Monday, 7 July 2008

Nifty Needles

A miserable cold and wet day today was spent warmly inside with a group from the Embroiderer's Guild learning how to work small woven images on fabric, following the ideas of English textile artist Hilary Hollingsworth who has been featured several times in Stitch magazine. It is a fairly simple technique, time consuming but gives great results. No pictures yet as my little landscape has not been finished, but I will post a photo when it is complete. In the meantime check out her website and you will get and idea of what her work is like.

I see that Cecile from Unique Stitching is running another Art Quilt Challenge to raise funds for the NSW Cancer Council, and this time the theme is to do a self portrait, 10-12 inches square. I did the self portrait below for the Southern Cross Quilter's Retreat in Bendigo in 2007, but it will not suit this competition as it is too big - the quilt, not just the bottom! There is a portion of the piece I did for last year at the top of this page. It is still travelling, having been to the Australian Quilt Convention in February, and then to Townsville, Perth and Sydney. It will soon be back in Melbourne for the coming Craft and Quilting Show this month and them comes home. I look forward to seeing it again.

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