My folk-art imagery reflects my multi-cultural background and my fascination with folkart from around the world. Inspiration comes from memories collected during my African childhood with its animals and grasslands, a sojourn in the green South of England and time spent in Connecticut, Tennessee, Utah and Ohio.
I am home for a couple of days so hope to catch up on all my travels.
Early in April I headed to sunny California to teach at Quilters Paradise in Clovis. I taught two classes, a one day class embellishing my Sew Your Seeds NeedleKeeper and a two day class appliquéing and embellishing my Pomegranate Table Rug .
The students enthusiastically worked with ribbon stems attaching them with various couched stitches, velvet leaves and needle turn appliqué.
We also used a variety of stitches using different threads and beads to make each piece unique.
I only use 5 different needles for handwork and always have a needle case on hand to store each variety on a different page. I also suggest that my students make a little label for each page. This helps to keep them in order until they become familiar with the needles and there uses.
We used a variety of textural fabrics for the background of the Table Rug adding ribbons and cottons for texture.
Many students used our ribbons for the stems adding color and variety to each piece.
It was fun to have two day class as each student had time to start embellishing with stitches. We used many different threads each adding different textures.
Fron here I travelled to Sierra Guild in the Foothills.