Fiber Art Connection-A Brand New Learning Venue

Fiber Art Connection is a brand new learning venue.

This venue will offer a three month session with eight different fiber artists…and I am one of them! I am delighted to be involved with this venture.

The inspirational art I will present features hand stitching including the simply beautiful running stitch. In fact, the banner for this blog is a close up of an area from this exact art piece. Wow!

Week 8- Join Fiber artist, Deborah Babin as she leads you into the world of layered painted fabrics and paper in her class: Zen Wreath-Mixed Media. Learn how to paint interfacing, silk organza and even tissue paper to create mysterious layers that produce spectacular results. Color washes and Deborah’s layering techniques will help you bring new depth and dimension into your own art quilts. The dynamics of the floral wreath mixed media quilt will be your inspiration. Mini projects fill the week and to prepare you to create your version or utilize the patterns provided; make it your own!

The basis for my art-

My inspiration is rooted in the history of cloth; clothing and textiles that have been in our lives from the beginning of time. The various materials made available to civilizations through technologies that evolved permeate our lives. The social significance’s pertaining to cloth and cultures surround us.  I have chosen to honor this history, primarily derived from the history of quilt making.

I believe that: Making art by hand combining applications of paint and stitching on textiles as well as paper invites us to embrace and see textiles as an art form.

Read about all of the artists HERE

WEEK 8-May 3rd.




Zen Wreath 18×18″ double click for a larger image

This composition marks the beginning of my ZEN CLOTH BLOG. This piece conceptualized my experience with the ZEN of hand stitching.  I am delighted to tell you about this here and now have the opportunity to teach the techniques I used to make it.  This piece was made quite a few years ago…probably in 2009. And yet…the techniques are as fresh as they were then….as, I still use them and love them.

The simplicity….that is where the beauty lies. The simplicity of the design, the stitching and the serenity of the over all effect.

Someone recently told me that my work was calming. What a compliment!

Zen Wreath Detail

Please take a moment and check out the FAC website. I think you will be quite amazed to see the talent that is lined up.

Let me know if you have any questions.


Making Bags

I am hooked on making bags from old denim; all colors. Indigo, black and white. I started making them for Christmas presents for each of my three grandchildren. Since December 2013, I have made (including theirs) six with number 7 half done. I am amazed how different each one is.

I have been wanting to post about this but….I am concerned about copying.


What I am making is UNIQUE. Thus, I am showing close ups of the stitching rather than the whole bag.

I am focusing on the design elements and dynamic qualities rather than the style. .

Denim bag #3

Denim bag #3

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This bag is made with old blue jeans.

Embellished with yo-yo’s, lace, velvet insert, appliques and buttons.

The color is first removed with bleach to make  each piece have variations  I was surprised to learn how different jeans produce different colors.

Some of the seams are machine stitched (finished seams) while other sections are overlapped and top stitched (frayed edges).

The denim is painted with acrylic paints using stencils and stamps. Some purchased some I made.

The hand stitching really makes the bag have a rich character accenting some of the painted shapes as will as features.

The recipients have been totally blown away with the finished bag.

I made one of the seven bags for myself. I take it everywhere. It is fabulous and feels more like a garment.

I will show each bag in a separate post over the rest of the week.

In the mean time….I really like this

Vivid Color

I love bold colors!

Here are some examples of some older pieces.

Berries 12x14"

Berries 12×14″











Pathways 14x14"

Pathways 14×14″

All of these, except Pathways, have three layers; art, batting, backing. This makes stitching slower but provides beautiful texture. Pathways has only 2 layers and the edges are left raw. This piece has a completely different look.

I like both. But mainly I LOVE the color.


After many many hours of hand stitching and VERY sore fingers…..I have finished the indigo piece.




This was a very challenging piece because I didn’t like it until the last stages then I decided to add colors to the predominant white and cream color thread. I love indigo for the purity of color. I wanted to stay neutral and let the fabric and thread lead me. I was constantly thinking I should stop but I know that sometimes magic happens when you push through. I tried to decipher what was missing.  I varied the types of threads from pearl cotton fine to medium weight and then added embroidery floss. The indigo looks flat and absorbed the color of the thread. I struggled with which colors to add. I was very tempted to add red or orange and I could see that those colors would not contrast enough. The only colors I thought worked with the whites were golden yellow,turquoise, royal blue and green. Also, I discovered it is very unnatural for me to stitch freely, I constantly refer to previous stitches visually lining them up. I want to work on that tendency.


Comments and observations are always welcome.