Level 3 Advanced Studies in Experimental Stitch Exhibition

Level 3 Advanced Studies in Experimental Stitch Exhibition

The ‘Bachelor Buttons’ in the midst of setting up the exhibition. (Maureen couldn’t be there, but her beautiful work was.)

I recently completed Level 3 Advanced Studies in Experimental Stitch at the Gail Harker Creative Studies Center and we held an in-person and online exhibition. Gail’s courses are similar to City and Guilds in the UK. If you’re close to the Seattle area, there is a new session of Level 3 Stitch beginning in September. Just click on the link above for more information. (And you really don’t have to be that close, I live almost 600 miles away.)

We had a busy few days setting up the exhibition and I thought you might like to see a few set up photos.

And then it was the day of the exhibition. We had around 80 people attend over the two days in early July. It was wonderful to be able to see all the hard work accomplished by my fellow students and to share our work with other interested people.

I asked my fellow students if I could share their work and I’m happy that everyone agreed so that you can see some amazing fiber art. These are just a very few examples of their work produced in class.

Maureen Goldsmith

Maureen Goldsmith wasn’t able to come to the in-person exhibition but was able to send her wonderful work.

Covid Birds © Maureen Goldsmith

Covid Birds by Maureen is a framed wall hanging, you can see it in the first photo behind the group photo on the wall, to understand the size of the piece.

Covid Birds – Detail © Maureen Goldsmith

Here’s a detail view so you can see the stitching more closely.

Val Gleeson

Val has an interest in historical embroidery and needlework.

Pleasurable Pursuits © Val Gleeson

Her piece “Pleasurable Pursuits” is based on historical needlework studies that she pursued during the class.

Pleasurable Pursuits – Detail © Val Gleeson

Here’s a detail shot so that you can see the amount of hand stitching in this piece.

Acer Macrophyllum Book and Samples © Sheila Asdal

Sheila Asdal created a machine and hand stitched book about the Big Leaf Maple and the creatures that find shelter and sustenance in the tree.

Acer Macrophyllum Book © Sheila Asdal

Here’s a side view and front cover of the book.

Acer Macrophyllum Book – Detail of Moth © Sheila Asdal

And a detail view of the stumpwork moth she created.

Catherine Sloan

Catherine’s interests are from nature, including rocks, plants, seed heads and the winter garden.

The Winter Garden Series © Catherine Sloan

She used her original photos of her winter garden to create this handstitched series.

The Winter Garden Series © Catherine Sloan

Each of the individual pieces are about 6″ x 6″.

The Hanging Garden © Bobbie Herrick

Bobbie Herrick is also inspired by her garden. She took on a tremendous project in creating The Hanging Garden light.

The Hanging Garden © Bobbie Herrick

Bobbie’s lamp was created with machine and hand stitching and cut back applique. She found it interesting to work with light during this process as it changed the colors immensely when the light was turned on behind the fabric.

Ethereal Bottles © Alana Koehler

Alana Koehler was inspired by a row of bottles on her windowsill. As she worked through the process, she became intrigued with the difference between the hardness of glass and the translucent fabric that she ended up using in Ethereal Bottles.

Ethereal Bottles © Alana Koehler

The sheer fabric in Ethereal Bottles float away from the wall and the bottles are created with machine stitching. It is definitely ethereal in person.

Ruth Lane with The Language of Trees © Ruth Lane

And lastly, there is me. The Language of Trees is based on the concept that trees and other forest plants, have a vast communication network underground.

The Language of Trees © Ruth Lane

This wall hanging is mostly machine stitched on a dyed and painted background. The little bits of orange are words that I selected from tree poems to express the trees communicating with each other.

And because I have had a few people asking, I have also included my book about my dog Edgar. Here is “The Book of Edgar”.

Thanks to all my classmates for their camaraderie and support. Thanks to Gail and Penny for all your expert guidance and perseverance through a challenging three years of class.

19 thoughts on “Level 3 Advanced Studies in Experimental Stitch Exhibition

  1. Your trees are my favourite by a long way, then the Covid birds. I love your book of Edgar, all the details, the ant! Amazing construction too.

    1. Thanks Cathy, I’m glad you enjoyed seeing our exhibition and that you enjoyed my tree piece. The Edgar book was definitely loads of construction in stitch.

  2. What a lot of talent the group has. All the pieces are fabulous and the people lucky enough to view in person must have been amazed by them.

    The book of Edgar is an heirloom piece and the box you made for it is glorious! The expression in his eyes on the “What?” page is priceless.

    1. Thanks! They are a talented group and it was great taking a class with all of them. It was such fun to have an in person exhibition after all of the Covid stuff. And people were appreciative. The “What?” page is one of my favorites of Edgar.

  3. Thank you Ruth for putting this up for us. I agree, all the work is fantastic and I particularly like the hanging garden lamp.
    Your tree picture is fantastic, and I’m glad you posted the picture in the way that we could see it enlarged. Then I was able to see the words you mentioned and the work in more detail. What did you use for the background, was it another of your dyed pieces?
    Thank you too for showing us the book of Edgar, I found it quite emotionally moving, particularly the picture of him waiting to be adopted. The whole thing, special box and all, is a real heirloom piece.

    1. Thanks Ann, I’m glad you enjoyed the post. The background of my tree piece is canvas which was first dyed, painted, stenciled, painted some more etc. Many layers of work on the background. The Edgar book was a labor of love for sure 🙂

  4. Thanks Ruth for posting the group’s work. Wonderfully presented, and such fun to view at one’s leisure.

  5. Thank you Ruth. I was unable to be there and seeing everyone’s work here is wonderful. Your dog book is amazing!

    1. Thanks Barbara, I’m sorry that you couldn’t be there for the in person exhibition. We will be posting more work on Gail’s site sometime soon so keep your eyes peeled 🙂

  6. I loved all of the work, but the hanging garden, the covid birds, and your trees are my favourite pieces of work. I watched the video exhibition when all the work was shown. It is lovely to see all the work again.

    1. Thanks Marie, I am glad you were able to attend the online exhibition. It was nice to hear everyone’s explanations about their work.

  7. Amazing pieces. What a talented and deserve group you had to work with. I wish I hadn’t missed the on line show. I love them all, but my favourite is still the Edgar book. Everything about it makes me smile. You can tell it was a labour of love.

  8. Everyone’s work was remarkable, but I’ll have to say your Language of Trees was the most striking to me – the colours! Ruth, you’re a marvel 🙂

    1. Thanks so much Leonor. The Language of Trees is now hanging in my living room and I am definitely enjoying the play of colors/light/dark in the piece.

  9. The collected works posted here & the previous online exhibition, are stunning. Everyone has produced something so very different & this during a very difficult time Covid-wise. Kudos & congrats to all of you.

    I just wish I could have teleported myself to the exhibition to see everything close up & admire the stitch details which doesn’t always translate from a distance.

    Ruth, your tree piece is captivating both in terms of it’s message (I’ve done more reading on that) & your use of colour with the light filtering through.

    And your Edgar book – inspired – with every detail thought about & created – permanent home, roof, E looking out, his view & activities….right to the ‘tail’ end.

    Thanks xx

    1. Thanks Antje. I wish you could have been at the exhibition too. There is so much to see that really doesn’t show in the photos. Plus all of the wonderful notebooks/workbooks/sketchbooks. That’s one of my favorite parts, seeing the process.

      I appreciate your comments and I have enjoyed the class so much. Now on to the next one!

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