Around The World Blog Hop

December 1st, 2014

Thank you Laura for asking me to participate in this Around The World Blog Hop! I met Laura a couple of years ago while we were both teaching at the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show.

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Laura Wasiloski’s  approach to her art has similarities to mind. We both love color and texture.  Learn about her fun approach to design and her layering process which includes hand stitching on her blog and then check out her Craftsy class.

Twelve years ago I was introduced to hand-dyed wool. I have never look back! It became my staple medium for my design process.  What I love about it is the depth and texture it achieves when hand and machine stitched. My other love is Folk and Outsider Art. Having grown up in South Africa the art and vibrant colors of Africa has always been in my heart.

My work is a layering process where I use a wool background and layer my images with many layers of textural fabrics. The first layer would be the wool background, the second layer would be layering up the images until I achieve an appealing look, and the third layer is layering with embellishment stitching using a broad range of textural fibers.

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Currently I am working on a series of small repetitive designs called ‘Journey Cloths’.  I have gained much insight working through this series.  They has pushed my creativity,  instead of stitching a single image I have had to create multiples using different stitches and techniques. Also using multiple color palettes which all have to work together. It has been a great study in color. I am now working on my 10th pieces.

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I have become totally intrigued with the dimension and texture I achieve by embroidering around the edges and the surfaces of appliqué especially using a wool background. It adds great character to the image, as well as, makes them very dimensional and textural.

My first technique book ‘Creative Stitching’ has 50 of my favorite stitches with many illustrations showing the use of stitches around and on appliqué. As well as, an invaluable section of needles and threads. In my second technique book, ‘Creative Texturing’, I documented my design process from start to finish. ‘Creative Texturing’ also includes other elements to add to your work and an updated needle chart and additional embellishment threads. I am a self taught embroiderer these books share all my tricks that I have learnt along the way.

My Craftsy Class ‘Embroidering Texture and Dimension by Hand’ gives you a close up view of many of the stitches and threads I use in my work.

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My love for traveling has led me on some amazing adventures. To share my love of hand embroidery all over the world. Check out my calendar and keep up with my blog to see where I am next!

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Now I would love you to meet the next three artists in the Around the World Blog Hop. Each are talented friends with unique talents. They are Jen Kingwell,  Kori Tuner Goodhart and Valori Wells Kennedy.

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Jen Kingwell of Jen Kingwell Designs, has been an advocate and at the for front for the revival of hand piecing and quilting. Her love of an eclectic mix of fabrics in every project is highlighted by her recently released range of fabric “Gardenvale” for Moda which will be in stores in April 2015. The quilting world is also eagerly awaiting FW media’s release of Jen’s new book “quilt lovely” in March 2015.

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Kori Turner Goodhart, Owner of Olive Grace Studios is a  pattern and design company as well as a little quilt shop.  Kori’s style is somewhere between traditional and modern  with a hint of vintage and whimsy. Most of her designs are  pieced cotton patchworks and hand embroidery! Kori’s goal  is to help people feel as inspired to create as she was and  still  is by the people that she loves.

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Val Wells Kennedy is an artist.  She designs textiles, create patterns for quilts, clothing and accessories. She loves to silk  screen and  block print on fabric, adding painting and  embroidery. Her work is all about color and texture.

Have fun exploring all the creativity! Jen, Kori and Val will be posting on December 8th so don’t forget to mark your calendars.

Creative Stitching

Sue

2015 Block of the Month ‘Folk-Tails’

October 1st, 2014

IT’S FINALLY HERE!!! Sue’s 2015 Block of the Month sign-ups are underway!!! Don’t miss out on your opportunity to participate in next years ‘Folk-Tails’ Block of the Month!! LIMITED SPOTS AVAILABLE. Sign-ups through the website only!

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Rocky Mountain Quilting Adventures – Steamboat Springs CO

September 6th, 2014

Great students, host, coordinator, location and creative energy! What else could a girl want. I have just spent 4 days teaching at David Taylor’s retreat in the lovely town of Steamboat Springs, CO.
Each student started their own ‘Travel Journal’ quilt piecing and layering then appliquéing their story. We also spent a whole day learning a bunch of embellishing stitches.
Phyl brought her lovely Bird Dance quilt to share along with her circle pillow she started on my Alaskan Cruise.
Thanks to all my lovely students, David and Sheri for such an inspiring few days.
Creative Stitching
Sue

Teaching, travel and color

September 1st, 2014

Life has been very full.
Filming for Craftsy, Kelly and I where fortunate to take a week long class from my friend Gwen Marston, I taught at The Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show, MISA, Quilt Odyssey, To a private group in my studio, Wendy and I took my mom on an Alaskan Cruise and moving Aimee back in school as she is perusing a masters in Non Profit. As it has been hard to keep up I am going to highlight some of the colorful moments of the past few months.

Thanks for joining me on my journey. Today I arrived in a Steamboat Springs to teach for David Taylor at his Rocky Mountain Quilting Adventure. I am so looking forward to this creative week in the mountains.

Keep popping back to see the progress of my students ‘Travel Journals’
Creative Stitching
Sue

 

Craftsy

August 26th, 2014

I am so excited to have done a series of classes for Craftsy which have just launched today!
 Click here to receive 25% off my classes today! 

Click here for information on my Butterfly Sampler kit available online!

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Thistle Dew Quilting Shoppe – Fair Oaks, CA

July 20th, 2014

Sorry for the silence. I have been very busy teaching and have found it hard to keep up with my blog.
In early June I taught two three day classes at Thistle Dew which is owned by the lovely Phyllis. Each student working on my Flower Vase class. We had so much fun making fun flowers,stems and leaves. Many adding great fibers and stitches.

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Thistle Dew has a wonderful wool club which is headed up by Judy Cummings who does an amazing job of teaching my techniques. It was very special as all the students shared there amazing pieces with me.

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It was a great visit thanks to all for making me feel so welcome
Creative Stitching
Sue

Mt Sibillini National Park in Mâché, Italy

June 22nd, 2014

I just returned from an amazing few days which I shared with my Dad and sister. After my class in Orvieto we rented a car and drove to Mt Sibillini National Park in Mâché. We spent 6 days exploring the area and enjoying all that Mâché has to offer. It is a beautiful area with mountains and valleys and great hill towns.

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Creative Stitching
Sue

And a little more of Orvieto, Italy

June 12th, 2014

I thought I would share some pictures that I find really inspirational. Orvieto is loaded with texture and layers and I find myself dreaming of endless ways to incorporate these ideas into my work. If you are looking for a way to stretch your creativity this is the adventure for you. I will be returning to teach in the fall of 2015. Contact Bill or Kristi at Adventures in Italy for details.

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Creative Stitching
Sue

A little more of Orvieto

June 6th, 2014

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Our Stitching week in Orvieto

June 2nd, 2014

We had a great week stitching and creating. All the gals designed a piece incorporating images they loved. Ene loved the arched door ways so she created a piece with a textural background using images of the Duomo and then incorporated a branch using her inspiration from the arched door ways. She added a ‘Sue Spargo Bird’ as she put it which she will embellish with colorful threads and fibers.

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Christine loved some of the graphic images like the Fleur de Le and the tree which is a family image that represents one of the four quadrants of Orvieto. She incorporated these on her textural background and then embellished with couched branches using gimp and French knots.

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Julie loved the doors to the Duomo. She designed a lovely vase full of flowers using the door image as her flowers. She added cedar trees and plans to add an arch and an image of a bird she saw in the Duomo. She will be adding many layers and stitching to her flowers.

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Julia loves Orvieto as this was her second visit. Her texternal background was centered with a layered heart and she plans to add a bird and butterflies. She really enjoyed seeing how her center circles were coming to life with the textural stitching.

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Jean decided to make a small fabric journal of all the images she loved pistachio gelato, images of the lighting, hand made journal, olive wood wine rack and scenery.

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It was a lovely group of like minded people some taking my class and others enjoying the Taste of Orvieto trips. Kristi and Bill are fabulous and really set the lovely tone for the week
Will share a few more pics in my next blog
Creative Stitching
Sue