Dougal Walker entertained us at our April meeting with stories about her creative journey and a trunk show full of delightful folk art stitchery and colourful modern art quilts.
We were off to a good start when she mentioned the apron that some of us made in Home Economics class back in high school. Pockets, straps, gathers, pleats, hems, slipstitching – that apron had it all!
Dougal has had many artistic, crafting and sewing interests over the years. She had her own children’s clothing line called Freckleswear. Currently, she has a line of patterns called The Freckles Collection, which take her to quilt shows and merchandisers near and far.
In addition to pattern design, she works with embroidery, applique, wool penny rugs, thread painting, and many other techniques.
Her patterns are based on homespun line drawings with well-loved themes such as cats, dogs, angels, teddy bears, fairies, and families. Patterns are designed to teach stitching and quilt blocks.
Dougal has moved into the world of art quilts as well, which she says come from “within” rather than from a pattern.
She belongs to two quilting guilds, enters competitions, and teaches at The Quilted Bear in Ladner.
Dougal’s presentation was sprinkled with humour and interesting stories.
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