Saturday, October 22, 2011


Last year, when I travelled to Endland on a textile tour, I purchased an ipad. I used it to check my hot mail account and to send email back home. It also became my photo storage device. Instead of taking multiple camera memory cards, I transferred my photos to the ipad. That worked amazingly well. It was great to check my blog and to keep up to date on other blogs (when there was time).

It doesn't work as well for me when composing blog posts. I am so used to using multiple screens when composing my posts that this little device doesn't measure up. I don't have a separate key pad and that has issues. With the touch pad on the screen, I still haven't discovered if I can copy and paste easily. I have managed to frustrate myself with it. As a result, the previous posts, since the 18th of October, were composed at home as I'm visiting Chicago at the moment. I think I have three more of those yet to post!

If time permits, and I still have internet access, I will write a few lines and post them.

Since I don't have any new links for you today, check out links on other blogs. You might be surprised to see the things that interest them. Sometimes it's related to their own work and sometimes not.


Friday, October 21, 2011

Canadian Talent # 1

I've decided to dedicate the next couple of posts to listing some of our Canadian textile/fibre/stitching artists. I think it would be well worth your while to check them out.
More to come.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Skinny Taste Recipes

I was catching up on Face Book and one of my friends recommended Skinny Taste Recipes. I had a quick look and it looks promising. I realize this site isn't about textile art related 'stuff', but we all have to eat and if it tastes good as well as been low fat - then it's ok!  The photo shows a super moist low fat chocolate cupcake.

Check out one of my previous posts for cup cake related stitching.


Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Paint Sticks

Have you ever played with oil paint sticks? Check out Cedar Canyon Textiles for information about this product and where to get them. I have a few sets of the paint sticks as well as some of the rubbing plates. However, I haven't spent much time playing with them. They do have lots of potential for adding decoration to fabric. Cedar Canyon Textiles blog has a wealth of information about this product.
Here are some sites to check out:

Monday, October 17, 2011

3 Creative Studios

The side bar link on my blog to 3 Creative Studios is active again. By accident, I discovered that the old link wasn't working. This site is the virtual studio for Terri Stegmiller and Vicki Welsh. Each month they feature a guest artist. For October, artist Monika Kinner-Whalen introduces thread sketching.

Here are a few more links featuring Thread Sketching:
Quilting Arts
Nancy Prince
Kelli Nina Perkins
Elysian Studios
Kathleen Creates
Brown Paper Packages
Ingrid Whitcher
Judy Alexander
Daily Craft


Saturday, October 15, 2011

3-D Felting

A few posts ago, I wrote about felting with Caroline Lindsay from the UK. Well, I finally finished the two pieces I did. On the green vase, I put on decorative yarns and seed beads. The bowl has decorative yarns but instead of using beads, I created some French knots using metallic yarn. I am pleased with the results of these two pieces.

Friday, October 14, 2011


I was on the fifth floor of the Parmount Building yesterday. Years ago, this building housed one of the old movie theatres in downtown St. John's. During a storm, its roof collapsed and was thus abandoned for a long time. Now it has a new lease on life and is turned into office space. The view from the top is spectacular! However, I had to be content to take my photos through the glass window.  As you can see, there are some interesting houses in the downtown core.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving Canada!

Time flies these days! I'm a tad late wishing Happy Thanksgiving to all Canadians. Also a special thank you to all the followers of my site (those who have joined and those who have my blog book marked). You are much appreciated. To celebrate Autumn, here are some related quilting and stitching projects to keep you busy:
  • The Painted Quilt has quite a few free seasonal projects. They have a freebie each Friday. Check out their past ones.
  • Accuquilt has an Autumn Applique Wall Hanging. Just download 12 free quilt patterns here. Scroll down to find the wall hanging.
  • Quilt Inspiration has lots of stuff! I'm not into Halloween but for those of you who like to go spooky, check it out. Use Internet Explorer as Firefox doesn't show all the photos!
  • Quilted Autumn Decor can be found at Fabric Flair. Click the photos to get your downloadable patterns.
  • Harvest Traditions from McCall's Quilting is a lap quilt to try.
  • Combine stitching and quilting with this Autumn Welcome Banner from Free Patterns


Sunday, October 2, 2011

Felting with the Embroidery Gals

Caroline Lindsay was teaching day two of the felting course to some of the St. John's Embroidery Guild members today. I dropped in at lunchtime to see what they were doing. Here are photos of the pieces. As you can see, different threads, ribbons, leaves and bits of fabric, were embedded into the felt. Several already had some hand stitching started.


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