Bedevilment and details

Over the last few days, I’ve been preparing summer stock for two of the shops I supply. Most places around here like to be in full swing by mid-May, so I generally aim to have things in their hands by mid-April. This week has been a week of birches. I use hand-dyed cotton fabric (low…

Workshop approved!

Just got word that my workshop (details below) for Quilt Canada 2008 has been approved! Yay! Another proposal pans out! If you’re interested in taking it, it’ll be on June 4, 2008 at Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John’s, Newfoundland. For more information, you can check with the folks at the Canadian Quilters’ Association (although…

A shot in the arm at a slow time of year

Found in the mailbox today…… Sometimes I get the (obviously erroneous) feeling that all the work putting together proposals and filling out forms is much hassle for little reward. Things like this reaffirm that taking that little bit of extra time pays off. What a way to kick oneself out of the doldrums of winter,…

Silken Self-indulgence

I picked up some sari silk yarn today at the local wool store, Wool Trends. It’s fabulous stuff and should prove eminently useful as I work through some of my next projects (another couple of books, a series of boxes and some bowls and vases). I have great hopes for it! As an aside, Wool…

All that glitters….

Ah, I love having an chance to play with some new products. Recently I wandered through Kent Hardware store (Kent are the spawn of Irving, a New Brunswick company) and discovered that they are ceasing to carry the Pebeo line of art supplies. The remainder of the paints were seriously discounted (I paid $1.30 CDN…

Wearing my 'art on my sleeve

A recent studio play session yielded a personal frivolity: an mp3 player case for my personal use. I’ve fitted it with a piece of velcro for an adjustable armband, but one could just as easily make a belt loop. Did I mention that I made myself a matching coffee cup sleeve? Nice to have time…

Gifts from good friends

Quilty friends are the kind of people who understand that it is possible to fall in love with a piece of fabric. Incredibly Good quilty friends actually give you the piece in question. The batik below was made by Shelley Bauer and I actually had to stop myself from buying it several times. It’s incredibly…

Why stop now? More holiday craziness….

Yes sir! When you already have more projects than can reasonably be accomplished before the 25th, add one more! These mug holders are taken from D’Arcy-Jean Milne’s article in the most recent edition of Quilting Arts (Winter 2006, Issue 24, pages 68-70) and are a rather fun way to use up some scraps. I’m also…

A colourful addiction

Last night’s free-form low-water immersion foray was exhilarating and inspirational, not to mention relaxing. I’d had a rather long day and dyeing the bejeezus out of a pile of cotton was just the release I needed. This lot is on a Northcott silk cotton and was done without urea and with fairly concentrated dye mixtures….

Online sales

I’ve just gotten my online sales up and running and things seem to be smoothing out wrinkle-wise. I’ll be adding things over the coming days, as I get the photography done and have a chance to work through inventory. I can be found at http://www.Vickyth.etsy.com . The shop can also be reached through the links…

Online sales

I’ve just gotten my online sales up and running and things seem to be smoothing out wrinkle-wise. I’ll be adding things over the coming days, as I get the photography done and have a chance to work through inventory. I can be found at http://www.Vickyth.etsy.com . The shop can also be reached through the links…

Autumn Lights

I just realised that I’ve never actually taken pictures of these tree sets. They were immensely popular at the last fair (I sold out and had to go home during the evenings and make more, which also sold out) so I am taking two sets with me to the Anna Templeton fair. If they don’t…