Needleturn Applique with WonderFil Invisafil

New tutorial video from WonderFil using Invisafil thread. I’m always interested in hand work – so much is done with machine now in the quilt world. Got nothing against beautiful quilts made quickly but the meditatitive and tactile benefits are lost when sitting behind the wheel of a sewing machine or long arm quilter. Picking up a needle and thread is good for the soul….!

Have a look at the video – https://youtu.be/gAo4NG53rVs

Visit to Shipwreck Beads

Well. I paid my first visit to Shipwreck Beads in Lacey, WA. A long road trip with friends but sooooooo worth it. Since I moved to the Portland area I’ve been dying to go to the fabled store.

Having been to the Bead & Button annual show several times I knew wandering around the store aimlessly wouldn’t work. So I put together a list of delicas, findings, and certain beads which would work with various projects laid in heaps on my worktable.

And, of course, this meant leaving plenty of space in my budget for ‘things I did not know I needed’…… of which there were a few!

Somehow 3 hours went by and I swear it was only a couple of minutes. Well, my bag of goodies looked small, but oh so powerful. And expensive….

But lovely, and I can get going on a couple of ideas immediately.

Needless to say, though I will, it is so worth visiting bead stores just to get an idea of what’s out there. And to bring home some exciting products which get your juices flowing and back to the drawing board.

Cube Bracelet

Cube bracelet by Rose Rushbrooke

Cube bracelet by Rose Rushbrooke

I made a square stitch checkerboard bracelet a while ago and had quite a few larger cubes in my stash. Which is why this simple gold and neutrals bracelet got made as the look is quite classic.

I only found it a few days ago and now I wear it every day. I know – I’ll get bored soon and there’ll be another bracelet adorning my wrist soon, but until then I’m enjoying being so sophisticated!

Coral Pendant necklace

Coral Pendant beaded necklace by Rose Rushbrooke

Coral Pendant beaded necklace by Rose Rushbrooke

This pink/coral coloured pendant was lurking in my stash. There was a clever bail design I wanted to try out, a chain pattern which looked useful; so pendant, bail, and chain all came together nicely.

The chain is 24 inches long, made with glass seed beads, the bail incorporates Swarovski pearls and the pendant is pink glass and approximately 1 1/4 inches by 7/8 of an inch.

Portland Bead Society Traveling Library Show 2017

Portland Bead Society Traveling Show 2017 Tigard Libary

Portland Bead Society Traveling Show 2017 Tigard Libary

Each year the Portland Bead Society garners beautifully made beaded pieces from our members and these artworks can be seen in a variety of libraries around the area. This is a picture of the show mounted at Tigard library, Oregon. You can see a slideshow of the display on the PBS website.

WonderFil Spagetti – 2 new colours in store

Aqua WonderFil Spagetti solid color thread - 100% Egyptian cotton 12wt 400 meter spool SP444

Aqua WonderFil Spagetti solid color thread – 100% Egyptian cotton 12wt 400 meter spool SP444

Bright Aqua WonderFil Spagetti solid color thread - 100% Egyptian cotton 12wt 400 meter spool SP445

Bright Aqua WonderFil Spagetti solid color thread – 100% Egyptian cotton 12wt 400 meter spool SP445

WonderFil have added some more colours to their popular cotton thread. Here are 2 of them: Aqua and Bright Aqua.

A good, strong thread which lays on top of your fabric and adds another dimension to your quilt.

Reversible Gladiator Cuff by Hummingbeads

Reversible Gladiator Cuff

Reversible Gladiator Cuff

How many times do you hear people tell you they started a project years ago and still haven’t finished it? UFO’s I believe they are called – or Unfinished Objects. Hmmph.

Well I am certainly one of the people who says this. As the Reversible Gladiator Cuff can attest to. This was begun several years ago at a Bead and Button class given by the Hummingbeads Sue Jackson and Wendy Hubick. I loved the idea of getting 2 bracelets for the price of one. And I alao thought it was a very clever pattern.

Down the road I’m just glad I finished the blasted thing. It seemed to go on forever with lots of little components. Fiddly sew on snaps etc. I really couldn’t believe it when it was done. And I almost still can’t believe it when I see it on my wrist!

I would say quite honestly it’s a classic piece of jewelry and can be worn with anything, anywhere. Worth making the effort as you’ll probably use it a lot.

The reverse side looks like this:

Reverse of Reversible Gladiator Cuff

Reverse of Reversible Gladiator Cuff

And both sides opened up:

Reversible Gladiator Cuff opened - pearls

Reversible Gladiator Cuff opened – pearls


Reversible Gladiator Cuff opened - crystals

Reversible Gladiator Cuff opened – crystals

The worst part was sewing the snaps into the band. Phew. Hard work. But it makes a nice concealed clasp and boggles my mind how it works – but it does. Sort of like one of Eschers paintings…..

Here’s the clasp:

Sew in snap clasp

Sew in snap clasp

You might want to make one of these yourself, in which case hie on over to Hummingbeads and email for a kit.

Hedy Campbell – 2 ISLANDS – Life in Paradise Exhibition

Cheez Whiz

Cheez Whiz

More than 20 years ago I lived on an island in the Caribbean. Last weekend these islands were devastated by Hurricane Irma. Barbuda was where my now husband taught me to snorkel. We sprayed Cheez Whiz into the water. Yes, weird I know but it attracts fish.

I met and married David in Antigua. While we still lived there we went through several major Hurricanes and watched the destruction of property and the appalling looting which took place in the aftermath. Always makes me sad to think we harbour such revolting characteristics in our nature. Fortunately there are also those who don’t descend into depravity. There are people who put their best foot forward and help to re-built homes, infrastructure, and lives, and thank goodness they exist. David and I spent a very long 3 days in our neighbours house waiting for Hurricane Luis to move off the island. We married shortly after as we felt we needed a party! People were so generous, offering Harmony Hall for our wedding and reception.

Harmony Hall, Brown's Bay, Antigua, West Indies

Harmony Hall, Brown’s Bay, Antigua, West Indies

Hedy Campbell and I became friends while we lived there. She taught me much about art and life, though she may not know it. We both exhibited at Harmony Hall. They have an excellent Art Gallery. In fact, I had my very first solo exhibition there which is an incredible memory. I sold all but one of my paintings during my reception which was gratifying.

Textile artwork by Hedy Campbell

Textile artwork by Hedy Campbell

Hedy still vacations in Antigua every year. I haven’t been back since I married. However, Hedy and I keep in touch. We both continue our art careers and like to follow each other’s progress and change. Hedy’s work still reflects the warmth and Caribbean style she developed. Above is a picture of the sweetest textile piece incorporating a tiny Caribbean coloured sweater!

Dancing Rasta by Hedy Campbell

Dancing Rasta by Hedy Campbell

Recently Hedy sent me an Artscene article from the Prince Edward Arts Council. A terrific write up on her exhibition at the John M Parrott gallery in Belleville, Canada. I’m always charmed with images of her work and the picture they chose to represent her show doesn’t disappoint. A lovely Dancing Rasta floats across the canvas. Hedy tells me she intends wearing the same outfit when she gives her artist talk.

Love it.

Hedy works from her studio in Picton, Ontario – Rose Cottage Studio and Gifts. She has a delightful colouring book available – An Artist’s Garden.

An Artist's Garden, colouring book by Hedy Campbell

An Artist’s Garden, colouring book by Hedy Campbell

Beading Classes with Nancy Eha

I just got a note from the Houston Quilt Festival with a listing of beading classes they are offering. This is something which appeals as several of my quilts incorporate beading – eg. Sheep’s Eyes has quite a few bits of beading stitched into the design,

Detail of Sheep's Eyes by Rose Rushbrooke

Detail of Sheep’s Eyes by Rose Rushbrooke

and so does River Fish.

Detail of River Fish by Rose Rushbrooke

Detail of River Fish by Rose Rushbrooke

These are earlier examples of beading on my quilts. As I got more into beadwork itself I began adding more elaborate pieces of beadwork such as the bevelled ammonites in Pebble Plants,

Detail of Pebble Plants by Rose Rushbrooke

Detail of Pebble Plants by Rose Rushbrooke

and the jewelry components in Subterranean Spiral.

Subterranean Spiral by Rose Rushbrooke

Subterranean Spiral by Rose Rushbrooke

Detail of beaded component from Subterranean Spiral

Detail of beaded component from Subterranean Spiral

I did take a class with Nancy Eha a few years ago. It was the Beaded Kaleidoscopes which was quite clever as the design was elevated so the beads stood above the cloth.

Beaded Kaleidoscopes by Nancy Eha

Beaded Kaleidoscopes by Nancy Eha

This year she is offering a class on Beautifil Beaded Butterflies which looks like something which would work well for any beaded motif on a quilt.

Beautiful Beaded Butterflies, workshop by Nancy Eha

Beautiful Beaded Butterflies, workshop by Nancy Eha

Exhibition of Quilts by Libby Lehman at the National Quilt Museum

When I began quilting erm……. many years ago, Libby Lehman was one of my heroes. I loved her ribbon quilts and even went so far as to experiment with her technique in my April Journal Page. Not nearly as clever as her artwork but an interesting concept I wanted to try.

As the Quilt Museum remarks – her quilts are based on spatial illusions which I am very fond of and am trying out in my Anamorphic quilts. Mine are more trick the eye illusions whereas Libby’s work is 3-dimensional. But we both love fooling the viewers perceptions.

Sadly, Libby suffered a devastating aneurysm and stroke which she is still recovering from and I am delighted the Quilt Museum are honouring her work with this lovely exhibition entitled ‘Joy’. The exhibition is on until October 17th, 2017.

Escapade by Libby Lehman

Escapade by Libby Lehman

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