The East Room of the Latimer Quilt and Textiles Center, Tillamook, Oregon
A couple of weekends ago we drove out to Tillamook, Oregon. The town of the fantastic cheese factory. And butter, and ice cream. What a cool place.
On the way I kept noticing signs for the Latimer Quilt and Textiles Center. How did I not know this was so close? My usual head in the clouds obliviousness I suppose. Well, now I know.
This year they exhibited 2 contemporary quilt artists – Barbara Shapel and Larkin Van Horn. I am impressed.
Process by Sara Impey
Many years ago my quilt ‘Summer Haze aka Volcanic Pizza’ was shown at Alexandria Palace in London, UK. My mother and I looked through the catalogue and noticed a familiar name. Sara Impey’s family lived in the area close to my mother’s house. When I went to the exhibition opening I sought out Sara and we remained in touch ever since. Her quilts have lain on my mother’s living room floor while we discussed the design and content. Sara’s work was shown at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. In fact, they have been shown all over the world.
Over time Sara made textile art based on personal issues and social concerns. She made a name for herself with these text based quilts and eventually Batsford publishers asked her if she would consider basing a book on her work. For a while she resisted. She is well aware of the time and effort involved in authoring a book – she was a Times journalist and has first hand knowledge of the publishing world. In the end though, she decided to work on the book.
The book is now published:
Pebble Plants is finished and I am preparing it for mounting on canvas.
The original fractal design is printed on cotton, embellished with beaded ammonites, and hand quilted.
The dragonfly represents the Chaos theory – appropriate for a fractal design.
Village Beads in Multnomah, Portland, Oregon
Nice to have a bead store within walking distance. And they really do have glass containers of beads in the window. It’s very pretty. Not a lot of information on their website but they offer a lot of classes.
Arriving in Portland
We made it all the way across America. It was clear weather all the way…… until we reached Portland, Oregon. I think we would have been disappointed if hadn’t rained. After all, this is what everyone thinks of when they think of the North West.
Anyhow – we are back on track, business as usual etc.
Will be posting my normal textile and beadwork related notes from now on.
We are on our way! Our little car, Mrs Bean, hitched up to the back of a 17 foot truck, is heading to the North West. Short hiatus on the blog posting while we drive over 3000 miles all the way across America from Clearwater, Florida to Portland, Oregon, our new home.
What a trip!
Back in 2013 I took a Masterclass with Marcia deCoster, at the Bead and Button show in Milwaukee. As you probably know, she is a right angle weave queen. Particularly cubic right angle weave.
She came up with a selection of components for us to play with. I particularly liked the geometric look of the curved piece and so went ahead and mirrored and stretched it, and made 2. Along with adding stripes – just for fun.
I do love the colors she chose for each kit. This olive and gold works together and makes for an elegant look. Adding in another of her components I finally designed this fancy necklace with fringe. It’s called Chrysogonum after a creeping ground flower nicknamed Gold and Green.
Here’s a close up of the focal point.
This is a close up of the clasp which is made from another of Marcia’s component designs. The clasp conceals a snap for closure.
The necklace is made with seed beads, Swarovski crystals and pearls. It is around 19 inches long with an additional 6 inches of focal and fringe.
I made a bracelet to match:
Just added to our inventory – a rich, orangy Turkey red 50wt silk thread from YLI.
It comes in a 100 meter spool.
Finally I got around to posting this ombre necklace. It’s been showing itself off at a summer exhibition and I’ve just got it home. In fact, I’ve got a pile of beadwork back so there will be more goodies posted over the next few weeks.
This was made for a pantone color competition. We were given a choice of 3 swatches – all of which were a bit weird. But I rather fancied the emerald, tangerine, and I think, linen swatches. It’s quite a task finding beads with colors which will flow into each other. And then working out how to actually fit them together so they do flow. It’s easy to make a stripe but to blend, not so much.
I used a triple spiral and it made a thick cord. I just kept going until I came back around to the color I started with. The necklace ended up being around 3 foot long. So you can wear it lots of different ways. I mostly wear it knotted as shown above but you could wear it lariat style:
Or wrap it around your neck a couple of times.
You can see the color flow better in this picture:
Here’s another quilting needle from Jeana Kimball’s Foxglove Cottage. And seriously folks, if the maxim – the smaller the quilting needle, the smaller the quilt stitch – is true; then this needle better give you teeny, tiny stitches. Heavens!