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Leslie White Demonstrates at Valley Artisans' Co-op October 13th

Nancy Trottier

By Nancy Trottier

Valley Artisans’ Co-op is celebrating our 25th Anniversary year this year. Thirty-one members and several associates exhibit and sell work at our local gallery. A major portion of our mission statement involves educating the public about materials in methods in both fine craft and fine art making. Over the next few weeks we will attempt to introduce you to our members through this column.
Leslie White
Leslie is an Award Winning Fabric Artist and has been a member of the VA Co-op since 1997 Her studio, filled with natural light from a bay window, is filled with brightly coloured fabrics and threads. Leslie is happiest in her studio, in front of her sewing machine, where she creates quilts that reflect the rhythms of her life and the sheer joy of combining colour, texture and pattern.
Leslie has been sewing for almost as long as she can remember, but only began quilting in 1997 when she began her first quilt for her daughters’ double bed. It took more than two years to complete but was the inspiration for more. She created several wall hangings from published designs before beginning to design on her own. She concentrates her efforts on wall-quilts, from letter-sized picture quilts to larger wall hangings, and welcomes the occasional commission.
In more recent years Leslie has been working extensively with “free motion” machine quilting, where she moves the assembled quilt pieces through the machine in a free hand manner. This “free motion” quilting action is akin to contour drawing, using the action of the sewing machine needle and thread like a stylus to create added texture and dimension to the piece. Leslie works almost exclusively with cotton but has also begun to add deuponi silks to her fabric repertoire for added structure possibilities as well as luster to the items she creates. Many times Leslie will spend a great deal of time adding embellishments to her quilted pieces that include coloured threads, glass beads, and buttons. She sees ideas everywhere and loves the endless possibilities of colour, texture and pattern that quilting offers.
Leslie sells her wall hangings, quilts, zipper bags, eyeglass cases and cards at the Valley Artisans Co-op Gallery. Saturday, October 13, from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Leslie will be demonstrating embellishment techniques for quilted items at the Valley Artisans’ Co-op Gallery, 11173 Hwy 17 in Deep River. This is an opportunity to view the amazing techniques she employs for embellishing quilts “close up” and in a very personal way. Leslie will be available for questions during her demonstration.
If there is any other technique you would like to see demonstrated at the co-op, please call our Gallery, 613-584-4483 and leave a message for Nancy Trottier. We are making every effort to have the materials and techniques of our member artisans demonstrated when possible.

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