Tag Archives: Embroidery

Elemental Fractal Series – AIR Part 4 of 4

The final design in this series is based on an actual aerial view of the earth, showing the air streams. Again, this fourth element is a more muted colour palette. I hope you’ve enjoyed this series as much as I enjoyed creating it! Download pattern. Read more in our Issue 58. Designed by Jo Gatenby […]

Elemental Fractal Series – FIRE Part 3 of 4

As with EARTH, this fractal is more of a kaleidoscope composition, based on a flame – as you can tell from the brilliant colours! I quite like that two of the four pieces in this series are more muted colours, and two are quite bright, it makes for a nice balance, and an interesting composition […]

Elemental Fractal Series – WATER Part 2 of 4

While there are many examples of fractals in nature, from shells to cabbage, for WATER I became totally enchanted by a photo of a colorful spiral of coral, part of which became my ELEMENTAL WATER FRACTAL. This is one of two true fractals in the series (along with the last in the series, AIR). EARTH […]

Slutsak Belt

The town of Slutsak became famous for making the most expensive and luxurious piece of garment of the Shlachta, the privileged noble class of medieval Belarus. Today, the Slutsak Belts are widely known as a Belarusan national relic Download pattern. Read more in our Issue 56. Designed by Iryna Varabei Spirit of Belarus www.ivarabei.wix.com/spiritofbelarus www.facebook.com/SoB.design

Woven Diamonds

Several years ago, while working as a smocking teacher at a knitting shop in Aurora, ON. I spent quiet store hours browsing knitting books and magazines for ideas for my smocking designs. This is where inspiration came to me for the original piece photographed here. I worked it out but couldn’t find a place to […]

Elemental Fractal Series Part 1 of 4 Earth

I have always been fascinated by Fractals… things like those childhood kaleidoscopes, or Spirograph, would keep me entertained for hours! So, when I was considering ideas for an elemental series, the natural fractals found in nature were irresistible. Though I’ve taken a few liberties (the first Elemental Fractal in the series – AIR – and […]

A Close Look at Couching

Welcome back to another installment of “In the Studio …” I remember the day the world stopped: March 13th, 2020. Suddenly, the world was thrust in the middle of a tsunami of news, troubling reports and conflicting information about the seriousness and dangers of the Covid-19 virus. Read more in our Issue 55. Ana Buzzalino […]

Deep Rooted

In a country like Canada which is blessed with four very distinct seasons, nothing heralds the seasonal changes like the trees. They give us brilliant, acid greens in the e spring, heady maple reds and aspen yellows in the fall and stark, monochromatic, sculptural forms in the winter. I love them all! Read more in […]

Summer in the Forest

Trees are nature’s lungs each having its own unique shape and patterns. They play a big part in our lives and the ecosystem. They provide shelter, shade, food, and wood for our homes as well habitat for insects, birds, and animals. Their roots cling to the earth and the branches reach for the sky, moving […]