Friday, March 30, 2012

Featured Friday: Shirlee Fassell

Shirlee Fassell and I were cut from the same (sparkly) cloth. In a recent blog comment, she remarked that "sequins" is her middle name -- and I knew that I had to have her as a featured artist!

Following her retirement, Shirlee's love of embroidery led her to crazy quilting in 1999. She was the only one in her
classes who added sequins and rhinestones to her quilt blocks.


(From Vintage Vignettes, a 2007 crazy quilt.)

(This quilt was a finalist in the $100,000 Quilt Challenge Magazine.)

(I can see why! Gorgeous work.)

(The beetles are stumpwork, and were made from a pattern from Jane Nicholas' beetle book.)

In 2007, she took a class in tambour embroidery at Ecole Lesage In Paris France. In her own words, she was literally hooked!


"Using a tambour hook took a lot of practice," says Shirlee, "but once you get the hang of it, attaching sequins and beads to fabric is easy. Now I have found my own unique style of art quilting and use a tambour hook for the majority of the work."



(Pictures from Ecole Lesage Class, Level II.)

(A pin she made using a pattern from the Embroidery book Ecole Lesage Chez Vous.)

(Three blocks from Psychedelic Circles, her new quilt project.)

(Gorgeous finished quilt!)


Thank you, Shirlee, for sharing your beautiful work, and also your passion for tambour embroidery. It's something I hope to explore in the future!

If you've never heard of tambour embroidery before, here's a great video I found by Professor Bob Haven.

Link Shirlee was also kind enough to share some of her resources with me, which I'll be adding to Bead Embroidery Resources, as well as to another post I have in the works, which I'll try to have ready next week.


(Check out that stock room full of sequins!!! I'm seriously drooling.)

Thanks for stopping by! If you missed it last week, be sure to check out the previous Featured Friday. Have a sequintastic day!

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    1. Isn't it amazing? I forgot to tell you on Wednesday that this Friday's feature was quilting-related. :)

      Apparently, Bob Haven teaches classes in tambour. And he only lives six hours away! I want to enroll so, so badly.

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  2. Shirlee's work is absolutely gorgeous! Thanks for sharing it.

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    1. Isn't it? I'm so glad she contacted me and that she wanted to be featured. :)

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  3. aaahhh yeahhh I can see the two of you colaborating on a piece or two. Wonderful introduction.
    Nicole/Beadwright

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    1. Ohh, I've never collaborated on a piece with anyone before. What a cool idea!

      Thanks, Nicole! :)

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  4. Wow amazing work, what is it about beetles and bugs though - they always seem to show up and I am not a big bug person, but the talent, whoa! xox Corrine

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    1. Isn't she so talented?

      I love the beetles, but I'm a bug person. But if they were, say, green bell peppers, I'd probably scream like a little girl!

      Thanks, Corrine! <3

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  5. Spectacular! I can't decide which I'm more blown away by, Shirlee's fabulous tambour work, or that wall of sequins...

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    1. Thanks, Bobbie!

      I know what you mean. Oh, that stock room... I think I've found my new home. ;)

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  6. Thank you all for the kind words and a big thanks to Sarah for featuring me. The stock room is at Lesage in France and it is one of many!!! I am also teaching tambour. I have a 2 day class starting Monday.

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    1. You're so welcome, Shirlee! <3

      You're teaching? This makes me wish I was still in the Massachusetts area. Maybe one of these days when Mr. Sequin and I are visiting his quilter mom, I can sign up for a lesson. :)

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  7. I am in love with those beetles! Beautiful work.

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    1. Aren't they precious? I want to learn to do this so I can make some ladybugs. :)

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