Monday, April 4, 2016

Shifting into Neutral - Online Workshop

When we think of neutral colours we often put grey and all the lighter values that black gradation might give us. But did you know there is so much more than just those?

Think of all the soft and delicate sherbet colours, gentle taupes and browns, plus light and pale colours of the wonderful spring we are enjoying right now. Have you wondered how to get those values into your palette of dyed fabrics?

In colour theory, a neutral is  a colour that is neither warm nor cool. Neutral colors result from the combination of two complementary colours (e.g., red and green, blue and orange, and yellow and purple) or by mixing the three primaries together.
Neutrals play an important role in bringing our art to life, they are used to emphasis the structure or form and give the eye a place to rest so that we can return the the art again and see or appreciate more.

Another way of considering a neutral is "minimalistic", that is often why we decorate our homes with neutrals, so that "pops" of colour will show up more, plus neutral colors are easier to match with patterns and many other colors.

Now, do I have your interest? Would you like to learn more about mixing neutrals for your fabric palette? Join me as we explore together different ways of creating wonderful colours in a fun and creative online workshop. The workshop begins April 14th, there is extensive video and print learning, plus an opportunity to meet your fellow classmates and share your experiences.
You can find out more and register here:

Just got a little promo video set up!


Monday, March 21, 2016

When You Don't Have Time!

In my last newsletter I talked about what I was packing art and quilt-wise for a quiet vacation...
One response tugged at my heart strings because the subscriber said that her job and other obligations kept her away from doing what she loved.

Sometimes that just happens....stuff gets in the way....I get it!

I'm not going to write about how to get more into your day....there's dozens of books, web sites, planners and stuff to tell you how to do that!
And now we've heard that "multi-tasking" just doesn't fact it can be down right unhealthy!

So when life happens, can we fit in the "good" stuff? 
Maybe not 
So then what?

First, don't heap another burden on your back - dump the guilt and leave it alone. There will always be wonderful art, just not today, OK?
If you can't create right now, then enjoy the sunset or the opportunity to breathe.....
And dreaming is good, right?

Celebrate other things...or find the art that's in your life today!  It's Daffodil Madness in Victoria right now - 

And its always fun to find art in our food......or food in our art!

And its always a good idea to cuddle with a nice warm someone!
So chill....and know that there will be a time for you!

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Ice Dyeing Revealed! - Registration is OPEN!

Did you miss out on the first chance to take part in my Ice Dyeing Revealed Online Workshop? Well, it's back again, so don't miss out this time!

 In this workshop you will learn:
  • all the supplies that you'll need to make beautiful, one-of-a-kind patterns
  • step by step instructions, both in video and PDF to follow along
  • safe studio habits while working
  • special folding patterns to create amazing designs

You will also have:
  •  access to the classroom for three months 
  • passowrds to download the video
  • sharing opportunity in a private Facebook group
In Ice Dyeing Revealed you can:
  • meet other like-minded dyers from around the world
  • post pictures of your wonderful fabrics
  • ask questions and share ideas
Why wait? Sign up NOW! Space is limited!
Go to: and look for the Ice Dyeing Revealed section.

I am looking forward to seeing YOU in the workshop!

Monday, February 29, 2016

Surprise! - It's Been a Busy Month

There are days when I look back and think...what on earth have I accomplished today? It seems as though the day gets chopped up into tiny pieces and nothing much got finished. Do you have times like that? When I've sat for hours at the computer and never got to my sewing machine, even though I had promised myself that I would!

But if I look at the bigger picture, for the past month, actually quite a lot has been done!
  • I finished up [Insert Here] my first solo show
  • I submitted two pieces to the Coast Collective "Spring Showcase" and was accepted, those are hanging until March 6th, if you get a chance to stop by
  • I'm sending in an application for a Personal Development Grant
  • I'm teaching an online workshop right now
  • I'm in the midst of "Shifting into Neutral" a new studio workshop

  • I sent out two newsletters during February
  • I've got the courses selected for a new teaching opportunity at the Vancouver Island School of Art - more about that later
  • I taught and lectured to a great guild in Bellingham

  • I've been doing more ice dyeing
  • I've submitted a new article to Quilting Arts magazine
  • I've been hanging out with my grandsons - we've been planning a fairy garden
  • I taught one grandson to use Pinterest - that might come back to bite me!
  • I have a wonderful reunion with the "old" staff and teachers that used to work with me at Satin Moon Quilt Shop!
  • I've Skyped twice with my Accountability Partner
  • I've set up and new Budget and Expenses system - with some help from the invaluable Val!
  • I've been using Instagram a lot more this month
  • And the best part of the month was getting the first copies of my new DVD - Fabric Embellishments with Colour, Surface Design and More! 
 So really, why do I think I didn't get much done? Why not try listing everything you've done this month? I think you might surprise yourself!

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Art Every Day!

Are you like me and have far better intnetions than actually happen? Do you want to get into a regular habit of sketching, drawing, creating? When I go into my studio, I want to make something, but often I gravititate towards my computer.....and then time passes and the art doesnt get done!

Well, I thought i might share my frustrations with others and see what happens! So I started a Facebook Group titled Art Every Day! Its been great to see others share their art and be enthusiastic about what we are creating...

OK, so I'm still at the computer, not making art but at least I'm learning about art, right???

So I also checked out a couple of websites about Art Every Day and found this one:

Daily Art Fixx began in April 2009 as a way to share art – for education and inspiration. Since then DAF has grown beyond expectations to include artist profiles (both historical and current), most visual art genres, and themes such as Women in the Arts, Art-e-Facts, E-Learning, videos, and more.

Plus the site is by two Canadian women! Cool! They have featured artists, a bit of history, lots of great visuals and a wide variety of mediums shown. There's not much fibre, so will have to work on that! I've signed up for their newsletter, lets see what happens!

In the meantime, why not trot on by to the Art Every Day Facebook Group and see what's happening? Check it out here:

Here's one of my latest Ice Dyed fabrics, because every post has to have a picture, right? Now I'm off to my sewing machine.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

It's All in the Details!

I really should have been paying more attention when groups asked for help to hang a show. I didn't think I needed to learn because someone else was better at it than me.
So when it came time to hang my own show, I realized I'd never done it before.....ooops! But my DH (the tall guy) and my friend, Barb were part of my very wonderful crew, and I couldn't have asked for better and more patient people!
First, I packed my suitcase.... this suitcase once belonged to my grandmother and I keep meaning to "pretty it up", oh well.
I put in everything I thought I'd need:

  • hammer
  • eye screws
  • hanging wire
  • tape
  • sticky stuff for the labels
  • pens and marker
.....but I forgot the measuring tape!

 I folded the larger pieces into fabric so they wouldn't get knocked about:

I did some last minute preparations:

I bought some plants:

 And then we hung the art!

The show looks wonderful, people actually came to see it and I'm thrilled!

It's still hanging til February 2nd, It has to come down by noon, I'm teaching that morning, so 1/2 of my set up crew (the DH) has to take it down! I haven't told him yet, do you think he'll mind?

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

More Ice, More Beauty!

I've been doing some more Ice Dyeing, trying to keep up to a wonderful group of students. Here's some of my latest patterns:

Aren't they gorgeous? the secret is working with fabric folded into equilateral triangles..... the top two fabrics are just as vibrant as the bottom one but I took the picture with my iPad and not my phone...

Friday, January 8, 2016

Monday, January 4, 2016

Save the Date....

Keep January 22nd aside on your calendar, because you're invited to my first solo show! Please join me from 4-6 pm and see my new series, entitled [Insert Here] Textile Art Inspired by Structure. Of course you can come anytime to see the pieces, be sure to sign my guest book!


Friday, January 1, 2016

Be Careful What You Ask For!

One of my goals for 2016 was to read more good books! I've always been an avid reader but have found in recent years that I've kinda gotten lazy about finding something to capture me between its pages.
So I went to the best source of all knowledge, Facebook and asked all my friends! Wow, you all amazed me, thank you, thank you! I am now equipped with reading material for the next 12 months and more. Some I'll buy and some I'll look for at the library. One person keep a list on Pinterest to share, great idea and many suggested

So I promised the list to everyone and they are not in any particular order. If you've read the books listed, then look for others by the same author! At the bottom of the list are authors that are recommended by other but not any particular books. I've not vetted them or checked spelling and I didn't look up the authors for books if they weren't provided (I know, I'm not very helpful, sorry!)
Let me know what you think! Enjoy!

Title                                                                       Author
Left Neglected                                     Lisa Genova (Still Alice)
Puny Sorrows                                      Miriam Toews
Ragged Company                                Richard Wagamese
All the Light We Cannot See               Anthony Doerr
Ru                                                        Kim Thuy
The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox    Maggie O'Farrell
Guns, Germs and Steel                       Jared Diamond.
Life after Life                                      Kate Atkinson
God in Ruins                                       same
Road Trip Rwanda by                         Will Ferguson
 914                                                     same
The Girl on the Train                          Paula Hawkins
Boys in the Boat
Shit my Dad Says                                Justin Halpern
What we Keep                                     Elizabeth Berg
Maude                                                  Donna Mobry
Bone River                                           Megan chance
Dreams of Joy                                      Lisa See
The Game of Thrones                          George RR Martin.
Water for Elephants                              Sara Gruen.
A House In The Sky                            Amanda Lindhout.
People of the Book                              Geraldine Brooks
When I Found You
The power of One                                Bryce Courteney
Women's Work: The First 20,000 Years Women, Cloth, and Society in Early Times
A Light Between Oceans
Deep Down Dark
Loving Frank
The Glass Castle.
Old Filth                                              Jane Gardam "
The long way home                            Saroo Brierley
A House in Fez                                   Suzanna Clark
Mao's Last Dancer                              Li Cunxin
Colour                                                  Victoria Finlay
The promise of Iceland                       Kari Gislason
Chocolat                                              Joanne Harris
The Invention of Wings                       Sue Monk Kidd  
Bone Clocks                                         David Mitchell
The Reason I Jump                             Marcus Zusak "
The Book Thief
What the Pilgrim told the Psychic      Jane Christmas
Anne Cleeves                                      Jimmy Perez series set in Shetland Islands
The Saints of The Lost and Found.      T M Causey
The House of Niccolo Novels             Dorothy Dunnett
Big Magic                                            Elizabeth Gilbert.
Marie Bostwick
Three Day Road                                  Joseph Boyden
The God of Small Things                    Arandhti Roy
Never Let me Go                                  Kazuo Ishiguru
The Book of Negroes.
Orenda                                                 Joseph Boyden.
A Tale For The Time Being                 Ruth Ozecki
Second Skin                                         India Flint

Favourite Authors
Margaret Maron, Louise Penny, and Anne Emery
Wanda E Brusetter
Bill Bryson
J K Rowling writing as Robert Galbraith has written a trilogy featuring a detective Cormoran Strike.
Anything by Bryce Courteney, Colleen McCulloch, Tom Keneally
Jodi Picoult
Toni McGee Causey
Henning Mankell if you enjoy Swedish noir,