A Common Thread

Virtual Exhibition

Textile Center Galleries • July 26 – October 15, 2022

Artist reception Wednesday, August 3, 5:00 – 7:30–welcome back to Textile Center

Now in its 22nd year, A Common Thread showcases the breadth and talent of Textile Center members. 125 artworks made by 133 artists adorn the walls of Textile Center’s galleries in this exhibition – as diverse in technique as it is prolific in scope. Submitted from among Textile Center’s nearly 1,000 members, myriad fiber art materials and textile techniques are represented including stitching, quilting, knitting, weaving, crochet, sewing, dyeing, felting, hand construction, polymer clay, basketry, beading, sculpture, and mixed media.

(Featured image from left: Detail of Vuelva Pronto, Ivonne Yáñez; Detail of Ancient Text, Peggy Baldwin; Starry Night, Ella Ramsey)

In the Galleries - Textile Center

Individual Artists

Fast Times at Burkwood High
Alejandro Jose Aguilera Duarte
28 days of knitting, prayers, and hopes

South Shore Meditation
Laura Albertson
40″ x 19″
Sticks, quartz, cotton warp, beeswax, basketry, reeds
Stripping, sanding, lashing, waxing, looping, twining

Santa Fe
Rose Allen
22″ x 23″
Hand dyed and commercial cotton
Improvisational piecing, freehand machine quilting

Mississippi Flyways: A Meditation
Susan Allison-Hatch
52″ x 27″
Japanese Boro cloth, kaya cloth, mosquito netting, silk organza, cotton thread
Hand stitching, home dyeing, natural dyeing

Ribbons of Coral
Margaret Anderson Kelliher
30.25″ x 29″
Cotton fabric, thread
Machine quilting, hand quilting, machine appliqué

Construction #1: OUTBACK
Kim Baird
37.5″ x 24.5″
Cotton fabric, acrylic paint
Shibori and other hand dyeing techniques, stenciling, gel-plate printing, raw edge appliqué, machine quilting

Ancient Text
Peggy Baldwin
17.25″ x 13.25″
Cotton and cottolin fibers, commercial felt, metal charm, firm interfacing, fabric glue
Inkle weaving with pick-up, weaving, hand sewing

Felted Garment
Terry Banovetz-Gerst
Wearable Garment
Faribault Woolen Mills end run piece, assorted Merino and Corriedale wool roving, silk organza, polyester thread
Wet wool felting, needle felting, machine stitching, free motion stitching

Jane Bassuk
21.5″ x 21″
Cotton fabric and thread, embroidery floss, beads
Quilting, hand embroidery, beading

Mountain Ayre Remix
Elizabeth Baum
13″ x 15″
Artist dyed and printed fabrics, found fabric, sheer silk, mesh fruit and vegetable bags, decorative ribbon, various threads
Layering, machine stitching, hand stitching, appliqué

Scroll Series: Seasonal Log 3, Charting Seasons
Astrid Hilger Bennett
4″ x 50″
Cotton fabric, dyes, India ink, polymer medium, eyelets
Hand painting, monoprinting, drawing, stitching

Wool Braided Flower Rug/Table Mat
Beki Biesterfelt
36″ diameter
Cotton lacing thread, thrifted, gifted, and deadstock wool fabric
Natural dyeing, braiding, lacing

In Support of Ukraine
Sandra Bot-Miller
27″ diameter
Wool, wool/silk blend, cotton-wool blend, cotton yarn, cotton warp thread, wool felt, cotton sashiko thread
Weaving, appliqué, stitching with running stitch, blanket stitch, back stitch

Harris Machinery Redux Inside #4
Debbie Boyles
25″ x 22″ x 1.25″ framed
Printed and painted paper, cotton, organza
Monoprinting, painting, machine stitching

In My Garden
Lee Bradford
17.5″ x 14″
Wool, cotton, silk, embroidery threads, wool roving, beads
Hand embroidery, needle felting, hand sewing

Nordic Tunic
Judy Bratt
Wearable Garment
Wool yarn, polyester lining fabric, cotton, poly thread
Handweaving, machine sewing, hand sewing, lucet braiding

The Centers Do Not Hold
Sandra Brick
17.5″ x 17.5″ x 2.5″
Linen, cotton thread, mirrors

Algo Para Mi Papá
Kehayr Brown-Ransaw
36″ x 36″
Cotton fabric
Piecing, long arm quilting

To Gather, to Wrap — A Kind of Elegance… Leave the Strings Dangling, a Thread to Follow
Brenna Busse
22″ x 4″ x 2″
Antique silk, linen and cotton threads, ink, dye, driftwood, clay
Tearing, knotting, wrapping, brush dyeing, hand forming, clay firing

Anna Carlson
20″ x 24″ x 6″
Linen, pigment, cotton embroidery floss
Screen printing, hand embroidery

Into the Gloaming
Emily Chesick
28.25″ x 18″
Commercial cotton quilting fabric, batting, fusible web, polyester and cotton quilting thread
Raw edge appliqué, free motion quilting, thread sketching, machine stitching, hand stitching

Queer Native Love; A Portrait
Blanca Dahlin
20″ x 20″
Pellon, thread, fabric, seed beads, glass pearls, glass crystals, agate stones
Drawing, embroidery, hand tacking, sewing

Fun with Fibers Wrap
Rita Dauka
Wearable Garment
Yarn, bobbles

The Rhythms of Nature
Susan Vroman Day
24″ x 36″
Wool, natural dyes, cotton embroidery thread, machine thread
Shibori dyeing, machine and hand piecing, hand embroidery

Katie DeCosse
21″ x 13.5″
Hand-dyed wool, linen backing
Rug hooking

Hip Twist
Peg Deppe
Wearable Garment (US Size: 4)
Nylon rope, rayon tassels, polyester fabric
Macramé, shibari knotwork, machine sewing

A Winter’s Quilt that Yearns for Summer
Katherine Dyer
50″ x 36″
Cotton fabric, cotton batting, colored threads
Hand stitching, Indian kiwandi, slow stitching

Learning to Dance with the Wall
Mickey Ellis
23″ x 19″
Cotton fabric, polyester thread
Improvisation piecing, free motion machine quilting

Colors of Birch
Gayle Ericksen
5.5″ x 5.5″ x 3″
Birch bark, glass beads, seed beads, sinew
Double diagonal plaited weaving, glass lampworking

Blue Poppies
Cynthia Ericksmoen
14″ x 13″ (21″ x 13″ with handle)
Karakul wool from a sheep ranch in Isanti, curly locks from Leicester sheep in Bemidji, Czech glass beads, sheared lamb wool, black leather
Wet felting, hand sewing

Mattie Ernst
22″ x 16″
Merino wool fabric and yarn, elm, indigo, marigold, madder, ginkgo, oak leaves
Botanical printing, knitting, natural dyeing, hand embroidery

Scallion and Clove
Jocelyn Figueroa
4″ x 2″ x 2″ each
Polyester minky, polyester fiberfill, DMC polyester embroidery floss craft felt, RIT Dyemore synthetic dye,
Nami nui, hand sewing, hand embroidery, appliqué, dyeing

Sophia and Her Pets in the Garden
Katherine Simon Frank
21″ x 21″
Cotton pre-printed fabrics, batting, threads
Fiber collaging, cutting, machine sewing, stitching, quilting

Madonna and Child
Sean Paul Gallegos
18.5″ x 14″ x 12″
Discarded toddler and adult sneakers, thread, taxidermy eyes, wire, foam
Hand sewing, embroidery

Water Fish Water
Nancy Gehrig
28″ x 10″
Wool, cotton, rayon, bamboo cotton blend
Frame loom weaving

Sashiko Embellished Blank Journal
Georgia Greeley
6″ x 5.75″ x 1″
Navy cotton fabric, white sashiko thread, Johannot text paper, book board, variety of cover and end papers, PVA, black waxed linen
Sashiko stitching, French twist open-spine, covering book board, measuring, folding, gluing, binding

Summer Medley
Sharon Grosh
Linen, silk organza, myrobalan
Strip dyeing, botanical printing

Leslie Hall
43″x 43″
Commercial and frozen natural dyes, logwood, cochineal, fustic, chlorophyllium, silver thread, alum, silk fabric, “Scrap Hap” pattern by Emmaline Designs
Natural dyeing, mordanting

Mourning Cloth 2
Carolyn Halliday
17″ x 17.5″
Gut, used dryer sheets, silk thread
Hand stitching

Carol Hancuh
29″ x 34″
Cotton fabric, cotton thread, art markers
Raw edge appliqué

Starlight Kisses, Firefly Wishes
Norma Hanlon
36″ x 36″
Cotton fabric, decorative fabric
Machine quilting, laser printing on fabric

Beckoning Shore
Jan Marie Hayman
17″ x 22.5″
Indigo, tumeric, starch, bamboo, tencel, and wool yarns
Shibori weaving, cassava paste resist, natural dye painting

Mysterious Barometry
Susan Hensel
48″ x 15″ x 2″
Felt, tri-lobal embroidery thread, adhesives, computer aided embroidery, foamcore, plywood, acrylic rod, “gold” leaf, coarse and fine brass screen, paint skin, brass screws
Digital embroidery design, embroidery, wood working, assemblage

Shakespeare’s Canon
Maribeth Hite
36″ x 36″
Silk, cotton, synthetics, glass
Crazy quilting, hand embroidery, hand beading, free motion quilting

Kristin Hoelscher-Schacker
8.5″ x 6.5″ x 1″
Horsehair, paper
Hand stitching

Mary Holland
44″ x 30″
Chrome tanned leather, marbled leather, leather lace, bamboo didgeridoo, silver beads, leather glue, silver button stud closures
Leather marbling, triangle cutting, glueing, button stud attaching

Karen Holmes
14″ x 11″
Wool, mohair, and silk yarn
Krokbragd weaving

In 100 Years Will We Remember Ice?
Tina Hughes
36″ x 24″
Hand dyed fabric, hand printed fabric, Lutradur, embroidery thread, quilting thread, textile paint, inkjet fabric, metallic netting
Hand dyeing, screen printing, relief printing, heat distressing, embroidery, machine piecing, machine quilting

Cedar Waves
Debbie Johnson
7″ x 4″
Red Cedar bark, Alaskan Yellow Cedar bark, magnetic wire
Twill weaving, undulated twining

READY, SET, GO Travel Dress and Wrap Set
Margaret Mousley Kielty
Wearable Garment
Polyester chiffon print, polyester matte jersey
Pattern designing, machine sewing, hemming

Cutwork III
Riley Kleve
9.5″ x 17″
Wool, silk
Weaving, hand spinning, dyeing, hand and machine stitching

Lichen on Tree Bark
Joan Kloiber
14″ x 12″
Cotton fabric, cotton thread
Hand embroidery

Obi Art Bag
Marcia Krieger
11.5″ x 11.25″ (includes handle)
100% wool yarn, antique Japanese obi imitation bamboo handle, textile antique button, metal keyring holder, black thread
Designing, knitting, felting, hand appliqué, sewing

Tracy Krumm
Basswood bark, wood ash, natural tinctures and dyes, hemp, basswood panel, screws
Washing, cooking, peeling, stripping, dyeing and tincturing, twining, assembling

Artist Portfolio Bag
Candy Kuehn
18″ x 22″ x 5″ (Handle is adjustable.)
Embossed leather in lamb and cow, textile/leather dyes and paints, upholstry scraps, deer antler, leather findings, fancy Target napkin rings, mom’s old belts, soutash, threads, special plastics from San Francisco, muscle, mischievousness
Sewing, dye painting, pigment fabric painting, a lot of figuring

Your Flaws, Known and Unknown
Lin Lacy
18″ x 24″
Marbled paper letters, silk organza, beading thread, Rives BFK
Paper marbling, hand stitching

Pandemic Bonfire
Robbie LaFleur
27.5″ x 24″
Cotton seine twine, wool and silk

Fashion Rage; Head Where?
Lisa Larson
16″ x 16″
Yarn, monk’s cloth
Punch needle rug hooking

Leicester Longwool Puppet
Karen Lehman
11″ x 7.75″ x 8″
Leicester Longwool handspun yarn, glass eyes, grosgrain ribbon, embroidery thread, leather, fiberfill

Wreath Number One – Color Study
Lisa Lehman
21″ diameter
Wool roving, Faribault wool blanket remnant, cotton thread, metal wreath structure
Needle felting, hand stitching

Meadowvale Memories
Renay Leone
34.25″ x 16″
Fabric, thread
Photo printing on fabric, hand stitching, machine stitching

Peg Lindberg
15″ x 15″
Cotton and silk fabric
Digital painting, free motion quilting, raw edge appliqué

Woven Shibori
Eric Lindell
36″ x 30″ x 10″
Cotton, indigo dye, pine, fusible web
Shibori dyeing, pine wood structure

Lucky Cats w/Peace in Japanese Script
Pam Lipe
18″ x 24″
Acrylic paint, canvas
Acrylic painting, hand pattern making, machine stitching

Mary Lofgren
8.25″ x 8.25″
DMC cotton embroidery floss, cotton Sashiko thread, fabric scraps
Fabric scrap collaging, hand stitching

Shots Fired on Malcolm Avenue
Kathy Mack
10″ x 8″
Prewarped loom, donated yarn
Needle weaving

La Isla
Debra Maertens
14″ x 16″ x 12″
Cotton fabric, waxed linen cord, felted wool, sisal rope, larimar beads, recycled beachcombed rope, bamboo
Twining, wet felting, needle felting, coiling, knot making

Sewing Thread Scarf
Karen Mallin
70″ x 8.5″
Cotton DMC sewing thread, silk
Floor loom weaving

Sudoku Undone
Nancy Mambi
36″ x 36″
Cotton, book board

Juke Box Saturday Night
Wynn Martin
42″ x 30″
Cotton, buttons, batting
Piecing, quilting, embellishing

Matter Matters
Liz McAllister
14″ diameter
Acrylic paint, wool, cotton and acrylic yarns, coiling cord, canvas
Abstract painting, stipling, hand coiling

This is My Song
Jerry McClelland
8.25″ x 7.25″ x 1.5″ (closed)
Wool, paper, pewter, thread, book-board, acrylic paint
Felting, hand stitching, sponge painting

Hamster Wheel Head Cabinet Creature
Layl McDill
26″ x 12″ x 4″
Polymer clay, found objects, glitter
Millefiori, sculpture

The Circle of Life
Cyndi Kaye Meier
38″ x 33″
Cotton fabric, MX dye, acrylic paint
Monoprinting, fabric dyeing, improv piecing, machine quilting

Nadine Mercil
30″ x 26″ x 3″
Fabric, appliqués, thread
Hand stitching

Tatter Skirt #4
Diane Moncrieff
Wearable Garment (Waist: 34″)
Secondhand men’s western shirt, previously owned women’s skirt, two thrift blouses, fabric scraps from stash, zipper, closure, thread
Deconstruction, improvisational garment building, refashioning, ripping, cutting, layering, machine sewing, free motion stitching

Up-Cycled Silk Shantung Blouse
Helane Monsour
Wearable Garment
Vintage silk shantung, local and florist leaves
Upcycling, rust printing, botanical printing

Different Perspectives II
Bob Mosier
28″ x 20″ x 2″
Thread, Pellon 741 inner facing, 100% cotton fabric
Thread painting, hand sewing

Patterns & Plaids
Susan Moss
7″ x 14″
Gouache, watercolor, pens, markers, spiralbound sketchbook
Hand painting, drawing of textile patterns

I Can See Your Nipples Through Your T-Shirt
Sophia Munic
24″ x 19″
Found fabric, cotton, thread, batting, polyfill
Quilting, machine embroidery, hand stitching

Pop Twirl
Phoenix Niewidok
Wearable Garment (Size: M)
Upcycled jeans, upcycled garments, chain, paint, fringe, cotton thread
Upcycling, painting lips on fabric, reworking, cutting, collaging, hand sewing chain details and panels, machine sewing

One Hundred Sixty Nine: Subject to Change
Laura Nisi
31″ x 35″
Quilting cotton, batting, thread, colored pencil, marker, safety pin
Machine piecing, raw edge machine appliqué, handwriting, machine embroidery

Beaded Gourd
Jane Obern
8″ x 8″ x 8″
Gourd, buckskin, beads, feathers
Stitching on leather

Barcelona Dreams
Suzanne O’Brien
Wearable Garment
Silk suiting, silk crepe de chein, silk dupioni, rayon lining, silk scarf, polyester thread, fusible tricot
Layered cloth and reverse appliqué, bias cut garment construction, bound buttonholes, covered buttons

Ruffle Shrug
Chiaki O’Brien
Wearable Garment
Cotton, rayon, synthetic
SAORI handweaving, two-colored interlocking and ruffle techniques

Untitled (11/2/21)
Alonzo Pantoja
17″ x 12″ x 2″
Fleece, copper wire, yarn
Handweaving, tapestry weaving

Scraps of Memory: A Hanging Mobile Inspired by “Saving Scraps,” Gwen Westerman
Mariam Abuisnaineh, Amelia Bovitz, Daoder Lee, Lainey Mankowski, Sofia Osterlund, Neve Palubicki, Anupama Pasricha, Isabelle Prozinski, Lilly Ramalingam, Carrie Zirbes
72″ x 36″ x 36″
Fabric scraps, trim scraps, cotton binding, cotton batting, cotton embroidery floss, metallic embroidery thread, beads, buttons, wire, copper pipe, fishline, low impact reactive dyes, canon printer, fabric pen
Snow dyeing, hand quilting, machine quilting, hand appliqué, machine appliqué, hand embroidery, hand beadwork, machine sewing, hand sewing, knotting, wire & tube bending

Mandy Pedigo
50″ x 49.5″
Cotton, linen, silk
Machine piecing, quilt appliqué, digital printing and altering, handwriting, hand embroidery, hand quilting

Jane’s Legacy
Dawn Marie Perault
19.25″ x 15″ x 10″
Miscellaneous cloth scraps, string, yarn, beads, embroidery thread, fiber batting, elastic, paper, cardboard, acrylics, wood scraps
Machine and hand sewing, hand embroidery, stuffing, original hand painting, hand sculpting

Sarah Peterson
17″ x 9.5″ x 8″
Reed, handmade abaca paper, linen thread
Hand papermaking, basket weaving

What I Carry; What I Want To Let Go
Trina Porte
12″ x 15″ x 21″
Porcelain figure, custom-printed fabric, sequined fabric, premade fabric shopping bags, digital photographs and writing, books, thread, wire, wood, glue, staples, plastic bags, polyester fiberfill, “seatbelt” strap
Sketching, hand sewing, digital photography, clay sculpture, writing, gluing, stapling, drilling, hammering, thinking, deciding, remembering, crying, smiling

Cascading Joy
Nancy Potek
Wearable Garment
Silk charmeuse, tannin bearing leaves and stems, indigo vat
Steaming, eco dyeing, indigo dyeing, hand sewing

Starry Night
Ella Ramsey
Wearable Garment (Size: M)
Wool/cashmere blend scarf, merino wool roving, wool yarn, thread, silk organza, antique mother of pearl button, felt scarf
Hand stitching, designing, cutting, piecing, fitting, neck and armhole finishing, blocking

Jan Rapacz
60″ tall
Fabric, lace, glass beads, wire
Fabric manipulation, embroidery, beading, wire sculpting

Pandemic Project (Dear Higher Powers)
Erica Rasmussen
117″ x 14″ x 1″
Mixed media with handmade paper of mulberry fibers, cotton thread, artificial gold leaf, muslin, cowry shells, black tea, various dyes, matte medium, acrylic paint, spot bandages, and secret notes
Handmade papermaking, hand sewing

Flow Deep
Wen Redmond
16″ x 18″
Fiber and paper collage paper, fabric, printed image, painted interfacing, discharged silk organza, text, cheese cloth, book page, flower petals, paint, tar gel medium
Multi-level surface design, double printed digital digital printing

Embellished Tote Bag #1
Merry Reimler
13″ x 11.5″ x 6″
Polyester blend knit fabric, cotton embroidery thread, readymade canvas tote bag
Appliqué, hand embroidery

Jes Reyes
14″ x 18″
Bakers twine, cotton thread, various wool and synthetic yarns
Frame tapestry weaving

Vintage Bouquet
Wendy Richardson
26″ x 18.5″
Hand dyed and commercial fabrics, vintage dyed trim
Hand dyeing, hand and machine stitching, appliqué

When You Start to Feel Like Your Dog
Marcus Rothering
Yarn, tufting cloth

Susan Rotilie
12″ diameter
Fabric, cotton thread
Hand embroidery, appliqué

Coronavirus and International Variants
Gwen Schagrin
52″ x 20″
Cotton fabric, batting, thread
Improvisational piecing, machine quilting

Rose Coat
Clara Schreiber
Wearable Garment (Size: 12/14)
Cotton/poly flocked outer fabric, silk lining, needle-pointed embellishment
Machine and hand sewing

Here I Come to Save the Day: Liberty
Karen Searle
14″ diameter
Copper wire, steel frame
Needle lace and crochet

Inspired by “The Starry Night” by Van Gogh
Lori Sebastian
Wearable Garment
Fabric from the Textile Center garage sale, perle cotton yarn
Machine sewing, hand embroidery

Winter Blues
Barbara Sferra
18″ x 24″
Hand-dyed men’s cotton shirts, rayon thread, cotton batting
Quilting, appliqué, dyeing

Blue Waves (Covering an Embarrassing Stain)
Amanda Shopa
Wearable Garment
Stained ready-to-wear shirt, embroidery floss
Hand embroidery

Shelley Shreffler
Wearable Garment (Size: Women’s L)
Cotton fabrics, quilt scraps and yardage
Machine piecing and quilting

Huck Table Runner
Mariana Shulstad
55″ x 16″
Linen thread

Lather Up!
Dolores Slowinski
7″ x 11.25″
Thread, ribbon, paper
Collage, hand stitching

Peaceful Poppies
Helen Smith Stone
22″ x 20″
Hand-dyed solid cotton fabrics, commercial batiks, cotton thread, rayon variegated threads
Fusible appliqué, machine quilting by Norma Riehm

Still Life
Ann Somers
14″ x 16.5″
Fabric, embroidery floss
Batik, embroidery, shibori, natural dyeing

Vessel of Hope
Karen Sorensen
5″ x 11″
Linen fabric strips, cotton roping, thread
Fabric winding, coiling, hand stitching

Rainbow Bridge
Rebecca Speakes
41″ x 13″
Chintz, batiks, lamé
Machine piecing, hand quilting, foil stamping

Alanna Stapleton
35″ x 33″
Machine piecing, hand quilting

Spinning Out of Control
Ruth Stephens
20.25″ x 22.5″
Cotton fabric, polyester batting, various decorative threads and ribbons
Bobbin work machine sewing

The Nearness of You
Tressa Sularz
Cotton cord,twinned

Quiet Time
Tressa Sularz
Rattan, waxed Irish linen, Cherrywood base

I weave love into everything I make. These two pieces connect visually and emotionally.

Quiet Time is reflective, without color, made in the aftermath of grief for my late husband John. It might be seen as a vessel for love, for grief. Serenity is sought in the making.

The Nearness of You celebrates life with my second husband Mike. The sculptural form is a tactile pleasure, akin to two figures cuddling. Color has returned.

Support System No. 1
Nicole Thomas
10″ x 8″ x 3″
Oak, netting, synthetic rubber
Hand construction

Alien Landscapes 2
Dawn Tomlinson
10″ x 10″
Hand painted cotton, beads, sequins, foam, wool
Hand painting, bead embroidery

Fraternal Twins
Bonnie Wedge
7″ x 8″ x 4″
Repurposed wool, embroidery floss, decorative yarns
Hand embroidery, couching, machine sewing, beading

Barbara Whitney Askew
34″ x 6″ x 2″
Cotton, wool and cotton crochet yarn, wool, wool yarn, wool roving
Hand sewing, French knots

Things I Was Taught
Rebecca Yaker Bird
Wearable Garment (Size: Women’s M)
Machine knitting

Vuelva Pronto
Ivonne Yáñez
Fabric, clay, threads, insulation paper, silk, wool
Wintergreen oil image transfer, embroidery

Connection to the Past
Wendie Zekowski
41″ x 38.75″
Recycled silk and cotton fabrics, cotton and silk thread, buttons, Indian embroidery, embellishments
Hand and machine stitching