I must apologize, it’s been a while since I posted anything. I am not very computer savvy to begin with and lately there have been a lot of updates to WordPress that have changed the way of adding content making me feel like I’m back in first grade and… well… frankly… I’d rather be quilting.
Enough whining (you want some cheese with that whine?), what I want to talk about tonight is my solo show at the Latimer Quilt and Textile Centerthat started in March and will run through April. I know many of you will not be able to go see it so I am posting some photos I took of my quilts hung in the show; the layout of the room makes getting a shot straight on a challenge so many of the pictures are shot from an angled perspective. I do hope you can make it to see the show, photos never do justice to a quilt. Tillamook is an easy day trip from Portland and while visiting you can do a little shopping at Jane’s Fabric Patch (in the pink house at the southern edge of town) and grab some lunch – or at least an ice cream cone – at the new Tillamook Creamery, it is just around the corner from Latimer Textile Center.
These are the quilts currently on display at the Latimer Quilt and Textile Center in Tillamook Oregon. The show runs through May 4th.
On Wednesday March 13, 2019 I am offering an evening class on using natural objects to print fabric and/or paper. Nature offers a variety of source materials – plant materials such as leaves and branches (bare or leafy) and some vegetables yield wonderful designs.
My favorite nature prints come from leaves. There is such a wide range of shapes, sizes and sometimes intricate details; leaves offer an incredible range of design potential. You can focus on the leaf forms themselves or play with simpler shaped leaves in a variety of arrangements.
I first experimented with stamping leaves in my younger years, printing them onto exotic Japanese rice papers. I would stamp and press merrily away using the successes to make handmade cards while the ‘rejects’ were chalked up to the luck of the draw. Speaking of which, nature printing is serendipitous, you don’t know how well your impression came out until you lift away the leaf and see the results so it pays to do some test prints to check the viscosity of the paint and how to apply it correctly and keep an open mind enjoying the process. Some prints will be drop dead perfect while others… Even the failures might have a bright future, This collage bird was made onto a backdrop of one such ‘failure’ but look how perfect it was as a backdrop.
It can be fun to play with different textures of fabric, trying everything from flat goods to fabrics with a nap or nubby silks and linens… Once done the prints can be cut up for collage (paper or fabric) or you can print your own yardage. If you are adventurous, you can even press leaf prints onto garments or pieced quilt blocks. If you love applique, you can print leaves to cut out and applique onto your projects for an unusual take on the ‘fussy-cut’ applique method.
Whether you are a paper artist or fabric artist this will be a very fun class and you will leave at the end with some new ideas as well as some nature prints to play with.
Printing From Nature
Gold Maple Leaves printed on a pieced panel; by Helene Knott
Heuchera Leaves printed on chiffon; by Ardie H
Branch prints enhanced with stitching and confetti leaves on a hand painted background. Made by Gerry W.
Joy's Stained Glass style table runner featuring leaf prints in center panel
Winter Branch print by Joy J. The Kanji symbol at the top means 'Winter'
Leaf prints enhanced with stitched veins
Forest-scape: collaged trees cut from fabric combined with printed Cedar sprays. Made by Joy J.
Pieced quilt block enhanced with leaf prints. By Joy J.
Quilt detail - leafy branch sprays printed and enhanced with stitching. By Helene Knott
Leaves printed on a Dupioni Silk scarf; by Helene Knott.
My new fabric line – Mighty Pines – from Northcott has arrived! It’s in the stores! I just love it! Not only is the center panel a wonderful reproduction of the quilt that inspired the line but the coordinating fabrics that are part of the line are also wonderful, Deborah Edwards at Northcott is a master at adapting a quilt design into a line of coordinating fabric. I saw the line for the first time in person when it arrived at a shop I was teaching at about a week ago.