Sunday, February 22, 2009

Absorbed in Beading

Have you seen the book by Maggie Grey called "Textile Translations"? It is fantastic. Not only is the book content wonderful, but there is the added bonus of free classes on-line. I'm working on the first of three and this is a portion of the project. I have dropped my vegetables for a few days and have been completely absorbed in beading this project. It is amazing how something that didn't look great becomes intriquing with the addition of embellishments. I've really been enjoying this, to the point of ignoring other things I should be doing! The only trouble is where to stop! I strongly suggest anyone interest in textile art/mixed media/surface design get this book. It is SO much information and incredibly inspiring.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

The Garry Oak

This is a picture of the tree by the school where I work as a secretary. I absolutely love this tree. My Dad (age 94) did a needlepoint of it last year, from a photo. It is a Garry Oak and is protected species, but thrives in the Comox Valley and a few other special areas on Vancouver Island. Our school has an Environmental Group, which is doing a display to garner interest in their activities. One of the students took this photograph and emailed me to print it in color for their poster board. I thought I'd share it with everybody, just because I love it so much. It's spectacular no matter the season.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

An Acorn Squash

How DOES this happen? I don’t know what I did wrong! I know that precision piecing is not my best quality, but today’s experience really brought that fact home! I pieced the acorn squash today. I spent the best part of last evening laying out all the freezer paper patterns on the selected fabric and cutting. I went to bed feeling happy that it was all laid out and ready to sew today.

This morning I did sew. Happily, all the pieces went together beautifully. Until I went to sew the final two halves of the block together. It was missing an entire wedge. It wasn’t actually missing…..all the wedges were there… just wouldn’t fit together unless I made one more wedge, or scrapped the whole thing and started over of course! So….I made a new wedge. It’s not quite perfect, but I’ll leave it until I have all the blocks done. If there’s time, I’ll try re-doing this one. But for now, I’ll make some corn and tomatoes….I have some already and they are more encouraging!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Vegetables for Dad

When my parents moved from the house they’d been in for 57 years, to a condominium, Dad had to give up his garden. It was a huge sacrifice for him as he loved growing vegetables. Not flowers….vegetables! He was 89 when they moved and is now 94. I wanted to make him the quilt from Ruth McDowell’s book “Pieced Vegetables”. I’ve talked and talked about it and finally realized I better get going on it or he won’t be here to enjoy it! So I’ve now got most of the blocks done. I plan to fly in to visit them for a few days during spring break and hope to have it finished for that visit.

I have paper pieced most of the blocks, but the lettuce, the star of the quilt, I decided to do with the curved piecing pattern. It was difficult and I ended up hand basting it and pressing before I sewed it, but it turned out well.

The lettuce is the star of the quilt because when I was born, first child, all the other women in the ward got flowers. My Dad brought Mum his first head of lettuce from that year’s garden. She still hasn’t forgiven him! I’ll post a picture of the quilt when it’s finished, but here’s the lettuce.

Sunday, February 08, 2009

Charmed I'm sure.

I'm lucky enough to belong to an on-line group of textile artists headed up by Patti Culea, a well known author, dollmaker, textile artist and teacher. At the moment we are having a charm exchange. Since it's a fabric art group, the charms are textile ones. 1 1/2" in size, anything goes. I've been working on mine and enjoying every minute of them. My joy is in the doing of these projects, but when done, I'll have one of mine and 43 from on-line friends. We're all exchanging ideas on how to use them...bracelets, necklaces, chatelaines, mobiles, boas etc. Today while sorting out colors of beads for the next one I'll work on I spilled beads all over the living room floor. The hardwood I love had beads bouncing all over the place. I think the Dust Buster got about half of them....I resented the time taken away from my preparation to clean up but you know how husbands are when the walk in beads with bare feet! Here's a photo of the first few charms I've done.

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Melissa's Collage

I had a wonderful weekend with two of my grandchildren. We were catching up on a shopping trip promised to them for Christmas and drove to Victoria....a 3 hour drive from here. I was exhausted when I got home but it was worth it. They are growing up so fast. One has just moved to her own apartment, and her younger sister made this collage for her her. It's done with painted papers cut to shape and eyes cut from magazines, all collaged onto a background. Grandma asked for one of her own to hang in her office, Melissa said it took her two hours to do in art class, but I told her Grandma's worth it. I hope I get one too! Isn't it amazing?

Tuesday, February 03, 2009


My name is Gladys Love. I am a textile artist, quilter, teacher, designer and author. I also enjoy landscape gardening, knitting and drawing. In fact, if it has fibre in it or has anything to do with fibre, I will probably love working with it. Fabric, paper, plants, wool….. you name it.

Luckily I have a husband who likes to cook and totally supports me when I get going on a project! And that’s what has allowed me the time to have a book proposal accepted by C&T Publishing. The end result, two years later, is “Embellishing with Anything” by none other than Gladys Love (with help of a lot of her friends)! The picture up top is of the cover. You may recognize it in your local shop one day. To be released April 1st, 2009!