Machine-stitched Rag Basket Class – August 2015

A very enthusiastic group gathered on August 29th at Runs With Scissors Studio in Winnipeg Beach to learn how to make rag rope baskets. The first project is to learn the method by sewing a coaster. Then comes the basket and learning how to 'throw a pot' on your sewing machine. With lots of hard work... Continue Reading →

Coiled Basket Workshop Summer 2015 Here is the link to all summer classes at Runs With Scissors Studio in Winnipeg Beach, MB.

Art-Inspired Tote Baskets

I'm experimenting with creating vessels which are inspired by views of nature. These baskets are traditional rag baskets made with tiny strips of cloth sewn over a core. So this basket inspired by Emperor Penguins first appeared. I love the look of canola fields in bloom in Manitoba. Then I was inspired by famous works... Continue Reading →

Everyday Bag

I just pressed the "SEND" key on an submission email to a juried contemporary fibre art show which celebrates the tradition and history of textile arts. This show will be part of an exhibit at Dufferin County Museum and Archives called Stitches Across Time.  It calls Canadian fibre artists to produce work that is inspired by one of... Continue Reading →

New Year’s Prayer

I Hold My Life Up to You Now Patient God, the clock struck midnight and I partied with a strange sadness in my heart, confusion in my mind. Now, I ask you to gather me, for I realize the storms of time have scattered me, the furies of the year past have driven me, many... Continue Reading →

Sydney Harbour Soundscape

Sitting in front of The Museum of Contemporary Art of Australia this captures a typical sunny day in Sydney Harbour. Just add a kalimba! I had just viewed an incredible exhibit called "String Theory" in the museum, a melding of basket weaving, dolls, and sculpture all involving string, thread or fibre. It particularly made my... Continue Reading →

Threadworks 2013

Sunday April 28th was the wonderful day I received my award at the Threadworks 2013 exhibit of needlework at the Wellington County Museum and Archives in Fergus, ON, Canada. You can read about my entry here, But Will It Hold Water. The quality and creativity of the needlework was outstanding. And the show was beautifully hung in a... Continue Reading →

Upcycling Grade 2 Artwork

It started with this.I uncovered this painting my daughter did in Grade Two. I guess it was after we had gone on an airplane ride, her first. I admit that I have trouble throwing some things away. I figured I could use the old schoolwork in a piece of art. So I cut it up.... Continue Reading →

Red Fabric Baskets

These are coiled fabric baskets or bowls which I have sewn using strips of recycled women's clothing over a jute rope core. Each can be used as a beautiful home decor piece for storing just about anything (other than liquids!). But I have particularly designed these baskets to be purchased as Menses Rite of Passage... Continue Reading →

But Will It Hold Water

For about a year I've been on a little journey which began when I picked up a brochure (can't even recall where I got it), a call for entry for Threadworks: A Juried Exhibition of Needle Arts. This is an exhibition, organized every three years by the Ontario Network of Needleworkers' (ONN) an amazing group of dedicated people, mostly women. Their mandate... Continue Reading →

Coiled Paper Basket

My husband owns a neat software company. They were cleaning out the cupboard last week and decided to recycle a boxful of out-of-date brochures.I love paper so I rescued a few and this is what they morphed into. Strips of ripped paper wrapped over jute rope in a traditional coiling method. I like the chinking sound... Continue Reading →

Altered Map Encaustic Bowl

Today I engaged in some dedicated time in my studio to experiment with new processes. I've always enjoyed working with paper, especially maps*. And I've done coiled basketry for years. I recently learned encaustic, basically painting with hot beeswax. I thought I would try to combine them all. I came up with an altered map encaustic... Continue Reading →

Round and Round go the Connections

What I love about selling my artwork on line is the connecting that happens. This is a traditional coiled basket but with a shard of beach glass attached. Today I’m sending this teeny ring holder coiled basket to South Korea. A woman there bought it to add to the nature table she is creating for... Continue Reading →

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