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.
I was asked if I teach the method I used in the piece I posted on Tuesday. I had laid down strips of fabric and stitched the heck out of them. The fact is, it's the first time I have ever done anything like this and I learned as I went along. Looking at my inspiration photo with all its horizontal lines I just came up with an idea to do some kind of linear piece. I'd seen fibre art done in cut strips and even felted landscapes done in a linear fashion as well. I needed that effect. Tearing the strips makes it a little less rigid looking for the reflections and I remembered seeing torn strips used somewhere so decided to try it. I needed something to work on at our quilt retreat, so quickly laid the strips on fabric covered in fusible web and stitched away at them adding hand stitching at the end.
I still couldn't remember where I saw torn strips used in a quilt so today I googled it. Well, if you want to see someone who knows what she is doing with torn fabric landscapes you need to see Heather Lair's work!! It is fabulous! I believe she teaches workshops as well. I see that she leaves her edges loose to give a softer more 3D effect. Take a look! Heather Lair Designs - Torn Fabric Quilts
You can see my work at juanitasauvefibreart on Instagram.
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!