Monday, September 22, 2008

Weekend Workshop

Last weekend I had fun being the student instead of the teacher. Our local Embroiderers' Guild invited Sherril Kahn of California to teach a three day workshop. I've always admired Sherrils work and wanted to see how she approaches her designs, what products she uses and her techniques.

She was very giving and sharing with her methods and I learned a great deal. I do have her books and while she did repeat much of what she had written, it is a whole different thing to see it done rather than just seeing the pictures.

I will be posting some of my work over the next little while to show how I interpreted the class assignments. In the meantime here's sample of the pictures I took in the class.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Flames Abound

This is my first piece for art cloth that I've sent away! Everything else I have a hard time letting go! But this little baby is going to the Surface Design Association online auction that begins Oct. 1st. Check it out at and go to the OnLine Auction page, keep visiting as more items get added.

My piece measures 30" x 60" and is made with soy wax batik, silk screened images (including some from my previous post about Scratch a Print) and could be used as whole cloth, cut for piecing or embellishment.

Visit often and bid high!

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Easy, Peasy Screenprinting!

This screen printing is about the easiest that you can get! I found the product online at and thought it might be worth a try for the price (less than $10.00).
When the package arrived I put it away with the intention of trying it later. I hauled it out yesterday to see what it could it and was pleasantly surprised. Its not high tech, falls apart after 10-12 uses, but its simple, simple to use.

I began by drawing a line sketch on the plastic sheet (words etc. should be reversed) that then transfers the blue ink onto a paper (keep the paper for later reference or collage). My pen line opened the screen (removed the blue ink) and the screen was ready to use. I used a a textile paint and a little scraper to pull the paint across the screen, though the instructions suggest a foam brush.

Remove the screen and replace in another section of fabric and repeat as desired.

The image came through quite clearly and I made enough repeats before the paper fell apart.

I would definitely use this product again when I want quick results and don't really want to preserve the image for later screening.

Monday, September 8, 2008

More Fabric Collage Boxes

On Saturday I taught a class on making terrific little boxes from scraps and embellishments! It was a lot of fun! If you'd like to find out how, check out my blog post of July 28, 2008. You won't need much in supplies and its a neat way to try new techniques, special stitches on your machine and fun embellishments. Try it out!

Kathie and Cindy did so well with theirs I'm sure there'll be lots more in the works!

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Here Fishy, Fishy!

A couple of different approaches to catching dinner for the table tonight! The fishing boat is a familiar but diminishing sight on the west coast of Canada as our fish stocks are rapidly being depleted. However our friend, the heron, is patiently waiting for diiner to come close! I guess he really practises the "100 Mile Diet" (

Friday, September 5, 2008

You say Madrona, we say Arbutus!

One of my favourite trees is the beautiful Pacific Madrone (Arbutus menziesii), a native species to the west coast and particularly to Vancouver Island, where I live. It is unique as a broadleaf evergreen (it has leaves, but doesn't drop them in the autumn) but I think its oustanding feature is the red bark that peels off and leaves a satiny smooth surface. It often clings to high cliffs and overhangs and is always close by the ocean. If you'd like further information about the arbutus have a look at this link: