Autumn Colours

Autumn Colours

Autumn Colours

View from Barnett Park on Calabogie Lake in watercolour.

Autumn Sumac

This was the view outside my dining room window at the the cottage a few weeks ago.

Fall-Sumac-watercolourI love it when the trees have started to change colours but there is still some green.  This year some of the sumac was brilliant red while other trees nearby had barely started to change.  The trees I painted in the watercolour started to turn well after many of the other sumac in the area.

The leaves have all gone now.  Even the poplars which turn late lost all their leaves in the wind we had Thursday night.


This year is Raggedy Ann’s 100th birthday.  So to commemorate the event I am making some Raggedy Ann-type dolls.  This is my first attempt.



The face is machine embroidered.

Later this month she will be donated to the Ottawa Fire Department to be given to a child in crisis.


Blue Jay

The Blue Jays love to sit in my pine trees between visits to the bird feeders.  This watercolour is from a photograph I took last winter.





Just finished  a new watercolour.




It’s from a photo I took of a Cormorant on the Ottawa River.

What a Relief!

I’m still felting.  Here are some tiles.









They take a fair amount of time to get them firm and the edges sharp.  But I enjoy the process even if my fingers are a little sore from stabbing myself with the needle.

Felting Mountains Out of Molehills

I have been felting lately, inspired by the Stephanie Metz workshop I took in July at Arrowmont.

TopographicThis is a piece that I started in Stephanie’s class. I  originally had soft  worn down mountains and that’s how they remained until last weekend. Edwina Sutherland and I participated together at Fibrefest and I asked her what I should do with the piece. She said the mountains needed more definition. So when I had spare moments at the show I sat and felted mountains out of molehills. I had so much fun and the piece looks a lot better. It’s not what I had in mind when I started, but I do have ideas of what to do next.

Where the Mountains Go Down to the Sea 2

Here is my second fabric postcard based on the same photograph.

Fabric postcard landscape - mountains and sea

Where the Mountains Go Down to the Sea #2


(See the first one here)

This one is a little more colourful.

Where the Mountains Go Down to the Sea

Fabric postcard loosely based on a photograph I took from the cruise ship between Vancouver and Alaska.

Fabric postcard of mountains and sea

Where the Mountains Go Down to the Sea

The title is from the first line of Golden Rowan by Bliss Carmen.


I recently watched a video demonstration by Dory Kantor on Notans.  Traditionally these are done cutting out black paper and gluing the results to white paper.  In the video Dory uses colour and that was a major stimulus for me to give it a try.

I started by experimenting with face shapes. Once they were done I traced and scanned them and then used my embroidery software to make embroidery patterns.







Next I tried a flower shape and I cheated on this one as I changed it while I was tracing it to get the form and shapes I wanted.




Then, just for fun I did cat silhouettes.


All the embroideries are done on white organza.




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