Our small fiber group met yesterday to begin our 2010 goal of providing demos for each of our meetings which will be presented by a group member. I made up some bead kits and shared a short hands-on demo of beading 101 techniques, the focus was beading on fiber.
The timing is appropriate since my friend Judy Simmons is in the midst of creating a gorgeous wedding gown for her daughter who will be married in May. Judy brought a sample of the lace trim which will be placed on the lower edge of the skirt. She's embellished it with crystals and pearls......lovely.
Here Judy shares the quilt top she started at our PTA retreat in Jan. Sorry the picture isn't very favorable to this lovely piece....we haven't had sun for months and now all of a sudden it came pouring into my windows. Judy excels at creating muted and interesting backgrounds which are often highlighted with photo transferred images.
For this piece she's considering adding either one of these designs....perhaps by thread painting....it will be fun to see what she comes up with.
I wasn't familiar with this author...Natalie Chanin, but my friend Carol Sloan raves about her first book and brought this...her second one for us to see.
Carol made this book cover using the ideas she learned from the above author's first book. The design method is basically reverse applique with knit fabric (such as T-shirt material)....perfect because the edges do not require finishing. Large stitches hold the layers together, while adding another design element. Clever and another reason to haunt resale shops.
Patsy Thompson again wowed us with her mastery of machine quilting and beautiful hand dyed fabrics. In person the quilting and colors of the piece had so much movement....the star shapes almost spun off the fabric.