Cathy Jeffery has been a member of Uncommon Threads since we started 11 years ago. She says she enjoys working with strips of fabric in an abstract manner. "It's all about the colors side by side and manipulating the shapes. In addition to exhibiting in the group's exhibits she has shown at Waverly House Gallery in the juried shows.
A River Runs Through It
Cathy won the Mayor's choice award in Waverly's latest show, "Local Idenity." On this invitation to the exhibit, her piece is on the far left. It's title is: Hodgson's Mill Bridge.
Vivian loves embellishment. She works with commercial and hand dyed cloth, thread, yarns, and beads to express her emotions in vibrant color and organic forms. Working intuitively, she manipulates the fabrics as thoughts come to her.
We'll feature a few of our members for the next couple of posts. Meet Dianna Callahan, retired art instructor from Southwest Baptist University. Dianna excels in textile portraits and serendipitous or spontaneous fabric collages. She once demonstrated how she makes her collages and made it look so easy AND fun.
"Elvis" is in the current juried theme show "At The Movies" at Waverly House, Springfield, MO.
He is one of a series of five rock star portraits which depict them singing to their audiences. This is a mixed media work which starts with a Shiva oil stick painting on fabric, then has other fabrics appliqued around the face.
These two pieces, "Blossom Hill" and "Spring Beauties" are on consignment at Waverly House. "Blossom Hill" is a contrived landscape while "Spring Beauties" is inspired by the Iris in my garden. In addition to fabric, BoNash adhesive, misty fuse, foil and Angelina heat bonded fibers are used.
Roberta Ranney brought this charming piece to the most recent meeting of UT. She says that she has a wooden horse that belonged to her sister sitting in the backyard. . She decided to honor the little horse by appliqueing him to a background fabric dyed by Ellen Anne Eddy with appliqued irises representing the ones planted by her husband. More of Roberta's work can be seen on her blog.
This is our last 12 x 12 challenge. Since only nine people participated it probably means that people have lost interest. Humpf! Oh well, these are fun and colorful. Frankly it's been a long, cold March and April here in Southwest Missouri and these look like we are more than ready for sunshine and warmth.
Sunrise Sunset - Dianna Callahan
It'sTulip Time - Cathy Jeffery
Daffodils In Spring - Donna Olson
Spring Down the Rabbit Hole - Vivian Terbeek
Spring Green - Merrilee Tiesche
Majestic Spring - Carol Bormann
Poppy Time - Maureen Ashlock
In Spring A Young Man's Fancy Turns To Love - Emmie Seaman
We had three months to work on this challenge - Favorite Tree - chosen by Lettie Blackburn. People either found it very challenging or really liked the subject because of the 11 people participating 15 works were created.
How To Choose From Riches Such As These
The Last Stand...Remembering
Lettie says this is a dead pine tree whose design fascinates her and this is the third time she has used it in her artwork.
Georgia Street Gingko Tree-October 16th
This interpretation of the gingko tree was inspired by a photo Carol took a few years ago. The viewpoint is from under the spreading limbs looking up toward the sky. The canopy of the tree was covered with yellow leaves. The piece was created using applique and machine embroidery.
Georgia Street Gingko Tree-October 17th
This piece abstractly illustrates the yellow leaves that all fell in one day. The black trunk and branches of the bare tree contrast with the circle of fallen leaves. Machine embroidery gives pattern and dimension to the mat they formed. The tree silhouette was fused on top of the leaves.
A drawing on fabric.
Tree in Ozark Sunset
Tree in Sunlight
Owl In a Pine Tree
Boo Hoo Wahoo
A Wahoo tree is a small native tree usually found in the wild in damp areas. It has beautiful color in the fall and red berries in the winter which the birds love. Emmie's beautiful Wahoo in her back yard was destroyed in the ice storm of 2009 and only a bare trunk was left. The tree trunk is cut free form and fused to the hand dyed background. Embellished with machine embroidery.
Wahoo Tree (back)
This was a first attempt but the above was preferred so this was used for the back of the of the quilt. It is a photo image of the tree in fall foliage with berries printed onto canvas. A photo image of the dead tree is fused onto that.
Every year we have a finger food, gift exchange party to celebrate the Christmas season. The gifts must be handmade or from a collection. The food was outstanding which I didn't photograph, I just ate it. The gifts were also outstanding.
Carol Bormann holding a journal with hand made cover made by Lettie Blackburn. And Lettie holding a pillow made by Emmie Seaman
Cathy Jeffery holding pieced, molded leaves made by Diane Steffen. Maybe we can get Diane to write a blog post about her technique.
Donna Olson holding Christmas socks.
Lettie holding a wall quilt made by Roberta Ranney.
Pottery made by Dianna Callahan
Merrilee Tieche was Queen for a Day while she plows through tissue paper.
Then we also had show and tell:
Roberta Ranney with one of her many owls. She says this is the last one; made for herself.
Quilt for a four-poster bed made by Lettie Blackburn
Red Strips by Cathy Jeffery
Cathy Jeffery is holding another piece in which she used scraps from her red strips. Note Vivian Terbeen wearing the tiara. Now she's Queen for a Day!
Welcome to the blog site for Uncommon Threads. We are a regional group of art quilters in the Ozarks and we meet once a month for show and share and critique. Occasionally we have exhibits, one of which will be at the Pool Gallery, Drury College in Springfield, MO, in September. It is our intention to have at least one member post at least once a month. Hopefully there will be more as we try to not only keep up with the group’s happenings but also individual members. You can see much more on our web site: www.uncommthreads.com.