Libby "returns to Paducah" as she shares FaceTime with Ricky during his annual concert.
Photo by Gregory Case Photography
Fiber Artist, Teacher and Author Lea McComas (Episode 1609) shows how she transforms her love of travel, faces and historical images into works of art. Her photo images are manipulated via cropping, tweaking value and color, and even using gray scale. From designing, constructing, and on through intricate stitch work, Lea changes plain fabrics into realistic and vivid images. She also shares some of the antique textiles she picked up in her travels.
Plus, a bonus! Alex offers a clever method for facing a quilt while adding a built-in sleeve. This is a great technique for smaller quilts, when a common binding is too much.
Get a copy of Lea's new book Thread-Painted Portraits. Available in the TQS Shoppe while supplies last!
Glass Lantern in Grand Bazaar, Istanbul (Photo by Austin Bowman)
Turkey is a feast for the senses for any new visitor. Tulips originated in Turkey and their images have been found in artwork as far back as the Ottoman Empire. Istanbul, our first destination, is home to over 15 million inhabitants, with a wide range of cultural and economic backgrounds. It is the only city in the world that sits on two continents: Asia and Europe. It is also usually the first destination for visitors to Turkey and offers plethora of museums, historic buildings, shops and restaurants to easily fill a week-long visit. As you journey around the city with us, we also will also show you some of the interesting and delicious foods we tasted. If you enjoy cooking, you might want to try to make a dessert called Künefe. Look for the recipe and more information on our Projects page here.
Who knew that you could create appliqué fabric using crayons? Let Terrie Kygar show you her amazing melt-and-blend technique.
Turkeman Mother with Children is another fabulous thread-painted portrait by Lea McComas.
Star Members can watch Lea in Episode 1609: Transforming Quilts from Real Life debuting 4/27/2015.
Click here to visit Lea's Portrait Quilts classroom to learn how to make your own portrait quilt, or click on the picture below to purchase a copy of Lea's Book, Thread-Painted Portraits.
Listed below are the current exhibits at the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles. They run through July 5, 2015.
520 South First Street
San Jose, CA 95113
Tel: 408.971.0323, Fax: 408.971.7226
Museum and Museum Store Hours:
Wednesday to Friday 12pm – 5pm
Saturday and Sunday 11am – 2:00pm; 2:30 – 5:00pm
First Friday of every month: Pay what you can 12 – 7pm and free 7pm – 9pm
(Except January and July)
The Museum is closed Mondays, Tuesdays, and major holidays.
The Museum is closed on Saturday and Sunday from 2:00pm to 2:30pm for staff meal break.
Seniors and Students with ID: $6.50
Member and children 12 and under: Free
Jennifer Moore has written a very interesting article about the real cost of quilting and the business behind it. This article is packed with information about the quilting industry, the cost of "hand-made," and it discusses whether it is worth it to go into the "business" of quilting. It's a long one, so sit back with your cup of coffee and learn more about your "hobby."
Click on "Learn More" to read the article.
Alex and Ricky are joined by fiber artist, teacher and author, Lea McComas. She shows them how she transforms her love of travel, faces, and historical images into works of art. Lea changes plain fabrics into realistic and vivid images and shares her love of antique textiles that she has picked up in her travels.