Monthly Archives: July 2018

Down To The Wire!


Down to the wire here! I finished the foundation with more thread painting on the willow tree branches and secured every little reflective piece of color and generally cleaned up the back, which was not very pretty but looks fairly neat now.

I blocked the whole thing for the second time to get it all flat and well behaved – no wonkiness or bunching.

I used a lazer to position the straight edges, which I often do, but this time I was doing it on a large table in my outdoor studio and it was already pinned to the cushioned work table; so I decided to pin string to define the cut lines along with the lazer and it worked great.

Back to finish up the final piece – deadline August 1st!!!

A One Handed Selfie-In-Action Video

Chipping away at my lengthy to-do list in fits and starts. It’s the name of the game when you have RLS – up and down – sit, stand – sleep,not much. It’s actually amazing that I end up getting as much done as I do. There’s always miles to go before I sleep. So, I’ll make it brief today – just about 2 minutes of your time to see how to unroll a log with one hand while you do a selfie video with the other hand!

A Mixed Thread

Took a breather from my Explorations project while I waited for some new ISACORD thread to arrive from Leah Day

I had to get some ecoprinting and dying done on some new scarves for The Gallery.

The logwood scarf is done and I’m almost finished with the cochineal scarf.  

Last night’s Artist Reception for the Flora and Fauna Exhibit was an enjoyable event. Given the curator’s selections of my textile art, it was kind of a mini-retrospective for me with some pieces that have never been seen before.


The Flower & the Butterfly

Inspired by the fabulous recycled upholstery fabric that is seen as the center of the flower; it’s an applique that is stitched on and stuffed with batting to fill out providing texture and dimension. Batiks are used for most of the petals.

Say Yes! 

An exhuberant potpourri of color, texture and technique, this piece is a contemporary sampler of printmaking on cloth. Techniques range from handcarved block printing, deconstructive screen prints, Gel prints and solar prints. Ditto for the hand dyed and printed strip prints on the sides. It’s topped off with hand embroidery and appliques that may be embellished with extravagant fibers.

In My Garden

Working on In My Garden seemed like an exercise in obsession given the length of time it took to hand embroider! As an artist it’s one of those pieces that is “precious” to me and have never before shown it because it took such a long time for me to be ready to consider parting with it. The time has come, though, and I do hope someone appreciates it as much as I do.

The main fabric is solar printed and the sashing is shibori with MX Procion dyes.

Rosie’s Meadow

Rosie’s Meadow was the first art quilt I ever submitted to an art call for exhibition and the first acceptance I ever received.  It showed at the Whistler House Museum in 2014 and has not shown again since then, so Rosie is quite happy to socialize again!

A textile collage of my painted and printed fabric as well as commercial cottons, it is fused onto a fiber substrate, along with some machine pieced sections. All are free motion stitched as a means to quilt, applique and texturize the piece. Although not intended initially, it took on a Japanesque look that I like.


Dragonflies is the newest of the pieces, combining ecoprinted fabric with commercial; incorporating photo, paint and applique.

It was certainly the best curated show at The Gallery so far, thanks to Lisa Sears and her assistants, Liz Scorsello and Peg Kane!

I shared the scene with four exceptionally talented artists: Paige Wallis, Watercolors; Ose Manheim, Digital Photography; Peg Kane, Acrylics and Ceramics; and Lisa Sears, Acrylic Painting. If you can get there at 480 Main St. in Malden, it’s well worth seeing and will be on view until July 22nd.

Maybe you’ll run into one of my favorite artists there – Ose Manheim!