Carol's Quilting Adventures

11. Jan, 2021

I have been following UK artist Cas Holmes and her art work amalgamating momigami and fabric and nd other found materials. This is my interpretation of that tpe of work. I recycled Christmas wrapping paper and scrunched it up several times in the momigami way to break up the fibres and make them stron enough to take stitching. These were then laminated onto an old drop cloth - parts of the drop cloth - the darker portion on the right hand side - were left uncovered. I adde some grey organza and some curtain lace. Ontop of the organza a sketched a rough outline of Queen Anne's Lace and then free machine sketched the image in heavier 40 weight black cotton. to give some weight to the base, I added a strip of darker fabric collections from an earlier project. I thin free machine stitched the surface with figure of eight scribble stitch in standard sewing thread. I do not often work with a red palette but the Christmas wrap dictated the colours of this. It was an interesting experiment and quite different to mu usual style of working although in recent months I have been concentrating of eco art with recycled, repurposed or reused materials that would normally go to the dump

18. Nov, 2020

This was an experimental piece using Haf Weightons process of heat transferring photos onto the substrate and then stitching into them. It also has laminated paper towel embellishments around the buildings, thermofax printing top and bottom and is extensively free machine quilted. I used an acrylic substrate but do not think I would do this again as it created a number of problems with the free machining. I wanted to record the era of the family farm being over taken by a more corporatised form of agriculture. Many of the components in this quilt are highly symbolic. The butterflies are a cross cultural connection related to endurance death and life. In the Christian ideology they often refer specifically to the crucifixion. The swirling spirals machined into the upper level are not the benign swirls of the koru but more akin to the spirals of van Gogh representing a path that buffets us and cannot be controlled. In some ways it is pertinent to have made this quilt in these days of Covid when its aftermath cannot be controlled in most of the world

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27. Aug, 2020

Here it finally is. it must be four years since i wanted to try this technique and there have been a few bumps along the way but finally t is finished. I found the little tree of life emblem at Spotlight and decided that made a nice, subtle addition to the centre. I have learnt to us the longer pine needles of the Ponderosa pine (there is one in Brooke Park) and how to create the windows - both standard and inverse. My weaving "lines" are probably not as straight as a competent pine needle weaver might make but that will come I am sure. I have learnt to turn the pine needles so the shiny side of the needle is out so it has this lovely soft gloss to the creation. I am going to try a similar thing using bull rushes that I collected with a friend up North at the very beginning of this journey. It is a slow meditative process so will be a while before i complete that creation. I have also continued to work on the little basket with the bead inserts. The basket is almost finished but I now need to make a lid for it

26. Aug, 2020

When visiting Julie Booth's site from the Stitch Club weekly challenge I found she also had some stuff on wrapping stones. This lead me to look for more information and I found some info on Maori fishing stone wrapping and realised that some of the pounamu we sell at work has this same wrapping around the top of the greenstone. This is my first attempt so not very even. Further research brought forth some work by Susanna Bauer whose website I haven't visited in a while. She does the most amazing stitching on leaves and has been one of my go to people for that technique