Monday, June 25, 2018

Stitched Photoscapes workshop with NTGM

I've received more photos of finished work from the Stitched Photoscapes class I taught at the  Needlework and Textile Guild of Michigan (NTGM, in May. I've put together another composite photo of 12 of the finished pieces.

I'm highlighting a few of them below, to point out, for example, the interesting and creative effect that an off-center photo can have:
Here, also, are examples of how the same photo, used with different backgrounds and/or borders, can produce different results (either slight, or more drastic):

And here's a piece that was done using the techniques I taught, but with subject matter other than a landscape.  Animal and plant focal points work well with this too!

Thanks for a great workshop, NTGM!

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Workshops at NTGM: Stitched Photoscapes and Artist Trading Cards

The Needlework and Textile Guild of Michigan (NTGM, is a group of 50 or so amazingly and multi-talented fabric and needlework enthusiasts who welcomed me into their midst a week or so ago for a lecture and workshop series.  They have a great venue (at St. Stephen Episcopal Church, in Troy), with lots of space to spread out and work, and an impressive view of trees out the big windows!

I taught a couple of workshops to the group earlier in May.  My signature Stitched Photoscapes class resulted in wonderful variations of photos, fabrics, and designs, most of which I've gathered together in this composite photo (some were still work-in-progress at the time the photos were taken).

And here's a sample of the stitched cards the group produced and exchanged as part of the Artist Trading Card workshop.

Trunk show presentations

I've given a couple of presentations over the past few weeks.  They were each an hour or so of chatting about the progression of my work from early hand-embroidered bug quilts to the more multi- and mixed-media work I do today.  I presented a version of this to colleagues in the Biology department at the University of Windsor in late April.

And the Needlework and Textile Guild of Michigan ( were an attentive and supportive audience last week. Here's a composite shot of some of the highlights of that presentation.