Thursday, July 31, 2014

Englehart Post Card Exhibit

The Englehart and Area Historical Museum hosted its second Juried Post Card Art Exhibit from July 17th to August 3rd.

Here are my 2 entries:

Northern Forest - sold during the Open House


The Competition Standards were:

Art must be f4” x 6” postcard size

Art must be for sale

Art in any 2D medium

3D work with a depth no greater than 3/8”

Matted to 8” x 10” either landscape or portrait orientation

Mat to be white in colour

No framed works

Article and photo from The Temiskaming Speaker

June Simpson and her winning entry on the bottom - mine just happened to be above it.

Taking first place honours at the Postcard Exhibition hosted by the Englehart & Area Historical Museum is Kirkland Lake artist June Simpson standing beside her watercolour on yupo painting called “My Garden.” (Staff photo by Sue Nielsen)

Linking to The Needle and Thread Network WIP.

Happy stitching,


Saturday, July 26, 2014

ART PROMPT - #11 – Add string


A good opportunity to “add string” as my Art Prompt #11.

I try hard to go to Charlton Tuesdays art group every week. Everyone works on their own project but there is a lot of support and help available if you run into a snag.

Approximately once a month, someone gives a demo or workshop.

This month was Encaustics with Berdina Beavan.

Here is my Project, it measures 12” x 12”:

Encaustics using string

And this was our little postcard size project we experimented with first.
I added some tangled threads and a little tulle.

Encaustics with tangled threads and tulle

I really want to do more of this!

See you next time,


NEXT ART PROMPT - #12 – Use old make-up.


One prompt, one project (taking as long as required to finish the project)

It's OK to finish or use a previously started project (UFO) as a starting point.

Make something creative.

Use any Media.

Blog about the project.

Pick another prompt once the project is done.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Take a Stitch Tuesday

Stitches 80 to 83

Four samples for TAST this week with Sharon b. at Pin Tangle

Sharon presents a new stitch challenge every week at Take a Stitch Tuesday.

Take a Stitch Tuesday - Stitches 80 to 83
After practicing the stitch around a 4” frame, I try to come with a design using that stitch.

At the rate I'm going , I probably won't ever get caught up but I really enjoy learning new stitches and then trying to figure what I can do with them.

Stitch 80– Raised Chain Version 1

I really like the looks of this, gave a nice raised rounded shape as more rows were added to the base stitches.

Raised chain - Version 1

Stitch 81– Raised Chain Version 2

I didn't like the looks of this one as much as Version 1 which is probably due to the thread I used.

Raised Chain - Version 2
I like trying all different kinds of threads and wools. I found this at our Hobby Shop and thought I'd give it a try. It is called Sizzle by Red Heart, a 100% Nylon #2 (colour Fiesta Mix). It is very slippery and very hard to keep even tension on the stitches .

Stitch 82 – Spanish Feather Stitch

I think this stitch looks so elegant, I like it a lot.

Spanish Feather Stitch

Stitch 83 – Siennese Stitch

Fast and easy. I think a lot could be done with this stitch, see my corners. It is sometimes hard to figure out how to turn the corners.
Good filler, I used a varigeated wool and offset the stitches.

Siennese Stitch

I will link up to TAST at Pin Tangle .

Check out this site as well as the comments to see all the beautiful work going on there.

Happy Stitching,


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Fibre Content 2014

Yeh for us!

Four entries by the Northern Ontario Fibre Artists were juried into Fibre Content Show to be held September 9 – 16, 2014, at the Art Gallery of Burlington.

The following were accepted into the show:

Seven Create, a group project by all seven members of Northern Ontario Fibre Artists.
This project was a long time in the making and we are so happy to be able to share it again.

Seven Create by Northern Ontario Fibre Artists

Waste Not, Want Not. A beautiful bowl of recycled threads and fabric by Marie Black. 

See more of Marie's beautiful art on her Pinterest board My Art

Waste Not, Want Not by Marie Black

Ghost Ship – Ciudad de Inca, whole cloth, hand dyed by wicking, machine quilted by Terry Whyte

Ghost Ship - Ciudad de Inca by Terry Whyte

Escape to the Surreal, whole cloth, hand dyed by wicking, machine quilted by Terry Whyte

Escape to the Surreal by Terry Whyte

Linking to The Needle and Thread Network.  Have a look at what Canadian bloggers are up to.

Happy Quilting,


Thursday, July 3, 2014

Fantasy Garden

Quilt Documentation # 162

Fantasy Garden - Terry Whyte

 I started blogging in order to document as many as my quilts as I could.

While putting away my quilts from my Waterloo Guild trunk show, I decided to sort out any quilts that had not been documented on my blog.

I was surprised that I had not blogged about the very first challenge the Northern Ontario Fibre Artists undertook.

Fantasy Garden is my quilt from the Round Robin Challenge, see below, and this is how it progressed:

Background onto which I added printer photos of some of my garden flowers

After three members added embellishments 

When I got it back I added a spider web and then added the back and batting this way:

Batik for the back with markings for size of finished quilt
Corners stitched and turned to front

Batting inserted inside the folds

Stitched the top over the "binding" edges
I then couched a piece of fuzzy wool just inside the raw frayed edges of the top.

After all the quilting was done, I added a spider and the dragonfly.

Fantasy Garden - Terry Whyte

NOFA Round Robin Embellished Collage

The idea was introduced in September, 2007 and the quilts were completed in 2008.

Background fabric could be pieced, appliqued, painted, dyed or left as is.
The owner of the background would add something to it in the form of:
    • applique
    • stamp
    • beads or other embellishments
    • stitch
    • numbers or lettering
    • yarn, ribbon, thread, etc
    • paint
    • add colour with crayons, Shiva Paint Stiks, markers, ink, etc.
    • Add photos
    • anything else you could think of
The background fabric would be passed along from one member to the other to embellish further until it had gone to each member.
The owner would then add more, or not, and finish the quilt in any way they wished.

These are the other quilts made in the challenge:

Spy......ral - Jane Hughes

Dancing in the Moonlight - Karen Pilch

Sunflowers - Silvia Bos

Pond Life - Kit Ormsby

Midnight Garden - Marnie Mascioli

Nature at Dawn - Marie Black

Linking to Nina Marie's Off the Wall Friday  and The Needle and Thread Network.

Happy Quilting


Quilt Name: Fantasy Garden
Description: Embellished Collage
Pattern: Original
Size: 21½” x 28½”
Fabrics: 100% cotton
Predominant colours: Green, red, yellow
Construction Techniques: Applique, photo transfer, beading, thread painting, and more
Back: batik
Batting: bamboo
Edge finish: Back turned to front
Quilting: Free motion quilted on Domestic Machine
Quilted by: Terry Whyte
Sleeve: yes
Label: yes
Date completed: 2008
Maker: Terry Whyte