Stitch Journeys

Exploring life with needle and thread.

Art and Soul Portland

I had an incredible time at Art and Soul in Portland. I didn't take any classes this time around but had so much fun teaching that I didn't miss out on the excitement and inspiration oozing through the hotel.


I simply love teaching art and making! Here are some photos from my classes...we made a wonderful creative mess every day!




Camille's delectable cloth




Faythe's delectable cloth




Mary printed fabric until the last possible minute




A journal gathering on Wed night




Ingrid and Lewellyn at a journal gathering




what a creative mess we made in Anthologies of Memories




Judy's Anthology book pages




Janet created pages that are fun and funky...just waiting for her images




Amelia's anthology pages


I totally forgot to take photos during the silk paper class as well as Natural Beauty class! But, take my word for it we made a glorious art mess. If you ever get a chance to attend a retreat like Art and Soul don't hesitate...the energy is amazing and the art and friendships are incredible.

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Delectable Cloth on the Design Wall

I am one to always have multiple projects going...I move between them as circumstances and whim dictate. I realized the other day when I put them all in one place at the same time that they all use fabric that I have made with gelatin plate mono-printing with a few other surface design techniques thrown in. I thought it would be fun to show you what I have been working on even if nothing is finished yet.


This quilt is all improvisational piecing. What is really funny to me is that with no planning it is almost square! It is 28" x 30". Now the question is do I square it up or leave it be? I haven't decided how to quilt it yet...it will let me know which of my ideas it likes best.

With these two smaller pieces I am experimenting with machine stitching and hand stitching. The top one is all machine stitching including the machine long stitch I have been playing with. You can see it in the detail shot of the purple rectangle section. The teal and yellow one is all hand stitching. Both pieces are very different and I like them equally however I do feel more involved with the hand stitched piece...probably because it is a slow cloth work.

My turtle piece here has been neglected for months because it got hidden under a pile of fabrics! I have combined gelatin printed fabrics and paper in this piece. I have just started machine quilting but probably won't do much more as it is telling me it would like much more hand stitching.

This is a piece of paper that has been mono-printed. I just love it and think it will end up as a journal cover. I can't decide on how much stitching it wants yet but I think I have the perfect size journal for it to wrap around.

gelatin printing with thermofax screen



gelatin printing with alcohol inks



These two pieces are from a recent class demo. The flowers are screened with a thermofax screen and super opaque white. The bottom piece was an experiment with alcohol inks which I wasn't so thrilled with and screen printed on top...love it now!

tote bag made from Multi-Purpose Cloth



Messenger bag made with Multi-Purpose cloth


Finally here are a couple of finished pieces! These bags are gelatin plate mono-prints on Multi-Purpose Cloth by Roclon. I love this cloth and it is an awesome material for mono-printing.

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