Today is a beautiful winters' day- yes it's cold, but the sun is shining and the sky is blue. The snow is sparkling like a diamond studded carpet... a perfect day for getting out to see the Fredericton Fiber Artists' exhibit at Government House. As always it is an amazing collection of work by a very talented group of ladies. It is beautifully hung, with enough space so that each piece can be individually enjoyed and appreciated. There is a wide range of work, from crewel and hardanger, crazy quilting and counted thread work to hooking, thread painting, goldwork and quilting. Most pieces are framed but there are also cushions, biscornu and even some exquisite fairy slippers! If you are a local reader and you haven't visited this display, you must get there this week as Friday is the final day. Gallery hours are 10-4. It is well worth an hour or two of your time! I took a number of photos and lighting is always a challenge in this gallery. I'll share some of the photos with you today and a few more tomorrow.
The delicate little Calla Lily above was done by Elaine Gunter; it was one of my favourite pieces in the entire show. It was impeccably stitched, with single strands of DMC floss, and the framing suited it so well. It was only about 5"x7" but it sure caught my eye.
Several other favourites were stitched by Gayle MacKay. Gayle is another exceptional needlewoman and her pieces are, in my opinion, just exquisite! I loved this Christmas Hardanger/counted thread piece. The photo really does not do it justice at all. This Victorian Sampler at left is also done by Gayle, again it is far more beautiful than a photo can ever show. (You can click on these for a closer view.) Oh, visiting this exhibit has just got me itchin' to be stitchin'.... How oh how can I find more hours in the day...there MUST be a way....
Barbara Carroll is another fine needlewoman - everything I have ever seen by Barb is exceptional. This crazy quilted pillow below offers many treats for the eye, and the longer you view it the more detail you see. Come back tomorrow for a few more photos from this beautiful Show...
"Take your needle, my child, and work at your pattern - it will come out a rose by and by. Life is like that...one stitch at a time, taken patiently." ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes