Overall Bling

Overall Bling

Rescued overalls, oddments, fragments and assorted junk

Vegetable Vendor and Family

Vegetable Vendor and Family

56" x 32" My favourite vegetable vendor, his wife and four daughters. Left to right are the beautician, vendor, fishwife, teacher, florist, astrologer, bird seller and cook. Hand dyed and commercial cottons Machine appliqué, machine quilting, embellishments, embroidery

The Road Home

The Road Home

26" x 33" Hand dyed cottons, variety of other fabrics Soft edge machine appliqué, some dimensional work, beading

Vegetable Vendor Meets Picasso

Vegetable Vendor Meets Picasso

9" x 12" Sue Dove’s book "Painting with Stitches" has been a tremendous inspiration to me. I love her free embroidery technique and have done several pieces of my own design using her technique, on canvas. This takes me a lot of time to do, so I started out with a familiar Picasso painting as the inspiration – but then the vegetable vendor took over with her basket perched on its rest of twisted cloth, her hair in a bun and her jimki earring... But she is still eyeing Picasso!

Ivory Vase

Ivory Vase

25" x 30" Hand dyed cottons, laces, organza Sculpted appliqué, machine embroidery, machine quilting

Ivory Vase, Detail

Ivory Vase, Detail

Sunlit City A

Sunlit City A

20" x 38" Hand dyed and commercial fabrics Soft edge appliqué, quilting, embellishments

Sunlit City B

Sunlit City B

19" x 38" Hand dyed and commercial fabrics Soft edge appliqué, quilting, embellishments

Flower Pot on Ledge

Flower Pot on Ledge

27" x 32" Cotton, silk, organza, lace Layering, machine embroidery, sculpting, beading

Amber Morning

Amber Morning

40" x 28" Hand dyed background Fused appliqué, layering, free machine quilting

A Place in the Shade

A Place in the Shade

33" x 39" Hand dyed fabrics Fused appliqué

Bling Bird

Bling Bird

20" x 22" Mixed media Hand embroidery, machine embroidery, soft sculpture appliqué, dimensional flowers, beading

Ancestral Home

Ancestral Home

60" x 40" This quilt was commissioned to celebrate an ancestral home Hand dyed cottons, silks, laces

Glimpses

Glimpses

27" x 19" Hand dyed cottons, cheesecloth Fused strips

Hanging Garden

Hanging Garden

22" x 18" Inspired by Prudence Mapstone's freeform crochet work and Renate Kirkpatrick's book "Freeform Crochet and Beyond", I have done several of these "Hanging Garden" pieces for family and friends. It's such a relaxing technique and an excuse to collect all those luscious yarns!

The Child Tree

The Child Tree

27" x 30" Made for a carer in a children’s hospital. Dyed and printed cottons

Memories

Memories

33" x 25" Made for a friend who had lived in India and Kuwait. Hand dyed fabrics Fused appliqué

I picked up these toddler overalls at a thrift shop. They called out to be celebrated with bling. I like to go “over the top” with garment embellishment, but who can wear so much junk?! All those bits and pieces I have in my collection – bought, gifted, hoarded – I had a blast! Beads and buttons, charms and tacky plastic flowers, even a Rajasthani skirt ornament, all found their place on this piece. The only thing is, I kept picking up more junk and now need several overalls (and time!) to use them all. The hanger was decorated with more junk and I love how the large beaded tassels balance the whole piece.