"Tahlia wondered where to send my fabric. I am back in Minnesota, so that is where it should go. We won't be back in Mesa again until this fall when It starts getting cold. My husband is finally going to retire on September 1st, so we will be…"
"My husband tells me I have fabric waiting for me at home. I can't wait to see it, I am so glad I came down here to Mesa to recover from my croup. The weather has been gorgeous and I have met so many nice people in the park where we bought our…"
"Kalona, I am not sure where I am in the order of things, but I think I am doing the March and then the April swap. I am in Arizona and feel so much better in the warm weather, I haven't had a chance to do anything until now and I can't…"
"I am just sending out the last 2 fabrics today. I ended up going to the doctor again last week and she put me on another round of prednisone. So, I have decided to go to our place in Mesa, Arizona to recover. I have croup. For those of you not in…"
"Sorry it took me so long to add you as a friend, but I have been ill and in bed with the croup. I thought only little kids got that, but I have had two bouts of it since January and it's no fun. I am just now getting to my fabrics for the…"
"Glad ;you liked it. I tried to look at everyone's profile to see if I could try and figure out what colors they liked, etc, I hope I got it right! If you prefer different colors let me know, because I dye, paint and do all kinds of different…"
I do lots of threadwork with my machine and teach classes in that. I also teach classes in free-motion quilting, beginning quilting. I have taught dyeing classes also at my house. I used to teach at quilt shops but I stopped that when my husband pointed out that all I was doing was teaching and making samples and doing none of my own work. I still go to people's houses and teach one on one. I belong to Minnesota Comtemporary Quilters, Minnesota Quilters, and Chaska Quilters.
Where did you learn your textile skills?
I learned to sew from my Mom at age 8 when I snuck into her sewing room and sewed my 4 year old sister's hair. After she go over being mad she decided if I was that fascinated by the sewing machine she had better show me how to use it. I made all my own clothes after that and was fortunate that my Mom was skilled in tailoring, so no one knew I wore home-made clothes. I started quilting at age 52 with a class at Glad Creations in Minneapolis and have taken many, many classes through Minnesota Quilters, Quilting on the Waterfront and at various qiult shops in the Twin Cities. I have taken classes from Libby Lehmann, Sherrill Kahn, Carol Bryer Fallert, Susan Stein, Harriet Hargrave and others. I love anything to do with thread and have now started becoming interested in mixed media collages. I have been very, very lucky to have taken classes from such great teachers. I took a 2 day class from Libby Lehmann in 2000 (the diva in the US of metallic thread) and knew where my quilting life would go from then on---experimentation. I am called "The Thread Lady" because I love everything you can do with thread on a machine and I still take classes. I am lucky in that Libby is on Facebook with me.
Is there anything else you'd like other members of Stitchin' Fingers to know about you? Please feel free to tell us a little bit about yourself by way of introduction.
The Textile Center in Minneapolis is one of the joys of my life. I love going there for Contemporary Quilters meetings and love taking classes there also. They have a fabulous library and a wonderful dye lab. I have my own dye lab in my basement and I was lucky to be taught to dye and paint with dye at The Textile Center from one of the best dyers around. She taught me to dye using safe methods only and we got kicked out of class if we didn't follow the guidelines. I am forever thankful to have learned to dye that way. I have seen others dye fabric without wearing a mask of any kind when they mix the dyes and I cringe when I think if the possible effects to their health in years to come. I wear a particulate mask, eye protection and never, ever dye without gloves on. I don't even paint fabric with textile paint without gloves. I give free lessons in dyeing and make sure my students learn the right way to dye fabric. I know I am harping on this but one of the local dyers who ran a business selling fabric just died before age 50. My teacher and I are convinced her cancer was caused by the sloppy way she went about her craft. She never wore a mask and often left off her gloves and she dyed hundreds and hundreds of yards of fabric for her very successful business. Candy (my teacher) would harp on her but it never made a dent in the way she went about dyeing and we think she paid for it with her life.
Hello Joanne, Thanks for saying hello. I will post pictures of things I have done when I find my way around here. I am new to thread painting, I like Helen M Stevens and Trish Burr. I have just stared to learn to do this type of hand embroidery. I started out about 15 years ago with my first quilt, Crazy quilt I made for my mother. I fell in love with it. I made one for my brother and his wife, started one for me and it sits. I am thinking of ways to incorporate my hand stitching with machine decorative stitches with it. I have made 5 quilts for commission. quilts for my two daughters. two that are not complete yet.
I am glad we had chance for brief chatting between us.
.My side of the family is also the one with arthritis. I have the oste in both knees (for about 30 years), I hobble a bit due to my left knee, but so far I am able to keep from total knee replacement (which is what doc told me I needed to consider). My Mom had rheumatoid arthritis and it was horrible to observe her body being incase with it to the point she was bed ridden and had near enough breath to talk due to the RA throughout her body. I depend on the drugs, trying to keep the pops down to very low dosage.
So far my hands are ok, though now and then my fingers get overly tired and ache. But I'm 65 can do activity like driving, running errands, so life is good.
It is nice to see all the nice comments the SF members are posting about your dyed fabric and the piece that I thought had mesh. Let me know if you ever decide to branch out and have a non-quilting SF friend. Noelle
Love your dye work,dying is something I don't do,yet.I'm so busy doing other stuff but am plaining to have a go sometime soon.But I love the way you have dyed yours.I'm not kidding I had light bulbs going off with what I could do with your fabric.
Joanne, I would greatly enjoy being a SF friend, but I need to state I'm not a quilter at all. I just found your work impressive and wanted to know more. If you view my photos you will see I'm into hand stitching.
If you are trying to keep your SF friends to be among quilters only, I will not be hurt if you unfriend me. Else I'll enjoy viewing your progress of work. Noelle
When you are teraching you can have some very interesting moments with machines, and some frustrasting ones. I tried to lower the foot on two in a row one day, and they refused to go down, until I lifted the lever again. Another class the quarter inch foot of two machines (same brand) brke into three pieces, and another time a machine which had been turned off for about five minutes started smoking!
I haven't heard of Viking machines, and if only one had a problem you may be able to put it down to a fault with that one machine, but for two of them to do the same, it is more likely to be a fault with the system, which means contacting the manufacturers is about the best option, both for you and the machine owners. It could be a problem with the metallic thread not being recognised correctly by the machine, or not even recommended by the manufacturers.
I don't use a lot of metallic thread, but do know that tension is critical to getting a good stitch (regardless of type of thread) and maybe the needle. There are needles which are designed for use with metallic threads available, but I can't find any in my needle stash at the moment, and even if I could give you details they may not fit the Viking machines anyway.
I don't think I would be too keen on automatic tension, as sometimes it is nice to adjust it to be a bit "wrong" for a special effect.
If you would like more help, if you post this on the main forum more people will see it, and if you can't work out how to do that, I can copy and paste it there for you. At least, I think I can! A lot of members of Stitchin Fingers are new to computers, the internet or both, and there is usually some one who can help with problems in those areas as well as stitching problems.
Nothing like a bit of name dropping, but what a wonderful list of names to drop! I have only admired the work of these quilters in magazines and books, though I spoke very briefly to Libby Lehmann once when she came to Australia! Look forward to seeing some of your work.
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