At the moment I am working on various projects which I have to complete and I am also preparing for a long holiday in Namibia with my Willem.... I promised you that I would show & tell my studio, BUT it is such a mess at the moment that I just cannot take photographs to show on this forum..... I have lots of cupboards and drawers in the studio for storage, but when I am really engrossed in a project, all this stuff seems to land on my worktable, the floor, the couch, ironing board, strewn across the computer station etc.... All the cottons jump out of the containers and clutter the area between the sewing machines... I somehow don't feel the need to put things away, bobbins, thread, presser feet, unpickers, a variety of scissors, machine needles, pins.... Working in a frenzy..... And the mystery of it all is that somehow I know exactly where everything is within this chaos... Yes, I am amazed that some quilt artists have this uncanny ability to work in such perfect tidy conditions. Not me, the greater the mess, the more inspired I get and the better I perform. So, I would love to show you my studio, but I don't think today is a good idea.... But I promise, very soon....
I ended the previous blog in 2004 in Durban. As the 2006 National Quilt Festival was held in Port Elizabeth and presented by my home Guild, I decided that I could not stand for another term of office as SAQG President. I felt that my loyalties had to be at home as our Guild is relatively small and all help and skills were needed to present a wonderful Festival. Organizing such an event is very hard work, but such a wonderful opportunity for many reasons.... It builds so much spirit in the hosting Guild and one always learns so many new skills and meet the most amazing people. The Festival Chairlady unexpectedly left town and I had to step into her shoes, but with the support of a wonderful Committee, we pulled it off and hosted a wonderful event. But due to all the Committee obligations, I had no time to finish my quilt entry of historical buildings of Port Elizabeth. I rolled it up for one day when I wasn't tired anymore... I did however prepare a new workshop, Sunset over Africa for the Festival which I taught.
|Sunset over Africa Teaching Sample 2006|
After the Festival, I was dog tired and decided that I really needed to do some hand sewing, just to relax... As I really like hand stitching, I decided to make an embellished cushion which I took to the Guild meetings to keep my hands busy and I just played with threads, beads, shisha mirrors and sequins.... I used variations of chain stitch for the embroidery and as I was stitching at Guild meetings, I had many peeping toms looking at what I was doing and requesting a workshop.... So, I turned this cushion into a workshop and eventually into kits. Unfortunately this cushion got lost in transit from Johannesburg to Port Elizabeth in 2008.
Fun with Chain Stitch Cushion 2006
made primarily of brush rags hand painted fat quarters.
I actually regard this cushion as the start of an exciting new era in my quilting. I stitched it for the pure joy of stitching and creating some texture with threads and beads...