Saturday, November 18, 2017

Shimmers Showcase and more . . .

Today I decided to showcase some of my Shimmer Ornaments and a few other larger pieces. Since moving to Nova Scotia, people have been asking me what I do. The links below take you to past posts about my work - mostly shimmers at the moment with a few other things put in. If there are any questions, please comment on this post and I will get back to you.


Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Knitting is Finished

I finished another pair of mittens for granddaughter, Gale, last night. Hand delivered this afternoon. She was delighted.

The wool is 100% merino yarn, worsted weight superwash and is The Yarns of Rhichard Devrieze. (No, I did not misspell his name).

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Winning Quilts from Recent Shows

It's time to check out the winning quilts at this year's International Quilt Festival, Houston. The subject was 'A World of Beauty'. Check them out HERE.

  • Find the winners of the Pacific International Quilt Festival HERE.
  • In Chicago, the Celebration of Color Judged Show is HERE.
  • World Quilt Competition Winners from New England are HERE.
  • Sauder Village 2017 Quilt Show Winners HERE
  • The $10,000 winner of the Handi Quilter Best of Show Award, the International Quilt Festival-Houston. Harmony Within by Sue McCarty of Roy, Utah. 
  • In January, I posted about the Tokyo Quilt Festival. See it HERE
Grab a cup of something and enjoy!!

Saturday, November 11, 2017

We Remember . . .

A day to remember.
These poppies grew in my Newfoundland garden. They originally came from my mother's garden. Poppies and forget-me-nots were among the flowers she planted.

Her brother, Charlie Emberley, served in WWll and survived. These are for him and for all of those who fought to keep us free.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Kopanang Universe Canticle - Part Two

Here are the rest of the photos of this exquisite exhibit:

Kopanang Universe Canticle - Part One

The Kopanang Universe Canticle is a traveling exhibit created by women in the Kopanang Community in South Africa. I was fortunate to see this body of work during the Espanola Fibre Arts Festival last month.

This collection of 35 stunning hand embroidered wall hangings depicts the universe's story of evolution but also reveals and strengthens the spirit of the Kopanang community. The intricately embroidered panels tell the story of the universe as interpreted by 17 Kopanang women as a means to celebrate life and creation.

Here's part of the display. Click on photos to enlarge and see the details.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Wool Pets

Back in October, I blogged about my granddaughter needle felting two penguins during craft hour at the  Lunenberg County Lifestyle Centre. Well, two weeks ago, her cat got hold of the larger one and tore it to shreds! Gale was not a happy camper but realized she had to put her small stuffed toys out of reach. Lesson learned (until the next time).

Yesterday, Gale decided she wanted to make another small animal. We had borrowed Wool Pets from the library and still had it. This is an excellent book to use with children as it gives step by step photos and written directions for each pet.

Gale chose to make a bunny. Here's the book photo:

 Here is Gale's masterpiece:
I couldn't find my seed beads to use for eyes so French knots to the rescue. The mouth is black roving. I did this part for her. We measured the length of the roving and rolled it up. Both of us needle felted into the body. Gale made the head and we both did an ear. She did the legs and puff tail. The pattern called for two legs but she was determined to give it four. I told her she was on her own for that (under supervision of course)! Gale's bunny has a ribbon on its ear because it was to show that this is a girl bunny. She was very happy with her new felted pet. 

Friday, November 3, 2017

Happy Halloween!! - A few Days Late

I totally forgot that I had written this blog post!  Too many things to keep straight - oh dear . . .

Yesterday (that was 2 days before Halloween) was a trip to the farm to look at pumpkins and scarecrows.



Check out a few of my past Halloween posts HERE, HERE, HERE & HERE


Thursday, October 26, 2017

Sunday's Class

Here's a few photos of the pendant making class on Sunday. A felting machine was brought to class by one of the students and everyone got a chance to use it. It certainly makes felting go faster than using the one needle. However, if you are only doing occasional projects, a felting machine isn't necessary. Several of the ladies (from both classes) belong to a fibre arts group. Every month they have a challenge to complete. One member of this group felted a background that she was going to use for this month's challenge. I hope I get to see her finished piece.

Free Motion stitching with Sulky Sliver Metallic thread
supply table

This is for the fibre group challenge
 Here are a couple of the finished pendants:

Interesting use of free motion stitching

I enjoyed my stay at Espanola and teaching my Fibre Art Pendant class. The ladies were a great bunch to work with. Thanks for everything!

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Friday's Workshop at the Espanola Fibre Arts Festival

It was a busy weekend at the Espanola Fibre Arts Festival! I flew up on Thursday, just in time for supper followed by a very informative lecture by one of the invitees (more on that later). That deserves a post of its own.

One of my Fibre Art Pendant workshops was the next day. It was very difficult to get time to do a post as there were things going on during the evenings too.

I had a bunch of very enthusiastic ladies in both classes. A good friend of mine from Newfoundland  traveled all the way to Espanola to take my Friday class.

There was lots of felt and glitzy yarns provided to make the bases for the pendants. I had lots of samples prepared and demonstrated my method for embellishing the felt, making templates, beading and cutting out the pendant shapes. Everyone had a relaxing day and went away very satisfied with their pendants. A few of the ladies visited me at the Vendor's Market the next day, wearing their piece of original art!

I've hooked up with The Needle & Thread Network.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

New Adventure

I'm off to Northern Ontario tomorrow to teach at the Espanola Fibre Arts Festival. I'm looking forward to teaching on Friday and Sunday. Students will be creating their own Fibre Art Pendants.

On Saturday, I will be a vendor at the Vendor's Market. I will have a small selection of Shimmer Ornaments, Wearable Art Pins, Felted Ornaments and Pendants. It will be interesting to visit other vendors. 

A few sites to check:


Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Pendants & More. . .

These three oval pendants were finally finished. They will be going to the Espanola Fibre Arts Festival this weekend. If you are going to this event, please drop by the vendor's market on Saturday. I'll be there.

These gorgeous colours greeted me today at the post box. Definite possibilities for hand / free motion embroidery or small landscapes. The middle pendant mirrors the autumn colours below.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

New Fibre Art Pendants

With all the work associated with moving from one province to another, I did manage to create a few Fibre Art Pendants to take with me to the Espanola Fibre Arts Festival next week. There have been requests for larger pendants so I was able to order the larger format for circles, ovals and rectangles. The circles a have two inch diameter.

These are 1 inch by 2 inches

It's easy to see the different sizes below. The photo is a bit fuzzy, but you can see the sizes.