Hope you enjoy and get inspired by my textile art. I have been a quilter and fiber artist for many years, and have enjoyed all aspects of creating artistic, decorative and functional textiles. For the last 5 years my fascination with wool has become an increasingly bigger part of my fiber pieces. The main attraction for me when it comes to wool is the texture, softness and incredible versatility it has. To link to workshops, look at blog archives on the right under April 2018.
Monday, April 23, 2018
North Coast Needlers in Ohio having a good time with Transfer paints
Thanks to North Coast Needlers Quilting Guild in Cleveland Ohio, I made the 500 miles drive to spend a few days with a great group of ladies. Winter still the season there, but I could see that spring and summer will be beautiful there, it just comes a little later than here in Tennessee!
First day, as usual, lots of painted papers all over the floor. The workspace was huge, with lots of floor space for the papers to dry.
Shirley' bright colors stands out for sure.
This is a great color combination, and I know the green leaves were a fun surprise.
Janelle created some very delicate scenery, planning a 4 seasons piece. She is very knowledgeable about trees, and helped me with a few tree names. It is really fun when someone can give me such information, as I tend to just look at shapes and colors, and not what is botanically correct.
I met Karen several years ago at Ripley, WV. She has been in several of my workshops at Quilt Camp there, and brings her own style and creativity to every class. In this workshop she concentrated on small pieces, something that could be used as labels. I hope she will not put everything on the back of her quilts, as they really deserve to be center stage. She used stencils and paint sticks for added depth.
How great it is to see finished project from workshops! Karen made these blocks in an earlier workshop, and added lots of detail with embroidery and paint sticks. Great setting!
Millie brought in some very nice leaves that she had had for a long time. They were still good to use. She had a few nice surprises on the way, as well as bright colors. The pink and green glow.
Janet spent some time with stencils, which can be tricky with paint. Her patience was rewarded as her Bible verse was very sharp when transferred. One of my favorite pieces is below, with a beautiful blue background and orange leaves. Just the perfect combination!
Helen was quite experimental, and use the solid crayons for strong definition. She used the crayons on the leaves, on the paper and on the fabric (I think). She got it to work! The crayons we use are made for coloring paper and then transfer that design to fabric with heat. There are different crayons you can use directly on fabric.
The owl is just too cute. Helen tried a stencil and transferred it to "Minky", the super soft fleece fabric we use for baby blankets. The paint will not leave any build up on the fabric, so this could be great for a baby blanket.
Carol was the most wonderful hostess while I was in Cleveland. Loved her studio and house, and got to sleep under a very special quilt. She is a very giving and engaged woman, and shared many of her ideas and projects she has done. She is also a lover of bright and strong colors!
Is'n this spectacular? Carol saved a few leaves from a house plant and used them for the resists. The blue and green from one gave reverse deposits on the other. This is what I call happy accidents or surprises.
Anita left before I got pics of all she did, which was quite impressive. She created distinct leaf shapes on the fabric, but many of her pieces were of an over-all character with just awesome color combinations.
For our dinner, the restaurant in Cleveland (Joe's) had the biggest Napoleons I have seen! So naturally I had to have one, and it was delicious! Thanks for a wonderful time in Cleveland, long drive but so worth it!