Fiber Art in Motion

Artist working in Fibers and Textiles – located in the Sierra Nevada Mountains

Class with Elizabeth Barton April 2, 2014

Filed under: Learning,working art — sandrasart @ 9:26 pm

This is an online class on designing.  I normally work free drawing and very random but this class has made me slow down and plan .. Taking a picture from our Alaska trip I decided to sketch a portion of the village and the river (drawing is not my thing) with input from Elizabeth I cropped several times then started sketching again. Below is the original, the first sketch, the final crop and the new village.  Piece is in progress as you see – Since I do not need to follow THE picture I will have more freedom in what I design.  This works well for me since I try not to have to match point.

This has been a good learning experience for me as I usually spend a lot of time putting fabric in and out of the piece so planning better in the beginning will cut down the wasting of fabric.

Original Photo

Original Photo


1st Sketch

1st Sketch

Final Crop

Final Crop

In Progress

In Progress


Just A Few Pictures January 8, 2012

Filed under: Finished work,Uncategorized,working art — sandrasart @ 11:31 pm

   Iguassu Falls, Brazilian Side – Power of Nature

December 2011

                                                  Statue on the mountain Rio,Brazil Amazing Site

5 to 6 Foot Lilly Pads on a Lake fed by the Amazon River.  Beautiful

                                                                                                                            Liquid Amber – Jackson, CA – The red was Outstanding

                                          Fire and Ice – Small Group Challange – Hand Dyed Cottons

Class Project with Rosalie Dace – Great Fun – Great Teacher


Welcome to 2012

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Hope all are well in this new year I have been ill since the new year started hoping for a better time soon. Toward the end of the 2011 I had the chance to have a wall piece critiqued by Sandra Sider. Fire and Wind (courtesy of Sandra) needed some tweaking – that done – I have put a picture up. It is not quilted yet but is soon to be.  It was done by freeform drawing – cutting the pieces – stitching and raw edge applique.

Fire and Wind                                                                                                      River Running


Snow Dyeing February 23, 2011

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Gave snow dyeing another try.  The snow was frozen so had to take a hammer to it to get smaller pieces to put on the fabric.  I was not able  to put the container in a warm spot because of the lack of drainage in a warm area so the whole dyeing process took place in 30 degrees or less until the fabric came out of the snow and dye mixture.  I then put it in a small bucket and wrapped the fabric with plastic and put it on the hearth to warm for a while.   The two fabrics were done one on top of the other.   I used Ultra Violet and Yellow on cotten and a piece of tiny gathered silk.  The difference  in color is amazing.                           

                                                                                                                Picture below is 100% cotton

                                                                                           Picture above in the silk


February 18, 2011 February 18, 2011

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Want to share the wonderful snow flakes from our deck –  we ended up with 12″ so will be sitting on top of our hill for a couple of days.. makes for days of sewing now that the power is back on.

Opened the lense on the camera and got the size of the flakes – then a bit of light appeared and showed across the canyon to the other county.



This is a Quilt

Filed under: Uncategorized — sandrasart @ 9:58 pm

What fun it is to play in the world of fabric and fibers of other products.  I had painted Lutadur with acrycles then put it away, while looking for an interesting product to do this small piece with I came acrossed the Lutradur – deciding where to lay the 8″ opening I found the mountains, valley and sky – added needle felting and beading. Light batt and silk orgaanza for the back.   Had fun.

                                                                                                                             10″ x 10″


New Year 2011 January 29, 2011

Filed under: Finished work — sandrasart @ 12:48 am
The new year just appeared in my life – OK where did 2010 go.  Looking back I see my good intentions to work daily in the studio, play more golf and budget my time better didn’t work well so I’m not going to plan this year- new approach “just do it”.   With that said—–

I have some new wall pieces and garments to start the year off with – must have 10 garments for the PIQF fashion show in October – 4 new pieces for the Textiles and Tastings 2011 show at the Shenandoah Vineyards.  Living in the mountains in Northern CA has been glorious with all the sun while the valley below is covered in fog.  Looking over the top of the fog you feel that you could bounce across the top of the world on marshmallows.

Cascading Streams 20.5 x 18 - 2010

                      Cascading Streams – Hand Dyed Cotton – Painted – Beaded – Machine Pieced and Quilted

Maze I - 24 x 24

                  Torn Cotton and Polished Cotton – Machine Pieced and Quilted – Paints Added at the End 


Heading Upstream OOPs - 22 x 38 - 2010

                                        Hand Dyed Cotton, Hopsacking and commercial – Painted Fish then
                                                                   Stamped – Beading and Yarns for Underwater.

Watching You - 34 x 17 - 2010

                            Cotton – Machine Pieced and Quilted – Metallic Thread for Thread Play – Beading