Saturday, May 30, 2015

Lilacs in Textile

'Lilacs in Textile'
One of my textile cards available at the Fernie Art Station, in Fernie, BC. Myself and two other artists are just back from our Art Show opening. It was a lovely time in Fernie.
We have just finished hanging this wall. Lots of work selecting just the right painting for each space.

I am standing in front of two of my hand dye painted paintings and my textile cards.
Laura Leeder and Win Dinn the other two artists in the show posing in front of the Fernie Art Station
Food all ready for the opening
More yummy food.
A couple of hours of delightful looking and interacting at the 'On the Wall-Off the Wall' art show opening.
 Of course we visited other artist's galleries while in Fernie. Louise Hilliard was manning the shop at 'Everything Angela'  Louise is a seamstress who sews fabric with Angela Morgan's images on it into incising items. Lots goes into the work of an artisan and it was fun discussing the design of a new hand bag with Louise. Click  here to find more information about this talented seamstress.

We also went to visit the Eye of the Needle and Fernie Forge Studio and Gallery.

Flo Barrett, award winning costume designer and seamstress here at the Eye of the Needle Studio and Store is holding up a twig fronted corset that will be part of a series for a photo shoot.

We had a lot of fun visiting this studio and enjoyed looking at the work of many talented artisans.  I can highly recommend a visit to Fernie, BC. 

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Fernie, BC Art Show

On the Wall - Off the Wall
The last days are always chaotic getting ready for a show. This week I've been thread sketching 30 textile cards to take to the show 'On the Wall-Off the Wall'. You may not know it but that is a lot. In Yoga last night I noticed my knee was sore probably from running the foot petal through those miles of thread! Who knew this could even happen?  
Here are my favorites. Do you have a favorite?

If you are near Fernie, BC, please come and check out the new show coming to Arts Station Gallery.

On the Wall - Off the Wall

works in Mixed Media, Textiles & Water Colours
by Win Dinn, Eileen Gidman & Laura Leeder

Opening Reception: Thursday, May 28 from 7 to 9 p.m.
Exhibit Continues Until: Tuesday, June 23

Win Dinn constantly experiment with techniques, following the 'What if's'. Her paintings are
colourful, rich with texture and layers, and range from the whimsical to the deep. She believes
that in mixed media, as in life, there are no mistakes; there are only opportunities to move in a
new direction. Find out more at

As a watercolour and textile artist who likes to paint from life, Eileen Gidman enjoys creating
vignettes that tell a story. She feels at peace in the natural environment and her art subjects
are often of that world, whether landscapes, botanicals or birds.
Her work is available on or follow her

Laura Leeder's paintings have become a way to celebrate the beauty of the Creston
Valley. By combining the local produce with vintage teacups, porcelain,
lace and local pottery she creates paintings that are both timeless and serene.
Her most recognizable paintings are of the teacup series. She painted many
of the pieces in this series for the Creston Museum annual fundraiser tea.
Find her work at:
As I am sure most of you won't be able to attend so I will try to remember my camera and I will try to remember to take some photos to post later. When I am in the spirit of a show opening, I find it hard to remember to do these things but I will try.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Textile Necklace using Hand Dyes

Hand Dyed Textile Necklace

Oh my gosh this textile necklace was fun to make and it feels light to wear.  I was inspired on a recent vacation by another traveler's hand created bead necklaces which were gorgeously unique. And since I 've been wanting to use some of my extra hand dyed fabrics, I put the two ideas together and decided to try making my own necklace today. What else to do with a Sunday afternoon when I should could be weeding the garden!

Completed Textile Necklace
Looking through my stash of hand-dyed light fabric, I found this piece of low immersion dyed 'lawn' fabric. It was 56" long.
I pressed it and ironed over 1 3/4". The seam allowance was a 1/4" leaving 1 1/2" X 2 for a 3" casing which became the necklace. Notice I didn't cut it off the large piece of material before I sewed it in order to avoid distortion of the material as it is a loose weave and stretches easily.
Note: When I make another necklace, I will shorten my stitch length and match my thread so as to not show any stitching when a large bead is inserted into the casing.
 The seam allowance was trimmed to a little over 1/8"
 I turned the piece with a large safety pin.
 I did not press it after turning.
Placing a bead in the end. It needed to be loose enough to move the bead down to the middle. The largest beads which I used in the middle three was a little over 1/2" in diameter.
 Then I tied an overhand knot.
 I added more beads and knots, alternating from side to side. These are the beads I recycled from an old necklace.
 I think it looked quite pretty just tied with a bow and then of course you could adjust the length to what you were wearing it with but I decided for a more sophisticated look and added a clasp.

It was a little tricky to get the tube of fabric through the small metal circle on the clasp but it went. The fabric was pulled through to what length I decided was appropriate for me (about 20"). I double knotted the end and clipped off the excess fabric. You could add a few stitches to ensure it doesn't unknot.

For the toggle end of the clasp, I tied one knot then moved down an inch and tied two knots together. The reason for this was that two knots up by the toggle made it difficult to slip the toggle through the ring of the other part of the clasp.
As you can see I had about 7" to spare so I guess for this length of necklace about a 50" piece would do. I used 19 beads and they got a little smaller in size as they went away from the center. 

The variation in colour of hand dyed fabrics creates an interesting gradation as you go along the necklace. I can't wait to dye up some specific fabric strips with some chosen colour schemes. What about red for the center with orange to gold leading out from each side. So much for just using up some of my current fabric scraps. Have any of you ever included textiles in your jewelry? 

Monday, May 11, 2015

Sketching on European River Cruise

The Wassau Valley is full of vineyards and historical architecture - a sketcher's dream.

Sketching is so rewarding for me and I remember so much more than when I snap a photo. Fellow travelers asked will I be painting from my sketches? Maybe yes and maybe no, but practice is always necessary for keeping eyes and hand working together.

Lamps: So many to styles.

Almost an hour waiting for a Bavarian Parade to start gives me time to lean against a building and sketch what crosses my visual field. What a lot of fun.

Last summer I included 3 horses in a painting and now I am fascinated with learning to sketch them.

Salzburg: Having some time on my own I was able to sketch beside a local artist selling her wares and then to talk with her. Our languages were different but with the similarities in our lives we had much to share. Of course I bought one of her hand painted cards which I will post later.

A few minutes of waiting on the bus gave me enough time to sketch two ladies waiting for their bus.

Sketching 'bits' while cruising on the ship.

Even a fifteen minute break gives you enough time to sketch something of interest from your tour.

Getting to know fellow travelers is always great as they have travel stories to share. Lynn and Don are a couple that inspired us with trips they have taken and they are 80. I was delighted when they sat in front of me so that I was able to capture them in a sketch.

"Yes, yes, I can sketch and listen too."

Sometimes it is difficult to find somewhere to sit with the view you want to sketch. Here I found a pylon to perch on while sketching this busy street scene in historical Budapest, Hungary.