Thursday, August 07, 2014


'Stage II'  judyinthedyes
I finished 'Stage II' earlier this week.
The base of this art quilt is dyed and painted silk crepe de chine that I completed
for Jane Dunnewold's Art Cloth Mastery Program.
I had done much of the surface design during the last two weeks of my Mother's life,
while she was in Hospice care,
and then I found it too difficult to work with and even look at (after her death)
until a little over a year ago.
Then I cut it all up into pieces like you see here,
and began to hand embroider and appliqué it.
It became a very nice meditative piece….
and then I was diagnosed with Stage II Breast Cancer…..
and it became even more meditative.
On days when I couldn't find energy to do anything else,
Stage II was always there for me.

I love the effect of disperse dyed polyester sheers,
so I added those after taking a class this past Spring 
with Cas Holmes.
I machine quilted those pieces.

I also love the manner in which Jane LaFazio creates 
her art quilts, so she has influenced me heavily in this piece -
although I've not taken an art quilt class from Jane.

Here are a few detail shots:

machine embroidered flower stem on the right panel with disperse dyes, hand embroidery on the left

my favorite panel with lots of handwork

another panel of disperse dyed polyester with machine embroidery, surrounded by hand embroidered sections

Thanks for stopping by!

Peace to you and yours!


komodori said...

I love the watery quality of the green background, and how well it serves all your delicious handwork. Really lovely, MB!

Jeannie said...

Judy, this is beautiful. I love hand embroidery and it adds so much to this. Happy weekend!

Merrilee Tieche said...

Wonderful evocative work, Judy. I love seeing your new art and reading its story.

Gerrie said...


Maggi said...

Judy, this is absolutely gorgeous. Such a fresh colour and so much interest int there with all the different stitching.

Jane LaFazio said...

Love it! The color, the flow, the stitching! And huge thanks for the shout out. Xoxoxo

Jane LaFazio said...

Love it! The color, the flow, the stitching! And huge thanks for the shout out. Xoxoxo

Carol said...

What a story behind this beautiful piece, Judy! Every stitch, every thought behind it is so meaningful. Once again, you prove to be a great communicator through your art.