Pictorial Art by Commission

I love to turn people's favourite pictures into unique fibre art pieces. After initial consultation with the client, I usually begin by painting the background fabric in colours to match the photograph. Next I create all of the major elements such as tree trunks, logs, rocks, bridge, house, firemen, and leafy tree canopies. This could involve using a soldering iron, a candle flame or heat gun. Then I apply these major elements to the painted background fabric, adding other fabrics and whatever else (such as a plastic onion bag, bits of metal, or melted cellophane) it takes to make it look similar to the photograph. The piece then gets heavily quilted to add dimension to the sky, water, fields, etc. The final step is to add detail like shadows and embellishments such as beads, sequins, buttons, ribbons. The result is a beautiful piece of art and memento of a special occasion to display in your home or give as a personalized and memorable gift.

(For those who live in an earthquake zone, fibre art is especially useful since it can be hung anywhere, including over your bed, where it won't injure you if it falls.)

Please contact me to discuss purchasing your own pictorial fibre art.

For Sale


Contemplation -- a place to sit and decide your next path, based on a photo taken at Helliwell Provincial Park, Hornby Island BC, Canada.
West Coast Cabin -- Made using a wet-felting technique, this piece has lots of dimension and texture. It is based on a photo I took in the wilds of the Chilcotin area of British Columbia.
Poppies Are Forever
Felted Bouquet - Very 3-dimensional.
Full Spectrum Sunset - This piece is so luminous because it has all of the colours of the colour wheel in it.
Copacabana Beach - Using just blacks, white and greys this beach scene in Rio looks just as much fun as in technicolour.
The Chilcoot - A felted piece inspired by a phot Laine took in British Columbia on a recent road trip.
Arbutus Study - This arbutus tree is a study or prototype for a larger piece based on a photograph that I took on one of the Gulf Islands off of Vancouver Island.
St. Peter Port, Guernsey - Using my own photo I stitched, painted and stitched some more to create St. Peter Port.
Under My Umbrella, inspired by the 1966 song "Bus Stop", by the Hollies.
3D Flower
Mr. Big is made from some hand dyed silk scarves and a LOT of thread.
Sooke (Canada 150 Series), based on a photo taken at Sooke Pot Holes on Vancouver Island, British Columbia.

Sample Pieces