Anamorphic Roses – morphed perspective art quilt by Rose Rushbrooke

Anamorphic Roses - catoptric perspective, conical mirror placed in center to reflect image

It’s been a while since I’ve made an anamorphic art quilt. The whole concept of morphed perspective is so cool. I love things which fool the eye. Or require you to look again.

The above image shows the quilt with the conical mirror set in the middle. Look hard and you will see how the outside of the quilt reflects into the middle of the cone to form a bunch of roses.

Anamorphic Roses - morphed rose bunch with clear center for mirror

Now look at the quilt without the mirror and you can see there is nothing in the middle circle. Clever eh!

Reflection of rose bunch in the conical mirror.

Here is the mirror reflecting the flowers.

Close up of hand stitched rose and leaves.

And this is a close up of my hand quilting around a rose bud.

A couple more YLI 50wt silk thread spools

50wt Pinky Brown YLI silk thread 100 meter spool #08050wt Pale Aqua YLI silk thread 100 meter spool #10650wt Logan Berry YLI silk thread 100 meter spool #107

More colours in store. Pinky Brown, Pale Aqua, Logan Berry.

That Perfect Stitch by Roxanne McElroy

That Perfect Stitch by Roxanne McElroyOn joining my very first quilting guild all those years ago – my first thought was….. good gawd, you won’t catch me doing any hand stitching. Specially not hand QUILTING. No way.

Just remember – never say never, you will eat your words!

I watched the members create these gorgeous quilts, saw how they enjoyed quilting those tiny, tiny stitches. And thought, mmmm, this looks interesting. Maybe I should give it a try.

For a few months I struggled with different types of needles, a variety of ways to push the needle through the fabric, an assortment of thimbles.

Eventually someone brought in a book to a meeting and reviewed it for our guild library. It was That perfect Stitch by Roxanne McElroy.

I took it home and read it cover to cover.

Then I bought one of Roxanne’s thimbles on the internet. Later I bought another in a slightly smaller size when I went to a quilt show. It’s a good idea to have slightly different sizes as your fingers shrink and swell according to the temperature and how your body is reacting to the world that day.

I have quilted using Roxanne’s method ever since. I don’t get an ache in my shoulder like I did when I used the tip of my finger to push a needle through the fabric. My stitches are not 14 to the inch by any stretch of the imagination but they are even and small. I very much enjoy hand quilting and prefer it to machine quilting (which I am not very good at!).

There are quite a few books out there teaching you about hand quilting – this is the one I find the most useful and certainly changed how I quilted.

Photograph of King Kamehameha, quilt made by Roxanne McElroyThere are several chapters.

• Useful information on all supplies and how to evaluate them: fabric, batting, stitch guide, needles, thread, thimbles, frames and hoops, markers, and other helpful aids.

• The quilting stitch, quilting techniques, and quilting designs. These are accompanied with clear images so you can see how to hold your hand etc.

• A chapter on taking care of your quilts.

• Questions and answers.

• A lesson plan for those of you wishing to teach this method.

• A resource section and some quilting designs you can use.

This is a technique and reference book. There aren’t many photographs of finished quilts though the Hawaiian quilts Roxanne made are lovely to see. There is a small collection of quilting designs you can use at the back of the book. But if you like this method of hand quilting you will find yourself returning to re-read sections and improving on your own work.

Published by The Quilt Digest Press

Unfortunately Amazon.com only has this book for sale by third parties but I urge you to splurge. If you want to learn how to quilt tiny stitches without giving yourself aches and pains – this is the book for you.

Website: That Perfect Stitch

Additional Mettler 50wt cotton threads 164 yard spools

Mettler silk finish cotton 50 weight 2-ply 150 meters 164 yards 9105-1102 (Old no 105-719) OchreMettler silk finish cotton 50 weight 2-ply 150 meters 164 yards 9105-1425 (Old no 105-732) DormouseMettler silk finish cotton 50 weight 2-ply 150 meters 164 yards 9105-0039 (Old no 105-749) Starlight Blue

New colour numbers and names in Mettler 164yd spools of 50wt silk finish cotton. Ochre, Dormouse, Starlight Blue.

Peyote triangle and glass shell pendant necklace

Peyote triangle and glass shell necklace. Beadweaving - seed beads, bugle beads, fire polish glass, and a glass shell pendant. Image copyright © Rose Rushbrooke.

Another piece designed during June Huber’s Masterclass at the 2014 Bead & Button show in Milwaukee, WI. Made with seed beads, bugle beads, fire polish glass, a glass shell pendant and beads from Unicorne Beads, and a hand made clasp.

The colours are easy to wear – so I do, often!

Close up of peyote triangle. Image copyright © Rose Rushbrooke.

Adding more Mettler 60wt silk finish cotton thread

Seagrass Mettler Silk Finish cotton thread 60wt Tex 23 200 meter 220 yard spool 9240-1210 (Old no 240-678)Lemon Frost Mettler Silk Finish cotton thread 60wt Tex 23 200 meter 220 yard spool 9240-1412 (Old no 240-502)Tufts Blue Mettler Silk Finish cotton thread 60wt Tex 23 200 meter 220 yard spool 9240-1464 (Old no 240-498)Bronze Mettler Silk Finish cotton thread 60wt Tex 23 200 meter 220 yard spool 9240-0899 (Old no 240-507)Seaweed Mettler Silk Finish cotton thread 60wt Tex 23 200 meter 220 yard spool 9240-1148 (Old no 240-547)Starlight Blue Mettler Silk Finish cotton thread 60wt Tex 23 200 meter 220 yard spool 9240-0039 (Old no 240-787)Olive Mettler Silk Finish cotton thread 60wt Tex 23 200 meter 220 yard spool 9240-1043 (Old no 240-706)

And yet more newly numbered Mettler 60wt cotton 220 yard spools in the store. Seagrass, Lemon Frost, Tufts Blue, Bronze, Seaweed, Starlight Blue, and Olive.

Craig Wetzel and the Imaginactory

I Thought He Was A Pig by Craig Wetzel

I Thought He Was A Pig by Craig Wetzel

We get some interesting people buying thread from our store. Fishermen, quilters, airplane model makers, musicians and now Japanese bookbinders.

Craig Wetzel’s email caught my eye – what on earth is the Imaginactory? Well, a strange word at least. And, it appears, a strange bird is Craig.

Lovely paintings, in egg tempura. A little used medium but utterly beautiful in execution. His subjects could almost be from a Lewis Carroll world, or even Edward Lear. A pig on a bridge………?

And his writing is after my own heart. A man with a sense of humour, and apparently friends with like minds, such as Amey, who writes amusingly about Craig.

Perhaps you would like to wander around Sycamore Shadows – an imaginary town?

Mettler 50wt silk finish cotton 547 yard spools

Old Tin Mettler Silk Finish Cotton All Purpose Thread 2-ply 50wt 190d 500 meter 547 yard spool 9104-0415 (Old no 104-623)Smoky Blue Mettler Silk Finish Cotton All Purpose Thread 2-ply 50wt 190d 500 meter 547 yard spool 9104-0351 (Old no 104-789)White Mettler Silk Finish Cotton All Purpose Thread 2-ply 50wt 190d 500 meter 547 yard spool 9104-2000 (Old no 104-W2)

Colour numbers and names are changing….. Here are Mettler 547yd spools of 50wt silk finish cotton in Old Tin 9104-0415 (Old no 104-623), Smoky Blue 9104-0351 (Old no 104-789), and White 9104-2000 (Old no 104-W2).

Color by Accident by Ann Johnston

Color by Accident by Ann JohnstonAt some point in your quilting life you will want to play with dyeing your own fabrics. Either because you keep hearing about how others do it and how easy it is. Or because you really, really want to create your own colours for your stash or a particular quilt.

I did it initially because I was curious about the process then I found I really enjoyed coming up with piles of new colours for my quilts.

For several years the kitchen in our Virginia house would be taken over by a mask wearing fiend who spread ziplock bags filled with swirls of colour and scrunched muslin all over every available surface. It made sense to create great wodges of hand dyed fabric in one session because it is a fairly messy and intrusive process. It takes a couple of days – because you are leaving the cooking fabrics overnight and then washing them out the next morning. While my husband was travelling and didn’t need feeding the kitchen was mine! Continue reading

Brown and Crystal bracelet

Brown and Crystal Bracelet. Image copyright © Rose Rushbrooke.

This is a piece I made during June Huber’s Masterclass at the 2014 Bead & Button Show in Milwaukee, WI.

Seed beads and fire polish crystals, finished with a slide clasp. Modified right angle weave – an extremely useful technique.

The bracelet is 7 inches long from end to end.