Wednesday 31 October 2012

work delivered

I have just delivered my work to the gallery in Pukekohe for the exhibition that opens on Saturday.
This piece of work has been used on the flyer's which looks great. They are showing  the contemporary side to embroidery as well as the traditional by having some of my work ( about 10 pieces ) hung alongside the guild display. I am doing a artist talk at the opening so people will be able to ask me questions about the work. Viva magazine, which is put out with the main Auckland newspaper are planning to do a short piece about the exhibition next week so that will be great. Its always good to have embroidery seen in mainstream media.

The opening of the Big Quilt Show is on Friday night. I am really looking forward to seeing what the other quilts look like.

Wednesday 24 October 2012

cool close up

I have just finished a goldwork sample for  a class I am teaching next year. The whole piece is not that exciting but will be great for the ladies to learn how to us metal thread. But while I was taking the photo I started playing with the close up ability on my camera. These look much more exciting then the whole thing.

I guess I should give you a picture of the whole thing too!


Monday 15 October 2012

The Face of Helensville

This was the start of a small piece to celebrate Helensvilles' 150th anniversary. Helensville is the small town in New Zealand where I live. 150 years ago, European people came and settled here along side the local Maori.

It is now finished. The shape down the centre of the face, joining the European and Maori sides is the line of the river that flows through Helensville. It is stitched using Long and Short stitch in 1 strand of DMC stranded cotton.

The piece will be on show when I am guest artist for the Counties Embroiderers Guild at their exhibition in Nov. The exhibition will be held at the Franklin Art Centre in Pukekohe from the 3rd of November, not sure when it finishes!

Wednesday 10 October 2012


My big quilt has been selected to be part of the Big Quilt show at Northart. The show will be from Nov 3rd - 23rd. I am really pleased as I was not sure if this was the type of thing they were looking for. One of the selectors was from a gallery in Auckland which has really interesting exhibitions so that makes it even more exciting. It will be really interesting to see what the other quilts are like.

Thursday 4 October 2012

Dying in the lounge

When I was having the tidy up in the studio I found some white silk velvet that I had been moving around for many years. A few ladies from the shop I work at have been using silk velvet on some  wool applique they have been doing so I thought I would dye some for them. The problem is where to put it to dry, well the lounge of course!

I am never sure how my dying will turn out but I was really pleased with the results, some pieces may never make it to the shop!

Tuesday 2 October 2012

Window Challenge

The fabric from the last Colour Quarterly was sprays of flowers printed in a diamond pattern.
I had decided to try to do something with diamonds and then I saw this photo that Kit had taken and the idea was set.

After a few weeks of moving the diamonds around I was happy with the design so here is my window.

Some of the diamonds are pieced and some are just one piece of fabric. The sashing was a challenge so its been good for my brain.