Thread Connections Exhibition 2011

‘Thread Connections’ was a collaboration with 2 fellow textile artists from Perth – Marilyn Farrow and Jennie Abbott. So, with months of planning and creating, it all came together in a successful exhibition at the Old Bakery, Maylands, Perth. While this venue no longer exists, because of its size, it was a perfect place for us at the time.
Carl Altmann opened the exhibition with some high praise, but also a lot of hilarity! He has been involved in Art Education, Design, Visual Literacy, Drawing, Painting and Textiles for many years as well as judging. In addition, his own artworks have been exhibited both in Australia and internationally.

My thread connections

As a result as many hours of happy creating, 14 pieces came to fruition. Most are shown below with links to more information.

sara quail layered textile
Rainbow Burst – Sold
Cornucopia in fabric and fibre
Firebird fantasy – In gallery
Sara Quail carrier rods organza
Pik-a-Poppy – Sold
3d textile with zips
Sara Quail free machine embroidery
Enchanted forest – Sold
silk paper machine embroidery
Ember glow – Sold
free machine embroidery applique
Seeds of the sun – Sold
kookaburras in textiles
Mates at sunset
Sara quail glue and fabric
Sundowner dunes – Sold
3D textile Sara Quail
Sara Quail indigo shibori
Moody blues
Layered organza stitched sara quail
sara quail wire and fabric
Billabong blues


The gallery above contains some candid shots of the opening night and general layout of my exhibits in the gallery.

Exhibition: Cervantes Art Festival 2010

The Cervantes Festival of Arts is an annual event which began as part of the Cervantes 40th birthday celebrations in 2003. It has grown to become the major culture event in the Dandaragan Shire, drawing statewide entries from Artists and Craftspeople vying for $5,750.00 in prize money (2013) and the prestige of winning the Shire of Dandaragan Acquisition Prize.

These photos were taken in 2010 when 8 of our members exhibited in the textile category:

Exhibition: The Travelling Thread 2010

The Travelling Thread – 2010
The travelling thread exhibition
Inspiration from Richard Woldenthorpe photo

This highly successful exhibition was held at the Old Bakery Gallery in Maylands in 2010 by the 84 contemporary textile group. Because ‘The Travelling Thread’ exhibition was  a group effort, there were 116 textile artworks by 22 members.

Individual pieces were inspired by the ‘thread’ or the ‘travel’ theme. As a result there was a great variety of techniques, fabrics, fibres, yarns, threads and colour combinations on display.

WA photographer Richard Woldendorp opened the exhibition. Hence his photo ‘Oceans Well Travelled’, being the inspiration for a large group exhibit comprising 28 pieces. Each member contributed a panel of the landscape, demonstrating a variety of fibre techniques and teamwork.

While items vary from functional to frivolous, they include art to wear, wall hangings, vessels, books, jewellery and more.

And the final group piece, now hangs in Alexander Park Craft House –  as a permanent reminder.

84 group textile collage

Contributing artists:

Jennie Abbott, Barbara Barnett, Beryl Burns, Lisa Christophers, Marilyn Farrow, Kerry Grove, Elaine Harrold, Helen Jones, Michelle Josephson, Joy Knight, Jan King, Jocelyne Leath, Lucille Miller, Yvonne Moore, Elizabeth Morley, Lyn Nixon, Charlene O’Brien, Karen Pantlin, Phyllis Pearson, Margaret Perkins, Ann Prietz and Sara Quail

 Article from the Community Group Paper

Embroidering a new thread

Secretary of The 84 Group Jennie Abbott with some of the works on display in The Travelling Thread exhibition.

A COLOURFUL collection of intricate machine embroidery is on display in Maylands.
The 84 Group has put the work of 23 of its members on show in an exhibition entitled The Travelling Thread.
This is the second time the group has exhibited at the Old Bakery on 8th Gallery and Cafe.
Secretary and founding member Jennie Abbott said the main aim of showcasing the work was to develop the focus of the group. It provides an opportunity for some of the newer members to experience the process of presenting an exhibition of their work.
“Our main challenge for this exhibition was to produce the group project. An opportunity for even the most inexperienced to share their knowledge and skills in the creation of a large piece. This group project was based on a photograph taken by eminent photographer Richard Woldendorp ,” she said.
Decorative and wearable artwork also forms part of the show.
Mrs Abbott said the group formed in 1984 after a series of workshops at a time when there were few embroiderers exploring the techniques of free machine embroidery.
“We all believed we were completely alone, so discovering others out there with the same interest was very exciting,” she said.

Exhibition -What lies beneath 2014

What Lies Beneath – Exhibition 2014

Over 150 exhibits created by 20 members of the 84 Contemporary Textile Group to celebrate 30 years of their existence. The exhibition was opened by the Mayor of Wanneroo – Tracey Roberts in the Gallery of the Wanneroo Library and Cultural Centre. Exhibits interpreting the theme of ‘What lies beneath’, were of a very high standard and pushed the boundaries of textile art to the delight of over 500 visitors from 13-23 November 2014.


Fantast Work! Chrstine Vergrugg, Martin, WA.
A fabulous exhibition ladies! Thankyou. Vivien Beere.
Inspiring and thought provoking – I wish I took time to have a go! P. Kilgalle.
The exhibition represents many, many hours of work.  Well done! So inspiring and enjoyable to see. Joyce.
What a beautiful exhibition. Amazing work. L Gardiner.
Strata – excellent example of breaking boundaries.  Captures the fragility of the environment.  Tonalities are well balanced. Jan and Carl Altman.
The most inspiring exhibition I have had the delight to visit for many years.  BH.
Lovely display. O Brooks.
Wonderful work. C Medhew.
Absolutely beautiful! Such a lot of work.
Absolutely wonderful!!
Very gifted talent! Thx.
Absolutely stunning! So glad I’ve seen this wonderful exhibition and well done to all. Thank you . Elizabeth (Morley).
Inspiration abounds in this exhibition – thanks ladies. Stephanie Knudsen.
Wonderful exhibition – great creativity.  Inspiring. Genevieve Armson.
The intricate work is just mind boggling.  Patricia Gray.
Absolutely inspiring exhibition of very talented artists.  J TR?
Beautiful array of work.  ??
So inspiring and uplifting!
A very vibrant and inspiring exhibition.  Well done all!
A beautiful workshop.  So clever and so beautiful.
WOW!!! What a different exhibition.
Fantastic absolutely great exhibition.
Fabulous, inspiring and humbling.  Very enjoyable exhibit.
Thank you – inspirational innovative work. Thankyou.
Just wonderful thanks.
Magnificent – some people are so clever.  Daphne.
How to choose! All are wonderful.  ??
Bookmarks – it would be nice to buy small items.
Enjoyed the variety of exhibits.
Very talented work – enjoyed being able to come and see it.
Unbelievable! Stunning exhibition. Well done! Yvette Corby. Clarkson.
Have loved looking a this amazing collection of art.  All very clever people. Great ideas. Thank you. Linda Mindorie.
What a wonderful exhibition. Blew my mind with the talent you all have. Many thanx’s for sharing your treasures with us all. Eleanor Butland. Exceptional, great. Thankyou.
What a wonderful display of very clever women.  Kay Platts.
Fabulous! Stunning! A. Weber, Wanneroo
So innovative and most impressive! M.LO. Sleven
Wonderful, well done.
Brilliant! Judy.
So creative.  I loved it. Dot McManus.
Wonderful exhibition. What clever people and love the presentation.  Mariette, Falcon, Mandurah.
This is a wonderful exhibition.  Be proud girls (ladies). Judy Nash.
Well done everyone involved.  Very inspiring and beautiful. Sandra Keeling.
Great exhibition, wonderfully displayed.  Carolyn Thomas.
Such wonder4ful work and imagination. Such patience. Lorraine de Lacy.
Just amazing – such design!
Beautiful work – you all should be very proud. Michelle Henderson.
Lovely work. June Bennett.
Every piece requires a second look! Beautiful exhibition.
Very beautiful and inspiring. Sue Valente.
Excellent quality work. Nellie Waterman.
Beautiful craft. Robyn Beveridge. Lakes Entrance, Vic.
Very interesting.
Loved it and the ladies taking the time to talk to everyone.
Wow, its amazing.  Well done to everyone.
Fantastic exhibition. Very inspiring.
Inspiring and beautiful.
Congratulations! Wonderful work. So colourful! Judith Pinnell.
It’s wonderful to see so much beautiful work from so many talented people! Cherry Johnston.
You are all so incredibly talented. What beautiful work. Thank you.
Mesmerizing.  If loved every piece. So much creativity.
Beautiful, beautiful work. Well done all. A stunning exhibition and so much work.
Its great!!! Keep up the good work. F Cook.
Great exhibition, lovely pieces of work. (U>K>)
Very impressive and inspiring. Kathy Collett.
Absolutely great. Lot of hard work. Amazing. Pam Montgomery.
Congratulations to all ladies for a wonderful exhibition with talent and displays to admire. Hilary Illingworth. Mandurah.
What a wonderful exhibition. I’ve been inspired. Very creative. Marietta de Lobel,  Jandagup.
Incredible exhibition. Angie Paine.
Brilliant! Love it! Nola Smith, Southern Suburbs Ass.
Absolutely stunni8ng. Mavis and Neil Stewart.
Beautiful work, very inspirational. Kevin and Margaret Flanagan, Mindarie.
Veronica Young.
Val Boyle.
Would love to join your group – your work is inspirational. April Rigby. 0401530717
Lyn Dunlop.
Very inspiring – just need more days in the week. Tina Edwards, Kallaroo Embroidery Group.
So much inspiration for next project. Tina Makle?
Jennie Robu?
How inspirational.
Beautiful thank you. Gle?? Smith.
Just wonderful. O Johnst?
What a wonderful display. Helen Frankel.
Very beautiful works. We enjoyed it. S ???
What a wonderful array of talent.  The variety is amazing. PS Loved the door. Marie.
Inspiring. Terri Beardman.
Always so inspiring. Well done girls. Lia Overman.
Absolutely beautiful works. Amazing work.
What beautiful work, very talented, creative and skilled artists.
Lovely work. Well done. Lorelie Smit.
2 Dutch blokes enjoying this art! Thanks.
Great creativity, and wonderful work. Liz Robson, Embroiderers Guild.
WOW! STUNNING!! Very imaginative. Thank you for the opportunity to see such beauty and creativity. Judith Mat??
Could have spent hours at the beautiful work. Linda Allen. Well done ladies.
Amazing work well done! Thank you.
Absolutely fabulous – a great credit to all you talented ladies!  Gerry.
Absolutely Beautiful!! Judy Germano.
Exquisite. Anita Jacobs. Par excellence.
Much more than expected!! WOW! Jane Wells.
Really inspiring. Kay Patmore.
Wonderful exquisite works. Chris and Reg Burrows.
Fantastic work. Well worth the visit. Peggy McKenna.
Enjoyed exhibition wondered at the patience and creativity! Brilliant. J. Math??
Very interesting and inspiring a good idea for creativity and reusing and recycling! Lesley  ???
Very interesting! Loved them all! Sue Temple.
Well worth the trip. Val.
Fantastic display, interesting work. Vict?? S.V.
Sara Quail’s bedspread is amazing!
Most inspirational oozing with talent. Well worth the drive to enjoy the opportunity to see this amazing work done in Perth.

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