Join me at Festival of Quilts (UK): 10-13 August 2017

I look forward to meeting up with European textile enthusiasts at the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham from 10-13 August 2017.  Most of the time, you will find me in the gallery with a matter of time. I will also be giving the following presentations: Driven to Abstraction: Friday 12.30 (45 minutes Lecture) Brenda creates… Read More →

Tutorial: How to Attach Textile Art to a Stretched Canvas

This tutorial show one method for attaching your textile art to a stretched canvas in a way that allows for the work to be easily removed later if desired. Experiment and see what works for you.  There are many options available. Background For a while now I have been wanting to try mounting my small… Read More →

Flange Binding Tutorial

It’s funny how the same idea can reach you via different media. Just this week I followed a Facebook link to Susie’s Magic Binding tutorial – a fun technique where you sew two strips together to create a flange binding that is attached completely by machine.  Then I opened Quilters Companion Issue #67 (the one… Read More →

Overcast Stitching on an Overcast Weekend

It’s been rainy and overcast for much of the long weekend. Perfect conditions to get reacquainted with my machine in the Serendipity studio (take a tour!). I have completed my donation for the 2014 SAQA Benefit Auction.  I will save showing the front for another day but here is the back – sans sleeve and… Read More →

A “D” for Quilt Sleeves

Do you get a “D” for your quilt sleeves aka rod pockets?  I do!  and I don’t mind saying so.  Making a sleeve with plenty of allowance to accommodate the hanging rod/dowl/baton helps to ensure that the quilt hangs well without bulging or distortion along the top.  The other thing you will notice is that… Read More →

More About Hanging Textile Works

Curate (verb) – to select, organize, and look after the items in (a collection or exhibition). As curator of the Beneath the Southern Sky travelling exhibition of textile works, I seek to maintain the works in optimum condition on tour and to ensure that they are displayed in an attractive and professional manner. Yesterday I… Read More →

Hanging Arrangements for Textile Works

One of the challenges of curating a travelling exhibition of textile works is to ensure that it can be displayed securely and attractively in a variety of venues with a minimum of fuss. Accordingly, I specify that all textile worksgoing on tour must have a combined hanging sleeve and velcro strip casing attached to the… Read More →

Overcast Edge Quilt Finish

A few months ago, the Janome Horizon 7700 joined me in the Serendipity Studio. A full review is for a later blog post but I can report that yesterday, for the very first time, I changed the settings from straight stitch to something else. That means I now have used two! of the zillion stitches… Read More →

Printed Quilt Label Tutorial

This tutorial sets out one method for preparing washable, printed labels for quilts and textile works. I have tried lots of methods and products and find this method quite efficient, reliable and economic for my purposes. (Some people may not like the plastic sheen and texture of the transfer.) You will need: Epson Iron-On Cool… Read More →

Double Dipping: Gosford Art Prize & SAQA Deux Exhibition

This weekend I completed a diptych to enter into the Gosford Art Prize. While I was at it, I also entered the triptych Hope, Promise, Bounty: Reap What You Sow. Five works for two entries! Is that double dipping? The prize is open to all artists, apart from employees of Gosford City Council. All artwork… Read More →