Monday, July 30, 2012

3 Dimensional Fiber Art: A Taste of Italy

Thought I might share a piece in progress. I don't normally post until a piece is complete but this one is kind of growing on me. It is a 3 Dimensional Cafe with a private residence in the back. It kind of has that old world feel. The house is made of quilted fabric. Here again, I chose to use ethofoam because it is durable and will not crack like styrofoam. I attached a flower box at the top and tacked the vines at various places such that
they are allowed to drape over the edge. There is a side wall that allows for smaller clay pots to rest. The clay pots have flowers made of painted seashells. Down below, I have created a larger flower pot with shrubs. To the left is a large flower pot with foliage and flowers. The photo on the right shows a view from the side. The back of the cafe provides a private entrance to a small but somewhat extravagant home. I have added a trinket on the left side of the back door as a wall sconce. As I mentioned earlier, this piece is still in progress and I hope to add a small tree in the back.  
I would like to string lights throughout the tree and the whole entire piece both front and back to add an element of surprise. I think it might look pretty cool as a nightlight for a little girl's room.  Funny as this is so different from anything else I have created. I had originally planned to make a house but somehow this piece has evolved into what you see here. It is almost as if it had a mind of  it's own and guided my hands to its making. Some pieces, I suppose are just meant to be born. Thank you for stopping by. Please leave me a comment. I would love to hear from you! 

Monday, July 23, 2012


Mariposa was completed for the Touch of Gold Austin Fiber Artists group exhibit. The show will be held at the Arts of Rural Texas Ross Gallery in Fayetteville, TX on August 1-23, 2012. Opening reception is August 4th from 5-7PM. Everyone is invited to attend.  Mariposa measures 8X8 and is set on a 10X10 painted canvas. The background was quilted on a piece of hand dyed cotton. The branches are composed of upholstery fibers and hand dyed lace. The leaves are created as discussed in a previous post,  and are machine appliqued in a 3 dimensional manner such that they rise off the surface, creating a canopy effect. The flowers are composed of painted and heat distressed lutradur and are tacked down strategically such that they are allowed to come forward. The butterfly was soft sculpted and painted with acrylic and 3Dimensional paints to convey the pattern in the wings. This piece was a pleasure to make and will be in search of a new home at the upcoming show along with three other pieces, Amethyst Garden, Margaritaville and Moon Shadow. If you are in the area, please stop by and say hello. we would love to see you!  For more information, please visit 

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Rituals Exhibit Opening at IQF in Long Beach

I am so jazzed that the new Dinner @ 8 "Rituals" exhibit curated by Jamie Fingal and Leslie Tucker Jenison will be premiering at the International Quilt Festival in Long Beach, California this Friday, July 27-29, 2012. The show is sponsored by Moore's Sewing Machine Center and Havel’s Sewing  . Dinner @ 8 Artists include
Frances, Holiday Alford, Betty A. Amador, Susan Bleiweiss, Loris Bogue, Deborah Boschert, Laurie Brainerd, Paula J. Chung, Gerrie Congdon, Joanell Connolly, Cindy Cooksey, Jane Davila, Barb Forrister, Terry Grant, Desiree D. Habicht, Diane Hock, Lisa Kijak, Lyric M. Kinard, Susan Fletcher King, Pamela P. Klebaum, Sherry D. Kleinman, Susan Brubaker Knapp, Jane LaFazio, Carol A. Larson, Jayne Larson, Linda Teddlie Minton, Susie M. Monday, Jeannie P. Moore, Rachel K. Parris, Judy Coates Perez, Yvonne B.Porcella, Karen L. Rips, Cynthia St. Charles, Julie Schlueter, Gayle Simpson, Sarah Ann Smith, Virginia A. Spiegel, Larkin Jean Van Horn, Terry Waldron, Kathy York, Jamie Fingal and Leslie Tucker Jenison.  If you are not able to see the show in Long Beach, it will also travel to Houston, IQF in the fall and Cincinnati, Ohio next spring. The exhibit has also been published and you can preview and order a copy at . For more information, please visit . Hope you all enjoy the show. Can't wait to see it!

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Applying Color and Design to Cloth

Applying Color and Design to Cloth
Hello, I have been asked to create a slide show on Applying Color and Design to Cloth. This show is meant to provide an overview to dyeing, painting and inking. It does not cover all aspects but instead provides an insight as to when various medias and their techniques can be used. Special thanks to Cynthia Wenslow for her kindness, patience and technological saavy in uploading this presentation.
However, I am having difficulty uploading this show in Blogger. If you would like to see this presentation, I invite you to visit Thank you for your patience and understanding.