Juanita Sauve Art Quilts: With fabric and paints I capture landscapes, people and ideas, designing colourful, one-of-a-kind hand-stitched wall hangings. Inspiration is everywhere around us. My work tells a story - about me, about my world, and my ideas and values.
Well I am almost finished organizing my space and starting to feel more creative - It always works! I am still working on my gannet piece and have gone back to this foggy, Newfoundland piece to do some more stitching. Another pathway, I think I'll call it "Fog on Micheleen's Path". This is a 'before' photo (before stitching that is). I started by painting the background and faraway trees, adding layers of netting then painting and fusing tree trunks to the background, lighter ones in the distance, getting darker and bigger close up. I added lots of bushes and ground cover then more netting as I moved to the foreground, then cut and added strips of white netting to show the fingers of fog drifting round the trees. I used dyed cheesecloth (purchased) under netting for the foliage of the evergreens. Now I am appliqueing the trunks by hand and adding stitches to the ground cover. I will photograph my progress with the stitching and post it soon. The inspiration was a foggy day hike on Micheleen's Path part of the East Coast Trail in Newfoundland. I think it is starting to take shape now. It needs some more layering and stitching to create depth and a less defined look. It sometimes pays to put things aside for awhile to see if new ideas emerge.
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It was when I was working as a social worker that I began quilting. For the last 20 years I have been creating art quilts, mostly stitched by hand. Recently I have added machine stitching to some of my pieces. I still love hand stitching and create many hand embroidered pieces often with painted backgrounds. I find inspiration in the natural world and there is usually a story behind the inspiration for my pieces.
I now stitch full time and love learning about fibre and exhibiting, and selling my work. I learn from other artists, workshops, quilting magazines and books, fibre arts groups, and friendly challenges. Visit my website at www.juanitasauveartquilts.com and my shop JuanitaSauveFibreArtonEtsy All photos and artwork on this site are the sole property of the site owner/ copyrighted by the author and not to be copied or reproduced without my permission. Enjoy your visit!