fabric, free motion quilting with an unthreaded needle. 


and then applying a product called deColourant.  It is a discharge paste that I liberally brush on, I brush the paste in every direction, making certain it gets pushed into every little hole, I work quickly, then carefully peel the freezer paper away leaving the piece to thoroughly dry. Once dry, it is activated by using a hot iron with lots of steam and then washed.  Below are the resulting images.

I created several sizes of these

this measures about 10" x 3"

As I mentioned I wanted to use a specific pair of Drumsticks, so instead of just drawing a generic pair, I actually traced around the ones I have, so in real life these are the full size 17" drumsticks.

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