Category Archives: cotton

Green Shed Activity: New Singer Sewing Machine and 40 Meters Khadi Fabric

I got a new sewing machine for my birthday.  It is a Heavy Duty Singer that can sew thick and fast. My new Bernina 780 is not up to sewing thick layers of fabric, something I have had to accept after giving away my 40-year-old Bernina 830 Record which could handle everything I gave it. The Bernina […]

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Things Textiley in Greece: Peloponnese Peninsula Traditional Costumes

Vocha, Corinthia, Greece, early 20th century Layers of wool and cotton heavily embroidered. Silver ornament. Belesi, Argolid, Greece, early 20th century The heavily embroidered red vest is all the more eye-catching when worn with the white over-vest. The many different types of embroidery reflect the many outside influences over Greece’s long history. Turkish influences in […]

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Things Textiley in Greece – 12 Parts of the Greek Evzone Guard Uniform

Here is one of those pesky tourists standing beside one of the famed Greek Evzone – guards of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the president’s mansion, dressed in his Sunday uniform. To join this elite division of guards one has to be over 6′ 1.3″/1.87m tall. The guard’s uniform evolved from the Klephts’ […]

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Carol Soderlund Workshop – ‘TRUE COLORS: Developing a Personal Palette’

Carol’s samples of dyed fabric using different sets of primary colours. In the fall I attended a Carol Soderlund workshop at the Pacific Northwest Art School. ‘TRUE COLORS: Developing a Personal Palette’ Building a reference for my chosen personal palette. Early in the week, I met one-on-one with Carol for my Palette Chat where I showed her my […]

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‘Earth Repair’ – 3 Years Later

2014 3 years 3 months after the emergency while living outside wrapped around the Indian plum I brought the 3 afternoon tea cloths inside.  They were carefully washed, dried and ironed. I was hoping the laundering had stopped the decay processes. There is much staining and decay and large holes had appeared. How to preserve this […]

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‘Earth Repair’ – the Beginings

‘Earth Repair’ began as a response to what I considered to be an emergency situation. March 11, 2011 – quoting from my journal – ‘Emergency. It has been a long winter here on the island. The deer are hungry. They are eating the bark on my precious Indian Plum. I need to care for this tree. The […]

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‘Earth Repair’ Makes it into the World of Threads Festival 2016

Lesley Turner, ‘Earth Repair’ 36″ x 35″/92 x 89 cm, 2011 – ongoing, embroidered (anonymous) vintage cotton afternoon tea cloth, leaf skeletons, cotton & polyester thread, jute string, wooden branch, MinWax; tree staining, washing, ironing, hand & machine applique, waxing. This work has been accepted into the World of Threads Festival 2016 in the ‘Late in the […]

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Sprinkle Dyeing and Sun Printing at VISA, Victoria

During a Mark Makers’ summer residency at the Vancouver Island School of Art (VISA) website we decided to take advantage of the beautiful weather and have a dyeing day outside. We set up tables and brought out buckets of water to the backyard of the school. I set up my sophisticated system for working with dye powder […]

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VISDA ‘Current Threads 2016’ Artists with their Work

Judi MacLeod ‘White Lady,’ white linen, manipulated white cotton, hand and machine stitched Judi led the this year’s Current Threads exhibition committee. She led the hanging and compiled the artist statement binder among many other tasks. A close up of ‘White Lady’ because my poor photography didn’t really show any of the texture. Committee member Sarah McLaren […]

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