Thursday, January 30, 2020

Teaching Schedule

Back to teaching a few classes.

Please check this link (teaching schedule) for details. Triangles, quit-as-you-go and squares.

I hope to see you!

Wednesday, January 22, 2020


I've been using found paper in my textile work for many years.  10 years...No....More...20 years.

I made an art piece in 2007 and the entire back was paper!

I have made my own paper adding thread between the pulp layers.

In medieval times, paper was made using rags.

To me, there is a connection between the paper and the textile.

I saw a wonderful exhibit at Artscape Youngplace recently- upstairs near the coffee shop.
(BTW, I am teaching at that Artscape location in February and March. Click here for details)

I love to see stitching in paper.

You need to know what you are sewing with paper because you can't undo it. You can't unpick it. It will leave a series of tiny holes in the paper!

Enjoy the images and image all that gorgeous paper and thread hanging above your head. Dreamy.

(Art work, The Sky is Falling, 2020, by visual artist, Jessica Hiemsha)

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Preparing for a Talk

I am super excited to be the guest speaker at the Peaceful Nights Quilters Guild on Wednesday.

I've been preparing during the last few days, digging out art work and quilts from the cupboards.

It is nice to go through some of the things I haven't seen in a while. Many of my quilts are packed away. All of my art work is rolled up and sits on top of a cabinet.  I never see it.

So it's been a treat to enjoy those pieces.

I am glad to be sharing some of them with the members of the guild.

The theme of my presentation is Inspiration- where to find it and how to translate it.

My presentation is more like a lesson that a talk about me and my work, although the audience will learn about me and the way I work while I speak about the pieces. I want people to go back to their studios inspired and ready to create THEIR work, to have THEIR ideas brought out in textile, be it traditional or contemporary.

This is open to anyone. If you are interested, come along!

Thursday, November 21, 2019

The Story of my Hat

Last night, I attended the Toronto Knitters Guild meeting. Those are always fun and entertaining and I enjoy sharing knitting talk with passionate makers.

A few of us met for dinner beforehand at L'Espresso and one of the knitters showed us her fabulous hat! I made a joke about MY little hat- I'm sure hers took 300 hours to make and mine took 3!

My friends encouraged me to show the item during Show-and-Tell because the beginner knitters in the audience should see some simple works to inspire them.

So my little hat was featured during that segment of the meeting!

I used Lana Grande, a Peruvian Highland Wool distributed by Cascade Yarn. It didn't look that great in the ball but I had used that yarn before for a hat I gave away and it had worked out well so I bought this ball for half the price- yes, Kyle Vey of Vector Knits,  sometimes a good price influences me to buy a yarn.

The candy-cane effect of the yarn (white and grey) looked smashing as it was knit up!

I showed a trick for putting on a pompom.

Insert the two legs of the pompom on either side of the closure hole and run them through a large button. Tie a bow. This helps the pompom from flopping around.

My pompom is a fake fur one...I thought I was being ecological but my daughter who works in fashion in Paris said those are the worst!! Made of plastic, very bad for the environment. I should source out real fur from reputable companies that have their own fur farms and treat the animals in a  humane way.

Well, I am not getting a fur pompom from Louis Vuitton for my $6 hat!

Food for thought, though!

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Umbria, Italy

A few friends and I will be visiting Umbria next summer. We are all artists and we will be collecting ideas for future art works.

Garden where I stay

Walk from the villa to the town 

A few friends sketching on a hot afternoon

Being inspired in Italy! Can't think of anything better.

A collage I made one day after an earthquake!

I've collected ideas from Umbria before. My booklet, shown here, is full of sketches and comments and inspiration to translate into art work, stories, textile work or quilts.

Typical views

Medieval town of Trevi

These pictures were taken by me on a previous visit to Umbria.

Sunday, October 6, 2019

Visiting Verona

Roman bridge, Ponte Pietra

Verona's Adige river and Ponte Pietra

Some of my favourite scenes in Verona. I took those one evening while walking home.

Friday, September 13, 2019

Knitting In Italy

I am really excited about my next visit to Italy!! Ten friends and I are going to Verona and we'll be knitting!

Arena, Verona's Amphitheatre

We'll be mainly in Verona but will visit the Lessinia region, the Valpolicella region and Lake Garda.

Looking forward to it!