Three dimensional fabric shells and leaves

Three dimensional fabric shells and leaves:

Several years ago, I started experimenting with making fabric shells. It was a lot of fun, and the upshot was that I won a second prize in it’s category in the Queensland Quilt Show for an early art quilt embellished with these shells. The quilt itself was commenced in a workshop with Judith Trager, in which I started the background and learnt  about couching threads, stencilling, stamping and painting on my quilt top!

I went on to embellish further with organza, 3D leaves and fabric shells which I designed myself. It is held together with nylon fishing line and bound.
with the ribbon peace of beach

Following the success of this quilt, I went on to produce a workshop and taught a number of classes in the art of making the shells, leaves, and twigs. Incorporated into my class were also basic couching, beading, stencilling and machine quilting.
Beach Peace 1

3D Shells

Detail showing stencilled and 3D shells with a little fluffy yarn for “seaweed”

3D leaves

Detail showing 3D leaves.

Other “ARTyfacts” I have made utilising the shells are bags, book covers and wall hangings.


Bag embellished with photos, fabric shells and couching

Sketchbook cover

Sketchbook cover

Simple wall hanging

Simple wall hanging


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Upcoming shows and exhibitions

A few months ago, I was invited by Spectrum Textile Arts  to participate in their exhibition, “Journeys”  to be held at Gallery 107 in Dalby through the summer, from mid November through to mid January. Since I was already working towards the next Reddy Arts Textile Group’s 2017 Exhibition to be held at Pine Rivers Art Gallery, initially planned for around July/August, that seemed feasible and I would have a body of work upon which to draw for Dalby.  However, Reddy Arts Exhibition “Talking Points” was then unfortunately rescheduled to coincide with the Dalby exhibition. Because of the earlier planning glitches with the Moreton Bay Regional Council and PRAG, when the Reddy Arts Group thinking they were not going to be exhibition in 2017 after all, had organised a second exhibition “From Raw Beginnings” in Redcliffe at the Cultural Centre in March 2018. Closely following that, another group of which I am a member, Textile Art Group, is also holding their next exhibition in the Cultural Centre in May 2018… Add to all of this, an invitation from Queensland Quilters to be their featured quilt artist at the 2017 Queensland Quilt Show 4th  – 8th October! It will be held in conjunction with the Craft and Quilt Fair .   I will be demonstrating two sessions daily 10.30 am – 12 pm and 1.30pm  within in the Quilt Show itself – please do drop by and say hello!

Somehow I think that I will be rather busy making all kinds of new work in order to not be repeat showing the same old hat!

But wait, here is a wee preview of my latest work – new pieces for Dalby: they are 8″ square, there will be six of them, and they will be for sale.



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