I’m finding your help on the glossary so useful. Amazing how many terms there are for the same fabric. Scrim is a real puzzle. The encouraging thing is that most people know what is meant by the term so, as long as a photo is shown, that should do the trick. I’ve put the first draft of the glossary on the d4daisy site (my book page) but haven’t taken all your comments into account yet. Hope to do that later today or tomorrow.
Francoise - we seem to be having enough trouble with the English version!
Ibbygee - what was the subject of your dissertation? Would it make a book?
Aussie Jo - couldn’t get into your blog as it came up with an error message. Blogger strikes again?
Can anyone help Jacqui, with an American soldering iron - fine tip required. If all else fails I think that Margaret Beal sells irons suitable for the USA voltage. Hers are wonderful. email firstname.lastname@example.org
I'd forgotten about Pellon so thanks to you all for that and for all the help with the fabric. This glossary could be very useful all round.
Wabbit - over here encaustic wax tends to be solid beeswax with pigment added. You melt it on an iron to use it. Acrylic wax is runny and comes in a plastic container. It is very useful, especially with paper.
In the meantime I am awaiting the printer's summons and hope to be able to collect the books tomorrow, so watch this space. I see that they have it on Amazon but we have no plans to sell to them. I expect some of the smaller booksellers may have it on there but they tend to be expensive for overseas posting. We very much hope that Julia's book will be out soon - it should be on the way to the printer by the end of the week. It looks fabulous.
I am preparing for the Knitting & Stitching at Ally Pally. I have to get some work ready for an exhibition at Salisbury Museum in December. Wessex Textiles have been offered a smallish area, next to the costume displays. We decided that we would all work six 8" square stretchers, based on the theme of Wessex. Mine is going to be a Salisbury Timeline and will stretch along either side of a mock tape measure, marking time. I did something like this before with my fossils.
A brilliant idea struck! I will be doing demos at Ally Pally, based on the mixed media book and I thought I could build these up into the finished exhibition pieces. I could have the designs up on the wall and, as each square was worked, I could replace the design with the finished piece. Inspired - or what!!! It does owe something to the Kemshalls at the FOQ who were building up a quilt over the days of the show. So I have four of the six rough designs worked out - here they are.
This one is fossils again - well, they were a good starting point for most living things. The designs are mostly charcoal pencils on cartidge paper.
Then we have a cross section of Old Sarum, just a tree on a hill with the ground broken up into strips and other papers woven through it. This will have fossilish plants woven in but I haven't done them yet. It is a design I drew some time ago, redrawn on cartridge paper and coloured with tinted charcoal pencils.
Then an view from above Old Sarum. Same design media. Looks a bit like a space ship. May have to modify.
Then a three-dimensional piece based on a fragment of carving from the old cathedral. Loved the shape of it. It has some delicate pencil drawing of the celtic-ish spirals but they are hard to see in the photo.
It will be great if it all works. Two designs to go.
Hope to be back tomorrow or Wednesday, having got the book.