Tag Archives: embroidery


Last month I shared Deborah Mersky’s tex-tiles with you. Today I’m welcoming you into my house.


Joe and I have lived here for many years. Fabric is woven into our home and life. Each piece of cloth tells a story.


It reminds me of the place where it came from, and of particular meals or celebrations.


Some of the fabric on the windows and doors is from around the world.


I made some of the curtains.

Paschkis appliquepaschkis applique

The quilt is by Sarah Mary Taylor, a gift from Ella King Torrey. Our friend Kay gave us the indigo-resist Hungarian deer. The cat pillow is from my sister-in-law Julia. Sigrid upholstered the bird and cherry couch with fabric that Roberta found. Almost every piece of fabric reminds me of friends and family.


And then there are tablecloths!


And more tablecloths…

All of this fabric makes daily life richer, and it feeds my work. Here are a few new still life paintings.

Paschkis still life

Paschkis still life - flicker

Paschkis still life-reflect

I’d like to take a textile tour-de-friends. Please snap a picture of fabric from your home or life that means something to you and send it to me at  jpaschkis@comcast.net. I will post the pictures on this blog. Thank you!


Moldova and Romania


Last night I got back from a trip to Eastern Europe. Grab a pillow and get comfortable: I will show you some of the fabrics that I saw in Moldova and Romania. There was pattern everywhere. There were woven rugs on the walls and on the floor.IMG_1951IMG_2401IMG_2745IMG_2600And there were stripes.IMG_2085

Rugs overlapped
These rag rugs were all on the floor in one room, making an impromptu quilt.
Clothing in a market stall:

This woman was selling her knitting at the market and her dress was historical.
There were lots of women dressed in more everyday scarves and patterns.IMG_2765IMG_2764
Textiles are part of homes and restaurants.
And there are glorious textiles in the churches.IMG_2074
I love the cacophony of patterns. Harmonious cacophony!IMG_2308
The past and the present are woven together.IMG_2743

Anna Torma

About 10 years ago I spilled oil on my favorite pants. I embroidered flowers on them to cover up the stain and a new obsession was born. For a while I stitched everything that I could get my hands on, mainly clothing. This shirt was my most elaborate effort.

Paschkis boat shirt

But gradually new obsessions took over (learning Spanish, baking bread, quilting) and my needle mostly lay still.

Paschkis - Insomnia

In December I saw an amazing show of embroidery at the Bellevue Art Museum.

anna torma room

The artist is Anna Torma. She was born in Hungary, but now lives in an old farm house in Canada. Here is a link to her website,  and here is a video interview.

anna torma portrait

She uses time consuming and careful stitching to create wild, loose and free images.

anna torma hanging

Her work tells stories and the more closely you look the more you will see.She embroiders on huge pieces of fabric, but the scale of the embroidery is intimate. The backs and the fronts are beautiful in different ways.

anna torma hangings

torma detail 1 torma detail 2

Since seeing the show I have picked up my needle again. I also hope to pick up some of her freedom and willingness to experiment.

Torma dragon