Stef Francis – Space Dyed Threads and Yarns

Silk texture yarn from Stef Francis
Silk texture yarn from Stef Francis

Much of my work incorporates hand quilting and stitching. Which means using as many gorgeous threads as possible.

Years ago, while wandering around the Knitting and Stitching Show at Alexandria Palace in London, I came across an array of bright colours. Stef Francis’ booth was utterly eye-catching. After nearly an hour of gathering, holding, feeling and gazing, several skeins of space dyed cotton came home with me to America. They hold a special place in my thread stash.

Any time I attended a show in England I would look for Stef’s booth and augment my collection – which is now a decent size!

Floral Fantasia kit from Stef Francis
Floral Fantasia kit from Stef Francis

Not only does she create mouth-watering yarns but she puts together kits. Everything comes in the kit: the fabric, threads, beads, sequins, and template.

This is Floral Fantasia – such lovely bright colours.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fabric pack 6 from Stef Francis
Fabric pack 6 from Stef Francis

If you just want to play she has put together some co-ordinated fabric packs. This is fabric pack #6. Think what you could do with these?!

 

 

 

Flamenco by Stef Francis
Flamenco by Stef Francis

 

 

 

 

Not only does she sell lovely things but she creates her own artwork.

This is Flamenco. It is created with silk rods and gold leaf and hand stitched on silk noil.

Go look at her Gallery to see more beauties.

Karen Parker – Butterfly Beader

Look at these pretty beaded butterflies by Karen Parker of Wizard Island Designs.

Beaded Peacock Butterflies by Karen Parker
Beaded Peacock Butterflies by Karen Parker

Beading Daily found her at a farmer’s market with butterflies, moths, dragonflies and circles galore.

Beaded Creon Skipper Butterflies by Karen Parker
Beaded Creon Skipper Butterflies by Karen Parker

Karen makes them using brick stitch and follows the colouring of the wing scales.

Beaded Luna Moths by Karen Parker
Beaded Luna Moths by Karen Parker

I think they are gorgeous.

Beaded Monarch Butterflies by Karen Parker
Beaded Monarch Butterflies by Karen Parker

You can look at some more of her work at her Etsy Shop.

Ann Harwell – quilt artist

Light Echoes from an Evolving Star by Ann Harwell
Light Echoes from an Evolving Star by Ann Harwell

Once upon a time, long, long ago, I spent time with an art quilt group based in North Carolina. Now I am in Florida it is not something I am able to continue. Which is a shame as I enjoyed the interaction between the artists and the critic who was invited to view and comment on our work.

Ann Harwell was, and perhaps still is, a member of the group. She was there at its inception and I always enjoyed her soft voice and gentle manner. She works on her art full time and has produced many pieces over years.

I explored her website recently to see what she was up to and found this quilt under construction. I love seeing how pieces evolve so Light Echoes from an Evolving Star caught my eye. Sometimes I think the work is enough as is, in the construction stage. Just like this piece. The lines of the trees are so evocative with the star showing through.

One day I will go back and see if the quilt is finished.

Richard Harpin – British watercolour artist

You know when people say to you – “Oh, my friend’s husband’s cousin’s sister’s boyfriend is an artist – you should meet!”? You know how your heart sinks? You put on a grisly smile, try not think really bad thoughts, and reply – “Mmmmmm……..?”

Because invariably you get to meet the “artist”, or get shown their work.

And it’s excruciating.

I try and find something nice to say amid the horror. Sometimes it’s very difficult.

So when my friend told me – “Oh, my husband paints watercolours”, I immediately went into grisly mode.

Then I looked at his work.

And changed my mind.

Here are a few of his pieces:

Toy War 4 - watercolour by British artist Richard Harpin
Toy War 4 – watercolour by British artist Richard Harpin. 40cm x 30cm

Tanya Dreams of Lowry World - watercolour by British artist Richard Harpin
Tanya Dreams of Lowry World – watercolour by British artist Richard Harpin. 20cm x 29cm (This is my favourite).

Flowers, Fruit and Cheese - watercolour by British artist Richard Harpin
Flowers, Fruit and Cheese – watercolour by British artist Richard Harpin. 40cm x 30cm

Personally, I think you should go and see the rest of his work – Richard Harpin.

He paints in series, he has no formal training, he has a lovely eye for colour and story telling. He doesn’t agree with me when I tell him he works in collage. And in fact, he is right, as collage is a primarily a technique where the whole artwork is made from an assemblage of different forms. In the art world this sometimes includes magazine and newspaper clippings, ribbons, paint, bits of colored or handmade papers, portions of other artwork or texts, photographs and other found objects, glued to a piece of paper or canvas.

However, he gets an idea or concept, then searches out the components and puts them together to make a whole. His work is illustrative and sharp edged with humorous elements. His subject matter vacillates from cutesy cats to flying middle aged ladies – and everything in between. He makes his own personal comment on what he sees and often with a dry sense of British humour.

I like his style.

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.