Friday, 5 December 2014

Charity Book Sale

The auction has now finished and we raised in excess of £1337.00. The remaining books will be sold at the Craft4Crafters show in Exeter. Thank you to everyone who bought the books and helped us to support The Teenage Cancer Trust.

I’m sure you will all have heard about our sale of hand-made books and sketch-books, hoping to raise money for The Teenage Cancer Trust – such a worthwhile cause.

Here are the ‘Buy Now’ books. You can secure the book of your choice straightaway by paying the suggested price, or you can make a bid and risk losing it. Bidding ends on Tuesday 9th at 12 noon GMT.  We do hope to raise a useful amount for the Teenage Cancer Trust, so please support us. Any questions to maggie@workshopontheweb.com

Email Maggie or leave a comment to buy or bid. Payment options are shown at the end of this blog post.

There are further books, including a sketch-book by Val Campbell-Harding, in the auction on the Workshop on the Web Facebook page. 
Remember that both auction and sale end at 12 noon GMT on Tuesday 9th December.



Stop Press: Two New Books


Book 22 - Elizabeth Saunders
A Lovely late entrant from this admired WoW tutor. This is a concertina book on the theme of travel, journeys and memories. Lovely little snippets of stitch, too.

3 x 3 in




Purchased at £20. Thank you, L.











Book 23 - Emma Siedle-Collins
A delicious book with a colourful stitched and embellished cover. Lots of colour inside, too, as you can see.

6 x 4 in


BUY NOW for £30.00 or make an offer by leaving a comment or emailing maggie@workshopontheweb.com

Current highest offer £















Book 3 - Cas Holmes 
This colourful book, by a much admired maker, takes as its theme the ecology of our world and our part in protecting it.

Dimensions: 4½ x 3½ in

Purchased at full price. Thank you, F.







Book 6 Paula Watkins
This is a work of art from Paula – another popular tutor and writer. This book is a tiny
piece of heaven. Small, but perfectly formed, with some lovely pages of drawings.

Title: A Little Sketchbook
Dimensions: 3 x 3½ in



Purchased at full price. Thank you, Pat.



 



 















Book 8 Zoe Ainsworth Grigg
This book takes shoes as its theme and includes some interesting design ideas and some lovely stitched samples.

Title: Shoes
Dimensions: 6 x 6½ in






Purchased at full price. Thank you, J.




Book 10 Maggie Grey
A fabric book with stitched shapes applied to a zapped and distressed background. The spine is formed from zapped pipe-cleaners. The interior of the book shows lots of pages of small icons on a metal ground. Some of the pages remain blank to make room for your own saints.

Title: For all the Saints
Dimensions: 5 x 3½ in

Purchased at full price. Thank you, J.








Book 11 Sue Gilchrist
A true sketch book with lots of room remaining for your own designs. The cover is beautifully stitched and embellished with particular attention paid to the decorative elements.

Title: The Purple Pink Button Book
Dimensions 6 x 4 in

Purchased at full price. Thank you, S.





Book 13 Sam Packer
Unbound book with a Decovil and fabric stencilled cover decorated with gold strands of
Flash. It has decorative, textured pages. The wrapped pipe-cleaner tie keeps it all up
together. Add more of your own pages.

Title: It’s a Wrap 
Dimensions 5½ x 4 in

BUY NOW for £30.00 or make an offer by leaving a comment or emailing maggie@workshopontheweb.com

Current highest offer £




Book 16 Paula Watkins
Another book by Paula on a fishy theme, this wonderfully shaped book has a folded fish
cover that encases painted and textured paper ready for you to decorate. 

Title: Folded Fish 
Dimensions 5½ x 6¼ in

BUY NOW for £40.00 or make an offer by leaving a comment or emailing maggie@workshopontheweb.com

Current highest offer £





Book 17: Origami travelmemory book Beverley Wood
A beautifully constructed origami book with pockets for keep-sakes, notes or photos. What a
lovely Christmas present this would make.

Dimensions  6 x 6 in


Purchased at full price. Thank you, PD.





Book 18: Origami butterflymemory book Beverley Wood
A beautifully constructed origami book with pockets for keep-sakes, notes or photos.

Dimensions  6 x 6 in

Purchased at full price. Thank you, PD. Sorry Aussie Jo.





Looking forward to hearing from you.

Payment can be made by cheque if you are in the UK (our preferred method) or credit card over the phone. In all cases contact Maggie first,  by email maggie@workshopontheweb.com.





Friday, 24 October 2014

30 Tones of Grey

A great excitement - I have been offered a wonderfully large exhibition space at the Craft4Crafters show at the Westpoint Arena, Exeter, 29th to 31st January. 

Shapes of Grey (thanks to Deb Jackson for the title) will be a retrospective, covering thirty years of stitching. I have managed to find some of my City and Guilds work (omg, am I really brave enough to show it?). 

The pics right and below show work from the last ten years - they all came out of the box marked 3D. Perhaps it should be called Fifty Shapes of Grey.

The little bag on the right is heavily stitched gold thread on net. At this stage I was fascinated by the movement that dense stitching could create - the vessel below has outer 'leaves' of machine stitched felt. Buttonhole stitching around the edge makes the leaves curl.





I still like this mask (below) made from heat-manipulated Softsculpt. Lots of metallic wax and Pearlex powders used here. Plus a beaded fringe - influenced by Val Campbell-Harding, I think.




I am really looking forward to digging out my bigger pieces - a trip for Clive here, as the loft may be involved.

Together with Sam Packer and Fiona Edwards, I will be doing lots of demos and promoting Workshop on the Web, of course. We are right next to the West Country Embroiderers stand (I am very honoured to be their president) and they give wonderful demos. Hopefully we can co-ordinate our fabric decoration and stitch so we can pass samples back and forth. 

I think, if I have room, I might bring the Brother Scan N Cut. I have a project that will probably still be on the go in January - more on that later.

Yesterday my friend Jane Wild came round to play with the cutter. I wondered how she would use it as her art is very much centred on the figure. Here she is preparing her design - a wonderfully abstract lady .



Here is the first cut - and the sketch that produced it.






It turned out to be wonderfully Picasso-ish as the scanner omitted an eye and lost one of her boobs. We like her that way.





Jane left my house with a book to review - thus proving that there is no such thing as a free lunch. We had great fun and vowed to do it again, soon.


The fantastic sketchbook below is from Paula Watkins and is a response to Workshop on the Web's support of the Teenage Cancer Trust. We are asking for sketchbooks or hand-made books to be donated so we can sell them online in aid of the Charity. We have some great ones already, from artists such as Cas Holmes and Anne Kelly. Details on www.workshopontheweb.com. More on this blog, too.





Finally, if you purchased my latest book 'Cut, Shape, Stitch', you will find another free online class at www.d4daisy.com. Based on trees, as you can see below.




 Many thanks for all your good wishes to my new knee. It is doing well ans sends its love. All signed off from hospital and physio and I am able to go for wonderful walks. Still doing the exercises!


Saturday, 6 September 2014

Pssst! Wanna See My Operation?

Well you can't - even though I have a magnificent knee scar. I am feeling much better now at two and a bit weeks on. The staples are out and the physio is pleased with me. Still get some pain at night but very little in the day and I am sure it will be well worth it. I can already walk further than I could before the op and with less pain.

Clive has been feeding me rather too well and I can see a major diet is in the offing when the excuse of comfort eating is over. Smudge is a pain, of course. As he can't lay on hands (or paws) he is trying to lay on fur with lots of rubbing round my legs. A stick does come in handy for a gentle prod.

I thought that I would get loads of drawing, stitching or crochet done - or at least some reading, but I'm finding it hard to concentrate. Magazines seem to be the only thing I can do and I was getting a little bored so we had an outing to Blashford Lakes - a quarry infill near our house. Saw lots of birds from the hide, including a colourful lapwing and loads of herons. 












I was fascinated by the layered look to the landscape and think I might be getting back into making stuff. When we got home, Clive moved all my cutting stuff to the dining table so I could sit and work. I made this little (unpainted, so far) sample using the Scan N Cut but I want to find a way to use some of the new dies I bought and make a bigger version on the Sizzix.







I hope it will be a cover for the book I am making for Workshop on the Web's book challenge, in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust. We are asking people to make us sketch books, filled or not, that we can sell to raise money for them. We already have lovely ones from Cas Holmes, Anne Kelly and other lovely, generous people. I have just received this super one from Diana Brown.






We will be selling them in December and I will give everyone a heads up. If you want to send a book, it can be posted to Fiona at 19 Merriefield Avenue, Broadstone, Dorset BH18 8DA.

I am also hoping that my folded landscape technique will become one of the free online lessons for those who have purchased the Cut, Shape, Stitch book. Watch this space.

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

The Book Looks Very Bookish

Well, the 'Cut, Shape, Stitch' book is published and is selling very well. If you have purchased it, you will find a free class on the www.d4daisy.com site.We're all delighted with the quality - our printers are just the best. If you ever want a really good printer go to the Colour Factory at Sittingbourne, Kent. They are a delight to deal with. It looks so different when it is a book - we proof from pdfs, so it doesn't give you the feel of a book. One of my favourite sections is where Sam and Paula produce work from the same shape - a circular die that comes in different sizes. 



Paula's concertina book with hand stitching, is wonderful and Sam's machine embroidered collar below shows real innovation. Actually, it is a mix of two collars - Michael got creative with the photo and we love the effect.


I managed to get to a wonderful exhibition at the gallery in Upton Park, Poole, Dorset, on Sunday. By four =friends who call themselves the 'Body of Work Textile Artists', it was a really jolly show. Very sunny and suitable for the sea-side were Jennie Pickering's beach hut designs, below. I have written a review for the September WoW.



We are running a sketch-a-thon in the next Workshop on the Web in aid of the Teenage Cancer |Trust where we are asking people to donate sketch books or decorated books for us to sell. I had a friend who lost a daughter a fourteen and I shall never forget how awful it was. So when I met one of the fundraisers for this charity, who do such great things, I thought  our Wowies would come up trumps for that. 


The pic above is from one of the late, great Val Campbell Harding's sketch books, based on a design source of painted fairground ponies. I love the way she includes the original - a detail of a photo, then draws it and finally produces wonderful samples.

I am still having the time of my life with the Brother Scan N Cut. I am working on concertina landscapes - see my free cut sample below.


I have drawn out the design, ready to cut - see below. If it works, I'll write it up as an online class for those who have purchased the book.




I will have to turn the design half way as it is quite big and will not all fit on the mat. That should be a challenge.




I think I told you that my knee replacement is happening in a few weeks' time. I hear that Kim Thittichai has to have the same op soon. I have suggested that we have it at the same time, in adjacent hospital beds and then Clive can look after both of us. Fiona says that we could also run a mean three-legged race!



Wednesday, 23 July 2014

The Big Day Off


It has been a very hectic time lately, what with the book, the show and the knee. I have a date for the new knee - 19th August. I have already had operations on my hand, now my knee - hope my boomps-a-daisy doesn't go next.

I am having a whole day off because it is my birthday. In a minute, we are going to Walford Mill in Wimborne. It is a great gallery and they have an interesting-sounding exhibition. Later, various kids and friends are descending and this evening we are descending on Fiona for dinner. Well; that is the plan. Clive bought me a new Kindle and a box set of Trollope (Clive does love a good trollope) to watch when I am chair-bound. He also bought me a Calla lily as they are my current fave thing. It has replaced the elderly orchid in the bathroom.
























Do you remember my wood warrior race? I was playing with them on the Scan N Cut. I was puzzled as to how to mount them and in the end they ran away and hid among the leaves of my birch bark piece.






The lion masks that the warriors wore have been terrific fun to work with. They have been vessels, been mounted on stencilled backgrounds and are about to be stitched as a background to a large hanging I am working on. I am having a retrospective exhibition at the next Craft for Crafters show in Devon so I'm working on new, big stuff for that. 

I have also used the lion drawing for a Brother tutorial on the Scan N Sew - will let you know when and where it appears.




I am really hooked on this Brother machine and am now pursuing the heads theme by looking at a series of carvings that we found in Scotland. Stirling castle was a very inspirational place and we spent a lovely day there last month.

The heads, which were carved, were once brightly painted and they had fantastic head dresses. Don't know if you can see them in the pic below. I'm also fired up by the Green Man legends. I think they sprung from my wood warriors - their antecedents. 




Thought I would cut them in a similar way to the lion but my first attempt looks like Rod Stewart on a bad day. Perhaps he will be better with his hat on.



The book on cutting  is coming this week so, if you are on the 'let me know' list, we will soon be in touch. If not, you can go to www.d4daisy.com and join the list - no obligation to buy and you might win a prize. I can't wait to see it at last - it seems to have taken ages but really we did most of it in the last two months.

I am doing a talk on cutting at the Festival of Quilts. I am also giving a new talk on mixed media techniques, shown as videos as well as images. I foolishly called it 'Textiles, the Movie' but forgot they only put the title on the show booking forms so it wasn't clear what it was.  So it didn't get many pre-bookings. If you are coming to the show, you might like to come and join me - everything from metal to Tyvek will be considered. It is on at 11am on Thursday 7th.



Friday, 27 June 2014

Our Friends in the North

Too much going on, no time for anything but the next book, so I've grabbed an early morning spot for a bit of a blog catch-up. Comment on comments at the end of the blog.

The cutting book, 'Cut, Shape, Stitch', is so nearly there and is looking great. I have started a new project based on some wonderful carved heads that were discovered on our recent trip to Scotland and hope to continue using my cutter for that.

We had a lovely time, in spite of our car not being fixed after our prang many weeks ago. I think that they hand-crafted our headlight in Korea. However the garage loaned us a courtesy car and, to our amazement, said we could take it to Scotland. That was a challenge – packing enough work and materials for a couple of events, plus enough clothes to keep us going for over a week, all having to fit in a VW Polo.

We stopped at Newark for our first night. I always enjoy this town although that is tinged with sadness now, as it was the home of Sarah Lawrence, who sadly died a while ago. She produced some lovely work.

I have been so busy that summer clothes shopping just hadn't happened so I was overjoyed to find that Marks was still open. I think I look pretty happy - king of the castle, in fact.

We also had a lovely meal down by the river. Good grub, a sunny evening and time to talk to each other for the first time in ages - although you may note that Clive has the paper handy as a stand by.













We managed to squeeze in a trip to Cragside, in Northumberland, on the next stage of the journey. This is one of my favorite National Trust houses. It was one of the very first to use hydro-electric power - or so they say. The grounds are wonderful and my knee (which is waiting for an op) allowed us to have a bit of a walk before seizing up.



The house has some nice touches - loved this lampshade and can see a garland being cut on the Scan N Cut soon.


Then it was on to Edinburgh Guild on the Saturday, to help them celebrate their sixtieth anniversary.  We had such a good time with them. Hope that they enjoyed it as much as we did. I gave a talk in the morning and then we had a fabulous buffet lunch - there was a short period of panic when it was discovered that the M&S lorry had broken down en-route to the local shop, but all was delivered in time. Then we did demos and a mini workshop in the afternoon. A really lovely day with really lovely people.

On to Stirling where we had a couple of days before the next gig. We are not great castle visitors but someone told us how much there was to see and we certainly took a whole day going around it.



I loved the carvings of ancient heads, known as the Stirling Heads. Took lots of photos and I can feel a theme developing. Below, you can see a reprint from a painting of the time, alongside one of the heads - apparently a courtier. The head is described as wearing costume for a masquerade - obviously it was 'boobs out, girls'. I am working on a sketchbook for the WoW Sketch-a-thon - watch this space.




I kept in touch while we were away by showing photos on Facebook of what we were doing - represented by....'The Feet'.  This shows the feet having a rest after their exhausting day at the castle. They were very happy feet that evening. In fact, they look as though they may have had wine with their dinner.




I didn't get around to posting the last feet photo. It showed a pensive foot, enjoying the plant life and feeling a little mellow after the lovely break. What the foot didn't notice was the stinging nettle it encountered while standing up again. good thing it wasn't a video.


Other highlights included a lovely drive along Loch Lomond and an unlovely cross country drive down an extremely narrow track when the road ahead was unexpectedly closed and we got lost. 
Then a lovely time with the Quilter's Gathering in Glasgow. Such wonderful people live in Scotland.



Finally we popped in to another NT house on the last day (for lunch, of course) and found they were featuring a Woolly Wood exhibit. All kinds of knitted and felted wildlife, hiding in the trees, much of which was made by children - really good to see that.







Our last night was spent near the motorway at Stafford and we had planned some more sightseeing for that day. In the end though, the call of home was strong so we got up at 5am in order to avoid the Birmingham traffic. Home by 9.30. Deep Joy.

I loved your comments - especially the ones on the cutters. I am still so in love with the whole process of cutting and hope to have lots of demos on our stand at the Festival of Quilts (NEC in August). I am also doing a couple of talks at the show. A word of warning - if you usually book your talks when you get there - and I know that lots of you do - be aware that the lecture spaces are much smaller than usual and are filling up fast, so you might want to book your seats. Always good for a sit down!  http://www.thefestivalofquilts.co.uk/Content/Lectures/5_50/

One of our talks is going to be a series of short movies, showing techniques, followed by images showing what to make with that technique. A bold and scary move that we may regret!

A few comments I didn't get to answer:
Carol, the Scan N Cut would be good with vector files from Illustrator but it works just as well with a hand-drawn scribble.
That filigree pattern sounds interesting, Jane. Can't wait to get on with more cutting.

Tricia, the book is called Cut, Shape Stitch (by me and Samantha Packer and Paula Watkins) and it should be out around the end of July. If you'd like us to let you know when it is here you can go to the d4daisy site and put your name on the list. No obligation and you might win a prize for being on the list. www.d4daisy.com

This is the beginning of a fishy vessel using the Scan N Cut built-in shapes. the final one is in the book.




As soon as I get into play mode again, I will try to cut hand-made felt. It certainly works with very thick commercial felt.

I will try to be a better blogger. I managed to get so behind with everything that I had to have a week of 5 am starts to get the book written.