Tuesday, 31 July 2007
Monday, 30 July 2007
Friday, 27 July 2007
- Finished proofing September's Workshop on the Web (great issue)
- Finished Harry Potter (great ending)
- Finished the text part of the 'Image to Stitch' book (took great effort)
- Put together another of the boards of Val's work for the exhibition (great work)
Here are a couple of the pieces from the Val box. There is so much that I don't know if these will go in. Jane Lemon and I wanted to show some of her teaching pieces and this is a good example. The piece below shows lots of textural snippets, from scrim to lace, embellished on to acrylic felt. It could be zapped to add more texture and this is shown at one end. The pieces could also be stitched down if you don't have an embellisher.
Then the whole thing is painted with white emulsion paint. Yes, the stuff we paint on the walls. After this, it is coated with black Quink ink which reacts with the emulsion to give a lovely blue-grey colour.
When dry, a little gold paint gives that finishing touch. Good, eh?
Thursday, 26 July 2007
Tuesday, 24 July 2007
Monday, 23 July 2007
I am not working today as it is my birthday. A very nasty big one. Clive had a romantic notion of a surprise trip to Paris but when he looked in the diary there was no time! So we went to Pizza Hut and then to see Shrek3 with two daughters and five grandchildren. It was lovely and, I think, just as much fun. The kids are always good entertainment value!
Tonight we're off to our favourite restaurant, so no time to write more. More stitchy bits tomorrow.
Saturday, 21 July 2007
Thursday, 19 July 2007
Getting ready for my weekend course on using inkjet transfer paper - keep finding exciting new things and adding them to the course. At this rate I shall never be ready and two days won't be nearly enough. I love doing these courses that we organise ourselves. Folk come and stay in hotels or b&bs and last time we had students from Ireland, France and the USA. We have an 'event' on Saturday evening - sometimes I do a talk or get a speaker in, then we all go for a meal. This weekend we are going to Yvonne Morton's exhibition and she will be there to talk to us about her work and show us her sketchbooks. More on this later.
I enjoyed myself at West Country Embroiderers. We made rocks from Suffolk puffs and added needleweaving and rough cords. I had forgotten how to do needleweaving and had to have a lesson from my friend Sue. Here's my starfish - a bit twee but having made him (blood, sweat and tears) he's staying there. Actually. one leg (tentacle?)was made by Sue.
Early evening we went to Yvonne's private view. As I'm reviewing the exhibition for Embroidery magazine we went along early and had our own extremely private viewing. I love her work. She has been researching the Kuba tribe for ages and it is fascinating to see the work change and grow. Here's a sketchbook sample.
Yvonne makes her own silk felt and then mark makes or adds linear patterns with embellisher and sewing machine. I love this use of the embellisher, making marks with a single needle from the back. Looks like animal skin.
Must go now and do some more packing for the course. Possibly some more experiments too.
Tuesday, 17 July 2007
Sunday, 15 July 2007
Friday, 13 July 2007
Helen Suzanne - loved your sketch blog. Is the idea to do a sketch a day? Yvonne Morton and others had an exhibition once which showed their sketch a day approach - it was so interesting.
Stewcat - lucky you, having a class with Sherrill Kahn. She's doing a WoW article in September and has sent me a couple of pieces to show at the Festival of Quilts next month. Here is a detail of one of them. Just love her work.
Yesterday we had the invasion of the teenagers - well just two, but it seemed more. My grandaughter Lauren and her friend Becky came to play Polymer Clay games. I had a new gizmo to make even-sized beads. it defeated me but Lauren managed to suss it out. Will show you the results when they've finished them.
They have just had a school initiative, working with Cas Holmes, and they were very impressed with the results. We ended with a barbecue and an intellectual discussion on euthanasia. They do cover ethical issues well at their school and it makes for some interesting conversation.
Car packed, Clive hassling - here we go. See you next week.
Thursday, 12 July 2007
Coming up to date I think that some of the stuff being done with melted embossing powders is a new goldwork and many of the same rules apply for using it. The small embroidery below was poured from a melting pot onto a Sherrill Kahn angel stamp - it's not an exact science as you often get an incomplete motif, which is great. I slapped some water-soluble paper over the melted UTEE so that it had a base. When the paper is dissolved and dried it can be stitched to a background.
I made a series of these for an exhibition and sold them all. This one had a wing missing so she was called 'Almost an Angel'. Then there was 'More than an Angel' who had an excess of powder; you can see her below. Finally there was a very skinny one who just had to be 'Atkins Angel'.
We shall be sure to record anything interesting that we find en-route to Hull. No doubt we shall be visiting a National Trust place or two - if only for the food.
Please keep the comments coming - I don't always get around to replying individually but I love reading them.
Wednesday, 11 July 2007
Tuesday, 10 July 2007
Saturday, 7 July 2007
Thursday, 5 July 2007
Back to the Urchfont course. It's always interesting to see how folk who are totally new to the embellisher produce work. This lot did some exciting things with very basic materials - just a few bags of silk and wool fibres and some chiffon. We mostly used velvet with transfoil ironed on, placed over felt. Here are some pics. Alison (top) and Gwen's landscape with detail below.
Can't leave the subject of the C&G course without showing you Alison's patched 'pinny'. A brilliant piece of work from a series that I think is called 'Impossible Ingredients for Indigestable cooks'. Someone please correct me if I am wrong.
I am doing an interesting thing in Birmingham on Monday for the local Embroiderers Guild. It is an evening talk together with afternoon demos. I have told them I shall be demoing the embellisher but I forgot that and told Ario (who will be the traders) to bring lots of Tyvek and water soluble paper. So I now have to put together some work combining all these materials. I'll keep you posted.
Wednesday, 4 July 2007
It was good working with Sian and she had some super ideas for the evening sessions, which she taught. I shall certainly use one of my designs, that grew out of her drawing ideas, for a piece soon.