Wednesday Wonder: The Poppies by Dijanne Cevaal

I was so pleased that I stayed to listen to Dijanne Cevaal,  the guest speaker on Saturday evening, after the day of vending at the Australian Quilt Market.

A close up of one of Dijanne's  Poppies series

A close up of one of Dijanne’s Poppies series, stitched with Cotton Mako’ 28

Dijanne talked about her creative textile journey, showed examples of her work, and shared stories from the years when she curated touring exhibitions of her own quilts, and those of other Australian quilters, around the world.

It was fascinating to see how an event, or conversation, could lead to the most amazing places and experiences in the world of textiles.

Dijanne Cevaal, as featured in the advertising blurb for her guest speaker appearance.

Dijanne Cevaal, as featured in the advertising blurb for her guest speaker appearance.

If you have followed Dijanne’s  work on her blog you will know that one of her ongoing projects in the past was a series of Sentinels.

Dijanne said she had made the sentinels her height, so they were realistic & they looked stunning in real life.  She is currently working on a series of embroidered faces, inspired by the feminine representations found at Chartres, which can be viewed on her blog.

Her work is often a combination of hand and machine decoration on hand dyed or printed fabric. I was particularly interested to see the work that she showed us where she had embellished the surface with Cotton Mako’ 28.

Another close up of one of Dijanne's Poppy wall hangings.

Another close up of the Cotton Mako’ 28 stitching on one of Dijanne’s Poppy wall hangings

Dijanne Cevaal is truly an artist, her medium is textiles, and she creates stunning works with fabric, paint, thread and beads.

As well as selling her art, she also runs workshop and sells kits to help you create your own masterpiece. See the Poppies, and other pieces, that are for sale on Dijanne’s blog.

This was just one of the highlights from the Australian wholesale Quilt market last weekend. Watch this space on Friday to see what Ladybirdee has to report about the market.

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Wednesday Wonder: Feathered Rose hand quilting

I love to see photos of the work that people have completed with Aurifil thread so I was delighted to receive these photos  from Judy.

Judy leckie's Feathered Rose quilting underway

Judy Leckie’s Feathered Rose quilting underway

It doesn’t seem that long ago that Judy came into the shop to pick out the Cotton Mako’ 28 threads for this quilting, and now it is finished.

The finished quilt

The finished quilt

We had fun picking the two colours, one just a little deeper than the other, to quilt the feathers.

Try choosing a shade up & down of the one colour to add depth & variety to hand quilting

Try choosing a shade up & down of the one colour to add depth & variety to hand quilting

Judy wanted to create some extra depth and interest by playing with colour on the feathers, and doesn’t the use of the soft shading of one colour do just that.

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This close up show the great use of colour in the quilting

Thank you, Judy,  for sharing your beautiful hand quilting with us.

You can see more of Judy’s award winning work here.

We would love to share more stories like this so send us some photos, and a background story, if you have a project made with Aurifil threads that you would like to see featured in a Wednesday Wonder post.

See Songbirds a previous Wednesday Wonder

Wednesday Wonder: Song Birds sing with Aurifil

Yesterday, I went out for the day with my patchwork friendship group so I ran out of time to prepare a ‘Tuesday Treat” this week, but all is not lost as it has given me an opportunity to share a “Wednesday Wonder” with you.

This delightful design, by Anita Goodesign has been stitched with Aurilux

This delightful design, by Anita Goodesign has been stitched with Aurilux

The photo was sent to me by one of our customers, a machine embroiderer, who took advantage of our Aurilux sale earlier in the year. She has asked not to be named, but said this in the email that accompanied the photo:

Here is my finished Aurilux project. The designs are from the Anita Goodesign collection called song birds, I am very happy with it , the threads are wonderful.

Ps you are welcome to post the photo but please don’t use my name

When we were discussing her order, she sent the photo below to show part of the project:

A close up of one of the birds in the design.

A close up of one of the birds in the design.

When she sent this photo she said:

……. I really like the  Aurilux threads and have been contemplating buying the full set for a while now  as my few colours are a bit limiting I also noticed your wonderful new cotton mako chest they look very smart  wish there was one for the Aurilux. Here is my latest project using Aurilux, it has so much more texture than if done on other threads.

It is a real treat for us to see the work that people stitch with the Aurifil threads.

If you would like to see your project featured in a future “Wednesday Wonder” send us an email with a good quality photo, and some information about the project and threads used.

We would love to hear from you.