Category Archives: Fractal Art Quilt

Beading Classes with Nancy Eha

I just got a note from the Houston Quilt Festival with a listing of beading classes they are offering. This is something which appeals as several of my quilts incorporate beading – eg. Sheep’s Eyes has quite a few bits of beading stitched into the design,

Detail of Sheep's Eyes by Rose Rushbrooke

Detail of Sheep’s Eyes by Rose Rushbrooke

and so does River Fish.

Detail of River Fish by Rose Rushbrooke

Detail of River Fish by Rose Rushbrooke

These are earlier examples of beading on my quilts. As I got more into beadwork itself I began adding more elaborate pieces of beadwork such as the bevelled ammonites in Pebble Plants,

Detail of Pebble Plants by Rose Rushbrooke

Detail of Pebble Plants by Rose Rushbrooke

and the jewelry components in Subterranean Spiral.

Subterranean Spiral by Rose Rushbrooke

Subterranean Spiral by Rose Rushbrooke

Detail of beaded component from Subterranean Spiral

Detail of beaded component from Subterranean Spiral

I did take a class with Nancy Eha a few years ago. It was the Beaded Kaleidoscopes which was quite clever as the design was elevated so the beads stood above the cloth.

Beaded Kaleidoscopes by Nancy Eha

Beaded Kaleidoscopes by Nancy Eha

This year she is offering a class on Beautifil Beaded Butterflies which looks like something which would work well for any beaded motif on a quilt.

Beautiful Beaded Butterflies, workshop by Nancy Eha

Beautiful Beaded Butterflies, workshop by Nancy Eha

ArtReach Gallery, Portland, OR

Fabrications opened at the ArtReach Gallery in downtown Portland. The pieces for the show were selected from quilts made by members of the Columbia FiberArts Guild.

Two of my fractal quilts are showing at the Fabrications exhibition.The Cliffs of Progress and Lydia. Both are fractal based designs.

The Cliffs of Progress by Rose Rushbrooke

The Cliffs of Progress by Rose Rushbrooke

Lydia by Rose Rushbrooke

Lydia by Rose Rushbrooke

Bracken – fractal quilt

Bracken - fractal quilt by Rose Rushbrooke. Image copyright © Rose Rushbrooke.

Bracken – fractal quilt by Rose Rushbrooke

Bracken was created for an exhibition, and book authored by Donna deSoto – Inspired by National Parks.

I chose the North Cascades park which is filled with bracken – a type of fern. A fern is a natural fractal. The colours are extracted from a photo.

The piece is 20″ square, hand stitched using both hand dyed and commercially printed cotton fabrics.

Bracken - close up of fractal quilt by Rose Rushbrooke. Image copyright © Rose Rushbrooke.

Close up of Bracken

Bracken - detail of fractal quilt by Rose Rushbrooke. Image copyright © Rose Rushbrooke.

Detail showing quilt stitches

A book is available with pictures of all the quilts. The quilts are travelling around the USA as a touring exhibition at various venues.

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.

Fractal Ribbons – new fractal quilt

Fractal Ribbons - fractal art quilt. Image copyright © Rose Rushbrooke.

Fractal Ribbons. A new fractal quilt created for exhibition in conjunction with the High Fiber Diet group – “Making Our Mark”. The quilt is hand stitched, with silk ribbon embroidery and hand quilted lines. It is 24″ square.

Our guidelines were to design a piece using neutral colours such as black, brown, grey, white etc. Along with no more than 25% other color.

In total 36 pieces were chosen, a core group plus alternatives.

Subterranean Spiral exhibiting in ‘Female Voices’

Subterranean Spiral - hybrid quilt by Rose Rushbrooke

Subterranean Spiral – hybrid quilt by Rose Rushbrooke

The hybrid quilt Subterranean Spiral is exhibiting in Female Voices: Fiber to inspire body, mind and spirit. The show is being sponsored by the Tampa Bay Surface Design Guild, hosted and exhibited at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Clearwater and the Octagon Arts Center, Clearwater, Florida – February 22 – April 3, 2013. So you have a few more days to go see.

This is a sample quilt. I really wanted to work out a way to combine quilting and beadwork. It’s a small piece. Only 8 inches by 10 inches. It worked out to my satisfaction, ie. the end result pleased me and inspired me to go further with this idea.

The basic construction is in steps. First, the fractal design. I use Ultra Fractal to create a fractal image which is then printed out on my Epson Stylus Photo printer. In my more adventurous days the cotton fabric would be prepared, cut to size and ironed onto freezer paper. Things have gotten lazy around here and EQ prepared sheets of cotton came into the picture. Time saved and end result the same.

Then the quilt is sandwiched and hand quilted. I absolutely love my collection of variegated quilting cottons. Collected over many years. There’s always a suitable colour for each quilt. And I love defining shapes and lines on the fabric. It’s another level of design.

Green crystal circle beadwork embellishment

Green crystal circle beadwork embellishment

Thirdly, the beadwork embellishment. Which is easy in this case as many of the fractal parts are circular and lent themselves to circular components.

And voila, a cross over piece of textile beadwork.

Am working on another one already.

Sheep’s Eyes Beaded Beads

Sheep's Eyes beaded beads

Sheep’s Eyes beaded beads

These beaded beads took a long time. Three is quite enough!

Sheep's Eyes fractal art quilt

Sheep’s Eyes fractal art quilt

They are inspired by the fractal quilt Sheep’s Eyes. The colours are pulled directly from the quilt and the circular theme fits round beads perfectly.

They are done in freeform peyote stitch around a 25mm wooden bead. I found all sorts of shapes I could use – seed beads of various sizes, crystals, and bugle beads.

I love trying anything once, and I loved the look of these beaded beads. But it was a bit mind boggling creeping around the bead finding suitable shapes and sizes to fit in the spaces.

Sheep's Eyes beaded beads - alternate view

Sheep’s Eyes beaded beads – alternate view

Here’s another view of the beads from a different angle. They are strung on a black leather cord – but a blue silk cord would look good too.