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Cheapside Hoard exhibition, Museum of London, England

Cheapside Hoard, salamander

Cheapside Hoard, salamander

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This exhibition is spectacular! The Cheapside Hoard at the Museum of London. I read about it the last time I was in England but didn’t manage to get there. This time around my cousins wanted to go into town so we all went together and exhausted ourselves running around London. Actually, no exhaustion – it was lovely. The weather was good to us, and sitting in the top section of one of the new double decker buses meant we could see all the city architecture.

This salamander ornament is probably the highlight for me. Tiny and exquisite. I’m sure my cousin won’t mind me telling a story on him… he called me over to see this really cool green “caterpillar” not realising at first glance, it had feet!

Set in gold this hat ornament is made with cabochon emeralds and table-cut diamonds. Interesting bits of information – “Tudor and Jacobean hat jewels often expressed the sentiments or the sporting, spiritual and cultural interests of the wearer. The salamander had an emblematic significance since it was thought it could pass through fire without harm by exuding a milky substance which moistened its skin. Fashions in Renaissance jewellery were international and the salamander appears elsewhere, particularly in Spain and as here, in England.”

Cheapside Hoard, emerald clock

Cheapside Hoard, emerald clock

This emerald clock got me too. And my cousin, as he is an avid clock collector. A whole chunk of Columbian emerald crystal….Gosh, is all I can say. Here’s the nitty gritty – “The movement and dial plate are corroded and cannot be raised out of the setting. The dial plate is enamelled in translucent green and the circular gold suspension loop and button securing the movement at the base are set with small emeralds. The suspension loop is set in a white enamelled flower, c.1610. The main body of the case is cut from a single piece of emerald with a lid of facetted emerald. The catch for the lid consists of a gold pin set in the base which passes through a hole in a gold tube set in the lid. The watch has a gold dial overlaid with dark green enamel through which can be seen the engraved design of radiating lines.”

 

 

 

Cheapside Hoard, scent bottle

Cheapside Hoard, scent bottle

And how about this stunning scent bottle? From the Museum of London’s info – “Gold scent bottle enamelled white and set with opaline chalcedony plaques, rubies, spinels and diamonds, with a gold suspension chain. This richly decorated bottle was designed to contain perfume made from flower distillations and spices which were widely used to disguise unpleasant odours. One of Shakespeare’s sonnets refers to a bottle of this type and filled with ‘sumer’s distillation left/A liquid prisioner pent in walls of glass/Beauty’s effect with beauty were bereft.’”

At the exhibition you could open a little door in the wall and smell the scent they used to cover up all the pongs of the day. Don’t want to think about it!

I was very taken with the designs, especially the exceptionally long necklaces which could be translated into beadwork.

We were denuded of our handbags which had to be locked away before entering the dungeon-like exhibition space. All to get you in the mood I presume because the jewelry was displayed under lids of glass and wasn’t going anywhere.

The Museum provided a magnifying glass so you could examine the pieces close up. Sometimes I found myself peering at a dangling pendant, only to realise I was gazing straight into the enormous eyes of the exhibition goer on the other side of the display……

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18th century Dutch Loom

This gorgeous beast is looking for a new home. If you are a weaver, or an antique collector with an interest in eighteenth century artifacts, this loom dating back to 1704 is right up your street.

18th Century loom

18th Century loom

Yes, it can be disassembled, packed and transported – though you will need to organise the process.

The loom comes from Twente (in the east of the Netherlands) and is in good working order. It is in Zeeland at present.

18th Century loom

18th Century loom

Dated detail of 18th Century loom

Dated detail of 18th Century loom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please get in touch with Annelies van de Velde on Tel: + 31 (0)630292805 (a Dutch mobile number). or email schuurtje@zeelandnet.nl.

And if you know of anyone, or any institution who might be interested in this loom, please forward this information and let them know.

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Julia Gorina – bead and fabric jewelry artist

Absolutely brilliant work by Julia Gorina. These are such fabulous pieces of wearable art. And a combination of both my loves – fiber and beads. This lady has found her niche – which is a difficult thing to do in today’s crowded art and jewelry world.

Can you stand these little owl brooches? I want to reach into the monitor and stroke every one.

Owl by Julia Gorina

Owl by Julia Gorina

Owl by Julia Gorina

Owl by Julia Gorina

Owl by Julia Gorina

Owl by Julia Gorina

Owl by Julia Gorina

Owl by Julia Gorina

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And carrying on the owl theme, how about these beauties?

Owl by Julia Gorina

Owl by Julia Gorina

Owl by Julia Gorina

Owl by Julia Gorina

Owl by Julia Gorina

Owl by Julia Gorina

Owl by Julia Gorina

Owl by Julia Gorina

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Believe me, this lady creates more than owls. I picked these images as a series. But she designs humming birds, dragons, dolls, many, many lovely things.

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Jeana Kimball’s Foxglove Cottage needles

Jeana Kimball's Foxglove Cottage betweens quilting needles size 11

I’m sad to learn Jean Lyle and her husband Bill have retired. This means my most favorite needles of all time are no longer available. There are still a few in stock but when they are gone – well…. you know the rest.

I did some research and have decided to offer Jeana Kimball’s Foxglove Cottage needles in their place. These needles also come from England; they are in a little plastic case. And there are 16 needles in each case.

We are starting off with the Betweens/Quilting needles in size 11 as we no longer have any of the smaller sized Jean Lyle quilting needles available.

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Speaking with Color – Margie Deeb’s Bead & Button magazine competition

Bead and Button magazine April 2014 issue

It was very exciting to get an email from the editor of Bead & Button magazine letting me know my necklace was one of the pieces selected for Margie Deeb’s competition ‘Speaking with Color’. The winning photos are in the April 2014 issue.

Blue and copper snap clasp necklace. Beadweaving - glass spike bead, Swarovski crystals and pearls, and seed beads - image copyright © Rose Rushbrooke

Instead of the necklace fastening at the back of the neck, a secret snap clasp is used inside the focal. This necklace is made with a Czech glass spike bead surrounded with seed beads and a tiny smattering of Swarovski 2mm crystals to catch the light.

The chain is a diamond shaped stitch using seed beads, delicas, and Swarovski pearls.

Here’s a full size picture of the necklace:

Blue and copper snap clasp necklace. Beadweaving - glass spike bead, Swarovski crystals and pearls, and seed beads - image copyright © Rose Rushbrooke

The chain is approximately 25 inches long.

Here’s the clasp unsnapped.

Blue and copper snap clasp necklace unsnapped focal - image copyright © Rose Rushbrooke

I was very pleased to receive a bag of beading goodies, a book from Margie Deeb, and a year’s subscription to Bead and Button magazine. So worth making the piece.

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Bead Soup Blog Party 8 – what we got

The 8th Bead Soup Blog Party is in full swing and Sally Russick and I have already exchanged soup mixes. Lori Anderson paired up the seed beaders early on and we got a head start in mailing out our packages.

This is what I sent to Sally:

Bead Soup Blog Party 8 mix

  • 3 different sizes of seed beads in various shades of blue;
  • a lovely handmade copper clasp from Patricia Healey;
  • cloisonné enamel beads in medium blue;
  • swarovski pearls in dark lapis;
  • vintage beads in various sizes and shapes, chocolate and dark blue;
  • oval shaped striped glass beads in various browns;
  • press glass star beads in browns;
  • fire polish crystal rondelles in blue and crystal;

and a handmade focal bead – an earring design from Laura McCabe’s Masterclass book.

Bead Soup Blog Party 8 focal

When the box arrived from Sally I had to stop and admire how she wrapped the packages before I tore into them.

Bead Soup Blog Party 8 - bead soup package from Sally Russick

And look at the beautiful mix she sent me:

Bead Soup Blog Party 8 - bead soup mix from Sally Russick

  • 2 flip top tubes of size 11/0 seed beads in bronze and cream;
  • a flip top tube of ivory bugle beads;
  • a tube of SuperDuo two hole beads in a really pretty stone colour;
  • a tube each of lime and bronze delicas;
  • a string of small daggers in bronze;
  • 3mm Czech firepolish beads in a subtle teal;
  • a really pretty vintage Swarovski red crystal and silver clasp;
  • a spool of C-Lon beading thread which I have never used before so am excited to try;
  • a key hole polymer clay focal bead in dusty blue;
  • a ceramic decorative ring by Jenny Davies-Reazor;
  • and an organic bronze clay focal by Staci Louise Smith.

Holy C**p!

Well, that lot should keep me busy for a while…..

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Gold and terracotta checker board bracelet

Here’s the second time around of a post which got badly hit by spam bots. Now I have switched off comments hopefully the little ****tards will leave my blog alone and drown themselves in a boiling hot bot lake somewhere in cyberspace. Humph….

Checker board bracelet in gold and terracotta cube beads. Square stitch beadweaving. Finished with a slide lock clasp. Image copyright © Rose Rushbrooke

Gold and terracotta checker board bracelet, square stitched with a mixture of gold and terracotta cube beads. Putting light and dark colours next to each other like a checkerboard, and using metallic, matte and transparent lined beads gives a nice balanced texture to the bracelet.

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Pinecone brick stitch pendant necklace

I’m reposting this piece. Since I started this blog over a year ago my spam comments have been growing out of all proportions. I came back from a trip to find over 51,000 stupid comments from spam bots waiting for my mediation. Well guess where they all went – DELETE.

Okay, rant over. Here is one of the posts which received so much unwanted attention I had to take it down. Now I have turned off comments hopefully it can be part of my blog again.

Pinecone brick stitch pendant necklace - freshwater pearl, seed beads, and Swarovski crystals - image copyright © Rose Rushbrooke

Delicate pendant strung on a peyote rope. The pendant is stitched with a semi precious bead encircled with size 15, 11, and 8 seed beads, and Swarovski crystals. The necklace is fastened with a hand made toggle and clasp.

The peyote rope is approximately 23 inches long.

Pinecone dangle earrings made with a freshwater pearl, seed beads, Swarovski crystals, and a Czech druk glass bead. Brick stitch beadweaving.  Image copyright © Rose Rushbrooke

AND….. if you want to get all matchy matchy, there are earrings to go with the necklace.

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English Garden Essentials – YLI 100wt silk thread Applique travel set by Jeanne Sullivan

The first applique travel set from Jeanne Sullivan. More is more.

YLI 100wt silk thread English Garden Essentials - Applique travel set by Jeanne Sullivan 202-10-JS2

English Garden Essentials, applique travel set JS2 containing 7 @ 2oo meter spools in:

  • 241 Dull Gold
  • 218 Chartreuse
  • 259 Bitterroot
  • 237 Caribbean Blue
  • 204 Lavender
  • 247 Grey Green
  • 265 Dusty Plum Grey
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Bead Soup Blog Party 8 is here!

Bead Soup Blog Party 8

Here we go again. This is the 8th year for the Bead Soup Blog Party and my second year. I hesitated before I filled in my info as I wasn’t sure I wanted to take on the commitment. But for goodness sakes, why not? It stretches me, gives me design ideas, makes me work to a deadline, use colours out of my comfort zone. All good stuff. And on top of all this I get to meet a whole range of seed bead weavers and learn stuff.

Am now looking forward to finding out who my partner is, and sorting through my boxes (and boxes, and boxes……!) of goodies to put together a soup mix to send.

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Baltimore Heritage – YLI 100wt silk thread Applique travel set by Jeanne Sullivan

Another applique travel set from Jeanne Sullivan. You just can’t have enough of them.

YLI 100wt silk thread Baltimore Heritage - Applique travel set by Jeanne Sullivan 202-10-JS1

Baltimore Heritage, applique travel set JS3 containing 7 @ 2oo meter spools in:

  • 201 Bright Red (blue cast)
  • 215 Gold
  • 264 Toad
  • 253 Logan Berry
  • 208 Ocean Blue
  • 203 Bright Lilac
  • 221 Forest Green
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Breakfast at Tiffany’s – cubic right angle weave bracelet designed by Elizabeth Townes of BeadJeweled Inc

Breakfast at Tiffany's bracelet. Pattern by Elizabeth Townes. Cubic right angle weave, seed beads and fire polish crystals. Image copyright © Rose Rushbrooke

There I was, sitting at one of my beading group meetings, next to Elizabeth Townes. She was assembling a thoroughly gorgeous bracelet which I immediately coveted. Um…. I said. Is this a pattern you’ve designed? Yes, says Liz. Um….. I say again. I am nothing if not eloquent. Would you like someone to test it for you? Absolutely, says Liz. When my daughter has done the layout printwork I’ll make up a kit. You can keep the bracelet when you’ve finished working through the pattern and given me notes.

Um…..I said. You see the pattern here?

So Liz did as she said, and I worked through and made notes on the pattern. And get to wear this very romantic bracelet practically every minute of the day. And if I didn’t worry about it catching on something during the night, I would wear it then.

Look how the crystals run along. They are stitched on top of cubic right angle weave components.

Full length view of Breakfast at Tiffany's bracelet. Pattern by Elizabeth Townes. Cubic right angle weave, seed beads and fire polish crystals. Image copyright © Rose Rushbrooke

Pretty eh? This one stays in my jewelry collection.

You can find kits and patterns at Elizabeth’s website – BeadJeweled Inc., along with books and a list of her workshops.

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Butterflies, Birds and Lollipops – YLI 100wt silk thread Applique travel set by Jeanne Sullivan

I do love these YLI collections. First of all, you save money over buying each of these spools individually. Secondly, the colours are so pretty it’s almost worth making a quilt to match!

YLI 100wt silk thread Butterflies, Birds and Lollipops - Applique travel set by Jeanne Sullivan 202-10-JS3

Butterflies, Birds and Lollipops, applique travel set JS3 containing 7 @ 2oo meter spools in scrumptious colours chosen by Jeanne Sullivan:

  • 216 Bright Orange
  • 229 Medium Butter
  • 245 Lime
  • 250 Turquoise
  • 243 Light Purple
  • 248 Magenta
  • 220 Grass Green
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2014 Free Block of the Month Video

FREE Block of the Month class at Craftsy.com

Well…..! A free Block of the Month designed to teach you about color. Now I say this is pretty darn decent. Craftsy.com have managed to get Amy Walsh and Janine Burke to put together a video showing you color basics, color combinations, value contrasts, and something called hexadic color schemes. I had to look it up as I was as flummoxed as you!

To teach you all this largess you get to make six blocks. If you don’t want to think about selecting fabrics then naturally (!) you can buy the Michael Miller kits directly from Craftsy.

I’d say this is a pretty good deal!

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Free beading and quilting Christmas patterns

All Lit Up Earrings - free beadwork pattern from Fusion Beads

All Lit Up Earrings – free beadwork pattern from Fusion Beads

All Lit Up earrings from Fusion Beads. Very cute – done in fringe stitch, and pretty darn quickly too.

Holly Wreath bracelet - free beadwork pattern from Fusion Beads

Holly Wreath bracelet – free beadwork pattern from Fusion Beads

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And an elegant Holly Wreath bracelet, which will take from now until next Christmas to make. Oh well. Once it’s made, you have it forever.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Decorated Christmas Ornament - free Christmas pattern from Saliya

Decorated Christmas Ornament – free Christmas pattern from Saliya

Isn’t this pretty? I really like the colours in this Decorated Christmas ornament mini project from Saliya. Do several in red, silver, gold and blue. Lovely on the tree. Or as gifts.

12 Days of Christmas quilt - free pattern by Marcia Hohn

12 Days of Christmas quilt – free pattern by Marcia Hohn

 

 

 

 
This 12 days of Christmas Baltimore style quilt pattern by Marcia Hohn will keep you busy for a great deal longer than 12 days. But it’s so pretty it’s worth it. You will need to click through all the links on this page to get to each block pattern.

Quick Spiral Quilt Christmas Tree Skirt - free Christmas quilting pattern by Cheryl Phillips for Sulky

Quick Spiral Quilt Christmas Tree Skirt – free Christmas quilting pattern by Cheryl Phillips for Sulky

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One of the very first quilted projects I worked on was a Christmas Tree Skirt so I have a soft heart for these patterns. Here is a Quick Spiral Quilt Christmas Tree Skirt – a free Christmas quilting pattern by Cheryl Phillips for Sulky. try it with different colours. Personally I find this version rather gloomy and would make it in brighter shades. But I like the pattern.

Christmas Star quilted table runner -  free Christmas quilting pattern from BellaOnline

Christmas Star quilted table runner – free Christmas quilting pattern from BellaOnline

 

 

 

And of course, you have to have a table runner. Well, my table runner isn’t on the table, it keeps getting used on the filing cabinet, or the printer table, or the drinks cabinet. The point is, it gets USED! So make yourself a Christmas Star Table Runner from Bella Online.

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Chevron stitch bracelets – same stitch, different beads

I love the way beading stitches give a different effect when using a variety of beads. All the bracelets below are made in Chevron stitch. Look how altered the blue bracelet is compared to the other two. The blue bracelet uses super duos and the matte and metallic bronze ones are stitched with tila beads.

Totally unalike. Neat!

Metallic bronze tila bead bracelet made with tila, bugle and seed beads. Chevron stitch beadweaving. Finished with a slide lock clasp. Image copyright © Rose Rushbrooke.

Metallic bronze tila bracelet

Pastel petrol and ivory super duo bead bracelet made with super duo, bugle and seed beads. Chevron stitch beadweaving. Finished with a slide lock clasp. Image copyright © Rose Rushbrooke.

Pastel petrol & ivory super duo bracelet

Metallic matte bronze tila bead bracelet made with tila, bugle and seed beads. Chevron stitch beadweaving. Finished with a slide lock clasp. Image copyright © Rose Rushbrooke.

Metallic matte bronze tila bracelet

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Ultimate Marking Pencil 2 for Quilters and Crafters, 7mm

Ultimate Marking Pencil 2 for Quilters and Crafters, 7mm, super-thin leadSo you couldn’t quite get the little, little lines on your quilt top. Well here’s the Ultimate Marking Pencil 2. Same as the original Ultimate Marking Pencil only with a finer lead – 7mm. The kit comes with a marking pencil and tube of 12 0.7mm lead refills.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Refill for Ultimate Marking Pencil 2 for Quilters and Crafters, 7mm, super-thin leadAnd if you don’t want to run out of lead then you can get an extra pack of 12 mm refills.

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Passionflower pearl drop necklace

Passionflower brick stitch pendant necklace - freshwater pearl, seed beads, and Swarovski crystals - image copyright © Rose Rushbrooke

Delicate pendant strung on a peyote rope. The pendant is stitched with a semi precious bead encircled with size 15, 11, and 8 seed beads, and Swarovski crystals. The necklace is fastened with a hand made toggle and clasp.

The peyote rope is approximately 23 inches long.

Passionflower dangle earrings made with a freshwater pearl, seed beads, and Swarovski crystals. Brick stitch beadweaving.  Image copyright © Rose Rushbrooke

AND….. if you want to get all matchy matchy, there are earrings to go with the necklace.

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Frog Purse from an exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery, London, UK – Elizabeth 1 and Her People

For the last two weeks I have been visiting my mother in England. While there I was fortunate to go the latest exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery in London. Queen Elizabeth 1 and her people.

There were plenty of paintings of the Queen, her courtiers, people of the time – it is the National PORTRAIT Gallery. Interesting in their own right, along with the explanations. Always fascinating to think people lived so differently, thought so differently, dressed so differently, than we do today.

What caught my eye, for a long time, was a little purse in the shape of a frog. How inventive, and attractive. Human beings always return to the natural world for design.

Frog purse displayed at National Portrait Gallery - Elizabeth 1 and Her People

Frog purse displayed at National Portrait Gallery – Elizabeth 1 and Her People

 

 

 

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Tropical Sunset pearl pendant necklace and earrings

Tropical Sunset brick stitch pendant necklace - freshwater pearl, seed beads, and Swarovski crystals - image copyright © Rose Rushbrooke

When I arrived in Florida I remember being greeted with this incredible orange and blue sunset. This bright pendant is stitched with a Swarovksi glass pearl in petrol encircled with orange and yellow size 15, 11, and 8 seed beads, and Swarovski crystals. The necklace is fastened with a hand made toggle and clasp.

The peyote rope is approximately 23 inches long.

Tropical dangle earrings made with a freshwater pearl, seed beads, Swarovski crystals, and a Swarovski glass pearl. Brick stitch beadweaving

AND….. if you want to get all matchy matchy, there are earrings to go with the necklace.

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WonderFil Spagetti cotton thread

Caramel WonderFil Spagetti solid color thread - 100% Egyptian cotton 12wt 1200 meter cone SPL21Fun Orange WonderFil Spagetti solid color thread - 100% Egyptian cotton 12wt 400 meter spool SPS02

In our store you can now get the yummy 12 wt cotton thread from WonderFil -the smaller spools of 400 meters or the really big cones of 1200 meters. The colors you see above are Caramel and Fun Orange.

I like the names they give their colors and I love the name of the thread – Spagetti. I keep wanting to spell it spaghetti, like the stuff you eat!

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The Display and Care of Art Quilts

My website once linked to the following article as it is very useful. However, the webpage has since disappeared, which is a shame. Fortunately a very quick visitor to my website was able to send me a copy of the original article. I have reproduced it on this blog so you can continue to apply the information to your quilts.

I have not been able to find the original author to let her know this article is here. If you know how to contact her, or why this article was removed please let me know.

The Display and Care of Art Quilts by April Niino, Penny Nii Quilt Art

This short article is aimed primarily at art quilts, but it applies to any quilts, including antique quilts. However, because of the fragility and the weight of some of the older quilts, additional care needs to be taken.

Handling

Quilts should be handled infrequently but when it becomes necessary, wash and dry hands thoroughly before handling – body oils are easily transferred to textiles. It is a good idea to remove any jewelry which could catch on the quilt. Use a large clean surface to work on. In lifting the quilts, support the main body from beneath with both hands.

Hanging

To hang the quilt, a sleeve is sewn onto the backing using a slip stitch. Many artists will have sewn the sleeve themselves. A curtain road or a ¼″ thick wood slat sealed with shellac or acrylic paint is inserted into the sleeve. The slat may then be nailed to the wall, or it may be hung from the ceiling using monofilament wire. We recommend using a slat so the surface hangs flat. Often a second sleeve is sewn on the bottom of the piece and a slat inserted to give the piece some weight. This will help the piece hang flat and straight.

Heavier quilts may require the use of Velcro strips. The softer half is machine sewn to a piece of cotton fabric ½” wider than the Velcro. The fabric strip is then sewn onto the edges of the quilt back using a slip stitch. Closely staple the hook half of the Velcro to slats sealed with shellac or acrylic paint with rustproof staples, then nail the slats to the wall. Attach the quilt to the slats without stretching the quilt.

Sunlight and Lighting

The worst enemy of any artwork is sunlight. In the case of fiber art, light will not only fade the quilt but will also weaken the fiber. Ultraviolet rays are the most harmful, but using filters on windows and fluorescent fixtures will greatly reduce ultraviolet light. 3M makes a clear film which can be easily glued to glass. Plexiglas UV filters can be inserted between the fluorescent light tubes and the cover. Another option is to enclose the quilt in a UV filtered Plexiglas frame.

If you must light your quilt, the recommended light intensity is 5 foot-candles. The heat from lamps can dry out your quilt causing it to become brittle. Spotlights should not be kept closer then eight feet from the surface of the quilt.

Cleaning

The best way to clean a quilt is by vacuuming. Use a hand held vacuum with low suction and a soft brush attachment. Do not use an attachment with a rotating brush. The best method is to work in a pattern of lifting and pressing. A clean soft paintbrush can be used to lift off more stubborn dust and dirt. Vacuum both sides before storing.

Storing

The ideal storage facility is a dark place with good air circulation, and large enough to store the quilts flat. Avoid a room subject to poor ventilation, high humidity or temperature extremes. If the quilt must be folded, fold it with clean sheets, cotton fabric, or crumpled acid free tissue along the folds. This will prevent creasing the quilts. If your quilt is to be stored on a wood shelf, drawer, or box, line it with a layer of heavy duty aluminum This will prevent acid migration from the wood.

 

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Bead Stitching: Shaped Peyote with Nancy Cain

Bead Stitching: Shaped Peyote with Nancy Cain

Bead Stitching: Shaped Peyote with Nancy Cain

There’s a new Craftsy beading video out – Bead Stitching: Shaped Peyote with Nancy Cain. I very much like the Right Angle Weave online class with Craftsy so I am betting this is pretty good too. I am saving my pennies so I can get this at some point.

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Studio Art Quilts Associates Portfolio 19

SAQA Portfolio 19

SAQA Portfolio 19

If you want to view a collection of quilts by the most up to date art quilters then you can’t do much better than http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/saqa/portfolio19/#/199portfolio 19 from the Studio Art Quilts Associates  .

The link takes you to one of my anamorphic quilts. What appears to be a stitched circle in the middle is in fact, a conical mirror reflecting the morphed outside applique into the shape of a cat.

Just love the concept of a virtual quilt within a real quilt.

You can read about the piece on my website -Anamorphic Cat.

But don’t stop there – browse through the rest of the SAQA Portfolio and see what the professional members are up to. It’s a online flip book so take your time…….

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Marcia DeCoster’s Beaded Opulence

Marcia DeCoster's Beaded Opulence

Marcia DeCoster’s Beaded Opulence

Having spent 3 days in June 2013 at Marcia DeCoster’s Masterclass – Playing with Possibilities it would be remiss of me not to review her book Beaded Opulence. This is from the Lark Books beadweaving master class series.

I bought this book a while ago as I understood Marcia was known for her right angle weave designs – and I do love the Lark Masterclass books. Truthfully I haven’t made any of the pieces yet but the book is constantly being pulled from the shelf, there are so many cool ideas.

There are 8 Chapters. The usual Basic Beading Kit and then the Fundamentals which are always necessary. I enjoy reading these chapters as each artist uses different tools. Plus they have useful tips on how they, in particular, work their stitches. Continue reading