Monthly Archives: May 2013

Fabric Art


Trying Something Different

I’m in an art mode at the moment and even before finishing up the detail on Our Lady of China, I had sketched out my next project… another Byzantine saint.  I’ve done lots of hair before, but never braids.  Creating braids in a fabric medium is going to be an interesting challenge, I’m sure.  Adding to that, the braids are blond and finding just the right color is usually a bit problematic… it can’t be too yellow or too orangey or too gray, etc.  So it was off to Fabric Depot  for a couple of hours of roaming through the hundreds and hundreds of bolts of fabric looking for the perfect piece which may or may not exist.

Here are the two I found.  I am hoping the one of the left will work, because the color is right, although the zigzag design may be too prominent… it’s impossible to know without cutting it up and trying it.  Designs change so much after cutting and re-assembly… sometimes with wonderful results and sometimes disappointingly so. The one on the left is a bit darker than I really wanted… more light brown than blond really, but the texture is perfect for hair,  so we shall see.

fabric samples

Wish me luck.  🙂

Our Lady of China


Zhōnghuá Shèngmǔ

Blessed Virgin Mary

fabric mosaic

Our Lady of China

Back in 2007 I came across a very sweet Marian image in one of my internet searches.  I often use art for inspiration and began with a preliminary sketch. For whatever reason, I set to sketch aside and never got back to it… until last month when I had reason to sort through the drawer where it had been stored.  I looked at it, thought about it, and decided maybe it was time to consider it again.  After some redrawing, I was ready to begin and here are the results.

Part of what I like about working with fabric art are the avenues of learning related to the subject that open up that I might otherwise never have reason to explore.  One example of this type of discovery is the fact that Our Lady of China refers to the Marian apparition that occurred in 1900 in DongLu, a small village in China.  The story of deliverance is charming and a source of inspiration to millions.  And, I knew nothing about it before taking up this project.

I took a few photographs with my digital camera (not the best quality) and put together a brief video.  In the next couple of weeks, I’ll get it mounted and professionally scanned for high-resolution printing.

Fabric Art


On Checking Out

It’s been several weeks since I posted anything on Sewville, and that’s because I’m knee-deep in a new fabric art project.  Here is a sneak peek of what I’m working on.

fabric art project

I still have some mountains to climb before completion, but I’m inching my way along and am hoping for good progress over the next few days/weeks.  Wish me luck!

I know I’m getting ready for re-entrybecause I find myself thinking about sewing Mandarin collars with increasing frequency. 🙂