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Posted October 20th, 2014 by Roxane Lessa

Fabulous Facebook Group

Hi Everyone,

Welcome to all the new readers!  I recently discovered a fabulous group on Facebook.  No it’s not my own page, although some people like it ;).  This one is called Art Quilts 101, and was started by Sue Freebern.  She shares and posts everyday all about techniques and inspiration for making art quilts.  There are lots of in process photos, and links to great tutorials.  Here’s the link: ART QUILTS 101.  Even if you don’t like FB, you’ll like this group.  The only rules are share whatever you want, but share how you made it.

STUDIO SNIPPETS

I finally got my new felting machine in the mail today- can’t wait to break it outta the box and test drive her.

Here’s the scoop on the blue and orange piece.  Covering it with solvy was a good idea, but made it slippery to hold on to, even with gloves, and don’t get me started on the pins.  It washed right out and I hung it up to dry.

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Quilting over the Solvy.

But I forgot to put batting on the back, doh!  So I added that, and quilted some more with glitter thread and heavier cotton.  Next came some yummy hand stitching with variegated dyed cotton, and Razzle Dazzle.

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And small clusters of beads for a bit of shine and texture.  I love the hard shiny textures against the soft matte textures.  They play well together.

So here’s what it looks like now, but still adding a few more beads.  Then I will finish with the Escape Hatch method and give it a name.

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What are you working on?  I love to see your comments and pictures.  You can head on over to my FB page and share some photos of your creations too!  https://www.facebook.com/RoxaneLessaArtist

In other news:

This week I’m off to Asheville for my business coaching Mastermind group with Christine Kane.  So important for getting me focused and clear.  I hope to get to see some pretty leaves too!

One of my virtual students from California  in the MAQG recently said,

“Just completed our 2nd personal coaching session. I am totally jazzed and ready to go to work!
Roxane propels me forward at a greater speed than I would have moved, by confirming my ideas and encouraging me to reach for goals now instead of latter. She inspires me to go broader and deeper with my work.” ~Susan

Reminder, the next MAQG will kick off in January- so keep that in mind if you’d like to join in the fun.  If you have any friends who would like to jump in, invite them too!

 

 As always, a big thanks for reading!

 

Master Art Quilters Guild 

For details read below  ↓

TWO WAYS FOR YOU TO EXPRESS YOURSELF WITH YOUR QUILTING!

The Private Coaching Program for art quilters who are serious about their art making (see below).  But also, I’m adding the Master Art Quilters Guild, the new group coaching program, for those of you who like to work with others.  This Fall’s group is now closed, but for more info, just click HERE for .  Next one will probably start with the New Year.

That’s it from me, hope you have a wonderful, creative week!


 

PRIVATE ART QUILTING MASTERY COACHING

I want you to make the most amazing, original art quilts that you can.  That is why I am now accepting private students who are serious about their creative expression in the world of art quilting.  Take advantage of my 15+ years as a textile artist, and speed up your learning curve. To work with me privately, please set up your initial, no obligation,  free Get Creative Call here: Schedule Appointment You can find out more by clicking on the Testimonials and Private Coaching tabs to the right in the sidebar or at the menu at the top. Did You Know? That I am on Pinterest?  Did you know that there are many amazing art quilts and traditional quilts being pinned every day, just waiting for you to look at? Never before has so much inspiration been in one place.  It’s like having an art museum in your hands.  If you haven’t checked it out, there are many, many types of things being pinned. It’s super easy to get started.  You can take a look at my pins, which are organized on different “boards” HERE.  Once you are on that page, you can click on the Get Started Button to make your own page on Pinterest.  Then start pinning!  I can spend a lot of time on Pinterest, because it’s all visual.  And I have a feeling, you will too! CUSTOM COMMISSIONS And don’t forget, I make custom commissions too! Read what my client Glenda had to say about her custom commission experience: “Normally, I would be anxious about commissioning someone to do a work of art such as this. However, I felt a connection to you when Leigh showed me your work. It resonated with me and when I met you, you seemed almost a personification of your work. I immediately felt comfortable with you and knew that what you would create would be stunning. And it is!” About Roxane Roxane-Web-Images-007 Roxane is a full time studio textile artist and teacher with two girls and 1 fat cat. She is a 2012 Niche Award Winner and exhibits her work all over the world. Her work is in several private collections and loves doing custom commissions.  For more info go to http://roxanelessa.com. If you and a small group of folks want a more private instruction experience, call me. We can work out a studio workshop in my studio. Just drop me an email: roxane@roxanelessa.com Permission to duplicate: You certainly can use this blog, just be sure to credit me and include this link, Roxane Lessa. Hey, if you like this blog, please hit the FB or Twitter icon in the top right sidebar and share with others! That’s why they are there…..:)

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Posted October 13th, 2014 by Roxane Lessa

FeltQuilting Part 2

Hi Everyone!

Welcome all ye newcomers to my blog!  Here is FeltQuilting Part 2, or how I finished this piece.  You may recall last week, I built up my arm muscles pounding this piece with my lethal hand felting tool.  Well, I made some inquiries, and it looks like I will be getting a felting machine soon!  I may as well, since I can’t seem to leave this felting thing alone.  What’s one more machine, right?

I decided to name this piece Ancient Landscapes for obvious reasons.  Some folks wanted to know how I finished the edges. I used my old standby, the pillowcase method from Melody Johnson’s blog.  She calls it the Escape hatch method. You can learn how to do this ESCAPE HATCH FINISH here.

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And yes, I did hand embroidery (aka slow sewing) on this too.

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A new one is already in the works.  This time, I am trying to do the machine quilting over some Solvy, because the little fibers were getting caught in the foot a lot!  Solvy is a water soluble film sheet you can stitch on, then put in water and the rest will dissolve away.

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You can see it pinned on here ready to be quilted.  These are really fun to do!  I made sure to include some value contrast as I laid the fibers down, and some areas for the eye to rest.  Otherwise, it can become too busy very quickly.

What are you working on?  I love to see your comments and pictures.  You can head on over to my FB page and share some photos of your creations too!  https://www.facebook.com/RoxaneLessaArtist

In other news:

My good friend and Private Coaching client, Gretchen recently won 2 third place ribbons for 2 small art quilts she developed and made during our sessions.  Congratulations, Gretchen!!

One of my virtual students from California  in the MAQG recently said,

“Just completed our 2nd personal coaching session. I am totally jazzed and ready to go to work!
Roxane propels me forward at a greater speed than I would have moved, by confirming my ideas and encouraging me to reach for goals now instead of latter. She inspires me to go broader and deeper with my work.”

Susan

Reminder, the next MAQG will kick off in January- so keep that in mind if you’d like to join in the fun.  If you have any friends who would like to jump in, invite them too!

 

 As always, a big thanks for reading!

 

Master Art Quilters Guild 

For details read below  ↓

TWO WAYS FOR YOU TO EXPRESS YOURSELF WITH YOUR QUILTING!

The Private Coaching Program for art quilters who are serious about their art making (see below).  But also, I’m adding the Master Art Quilters Guild, the new group coaching program, for those of you who like to work with others.  This Fall’s group is now closed, but for more info, just click HERE for .  Next one will probably start with the New Year.

That’s it from me, hope you have a wonderful, creative week!


 

PRIVATE ART QUILTING MASTERY COACHING

I want you to make the most amazing, original art quilts that you can.  That is why I am now accepting private students who are serious about their creative expression in the world of art quilting.  Take advantage of my 15+ years as a textile artist, and speed up your learning curve. To work with me privately, please set up your initial, no obligation,  free Get Creative Call here: Schedule Appointment You can find out more by clicking on the Testimonials and Private Coaching tabs to the right in the sidebar or at the menu at the top. Did You Know? That I am on Pinterest?  Did you know that there are many amazing art quilts and traditional quilts being pinned every day, just waiting for you to look at? Never before has so much inspiration been in one place.  It’s like having an art museum in your hands.  If you haven’t checked it out, there are many, many types of things being pinned. It’s super easy to get started.  You can take a look at my pins, which are organized on different “boards” HERE.  Once you are on that page, you can click on the Get Started Button to make your own page on Pinterest.  Then start pinning!  I can spend a lot of time on Pinterest, because it’s all visual.  And I have a feeling, you will too! CUSTOM COMMISSIONS And don’t forget, I make custom commissions too! Read what my client Glenda had to say about her custom commission experience: “Normally, I would be anxious about commissioning someone to do a work of art such as this. However, I felt a connection to you when Leigh showed me your work. It resonated with me and when I met you, you seemed almost a personification of your work. I immediately felt comfortable with you and knew that what you would create would be stunning. And it is!” About Roxane Roxane-Web-Images-007 Roxane is a full time studio textile artist and teacher with two girls and 1 fat cat. She is a 2012 Niche Award Winner and exhibits her work all over the world. Her work is in several private collections and loves doing custom commissions.  For more info go to http://roxanelessa.com. If you and a small group of folks want a more private instruction experience, call me. We can work out a studio workshop in my studio. Just drop me an email: roxane@roxanelessa.com Permission to duplicate: You certainly can use this blog, just be sure to credit me and include this link, Roxane Lessa. Hey, if you like this blog, please hit the FB or Twitter icon in the top right sidebar and share with others! That’s why they are there…..:)

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Posted October 6th, 2014 by Roxane Lessa

FeltQuilting

Hi Everyone!

Well Fall is here, and that always puts me in mind to make things with soft, cozy fibers.  So what the heck is FeltQuilting? It’s my term for combining felting and quilting.  While this is not new, I thought I would try my own take on it, and share the journey.

So there are 2 main ways to felt: wet and dry.  I’m doing both.  First, I’m attaching some yummy mixed color and fiber roving to some dyed cheesecloth, by needle felting.  That is, pushing the fibers into the cloth with barbed needles with a piece of foam behind it.

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The lethal looking thing on the left is my favorite, and I got it a quilt show, with a small ton of roving in different colors.  The one on the right is the safety version, found at many craft stores.  You can also get the single needles shown in the center.

Second, I misted the piece several times with water, turned it over and lightly pressed with a hot dry iron.  Heat, moisture and friction will felt any wool fiber.  But y’all know me, I’m lazy!  So all that rolling and pressure you do with real wet felting is just too much for me!

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Fibers with hand needle felting tool

 

I really just want the fibers to attach and flatten enough so that I can quilt it without the foot getting caught up in all the loose fibers.  Here’s my little sample so far after quilting it to some batting.

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So now I’m making a more ambitious project.  For this one, I cut a piece of wool batt and needle felted right into the batt.  Hey, it’s all wool, right?  At this point I could have wetted it, rolled it and maybe thrown it in the dryer to really shrink and felt it.  But, I didn’t want to lose the intense color and soft texture of needle felted wool.  I intend to machine quilt and hand stitch this piece, so I just need the fibers to flatten a bit.

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After a while of misting and pressing, this is almost ready for stitching.

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Someday I’ll get a needlefelting machine, but until then, this is my method.  Hopefully by next week, I’ll have some more pics to show.  What are you working on?  I love to see your comments and pictures.  You can head on over to my FB page and share some photos of your creations too!  https://www.facebook.com/RoxaneLessaArtist

In other news:

Master Art Quilters Guild is kicking butt!  One member from CA is hard at work on her geometric abstract series and getting help from the group.  Another member from CA, has created a fabulous art quilt with 2 children in a pumpkin patch.  And my NC gal and my IL gal are both working on some floral pieces.  It’s so amazing to see the group critiquing each other on our Forum- it always improves the design of the pieces.  We have our 2nd group online call this week.  I can’t wait!!!

Reminder, the next MAGQ will kick off in January- so keep that in mind if you’d like to join in the fun.  If you have any friends who would like to jump in, invite them too!

 

 As always, a big thanks for reading!

 

Master Art Quilters Guild 

For details read below  ↓

TWO WAYS FOR YOU TO EXPRESS YOURSELF WITH YOUR QUILTING!

The Private Coaching Program for art quilters who are serious about their art making (see below).  But also, I’m adding the Master Art Quilters Guild, the new group coaching program, for those of you who like to work with others.  This Fall’s group is now closed, but for more info, just click HERE for .  Next one will probably start with the New Year.

That’s it from me, hope you have a wonderful, creative week!


 

PRIVATE ART QUILTING MASTERY COACHING

I want you to make the most amazing, original art quilts that you can.  That is why I am now accepting private students who are serious about their creative expression in the world of art quilting.  Take advantage of my 15+ years as a textile artist, and speed up your learning curve. To work with me privately, please set up your initial, no obligation,  free Get Creative Call here: Schedule Appointment You can find out more by clicking on the Testimonials and Private Coaching tabs to the right in the sidebar or at the menu at the top. Did You Know? That I am on Pinterest?  Did you know that there are many amazing art quilts and traditional quilts being pinned every day, just waiting for you to look at? Never before has so much inspiration been in one place.  It’s like having an art museum in your hands.  If you haven’t checked it out, there are many, many types of things being pinned. It’s super easy to get started.  You can take a look at my pins, which are organized on different “boards” HERE.  Once you are on that page, you can click on the Get Started Button to make your own page on Pinterest.  Then start pinning!  I can spend a lot of time on Pinterest, because it’s all visual.  And I have a feeling, you will too! CUSTOM COMMISSIONS And don’t forget, I make custom commissions too! Read what my client Glenda had to say about her custom commission experience: “Normally, I would be anxious about commissioning someone to do a work of art such as this. However, I felt a connection to you when Leigh showed me your work. It resonated with me and when I met you, you seemed almost a personification of your work. I immediately felt comfortable with you and knew that what you would create would be stunning. And it is!” About Roxane Roxane-Web-Images-007 Roxane is a full time studio textile artist and teacher with two girls and 1 fat cat. She is a 2012 Niche Award Winner and exhibits her work all over the world. Her work is in several private collections and loves doing custom commissions.  For more info go to http://roxanelessa.com. If you and a small group of folks want a more private instruction experience, call me. We can work out a studio workshop in my studio. Just drop me an email: roxane@roxanelessa.com Permission to duplicate: You certainly can use this blog, just be sure to credit me and include this link, Roxane Lessa. Hey, if you like this blog, please hit the FB or Twitter icon in the top right sidebar and share with others! That’s why they are there…..:)

 

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