Braided Coral Bracelet

Braided coral bracelet. Beadwork - square stitch, fringing, and stringing. Image copyright © Rose Rushbrooke.

Braided Coral Bracelet. A second piece made from the box of beads from the 2014 TOHO design challenge. This piece came together so quickly I could hardly believe it. Sometimes it happens this way – not often enough!

This is what it looks like opened up:

Flat view of Stone Tile Superduo Clasp Bracelet. Image copyright © Rose Rushbrooke.

Very pretty and delicate. And I loved how the colours worked.

New Mettler 60wt silk finish cotton thread spools

White Mettler Silk Finish cotton thread 60wt Tex 23 200 meter 220 yard spool 9240-2000 (Old no 240-W2)Black Mettler Silk Finish cotton thread 60wt Tex 23 200 meter 220 yard spool 9240-2000 (Old no 240-S3)Oat Straw Mettler Silk Finish cotton thread 60wt Tex 23 200 meter 220 yard spool 9240-0260 (Old no 240-515)Kelley Mettler Silk Finish cotton thread 60wt Tex 23 200 meter 220 yard spool 9240-0260 (Old no 240-549)Byzantium Mettler Silk Finish cotton thread 60wt Tex 23 200 meter 220 yard spool 9240-1061 (Old no 240-611)

Mettler have had a fit and are updating many of their threads. Here are some newly numbered 60wt cotton 220 yard spools in the store. And they are GREEN spools. Brilliant. We now have White, Black, Oat Straw, Kelley, and Byzantium

TOHO 2014 Challenge

Fuchsia Necklace by Rose Rushbrooke

Fuchsia Necklace by Rose Rushbrooke

TOHO offered a box of beads at the Bead & Button show and I signed up. This is one of the pieces I made – a fuschia flower necklace. You can see what other beaders created – 2014 TOHO challenge.

Below is a closeup of the fuchsia flower.

Fuchsia flower pendant

Fuchsia flower pendant

And this is the chain and clasp.

Chain and clasp for fuchia necklace

Chain and clasp for fuchia necklace

Jeana Kimball’s Foxglove Cottage quilting betweens needles size 9

Jeana Kimball Foxglove Cottage betweens quilting needles size 9Adding to the range of sizes in our quilting needle collection, you can now get Jeana Kimball’s Foxglove Cottage betweens quilting needles size 9.

16 needles in the case. These needles were designed specifically for traditional hand quilting done at a quilting frame or hoop. When using the traditional rocker method of hand quilting, the needle’s short shank provides easy control. It is thicker than other needles, giving it added strength for moving through layers.

Quilt Alliance videos of International Quilt Festival 2014

Quilt Alliance videos from International Quilt Festival 2014

Quilt Alliance videos from International Quilt Festival 2014 – interview with Sandra Lauterbach

The Quilt Alliance videoed some great interviews with quilt artists who showed at the International Quilt Festival 2014 – Go Tell it at the Quilt Show! If you couldn’t go it’s lovely to see the quilts. And if you did go, it’s interesting to hear what the artists say about their work.

How to Clean a Quilt

Wool quilt in the snow

Wool quilt in the snow

After our move from Florida to Oregon we rented an apartment. I spent months beforehand reading posts from Apartment Therapy, a website which covers all aspects of living in and decorating apartments. I learned a lot about living small, making every piece of furniture do double duty, how to squeeze more space out of nothing etc. And all of it really helped when we actually started unpacking boxes.

Along with ideas for clever storage you get helpful hints on how to clean things.

Astonishingly the latest post is about how to clean a quilt. And being a quilter myself I read the post from top to toe. And found out how to clean a wool quilt – with snow. Who knew?

The rest I did know but was glad to see it written for those who are not quilters but love owning quilts.

Latimer Quilt and Textiles Museum, Tillamook, Oregon

The East Room of the Latimer Quilt and Textiles Center, Tillamook, Oregon

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.

Sara Impey

Process by Sara Impey

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 hybrid quilt finished

Pebble Plants - hybrid quilt. Original design, printed on cotton, hand quilted with beaded ammonite embellishments. Image copyright © Rose Rushbrooke.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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Close up of a beaded ammonite stitched onto a Mandelbrot Lake. Image copyright © Rose Rushbrooke.

Close up of a beaded ammonite stitched onto fabric using peyote stitch and seed beads. Image copyright © Rose Rushbrooke.

Close up of a dragonfly stitched onto fabric using peyote stitch and seed beads. Image copyright © Rose Rushbrooke.

Village Beads in Multnomah, Portland, Oregon

Village Beads in Multnomah, Portland, Oregon

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.