A Common Thread

Virtual Exhibition

Textile Center Galleries • July 6 – October 16, 2021

Now in its 21st year, A Common Thread showcased the breadth and talent of Textile Center members. 131 artworks adorned the walls of Textile Center’s galleries in an exhibition that was as diverse in technique as it was prolific in scope. Submitted from among nearly 1,000 Textile Center members, fiber art techniques represented include stitching, quilting, knitting, weaving, crochet, sewing, dyeing, felting, hand construction, polymer clay, basketry, beading, sculpture, and mixed media.

(Featured image: Somnium, Cindy Weil, A Common Thread 2021)

View our Art Speaks conversations with several exhibiting artists as they discuss their work & practice:

In the Galleries - Textile Center

Individual Artists

Tiger Lilies
Jeanne Aaron
50″ x 22″
Silk, silk dyes, wax, wood, thread
Silk painting, batik, hand sewing

Chris Allen
15″ x 6″ x 6″
Glass, seed, and assorted beads; pebbles, plastic chili peppers, thread
Peyote stitch beading

Rose Allen
36″ x 17″
Commercial cotton, cotton thread, cotton batting
Piecing, machine quilting
$250 SOLD!

Laughing Water: Where the River Meets the Lake
Susan Allison-Hatch
30″ x 11 1/2″  x  3″
Felted paper, raw mulberry bark paper, beads, thread
Paper felting, stitching

I Wish I Were THE Mushroom
Mayumi Amada
8″ x 20″ x 13″
Target and Cub Foods grocery bags, logs

Hidden Message
Margaret Anderson Kelliher
8″ x 8″
Cotton, embroidery thread, wooden hoop
Hand embroidery

Maisie and Rocky
Rebecca Anspach
15″ x 15″
Cotton fabric, cotton thread, monopoly thread, wool batting, fusible interfacing, freezer paper
Freezer paper piecing, machine appliqué, machine piecing, machine quilting

The Visible Quilt
Kim Baird
23″x 21 1/2″
Silk, cotton, polyester, and metallic fabrics; thread
Dyeing, embroidery, piecing, sewing

Peggy Baldwin
20″ x 16″
Mercerized cotton, polyester felt, sewing thread
Inkle weaving with pick-up, sewing

Hidden Place
Sue Banning
12” x 9”
Canvas, perle cotton thread
Petit point

Pieced Memories
Terry Banovetz-Gerst
Wearable Garment
Sheer polyester fabric, silk fabric, polyester thread
Piecing, Tongsol and French seaming, GamChimGil handstitching

Sunrise over Water
Sandy Baron
23″ x 20″
Perle cotton
Hand weaving

The Path
Jane Bassuk
16″ x 16″
Cotton fabric, beads, embroidery thread
Quilting, hand embroidery, beading

Chorus in Color
Elizabeth Baum
32″ x 24″
Fabric, mesh, yarn, trim
Layering, crochet, machine and hand stitching

Kentucky Derby Hat and Dress
Beki Biesterfelt
Wearable Garment and Hat; Dress NFS
Rayon, metallic, and other decorative threads; wash-away fabric stabilizer, Tyvek mailers, acrylic fabric paints, found turkey feathers, natural dyes, silk cocoons, silk charmeuse thread
Sewing, blocking, painting, dyeing, embellishing
$150 (hat)

Cradling the Gift of Self-Reflection (#3 Series)
Sandra Bot-Miller
19” x 19″
Wool, cotton yarn
Weaving, embroidery
$699 SOLD!

Sandra Brick
13″ x 13″ x 1 1/2″
Hand-dyed cotton, thread
Shibori, sashiko
$300 – SOLD!

Lucy Brusic
36″ x 17″
Metal, wire
Weaving, embellishing

Dancing Blues
Laurie Bushbaum
37″ x 32 1/2″
Cotton fabrics, found objects, vintage beaded jewelry, upholstery remnants, beads
Cutting, ripping, machine appliqué, free-motion quilting

Sashiko Christmas Decoration
Bonnie Buzza
12″ x 7″ x 4″
Felt, sashiko thread, perle cotton, fishing leader
Sashiko, hand stitching, kumihimo

Rebirth 4
Mary Ellen Calderwood
36″ x 27″ x 3″
Water damaged jacket, cotton thread
Hand stitching

Sand and Shadows
Emily Chesick
27 3/4″  x 27 1/2″
Commercial quilting fabrics, batting, polyester thread, cotton thread, fusible web
Raw edge appliqué, fusing, machine stitching

Natural Blues
Barbara Cobb
20″ x 8″
Handmade felt, hand dyed silk, yarn, driftwood, beads
Felting, dyeing, stitching
$225 SOLD!

Forest Floor
Nancy Condon
35″ x 35″
Digitally printed silk, perle cotton, flannel
Photography, digital printing, hand stitching

Jennifer Costello
2″ x 5 1/4″ x 5 1/4″
Wool, silk, and acrylic yarn; raffia, roving
Double warping, twining

Maple Leaf Shawl
Claire DeChristina
70″ x 16″ / Wearable Garment
Seed, roundel glass, and glass novelty beads; rayon and polyester fabrics, polyester-wrapped cotton thread, maple leaves, raspberry leaves, dried onion skins, dried sedum flower heads, nylon thread
Botanical printing, machine and hand sewing, beading

Katie DeCosse
24″ x 36″
Hand dyed and repurposed wool
Traditional rug hooking

Sweet Cooky Memories: The Betty Stocking
Heather Donohue
24″ x 12″
Wool-synthetic blend felt, acrylic paint, thread, sequins, beads, glitter, gold trim, jingle bell
Cutting, machine sewing, painting, beading, gluing

“…endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful…, evolved.” Charles Darwin, Origin of the Species
Katherine Simon Frank
22″ x 20″
Cotton, canvas, upholstery scraps, thread, batting
Cutting, raw edge appliqué, machine and hand sewing, quilting

Summer’s End
Nancy Fulton
6 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ x 1 1/4″
Needlepoint canvas, silk lamé braid, overdyed cotton thread, silk ribbon, rayon polyester thread, faceted round glass beads, Krenik braid, Silk Road Straw Silk fiber, glass seed beads, cotton floss, Deborah Mitak design
Silk ribbon embroidery, needlepoint, embroidery, beading

Quilt Geometric
Scotty Gillette
38″ x 27″
Worsted wool strips, monk’s cloth
Rug hooking

Father Christmas
Jan Gjerde
31” x 14” x 11”
Threads, canvas, ultrasuede, stuffing

River of Tears: A COVID Requiem
Mimi Goodwin
54″ x 16″
Beads, commercial fabrics, surgical masks, thread
Raw edge strip piecing, machine thread painting, beading

RBG Alphabet Book
Georgia Greeley
5″ x 24″ x 24″ (variable)
Various papers, book board, PVA, sumi ink, ribbon, waxed linen thread, Epson printer text, wooden button, box
Gluing, cutting, pasting, drawing, painting, sewing, folding, collaging

Sharon Grosh
Outer purse: 13″ x 9″; Inner Pruse 8″ x 5″
Indigo, marigold flowers, linen
Natural dyeing, katazome, stenciling, indigo dyeing, Japanese purse construction

Mood Journal
Carolyn Halliday
10” x 12”
Silk thread, animal membrane, dryer sheets
Hand stitching, mixed media

Midnight in the Garden
Norma Hanlon
41” x 28”
Cotton, vintage kimono silk, gauze, thread, cord, inkjet printed fabric, beads
Machine sewing, hand stitching, beading, quilting

Chromatic Book Blocks-Blue
Susan Hensel
11 1/2″ x 50″ x 2″
Polyester thread, polyester felt, wood, hardware, acrylic paint, microcrystalline wax, hardware
Digital embroidery, folding, pressing, drilling

Crazy Mountains
Maribeth Hite
24″ x 19″
Silk and polyesther fabrics; cotton thread and backing, glass beads, fabric magic
Piecing, embroidery, beading, stitching
$100 SOLD!

Kristin Hoelscher-Schacker
30″ x 42″ x 4″
Digitally printed textile, hardware
Digital printing, hand and machine sewing

Marbled Leather Mini-Bowl Trio
Mary Holland
1″ x 3″ x 3″ and 1″ x 5″ x 5″
Veg-tan leather, acrylic paint, leather dyes and paints, leather sealer
Marbling, beveling, sanding, burnishing, dyeing, painting

Springtime in the Garden
Karen Holmes
12 3/4″ x 10 3/4″
Wool and mohair yarns
Krokbragd weaving

The Calendar: A Hard Medical Journey
Tina Hughes
30 1/2″ x 30 1/2″
Hand-dyed and commercial fabrics, embroidery floss, textile paints
Monoprinting, stenciling, thermofax printing, painting, fusing, piecing, quilting, hand embroidery

Spring Green After Snow
Peggy Hunter
12 1/4″ x 16 1/4″ x 1 1/4″
Threads, beads

7 of Disks
Laurel Izard
6″x 4″x 1 1/2″
DMC floss
Hand embroidery

Little Black Beauty
Debbie Johnson
3 1/4″ x 4 1/2″ x 4 1/2″
Black Ash
Twill plaiting, continuous plaiting
$125 SOLD!

Gail Katz-James
14″ x 12″ x 8″
Steel, washers, beads, wire
Welding, painting, hand construction

Into The Mist
Joan Kloiber
25″ x 18″ x 2″
Cotton fabric, textile paints, embroidery threads, polyester netting
Painting, hand embroidery

Indigo Squares
Jenny Knavel
23″ x 23″
Organic cotton fabric, organic cotton batting, commercial muslin, silk thread, cotton thread, natural indigo dye
Natural indigo dyeing, stitch resist techniques, machine and hand sewing

Healing Circle
Angela Kneale
26″ x 26″ x 3/4″
Cotton fabric, cotton thread
Machine quilting

Wave Beach-Read Bag
Susan Koefod
10 1/2″ x 10″ x 6″
Cotton, cork, and acrylic drapery fabrics; cotton and clear polyester thread; cotton twill tape, double-sided fusible laminate stabilizer, zipper
Raw edge appliqué, fusing, machine sewing, machine quilting

Cable Knit Sweater
Nancy Kolb
Wearable Garment
New Zealand wool
Hand spinning, knitting

Manipulated Pages #6
Rene Kraus
36″ x 32″  x 1 1/4″
Heavy brown craft construction paper, paracord, cotton thread, embroidery thread, rustic vintage wood
Tearing, machine stitching, hand sewing

Event Horizon: Entanglement
Candy Kuehn
8″ x 24″ x 24″
Floral supplies, drapery samples, Easter decor, hat wire, stiffeners, pigments
Millinery, hand and machine sewing, painting

Garden At Rest
Donna Kuhl
15″ x 15″ x 1 3/4″
Encaustic wax, paper, yarn, ribbon, paint, pearl cotton thread, Mistyfuse
Encaustic, knitting, machine needle felting, painting, hand stitching

Phillippa Lack
8 1/2″ x 35″
Organic cotton sateen, polyester variegated thread, batting
Digital printing, machine stitching
$325 SOLD!

Queen Margaret with Cell Phone
Robbie LaFleur
24″ x 18″
Cotton warp, wool weft

Broken and Beautiful
Melissa Lamb
47″ x 25″
Cotton and polyester fabric, shells
Machine sewing, embellishing

Silk and Diamonds
Elizabeth Lanzatella
40″ x 16″
Silk fabric, recycled silk sari strips, polyester velvet, polyester and cotton thread, cotton batting, backing fabric
Machine piecing, raw edge appliqué, machine quilting, zig-zag edge finishing

Lisa Larson
16” x 16”
Yarn, monk’s cloth
Punch needle hooking

Sugar Digger
Karen Lehman
10″ x 9″ x 5 1/2″
Clun Forest wool, dye, glass eyes, ribbon, embroidery thread
Washing, carding, spinning, dyeing, freeform knitting

Susan Leschke
10″ x 10″ x 1 1/4″
Cotton embroidery floss, silk organza
Hand embroidery
$350 SOLD!

A Letter to Cheryl
Adrienne Lind
7″ x 5″
Dupioni silk, cotton embroidery thread, bone buttons, sumac berries, white clover leaves
Botanical dyeing, hand embroidery, hand sewing

Peg Lindberg
27″ x 27″
Cotton canvas, fabric dye, watercolor pencils, cotton thread
Deconstructed screen printing, quilting, painting

Four Circling Seasons
Mary Logue
24″ x 24″
Wool strips, cotton foundation fabric
Rug hooking

No Bad Weather
Jane Lonnquist
18 1/2″ x 22 1/2″ x 2″
Cotton, wool, leather, fur, synthetic fabrics, notions, paper
Handblock printing, knitting, machine sewing, hand sewing, collage assembling

Brenda Lyseng
25″ x 21 1/2″
Cotton fabric, cotton thread
Hand dyeing, improvisational piecing, free motion quilting

Mixed Fiber Purple/Orange Color Gradient Scarf
Karen Mallin
80″ x 10″ / Wearable Garment
Silk, wool, rayon, and cotton fibers

All About the Blues
Nancy Mambi
5″ x 5″ x 36″
Paper, linen tape, linen fabric, yarn, thread, quilling paper, needles, found objects, Navajo dream catcher with native story,  a small piece embroidered by Susan Leschke, poems, shibori fabrics, vintage hankey
Book making, origami, crochet, Sashiko

The Felter
Jean Manrique
24″ x 12″ x 8″
Wool roving, bed springs, found items, thread
Wet felting, needle felting, stitching

Double Weave Color Exploration
Susan Mansfield
14 1/2″ x 9 1/2″
Tencel and cotton yarns, carbon rings, carbon fiber hollow rod
Double weave, hand sewing

Creator Turtle’s Infusion Sewing Machine (teapot)
Layl McDill
18″ x 10″ x 7″
Polymer Clay, found teapot, wire, covered buttons, silver leaf
Millefiori, sculpture, skinner blending

Japan Flea Market Pieced Vest
Linda McShannock
Wearable Garment
Cotton, wool, antique buttons
Machine sewing

Vaccinated: Free At Last
Cyndi Kaye Meier
27” x 45”
Cotton fabric, batting, thread, MX dye
Dyeing, screen printing, discharge printing, machine piecing and quilting

Tapestry Scarf Skirt
Diane Moncrieff
Wearable Garment
70s tapestry, scarves, polyester zipper, polyester thread
Pattern-free garment draping, deconstructing, repurposing, braiding, hand stitching, free-motion stitching, machine sewing

Up-Cycled Cashmere Sweater
Helane Monsour
Wearable Garment
Cashmere, locally sourced and florist leaves, rust
Botanical printing
$158 SOLD!

Susan Moss
27″ x 19″
Cotton ground, cotton thread, artist dyed cloth
Hand embroidery, appliqué

Anxiety Strikes
Chris Motley
17″ x 33″ x 5″
Wool yarn, fabric
Knitting, sewing

Playful Creature (Bot)
Sophia Munic
14″ x 8″ x 6″
Canvas, found fabric, polyfill, thread, embroidery floss, cardboard
Machine and hand sewing

Pieces of My Life
Melissa Nellis
41 1/2″ x 30″
Cotton fabric, cotton batting
Crumb quilting, stitch-in-the-ditch machine quilting

Elementary Divisions
Laura Nisi
16″ x 20 1/2″
Quilting cotton
Fusible appliqué, machine stitching, machine quilting

Tribute to the Elders: Shirt of Power
Jane Obern
Wearable Garment
Buckskin, seed beads, leather dye, hair, waxed linen
Beading, hand dyeing, hand stitching, gluing

Chiaki O’Brien
19″ x 15 1/2″
Cotton, wool locks, raffia, wool roving
SAORI hand weaving
$135 SOLD!

All Things Being Equal-Coming of Age During COVID
Jeri Oliver
14″ x 14″ x 4 1/2″
Arches watercolor paper, watercolor, acrylics, embroidery floss, beads, rulers, human hair
Watercolor and acrylic painting, hand embroidery, hand beading, basketweaving, woodworking

Untitled (rainbow #2) wall
Alonzo Pantoja
27″ x 20″
Yarn, monofilament, binder clips

Eve Parker
31 1/2″ x 21 1/2″
Embroidery floss, cotton
Hand embroidery
$200 SOLD!

From the Heart
Teresa Paschke
14″ x 12″ x 1/2″
Paper, cotton-poly fabric, pigment, thread, gel medium, frosted plexi-glass
Collaging, painting, cutting, pasting, stitching

Renewal of Land and Ocean
Patti Pease Johnson
35″x 35″x 19″
Liquid dye, silk, wax, thread, bass rods, swivels, wire, foam ore, quilt batting
Dyeing, painting, machine stitching, sewing

Spring Flowers
Sarah Peterson
19″ x 18″ x 16″
Recycled packing paper, egg cartons, acrylic and watercolor paint, wire, old book pages, Lake Superior rocks
Paper making, painting, wrapping, hand construction

Do Something: Now Walk The Walk
Trina Porte
36″ x 36″ x 36″
Polyester crepe de chine, broken umbrella, rubber rain boots, paper “raindrops” with abuse stories printed on them, elastic, thread
Hand sewing, digital image collage, writing, assemblage

Forest Floor
Ann Poulson
25″ x 28″
Linen, cotton, and wool fabric; cotton, polyester, silk, linen, rayon, and wool thread; paintsticks
Eco printing, stenciling, wet felting, hand and machine stitching, appliqué
$420 SOLD!

Leftovers in Hot Pink and Navy
Ella Ramsey
Wearable Garment
Cashmere wool blend, cotton velveteen, and silk fabrics; dyes
Shibori dyeing, low waste patterning, sewing

Jan Rapacz
33″ x 24″ x 8″
Cotton fabric, paper clay, glass beads, tyvek, foam, oil paint
Fabric manipulation, hand beading, hand construction

Schiaparelli’s Footsteps
Erica Spitzer
8″ x 18″ x 12″
Handmade cotton, mulberry, zipper, trim, flock, and human hair paper; mixed media
Paper making, casting, embellishing

Navigating Awareness
Wen Redmond
23″ x 16″
Watercolor paper, digital prints, fibers, paints, inks, mediums
Digital photography, printing, monoprinting, drawing, mixed media, sewing

Geri Retzlaff
15″ x 14″
Perle cotton
Doubleweave pick-up

Seasons 2020
Wendy Richardson
42″ x 20”
Overdyed cotton prints, various threads
Collaging, machine quilting

Eleanora Rickey
Wearable Garment
Women’s Hanes underwear, cotton and polyester embroidery thread

Nina Martine Robinson
36″ x 36″ x 36″
Men’s shirts, thread, nylon tulle, buttons
Repurposing, disassembling, reconfiguring, sewing

Striations #3
Marcus Rothering
47″ x 33″ x 2″
Acrylic yarn, tufting cloth
Tufting gun

Rivers and Peaks
Gwen Schagrin
16″ x 14″
Cotton fabric, batting, thread
Improvisational piecing, machine quilting

Spring Garden
Meg Schmidt Duncan
23 1/2 x 14 1/4″
Wool, burlap
Felting, cutting, rug hooking

Lava Flowing Dress and Hat
JoDee Schumer
Wearable Garment and Hat
Silk obi, wool suiting fabric, wool kimono fabric, glass button, interfacing
Pattern design, reconstruction, machine sewing, embroidery

Wedding Bouquet Fiber Wall Sculpture
Tamara Scott Anderson
24″ x 19 x 3″
Vintage 1947 wedding dress, covered buttons, frogs fastners, beaded leaves, Dye-Na-Flow, seed and bugle beads, embroidery threads
Deconstructing, painting, weaving, embroidery, beading

Audio Vest
Karen Searle
Wearable Garment
Rayon thread, audio cassette tape

Let Hope Rise
Lori Sebastian
Wearable Garment
Textile Center Garage Sale denim and vintage print fabric, batik fabric, yarn, buttons
Machine sewing, hand stitching, embellishing

High Wire
Betsy Shannon
34 1/2″ x 35″
Cotton fabrics
Pieced background, appliqué, free motion stitching
$400 – SOLD!

Pink Posy
Wanda Shelton
9 1/2″ x 9 1/2″
Found fabric, threads, beads, batting
Piecing, appliqué, pressing, embroidery, beading, quilting

Good Cop, Bad Cop: The Teachers’ Lounge
Amanda Shopa
8″ x 14 1/2″ x 2 1/2″
Evenweave cloth, cotton fabric, zipper, leather, polyester thread, embroidery floss, plastic canvas, wool yarn, weighted pellets, epoxy, colored pencils, pencils, paint brush, lip balm container, hand sanitizer container
Hand embroidery, hand and machine sewing, sculpting

Summer Scarf
Mariana Shulstad
5″ x 72″ / Wearable Garment
Merino wool, domestic wool, silk, and nylon blend yarn
Hand knitting
$70 SOLD!

In Memory Of
Ann Somers
20″ x 20″
Cotton fabric, netting, embroidery floss, rhinestones
Origami, embroidery, stitching

Color Whimsy
Karen Sorensen
18″ x 14 3/4″
Cotton rope, screen-printed cotton fabric, thread, rope, wooden rod
Wrapping, hand and machine sewing, stitching

Pomegranate Parade
Rebecca Speakes
23″ x 19″
Batik fabric, lamé, chintz, buttons
Machine piecing, foil stamping, hand quilting

Don’t Cry
Sarah Stengle
10″ x 14″ x 12″
Wool, glass beads, epoxy, antler, glass, porcelain wheel
Felting, crochet, knitting, bead embroidery, assemblage

Continental Divide
Ruth Stephens
29 1/4″ x 25″
Various fabrics
Dyeing, bleaching, printing, acetone washing, manipulation, stitching

Windowpane, Soil, and River Scarf
Helen Stoerzinger
70″ x 6″ / Wearable Garment
Mercerized cotton yarns, sewing thread
Double-width weaving, clasped wefts, machine sewing
$55 SOLD!

En Pointe
Tressa Sularz
8 3/4″ x 7″ x 7″

Unburden Yourself
Lorri Talberg
15″ x 15″ x 50″
Guatemalan wool yarn, COVID-19 masks, paper, sign
Knitting, hand sewing, digital printing

Botanically Printed Coat
Marsha Theis
Wearable Garment
Orange Pendleton wool, silk satin, leaves, plant material, acid dye, botanical printing supplies, snaps, thread
Botanical printing, steaming, pattern drafting, sewing

Celee: That’s a great question. I’m listening.
Heather Tinkham
24″ x 7″ x 3″
Wool, cotton, and silk fibers; cotton thread, polymer clay, enameled copper
Soft sculpture, hand stitching, embroidery, weaving

Beauty in the Midst of Chaos
Wendy Tully
19″ x 14″
Vintage fabrics, Japanese silk, cotton thread, cork, lace
Collaging, embroidery

Drift 08
Amy Usdin
13 1/4″ x 10 1/4″ x 2 1/2″ 
Plant fibers, silk, reclaimed fishing net, white mat, unglazed wood frame
Needle weaving

Celebrating Diversity: Wool Collage
Rebecca Utecht
27″ x 21″ x 3 1/2″
Raw wool locks, cotton gauze, thread, acid dye
Wet felting, hand stitching, kettle dyeing

Cindy Weil
36″ x 36″ x 36″
Wool, acrylic, and cotton yarns; rubber ball, wrought-iron cage
Hand embroidery, knitting, crochet, sewing

Underwater Garden
Wendy West
25 1/2” x 36 1/2”
Hand dyed wool, monk’s cloth, cotton binding
Traditional rug hooking

Pamela Whitcomb
8 1/2″ x 9″ x 9″
Reed, wood, waxed linen thread
Triple twining, twill weave, chase weaving, stacked rim

Barbara Whitney Askew
29″ x 12″ x 2″
Cotton muslin, wool roving
Hand stitching, rust and tea dyeing

Spring Fling Dress, Mask, and Necklace
Marsha Wiest-Hines
Wearable Garment, Face Mask, and Necklace
Pony, Japanese seed, cylinder, demi, drop, and dyed composite Jasper beads; polyester knit, fusible interfacing, elastic, polyester thread, cabochons, copper toggle clasp
Draping, drafting, machine sewing, surging, hand stitching

Finding a Way Out
Robin Wingo
16″ x 20″
Cotton fabric, MX dyes, commercial Japanese remnants, vintage buttons
Ice dyeing, machine and hand stitching, collaging

The Lake Our Mother
Ellen Wold
6″ x 24″ x 24″
Cotton fabric, thread, poly batting, wire, ribbon
Machine piecing and quilting, glueing

Peace and Love
Kathy Yerich
15″ x 24″
Cotton fabric
Machine piecing and quilting
$120 – SOLD!