Category Archives: silk

Jane Dunnewold Workshop

I attended Jane Dunnewold’s Dye workshop at the Pacific Northwest Art School in Coupeville. Jane took us through many different dyeing techniques. I picked up lots of valuable tips to fine tune my dyeing practice and I was able to correct the bad habits I had developed over the years. The first exercise was to dye […]

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Body of Work: ‘Regression’

‘Regression’ 48″w x 84″ h x 10″d. Materials: cotton, wool, silk, polyester, nylon, paper cord, wood. Techniques: strip-piecing, couching, hand and machine stitching, knitting. Photographer: Tony Bounsall, Tony’s website ‘Regression’ is the companion work of ‘Succession’, View “Succession” here ‘Regression’, detail. Photographer: Tony Bounsall The removal of components such fallen leaves from under a tree or the […]

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Auction house Treasures cont.

The 3rd treasure I spied in the box at the auction was this neatly worked Russia icon-like embroidery on a cloth hemmed at one end and torn at the other. (detail) The 4th treasure was this Chinese silk jacket which is reversible. It has lots of lovely details like these hand-made frog closures. It needed […]

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Synesthesia #6 Blue Green

Making another in the Synesthesia series. The sample looks right though the ground could do with a little more stabilising. Coming along. That ground is still wrinkling up a bit with the intensive stitching and changes in direction. I am using strips cut from my collection of silk blouses.  Lightweight silks can be warmed with […]

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Back to Spring Cleaning

The last bit of machine sewing resulted in a satisfying number of empty spools. I do enjoy using my stash of resources. I sent a swatch sample to the SDA Swatch Collection. It is a piece of bed-sheet that was wrapped around a maple tree for over a year. I stitched it with the colours […]

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Synesthesia #24 – Golden Yellow

Continuing the Synesthesia series.Collecting up #24 Golden Yellow fabrics and sorting by value. …and threads. An opportunity to use some of my many gold threads. But sparkly wasn’t right for how I feel about this colour.So my collection of sparkly gold threads will have to wait their time for another idea.

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Art in Quebec City

Jean Paul Lemieux, Sketch for “The Ursulines”1951This work caught my eye because we had spent a morning doing research in the Ursuline Museum.Evidently the artist spent about 2 years working on this idea for a painting. It’s final form was a big change in style from his earlier works.He entered it in the 1951 Quebec […]

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Articulation Visits the Ursuline Nuns Workshop and School Museum

Articulation’s 2013 study session was in Quebec City. One of the highlights of the week was the time spent studying embroderies produced by the Ursuline nuns and their students. They had specialised in producing heavily embroidered textiles for the Catholic churches and their priests. Their main techniques were raised gold work and long and short stitch […]

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Articulation and Material Girls at Tulista Galley

Barb McCaffrey and I have been sitting in the gallery every day, with breaks when 2 other Articulation members, Wendy Klotz and Donna  Clement, visited for a couple of days each.We set up a mini studio so we can continue to work while people visit.It has been sunny most days so I have been dyeing. I […]

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