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

Recent Posts

One hundred hands

Days 44 to 60…


Days 35 to 43: progress! Keeping up, dare I say it, even a little ahead of myself, I am so enjoying this process!

days 25 to 34….. started to add some watercolour paint, tricky….

The next batch – days 17 through to 24….  almost a quarter done!

So I signed up for the 100 days project – drawing 100 hands bravely… well, if I find the courage to move on to coloured pencils, paint, ink…. eventually stitch and fabric. Aiming to improve my seeing and drawing skills….. we will find out!

Starting with my most recent drawings, here they will appear, a few days at a time… or you can see my work daily, here, at the 100 days project website..



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