Send a Tweet
Most Popular Choices
Share on Facebook 4 Share on Twitter Printer Friendly Page More Sharing
Exclusive to OpEdNews:
Life Arts    H4'ed 2/23/16

Wicked Cool Fiber Art "To Dye For"

By       (Page 1 of 4 pages)     (# of views)   2 comments, In Series: Quilting and Fiber Arts
Follow Me on Twitter     Message Meryl Ann Butler
Become a Fan
  (83 fans)

'The Clock of the Time Dragon and The City of Emeralds' by Carl Hentsch of Saint Joseph, Missouri. Finalist
'The Clock of the Time Dragon and The City of Emeralds' by Carl Hentsch of Saint Joseph, Missouri. Finalist
(Image by Cherrywood Hand Dyed Fabrics)
  Details   DMCA

Wicked. It's both a Broadway play and an innovative quilt challenge that may make you "green with envy."

What's a quilt challenge? It's a project designed to challenge the creativity of a group of quilters, within prescribed parameters. Typically a fabric, or group of fabrics, is selected, and participants must use one or all of the fabrics in their finished project. Some quilt challenges allow or require the use of other fabrics, and some require quilters to only select fabrics from within a particular group. Some challenges specify a theme, or a specific size, and many offer awards and prizes.

The first major quilt challenge event was initiated in 1988, a result of an idea by veteran quilter/judges Betty Boyink and Holice Turnbow, who had booths next to each other at a quilt event. They came up with the concept while chatting about a particular Hoffman fabric that Betty had described as "challenging" to work with. So they "challenged" each other to make a quilt using that fabric by the next year's event, and along the way nearly 100 other quilters jumped onboard. The exhibit was enormously popular, and Hoffman of California continues the annual event, which now includes clothing, dolls, and accessories as well as quilts.

For 2015, the Hoffman Challenge fabric used was Pomegranate Gold:

Hoffman Challenge 2015 Fabric - Pomegranate Gold
Hoffman Challenge 2015 Fabric - Pomegranate Gold
(Image by Hoffman of California Fabrics)
  Details   DMCA

A sampling of entries incorporating this fabric is shown below:

Top L: Sidetracked to Marrakesh by April Wicker, Top R: Over The Rainbow by Marijke Van Welzen, bottom: assortment of dolls by various quilt artisans
Top L: Sidetracked to Marrakesh by April Wicker, Top R: Over The Rainbow by Marijke Van Welzen, bottom: assortment of dolls by various quilt artisans
(Image by Hoffman of California Fabrics)
  Details   DMCA

Hoffman's Marketing & Media Coordinator, Michelle Flores, notes, "We're revamping the Challenge for 2016 and starting a digital submission process via ArtCall. (add link) Another new feature for the 2016 Challenge: the selected Challenge fabric is adigitally printed fabric. Digital prints are a hot trend in quilting cottons and Hoffman is offering some of the very best made collections of digital fabrics under its Hoffman Spectrum brand. A butterfly fabric (N4240) from the new Crystalia collection is the selected Challenge fabric, and participants can choose either the black (213-Onyx) color way or the white (132-Opal) color way to create their contest entry. Or they can use both fabrics! One more new addition to the contest is a home decor category."

Hoffman Challenge 2016 Fabric
Hoffman Challenge 2016 Fabric
(Image by Hoffman of California Fabrics)
  Details   DMCA


The WICKED Cherrywood Challenge 2014-2015 incorporated specific fabrics and finished size, and the theme was the Broadway show, "Wicked."

Poster from the musical, Wicked.
Poster from the musical, Wicked.
(Image by Wicked, the musical)
  Details   DMCA

For anyone who has been living under a rock, the show, which premiered on Broadway in 2003 won a Grammy and three Tony Awards. The show went on its first national tour in 2005, and 14 million people have seen it since. According to Playbill, "Wicked broke the record for highest-grossing week in North American touring history, taking in $3,285,606 for the nine-performance week ending Jan. 3 (2016) at St. Louis' Fabulous Fox Theatre."

'Spotlight' by Lynn Synhort of Fargo, North Dakota. Grand Prize Winner in The WICKED Cherrywood Challenge.
'Spotlight' by Lynn Synhort of Fargo, North Dakota. Grand Prize Winner in The WICKED Cherrywood Challenge.
(Image by Cherrywood Hand Dyed Fabrics)
  Details   DMCA

One hundred and fourteen 20" x 20" square quilts in The WICKED Cherrywood Challenge collection traveled to 18 exhibition venues in 13 months through 2015. Quilts were constructed from Cherrywood hand-dyed, suede-look fabrics. The 27 finalists were displayed in the Gershwin Theater on Broadway in NYC from October 2, 2014 through Jan. 2, 2015.

Next Page  1  |  2  |  3  |  4

 

Rate It | View Ratings

Meryl Ann Butler Social Media Pages: Facebook page url on login Profile not filled in       Twitter page url on login Profile not filled in       Linkedin page url on login Profile not filled in       Instagram page url on login Profile not filled in

Meryl Ann Butler is an artist, author, educator and OpedNews Managing Editor who has been actively engaged in utilizing the arts as stepping-stones toward joy-filled wellbeing since she was a hippie. She began writing for OpEdNews in Feb, 2004. She became a Senior Editor in August 2012 and Managing Editor in January, (more...)
 

Go To Commenting
The views expressed herein are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.
Follow Me on Twitter     Writers Guidelines
Contact AuthorContact Author Contact EditorContact Editor Author PageView Authors' Articles
Support OpEdNews

OpEdNews depends upon can't survive without your help.

If you value this article and the work of OpEdNews, please either Donate or Purchase a premium membership.

STAY IN THE KNOW
If you've enjoyed this, sign up for our daily or weekly newsletter to get lots of great progressive content.
Daily Weekly     OpEdNews Newsletter
Name
Email
   (Opens new browser window)
 

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

The Bizarre Theft of Dr. Stanislaw Burzynski's Miracle Cancer Cure

Mysterious Bayou Sinkhole Continues to Cave In: Radiation, Hydrocarbons Detected

Relentless Bayou Corne Sinkhole Nearly 30 Times Original Size (UPDATED with Cave-In Video)

Sex, Love, and Jesus: A Few Surprises in the Easter Basket

2012: Armageddon or Quantum Leap? Gregg Braden's Answer-Fractal Time

California Fire Update: Station Fire 1:30 pm, Pacific Time 8-28-09