Painting with yarn

The sketchbook arrived in Wales, Chez Snail, back in March, but I have only recently (May) got round to completing my contribution… or actually, as it turned out, contributions. I knew that I wanted to use mandalas and circles as my theme and I also knew that there was no way that I would be able to…

The Sisters

When I signed up for this great project I didn’t have a very clear idea of what I would put in the sketchbook  – all I did know was that it wouldn’t be a drawing or painting because I have no illusions about my abilities in that department.  I attended a workshop last year to…

Winter Tree

On its leisurely trip around the world, the sketchbook reached Germany in the couple of weeks when it was winter! Temperatures below freezing, and the snow crunching under my feet. A real winter is what I want to celebrate with my contribution to the sketchbook. I love how the trees look in winter, with snow…

From the Magpie’s Nest

My medium of choice is textiles. I piece and embroider and embellish with beads and charms in the various works I create. As I perused the sketchbook when it arrived here in the Pacific Northwest (USA), two 4” x 6” bits of intuitive piecing I’d done some time ago came to mind.  Without forethought, I’d…

A Greek addition

Hello Sisters – and friends! I was very excited to get my claws on the Sketchbook – and people’s contributions exceeded my expectations. It really is a thing of beauty, in its diversity and joyful mood. I had already thought about what I would draw, of course, but didn’t finalize anything until I could see…

Viv – an adieu

We received word a little time ago that Viv – one of ‘we women’ who had happily joined up with such a modest plan to pass a sketchbook from one to the other around the world – had passed away. It has taken time for me to feel ready to post this small remembrance, so for her…

The Sisterhood Quilt

I broke out in a cold sweat when the sketchbook arrived in the post. I’m crafty and creative in my way, but was a bit intimidated by the artistic abilities represented in the sketch book. I calmed down, let different ideas wash over me, and eventually decided on a paper quilt using images of the…

The Explorer

I chose my poem, well before the book began its journey. I watched, via a computer screen, as each creative page was added. I had chosen my poem for its light-heartedness, and reference to embroidery. Little did I know, I would join the small boy in his experience of discovery, when the travelling sketchbook arrived…

The secret picture

Just before I posted off the Sketchbook I found a little hidden treasure. Anne made up the book from some beautiful paper and this sketch was possibly from one of the borrowed sheets. (Or maybe I hadn’t paid attention to my fellow Sister’s contribution.) It’s a very beautiful scene of Kakadu and I was so…

How to ride to the National Gallery of Victoria

Dear Sisters With apologies for holding onto the sketchbook for too long but it is now in the hands of Australia Post and heading in Sandi’s direction for its next contribution. Herewith my offering – which I hope is not too naïve and whimsical – but I am sure none of you mind such things. I took…

Brisbane Stopover

I jumped at the chance to join The Sisterhood of the Travelling Sketchbook a few months ago when I read about the fascinating concept on Anne Lawson’s blog. Ann who is a talented botanical artist has not only bound together a book from paper ends from preloved paper for “The Sisterhood” to add their marks to,…

Page #1, the journey’s begun

From Kate Chiconi at TallTalesfromChiconia, North Queensland, Australia After Anne, who made the book, I’m honoured to be first on the list to make a mark on the pristine pages of the Travelling Sketchbook. It’s been a rough week or two for me health-wise as some of you will already know, but I’ve finally finished my entry,…