Friday, December 24, 2010
I am doing a series of reviews of books and tools that have helped me develop my use of color in my quilts. The series will be on my blog. If you are interested, please check out : http://nancygcook.blogspot.com/
Here is the first book that I reviewed.
And Happy Holidays everyone.
Sunday, December 12, 2010
More details can be found on Nancy's blog at http://www.nancygcook.blogspot.com
Monday, December 6, 2010
One of our number has a new studio which we are all looking forward to seeing soon. I wanted to make a little "studio spirit" to give some good energy to this new place. Here are a couple of glimpses of what I created. Full photos to follow after the spirit gets to its new home. -PJ-
Monday, October 25, 2010
"New from Old" Auction Begins on eBayTonight!
Thirty gorgeous little quilts to collect or give!
The AAQ's annual fundraising auction of 16"x16" quilts donated by artists from all over the US and Canada (including me!) begins tonight on eBay.com, and will continue through with four one-week auctions. During the auction week go to the eBay website and search keyword "Alliance for American Quilts." All of the quilts for that auction week will be displayed and all registered eBay users can enter a bid (please note: if you search anytime before or after the auction dates, the quilts will not be viewable).
Don't miss this opportunity to pick out special gifts for the holidays or add to your own quilt collection. Click here to view all 118 quilts and read complete auction information. All proceeds support the Alliance for American Quilts, a national nonprofit organization documenting, preserving and sharing the rich history of quilts and quiltmakers.
My quilt "7 of 9" goes on sale in the second round starting on Monday, November 8th! -PJ-
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Sunday, October 3, 2010
Some members of Fiber Art Options spent this weekend manning our space at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden’s AutumnFaire, part of their “Fall with a Flourish” celebration. We had two lovely days of clear October weather to display our goods and talk to shoppers.
“Look, Mom!” A youngster had fun at the pottery display in the tent next door:
There were horses to meet:
And carriage rides to take:
Here’s another wonderful reason to go to Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden this fall. Nancy Cook’s beautiful “Seed Play” exhibition is hanging in both halls near the entrance:
For more details on Nancy’s show, see her blog here.
At about three o’clock on Sunday, the dark clouds were coming… Time to pack up and head home!
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Following up on the concepts introduced in her first DVD,Thanks so much to all of you who have purchased my first DVD. My oldest daughter has braces because of you! :-)
“Master Machine Quilting: Free-Motion Stitching and
Thread Sketching,” Quilting Arts columnist Susan Brubaker
Knapp delves even deeper, teaching you how to add color,
dimension, texture, pattern, line, and movement to your
quilts using thread. After a quick overview of the basic
materials you’ll need, as well as some helpful tools to make
things easier, Susan breaks down each of the six topics (from
color to movement) and provides step-by-step machine
stitching demos. She shows numerous samples that illustrate
the basic thread-sketching concepts being discussed. Prepare
to expand your view of the opportunities for using stitch on
Here I am on the set of Quilting Arts TV about three weeks ago. I was there to tape three segments for the TV show, and my DVD. All in one day! Whew; what a whirlwind! Quilting Arts managing editor Helen Gregory took this photo. (Thanks, Helen!)
On the DVD, I demonstrate how I got from the simple fused fabric piece above to this:
The DVD will be available for purchase from Interweave/Quilting Arts website, and on my website, sometime in October. I’ll keep you posted. I’m off to sip some champagne and celebrate!
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Saturday, August 28, 2010
Friday, August 20, 2010
This introductory sampler class is for anyone interested who has ever been interested in learning how to dye fabric, using easy formulas and explanation, dyeing is very approachable. Using MX dyes you will learn all the basics of “small batch” dyeing.
After you have mastered the very basic, you move on to learn techniques to create those awesome crackle and parfait patterns and those coveted gradation collections. Now that you are a master of the dye pot, we will learn the basics of resist dying. Using techniques including: stitches and binding, wax, and flour paste resist, you will learn to create loosely controlled patterning with dye. MX dyes are perfect for dyeing cotton, rayon and silks. You can make fabrics using natural, white and even transform those “ugly” fabrics you have in your stash into something great for your next project.
Lesson 1. Introduction: Learn how to prepare fabric, about using dye and chemicals, MX dye safety, and start dyeing!
Lesson 2. Hand-dye Crackles and Parfaits: Learn about color strength and direct mixing to create a spectrum of colors on one piece.
Lesson 3. Dye me a Rainbow: Learn how to control color to dye a rainbow from primary dye colors, making “solid” colors, and how to make coordinated fabrics and gradations.
Lesson 4. Resists 1 – Getting started with resists: Learn to use tied, sewn and clamped resists to create pattern.
Lesson 5. Resists 2 – Water soluble resists: Learn to use paste made from your pantry as resists to create subtle crackle effects.
Lesson 6. Resists 3 – Drawing pattern: How to draw patterns and control color flow by using liquid resists such as: “gutta,” dish soap, jacquard resists, soy wax.
Dyeing Made Easy is a six-week class; the cost is $75.
Friday, August 13, 2010
It's a beautiful venue, a wonderful show, and lots of great people. And then there's always Asheville, a town that seems to have just about everything: the mountains, wonderful galleries and music, great restaurants.
The icing on the cake? Two pieces from Fiber Art Options members won ribbons.
Susan Brubaker Knapp's "Pink Petal Party" took an Honorable Mention in the Applique/Mixed Large Quilt category.
And Debbie Langsam's "Under the Watchful Eye of Queen Charlotte (II)" won first prize for Small Pieced Quilts.
(Thanks to Susan for the photos!)
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
- Festival of Quilts, Birmingham, England, August 19 - 22, 2010
- Pfizer, Inc., New York, New York, Sept. 16, 2010 - March 16, 2011
- Visions Gallery, San Diego, California, January 1 - April 1, 2012
- Global Health Odyssey Museum of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia, June 1 - Sept. 1, 2012
Monday, July 5, 2010
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
After the Frost
Linda Stegall and Nancy G Cook took first place awards at the June Mint Hill Arts judged show. Stegall took first place in 3-Dimensional art for her fiber vase. Cook took a first in Mixed Media for After the Frost. This was an art show with most works being paintings, pastels, clay, photography and a few other pieces of fiber.
Mint Hill Arts throws a great reception, art work sells, and it is a real party, with some of the very best work in the gallery that can be found in the region.
The organization is moving next door to a larger, updated, AIR CONDITIONED space that will make it even more delightful for art exhibitions.
Is fiber art getting into art exhibitions in your area? Are you entering your fiber art into art shows? Inquiring minds want to know.
Saturday, June 19, 2010
PJ's "7 of 9" piece
Thursday, June 10, 2010
The goal is to teach the techniques, so that students can go home after class and work from their own photos to create original work.
These pieces are all little (all smaller than 8x12") because I needed to whip them up fast. But I'd love to do them really big. Wouldn't they look fabulous hanging together as a big triptych?
Here are some larger photos of each:
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
It is painted on white fabric (Pimatex by Robert Kaufman, my favorite fabric for painting because it is very fine and tightly woven). The photo below shows the heavy thread sketching I did on this piece before I quilted around the individual candy corn candies.
This is the third year that my work has been selected for the calendar, and I am no less thrilled this time than the other two years. Yippee!!! Just wait until you see some of the other pieces Quilting Arts has selected. (If you are a member of the Quilting Arts community, you can see some of them in the photo gallery section.) They are really spectacular, and I am honored to be in their company.
– Susan Brubaker Knapp
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Each piece is unique designed to accentuate the cabochon stone. These vary in size from about 2.5" to 4" across. Janet starts with the special stone and a small collection of beads, crystals, pearls, and stones - beading a bezel around the stone to hold it firmly in place, and then begin to embellish the piece until it feels done. Then each is finished up with a beaded picot edge and back with coordinating deer leather.
She says that this work is a labor of love working in this small scale playing with repetition and color. One bead at a time.
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
For many years, Charlotte (NC) had the reputation as a "tear down" city. We tore down homes, factories, trees - if it was old, it was gone. And we made room for the new: big box stores, strip shopping malls, steel and concrete office buildings, and lots of parking decks. But over the last decade or so, things have begun to change.
We still have plenty of new development. Two fabulous examples are the breathtaking Bechtler Museum of Modern Art and the inspiring Havey B. Gantt Center for African American Arts + Culture.
But the good news is that we're also starting to protect and celebrate the old.
This weekend I'm participating in "ARTevation: Save Our Signs," a show celebrating Charlotte's vintage painted and neon commercial signs. These are the iconic symbols of old roller skating rinks, Mom and Pop restaurants, full service garages, and neighborhood hang-outs.
artEVATION: Save Our Signs
May 7th, 2010 4 - 10PM (South End Gallery Crawl)
May 8th, 2010 10 AM - 4 PM
From what I've seen, it's going to be a spectacular show. Plenty of great photography, painting, and a really amazing ceramic artist - all focusing their work around the sign theme. I'll be the only fabric artist, so that's exciting. The signs have a way of getting into your psyche; some of the artists moved away from the city years ago and still find themselves returning to those images for inspiration.
I'll be showing thirteen pieces. Four of them come from my "Queen Charlotte" photomosaic series. From a distance, each piece shows a different view of the Queen Charlotte statue in Uptown Cha rlotte. Here are two of them:
Close-up, the viewer sees 1/2" x 1/2" photos of Charlotte people, places, and events...and of course the vintage signs. They're printed on fabric and then pieced together to make up the larger image.
It turns out that the removal of the JFG coffee sign, a longtime and much beloved Charlotte landmark, was the catalyst for the "Save Our Signs" movement. This has become a joint venture between Historic Charlotte and the JFG Coffee Company (they're putting up to $15,000 towards the effort to help save and restore some of these vintage signs).
For those interested in historic preservation, at least one happy ending is coming soon. The JFG sign is being restored and the company is about to announce the sign's new Charlotte location.
Watch for an update on (and pictures from) the show. And, of course, if you're in the neighborhood be sure to stop by and enjoy the artwork.