Above: Detail, Winter Sky, 33” x 22”

Joanne Bast


My work is often based on photography from my extensive travel. My machine-embroidered, thread paintings start with a camera and a computer print on treated cotton fabric, backed with canvas or duck cloth and stitched with freeform machine sewing. As the stitching progresses, the photograph disappears, and the picture takes on a life of its own. 

I use photographs as the basis of fabric appliqué that includes novelty fabrics as well as cotton or silk. 

The felted wool fiber art is a construction made by piling dyed wool batting or roving to make a picture that is then felted by wetting, rolling and beating. These felted pictures may also be hand or machine stitched. The final work may be bound as a quilt or stitched to a painted, stretched canvas and framed.

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Exhibits & Publications

I enter shows in the Maryland Federation of Arts Gallery in Annapolis, the York Art Association Gallery in York, PA, and the Hanover Area Arts Gallery, Hanover, PA. My work also may be seen at the Potomac Fiber Arts Gallery in the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, VA.

Currently, I have work in three current books:

Fly Me to the Moon: Quilts commemorating the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. (Mine depicts the lyrics of the Jimmy Buffet song “The Rocket that Grandpa Rode.”)

HerStory: Quilts commemorating women of note since 1920. (Mine are Agatha Christie and Nichol Nichols.)

Endangered Species: (Mine are Komodo dragon and Wild Water Buffalo.)

The Window Washer, detail left, and original above,        18” x 13” x 2”

Bottom right: Detail, One Red Window, 14” x 15” x 2”

Bottom center: Detail, Window Box Geraniums,     14” x 18” x 2”