This Dress is 46 1/2 years old !

Yup … only worn once and been waiting for some attention ever since ! None of my daughters wanted to wear it at their own weddings nor do my, of marriageable age, grandaughters. I understand. But, it is a blank canvas isn’t it ??

So, after hand-stitching a previous art work  (hand-stitching never a favourite of mine), I decided that that’s what I would like to do for my weddig dress … ‘a metaphor for a marriage’ one of my close friends said ! Perfect !

SO, basting the dress and lining together took almost a month … that stuff is slippery. I began laying in stitches on the bodice, three colours of thread will be filling the entire dress. I have chosen sewing machine thread because I wanted stitches to enhance, not take over the dress. 

My mother made this dress in 1972 so handling this item feels very intimate … knowing my mothers hands had been here … and I appreciate, now, how good her seamstressing was … I’ve never been able to tell her that 😦  She died when I was 37 yrs. old, busy raising 4 children of my own, and, truthfully too damned involved with my own life to think about her much … shame on me !

I will add more photos as I progress through this project.

My 50th wedding anniversary is in 2022 … hopefully I will be finished with it. I won’t be wearing it, though … too many years, 4 kids and lots of good eating have made wearing it again a great big laugh !



New Year’s Resolutions

Firstly … I fully intend to attend to my blog all year long … at least once a month ! I promise this … not just to share my work with you but to keep abreast with you.

Secondly … I intend to start a major, personal art project in 2019 … and I have begun !! … as of January 2, 2019. It is a huge job and may take a few years. It will be entirely hand-stitched and has a deadline of Sept. 03, 2022. This date has quite a significance for me. It will be our 50th wedding anniversary. The project is my wedding dress … to be completely embroidered and majorly representative of a marriage 😉 I invite your questions and would love a partner(s) in crime. I know you still have it tucked away somewhere ! But what do you do with it ?? Why not turn it into a piece of art ?? There will surely be an art show somewhere in the near future that would love to show it. I washed and dried mine  … came out of the dryer beautifully ! I have been basting the lining to the dress every chance I get.

The third, but rather mundane, resolution that I have also made is to chuck things I do not use, will never use (or read) and start another major de-cluttering throughout my whole house (not just my studio) in preparation of moving from home-owner to senior renter. I will have to do most of this myself as hubby, although on board with it, still doesn’t have the heart for it … but he’s coming along … and he’d better hurry as moving day may be at the end of 2019.

So, there you have the nitty.  The gritty will be all the hard work … and I am looking forward to the year ahead ! (pictures soon !)


My mind is like my internet browser.

At least 19 open tabs and 3 of them are frozen.

And I have no clue where the music is coming from.

….author unknown.

All’s Good

I have been absent from my blog…hoping to change that. This small note is a start. I guess my biggest problem has been being too involved in different blogs/sites/etc., and not remembering the passwords to any of them very easily ! Even though I have been writing every new one down, I find it frustrating and infuriating when they do not work and I am asked over and over again to select a new password … omg !

Anyway, I shall persist … lets see what happens to this post !

My Effect-k6


Boy ! This is hard on this old brain !

A beautiful morning October 3, 2017

Trying to get myself oriented to this new/old blog is more troublesome than I had thought !

I can’t even figure out how to make my words black … every word is blue & hard to see. Sure, I can manually change the colour but I’d much rather be able to sit and type my words and they would be black.  I change every line or paragraph to black but the blue returns when I start  a new paragraph … I want the black right out of the gate !

If anyone could help, I’d really appreciate it !

Then, I have trouble figuring out how to establish posts in order !??!

S**t, have to change the blue again to black ! It’s just too hard to re-over my words when they are blue … these old eyes are ‘blue’ !

I might have to drop this site totally and find a new webmaker !


Hello Again

Wow … BLOGGER has really disappointed me !

For some strange reason my original blog, Threadpainters Art, is not accessable by me anymore. The problem, I assume, is the fact that I write another blog (on BLOGGER), for a group. I had used separate email addresses and separate passwords !

The two have been separate for years … until now ! I certainly do not want to write my personal stuff on the group blog, so here Iam … on and off for many years now … but back at trying to keep a blog going for the many followers of Threadpainters Art whom I will try to notify of my new address.

AND … has no ‘contact us’ form where I could explain, in an email, what my problem is and then they could tell me what has happened … that I have lost the accessability to my original blog !

This was my last BLOGGER post;

Esther Is Ready For Her Debut !

What a lovely week as far as weather goes ! Sunny, warm, some breeze and lovely skies.  And I mention this as we have had one of the wettest, darkest and coldest springs/summers in a long while … so very noteworthy !
My peonies were exquisite  … for exactly 3 days … then the heavy rains bowed their beautiful heads.
My daughter is settled in her new home, deer and black bear are walking across her lawns and the 3 little girls are happy and excited. Daddy is glad to have his family at home (his hometown) after 5 mos. of commuting weekends to be with them here. 
Grandma is coming to terms (but, slowly yet) that they are so far away… yeah, I know !, 4 hrs is a cake-walk for some of you 😦 😦
And I thank you all, so much, for sharing your kind words and thoughts with me … you words are very comforting and you are truly appreciated 🙂 🙂
Luckily for me, this week was a busy one. I finished and packaged ‘Esther’ for her debut in our next show ;
by Connections Fibre Artists.
Would love it if you could join me
at the OPENING this
Friday, July 14, 7-9pm
Esther Irene Deacon Currie

Esther has been a more difficult piece for me. I know that my mixed emotions these last 10 months, has played a major part … but she seems happy and I can hardly wait to see her hanging on a gallery wall. Her name ‘Esther’ is sewn in an arc just above the leaves (easier to read when up front and personal) and the year of her birth is written in a leaf … can you spot it ?

And then there is this piece … finally finished … inspired by a photo from a friends’ vacation in Costa Rica … of a building in ruin but slated for renovations hence the attempt to close it off from traffic with what looks like re-bar.  

Adding the re-bar to the surface after canvas was stretched
– re-bar is painted sticks from a sushi mat – closer-up
Study Of A Ruin

On Wednesday I joined 4 others for a lovely drive to Collingwood to have lunch at the Tremont Artists Studio Galleries with Helen, Ann, Elizabeth & Penny, on the patio. You can see our waiter’s reflection in the window taking our photo 😉

And an equally lovely drive on Friday to Stratford, Ontario with Elizabeth to deliver some pieces for the show opening there next week … and finishing with a great lunch at the Desert Rose Cafe in Elora, Ontario !!!
Now if the next few weeks go as nicely and as quickly, I won’t have a minute to spend on my achy-breaky heart 😉


IMG_20170625_133243A while ago, while house-sitting for a friend on holiday, I open an email from her with photos from her trip. I fell in love with one … of a building that was designated for restoration. I asked and she agreed that I could borrow her photo for a piece of fibre art.

Better Late Than Never

I, again, have neglected this blog … a change is in the future. I have been having some difficuulty with another blog of mine and I may find it time to leave it behind. What a shame though … so many years, and much art, recorded there !

I have been working lately on a series of portraits that showcase the direct female line of the maternal side of my family. About ten years ago, book called ‘The Seven Daughters Of Eve’, grabbed my attention and my interest in mtDNA. So, I had my myDNA tested and I found out that mtDNA is passed ONLY from mother to daughter ! How interesting is that ! And, my earliest ‘mother’ was born approx. 11,000 years ago. How unfortunate that I will never know anything about her … only that her line mutated from another … and can be traced back to the original Eve. But, through my amateur attempts at genealogy, I know who my, maternal side, is !

Her name was Laura Fields, her daughter was Nancy Greer > Margaret Davidson > Esther Irene Deacon > Laura Irene Deacon > ME !

I have photos of Margaret Davidson on down and when my series is complete up to me, I hope to add portraits of my daughters (3) and my granddaughters (5) 😉 Gee, now that I have written it down it seems like daunting task !

Scan 9
Margaret Davidson, gr.grandmother

Esther Irene Deacon Currie
Esther Irene Deacon, grandmother

Laura Irene Currie Deacon
Laura Irene Currie, mother

Posterized Me
Sharron Elizabeth Deacon, ME !

Two portraits have been completed ;

Sharron Elizabeth Deacon, me !


Margaret Davidson

Lots of work ahead … starting Esther Irene Deacon next week !





Artist’s Statement ….Part Two

This is so true … we, as women do not value ourselves as we should … or our work ! Thank you for putting this in writing. I will share it on my blog.

The Pale Rook

The Pale Rook

So remember that thing I applied for?

My application was successful.  I was selected to take part in a project at Scotland’s Craft Town,  the wonderful West Kilbride.   I’ve been a massive fan of the Craft Town since I first found out about it a few years ago, so I’m massively chuffed to be a part of it.  The project I’m involved in takes selected craft makers based in Scotland and gives them specialist business mentoring and studio space for six months.   For the first time in over a decade I am being mentored rather than mentoring others, which has been quite a shock to the system.

The first meeting of the participants, organisers and business mentors involved an exercise where we had to think of things that limited our business or things that we were worried about and then we had to decide whether these things were Financial…

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