Fibre artworks – double happiness!

One of the photos accompanying an article I wrote about a fibre art commission, “Da Bees“, has made the cover of March 2023 Creative Fibre (New Zealand) magazine.

And one of my entries in the national Creative Fibre Exhibition at Pataka Art & Museum (Porirua, Wellington Region) already has a red sold sticker!

My entries: “Enchanted Forest” stitched fibre artwork (behind me) and the small, bright turquoise “Swirling Summer Seas” scrumble knit work.

I’ve also made a couple of works for the “Squares, squares, squares” challenge at the Festival of Fibres event at the end of the month – see previous post.

Squares, squares, squares

Latest fibre artworks: for the NZ Creative Fibre “Festival of Fibres” Event challenge later this month:

Two more Silver Birch Forest works, and a couple more ‘works in progress’ – stitching is finished but still deciding whether to frame or make into a bag or cushion

Pretty new pastels for kids & grown-ups

I’ve been making bracelets for kids – lots of bracelets in pale and bright colours: hearts, flowers, shells, daisies, shiny pearlised beads, all adjustable sizes on memory wire.

Have a look in my online shops: littlebrotherbigbrother+little sis – originally for kids’ knitting and now including jewellery as well.

Adults’ jewellery – including pretty daisies and hearts as well as more sophisticated beads are at bronz.beads

from Paua Dragon to stained glass cushions

How exciting! I’ve been finding photos of some really old stitching, for a presentation I’m putting together. Kapiti Coast Quilters has invited me to talk to them about my fibre artwork – hope I’m answering the questions they’d like answers to.

Quilting seems to me to be a very planned and accurate passtime, while my work is almost totally process-driven; I think the contrast between our ways of working will be interesting, but there are sure to be similarities, too – especially in the ways colour and patterns inspire ideas.

Meantime, here are a few ‘retrieved treasures’ including stitching I’d almost forgotten about, from the “Paua dragon” bag that ended up in a frame, and “Paua Dreaming”, an experiment with fabric and beads, to “Shades of Evening” bedroom set and samples in other colours to the original “Tiffany Peony Lamp” cushions.

Celebrating Harakeke

“Celebration of Harakeke” was the theme for entries in the 2022 Creative Fibre education event exhibition (July 2022), and I enjoyed making a couple of fibre artworks especially for it – you can see them on my “Harakeke” page.

My first attempt didn’t work out: I knitted an oblong entrelac shape in flax-like colours, then tried to felt it. (Entrelac knitting mimics a woven look, and is great so long as you get the triangles on the edges sorted. I’ve definitely got to mark where I’m up to in the pattern next time!)

Unfortunately, because I’d used several old yarns from my stash – some of which proved to be acrylic – the piece didn’t felt well and the stitching looked quite loose. Even tacking it onto tapestry canvas and back-filling didn’t work. I’d harvested a flax stem, and planned to include it against the entrelac background in a box frame – but couldn’t find a frame deep, or inexpensive, enough. Another unfinished project, but one I might go back to some day when I’ve got nothing else to do…

In the end, I knitted Colours of Harakeke socks and a hat, incorporating a basket weave pattern, as well as making two new fibre artworks. Works in progress:

Here’s how entrelac is supposed to look (image on left); I’ve downloaded this pattern from Ravelry and plan to tackle it some time. Meantime, I’m working my way through the stash, making moss stitch tote bags, and only buying more wool to finish grandson’s stripey pullover.

but is it iconic?

Latest stitching work in progress: fibre artwork for gallery’s “NZ Icons” themed exhibition. Started out okay, but – since taking the photo – I overdid the pāua and it’s a mess. So here goes with the unpicking, and finding a better “icon” to include. Also, the punga fronds / koru look a bit like horns sprouting out of the shell.

I’m jolly pleased with the stylised pōhutukawa and fern, though.

Contrasting cushion colours

Finally! I stitched these cushion covers late in 2021, but it’s taken until yesterday (May 2022) to dig out my sewing machine to make the backing for them. After a bit of experimenting, the first thing I did was sew the zips in.

I’m really pleased with how they’ve turned out (not my very best machine sewing, but okay), and they’ve been taken to Kapiti Gallery for the “Fine Feathers: spinning, weaving, knitting & felting Exhibition” opening on Thursday 19th May.

Read the rest of their story on my Eclectic Yarn page.