BeadCrate subscription

BeadCrate subscription

BeadCrate subscription

This looks kinda interesting? A box of beads, all a big surprise, each month, from BeadCrate. Personally I think this is a rather neat way to spark inspiration. And of course, add to your already vast stash. You get 2 options, a small or big box. And if you don’t want to subscribe then you can get only one box. The thing which caught my eye – they offer Toho seed beads as part of the box and they are my favorite seed beads.

Once In A Blue Moon – fractal quilt

Once In A Blue Moon - fractal quilt by Rose Rushbrooke. Image copyright © Rose Rushbrooke.

Once In A Blue Moon – more symbolism than I usually employ.

Each full Moon in a season has a name. eg. in April it is Pink, in May it is Flower, and Strawberry in June. There are usually 3 full moons in a season. If another full Moon appears during the quarter it is called the Blue Moon. Since these occur about once every three years this gives rise to the idiom ‘once in a blue moon’. Or in other words, a rare occurrence.

This quilt is made with various shades of blue fabric stitched onto an orange ‘cheddar’ background. In the quilt world the name ‘cheddar’ came from a shade of yellow resembling the color of cheese. The moon is often depicted as made of cheese.

Detail 1 of Once In A Blue Moon - fractal quilt by Rose Rushbrooke. Image copyright © Rose Rushbrooke.

I wanted my husband to be part of this quilt. He is a fly fishermen and anglers consult the ‘Solunar Theory’ – or fishing by moon phase, to pick a good moment to catch the most fish. Hence a single carved fish is attached to the quilt bringing together a rare occurrence, and the moon.

The quilt is hand stitched and is made with cotton fabrics. 18″w x 30″h.

Peach Flower Bracelet

Peach flower bracelet made with seed beads and glass pearls. Spiral stitch. Image copyright © Rose Rushbrooke.

A delicate and easily worn bracelet made with seed beads and glass pearls.

Making Bias Tape with Silk Ties

Repurposing mens ties into bias binding

Repurposing mens ties into bias binding

I love being part of a small group of artists – you get to know the people much better than attending a formal meeting. You can actually talk to each other and get to know the work. One of the women was cutting up silk ties. Why, I asked?

She cuts them into strips for bias binding. What a smart idea. They are useful for clothing, which she makes herself – beautifully, or for quilts.

Surfing the internet found me this tutorial from the Instructables website – Re-purposing men’s ties into bias tape..

Silk ties are easy to find. Raid your husband’s stash, which he doesn’t use any more. Explore thrift stores – piles to chose from.

What a good idea.

New About Me page

Recently I completed a profile page for the Oregon regional SAQA group which asked some thoughtful questions, so I have updated my About Me page with this profile.

Gives you a better idea of what, why and how……

Batik by MIrah 2015 Fall Collection

Batik by MIrah 2015 Fall Collection

Batik by MIrah 2015 Fall Collection

I realise it is now 2016 but I just found this scrumptious image of fabric leaves in my Pending email box. I collect pretty images, interesting emails, and blog posts and save them for posting.

Embarcadero Quilt pattern by Heidi Pridemore

Embarcadero Quilt pattern by Heidi Pridemore

This came just before Quilt Market in Houston. There are free quilt projects to make with the collections. Here’s one – The Embarcadero by Heidi Pridemore. The downloadable .pdf is the 5th pattern on the page. Rather lovely.

Bohin iron off fabric marking pen White 91781

Bohin iron off fabric marking pen White 91781Bohin have replaced their water erasable pen with an iron off marking pen for marking on dark fabric. Lines appear after a few seconds. Markings will iron off on a medium setting.

WonderFil Spagetti 400 meter spools of 12wt cotton thread

Peach WonderFil Spagetti thread - 100% Egyptian solid color cotton 12wt 400 meter spool SP425 Soft Yellow WonderFil Spagetti thread - 100% Egyptian solid color cotton 12wt 400 meter spool SP426 Soft Green WonderFil Spagetti thread - 100% Egyptian solid color cotton 12wt 400 meter spool SP427 Soft Blue WonderFil Spagetti thread - 100% Egyptian solid color cotton 12wt 400 meter spool SP427

More colours in WonderFil Spagetti 12wt cotton quilting thread – Peach, Soft Yellow, Soft Green, and Soft Blue.

Toho Triangles necklace – Toho Challenge 2015

Toho Triangles necklace. Herringbone and cubic right angle weave bead stitching - seed beads, fire polish crystals, and triangles. Created for Toho Challenge 2015. Image copyright © Rose Rushbrooke.

Managed to snag a Toho Challenge package while at the 2015 Bead and Button show in Milwaukee, WI. Lovely colours this year. Especially the teals. After faffing about with various hopeless designs I discovered simple is best.

A herringbone rope stitched with teal triangles and gold size 15 seed beads, strung with a cubic right angle weave triangular pendant in metallic dark amethyst seed beads, fire polish crystals, and joined with daggers. Very pretty and wearable. In fact I wear this 18 inch long Toho Triangles necklace quite often.

To see other designs have a look at the Toho Challenge 2015 page.

The Art of Manipulating Fabric by Colette Wolfe

Fairly early on in my quilting career I wanted to create more 3-dimensional surfaces. I had heard of this book by Colette Wolff which explained various techniques of manipulating fabric into sculptural shapes.

This book is brilliant!

I have used many of these fabric manipulations in my quilts. A big section of The Cliffs of Progress is gathered silk, pinned down with beads. It gives a cloudy, wafty effect – perfect for the piece.

Summer Haze is all about 3-dimensions.

The center of Les Folies Bergêre is tightly gathered silk.

Detail of September Journal Quilt PageThe September Journal Quilt Page is all manipulated fabric.

 

 

 

 

 

Detail from The Art of Manipulating Fabric by Colette WolffThe book covers several areas of stitching which can be used in quilting, dressmaking, any handwork involving fabric. The illustrations inside are in black and white and very clear. There are plenty of diagrams and drawings to follow.

There are six parts to the book:

  • Part One: Controlled Crushing encompassing gathering and shirring.
  • Part Two: Supplementary Fullness covering making ruffles, flounces, and godets.
  • Part Three: Systematic Folding including pleating, smocking, and tucking.
  • Part Four: Filled Reliefs which is of great interest to quilters and covers cording, quilting, and stuffing.
  • Part Five: Structured Surfaces using darts.
  • Part Six: Mixed Maniputations showing how to use combinations.

Probably the only book you will need for the many, many ways of manipulating fabric.

Published by Krause Publications