Wednesday, 20 March 2019

Keepsake Cards....

20th March 2019

I have been making cards for a long time and have raised over £1000 for charity in that time. People who have received/bought my embroidered cards say they keep them, frame them or use them as bookmarks which pleases me so much.

These are some of my recent makes which I hope to sell at a craft fair in Twickenham in April.....
....hand dyed background with embroidered flowers....


....a limpet shell enclosing french knots and beads on a hand dyed background with scrim and organza to add texture and colour...


....a new design for me...


...another limpet collected when I was in Cornwall with a pheasant feather I found on my way down to the beach.


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Layered organza stitched with variegated threads, think i may do some free machine embroidery on this piece before I attach it to a sketch book.


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My gorgeous granddaughter came for a sleepover and we walked into Richmond to feed the ducks.....


....saw this beauty.... 


....and an ever watchful Heron!!



Wednesday, 13 March 2019

Printing on Fabric, Shibori, Shell Collage......

13th March 2019

Last day tomorrow and I have been preparing work to finish when I go home as I want to use beads and my machine and lots of items I couldn't bring with me because I travelled by train!

A friend on the course let me use her wooden printing blocks and paints, this was my favourite...

....might stitch the outline and attach to wadding...


...love this happy fish, the background fabric is actually a denim blue...


...looks rather fierce...




....there was some dye left in the bowl so drew out a simple starfish shape and stitched...



....pulled the stitches tight...


....result, I think it would have been a better result if I had let the fabric dry before taking out the threads AND I wouldn't have blue fingers!!!


Some of my beach finds including small pheasant feathers...



...this was in the stream on the beach and looked really beautiful when wet so think I might coat with acrylic wax to bring out the colours....


....super texturing on these...



....need to do more to this before it is made into a card, the organza was gently heated with a heat gun to create some texture with more texture from the french knots in the shell..


....planning another with hand dyed organza background...


....again this needs to be finished, I am going to be busy when I go home!!!


Another idea from a friend here, calico dip dyed in tea, think I might make a long sea shore picture or hanging with some of my beach finds and lots of stitch on a wadding background for a good textured effect.


This week has been very relaxed with just 6 of us , we have enjoyed meals together, wine, chocolate and most of all learning from each other, a real treat!!

Already booked for next year!






Tuesday, 12 March 2019

More playing and experimenting....

12th March 2019

Well, we have certainly experienced some very blustery weather the last 10 days, Storm Freya and Gareth have made their presence felt!!!

However yesterday looked promising in the morning and we all walked down to the little beach....


...water patterns in the sand...


...looking for treasures...


...the sheep joined us...


...saw 2 pheasant but by the time I got my phone out they had nearly disappeared!! Such beautiful birds...


....the walk back is up hill and slow so time to notice signs of spring...


...gorse....


....campion...


....'pussy willow'...


....the studio, and a cup of coffee!!


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On Sunday we all treated ourselves to a Sunday Roast at Heligan which was delicious!!


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Studio work this week involved...

...... a tip for a design for shadow stitch on organza, 2 pencils taped together and moved freely across the paper....


...traced on silk organza with a water soluble pen....


....rather like the herringbone stitch effect.....


....not quite sure what this fabric is, cotton or hemp, thick weave, I drew out some threads and played with weaving and stitch. Like the ethnic look!


Open weave linen with drawn and pulled thread work...


.....continuing with my small lap blanket...


....my picture background is complete but need to add the petals and stamens when I get home, quite pleased with my hand dyed fabrics and seed stitch.


Acrylic paint on silk organza to use as flowers..


....painted Bondaweb using some gorgeous Lumiere paints....


....layered organza on calico base using Bondaweb, think I will add more and machine stitch, maybe use for a book cover.


Very wet and blustery this morning so we are all in the studio, drinking tea, sharing ideas and generally having a creative relaxing time!!



Friday, 8 March 2019

Work produced by the class this week.....

8th March 2019

These are pieces of work produced by the group this week, most are 'work in progress'....

...work by Karen Turton on the theme of trees and bark....












...loved this, twin needle pattern stitch on organza.


Work by Lesley Houghton....

...sample test piece for colour and stitch based on an enlarged cell....


....wip on final piece on velvet and devore, coloured with fabric paints and machine embroidered...




....velvet and Silko double dyed after application of Devore Paste, the lower sample has been printed over using a wooden block.


 Work by Ann...

....hand dyed butterfly from a template using Devore Paste on calico, machine embroidered...


....stencil on Silko and double dyed....




...tea dyed velvet, Devore and machine stitching.


Work by Caroline...

...stump work bug...


....more bugs and butterflies painted on silk organza...


...tea dyed velvet stitched on wadding to give bark effect...




....stitched silk threads.


Work by Sandy Hathaway....

....this is a frieze/scroll of underwater sea scape using many techniques including printing, machine/hand embroidery, very effective....



....this piece is for a book and has 3 layers, top is hand embroidered shadow work on organza over printed fish on angelina fibre, great effect.


Work by Lindsey...

....spider web hand stitched on organza as a sample of shadow work...


....Linsey created a stencil based on a spider web and used Devore Paste on velvet then painted, lovely effect...


...wip bugs, butterflies on hand dyed fabrics, machine/hand embroidered.


Karen's work...

....worked on Pansy theme, hand made stencil on black velvet using Devore Paste...


painted with acrylics on silk organza...



...stitched silk threads...





Work by Claire Sturrock...

Silko, stencil, Devore Paste, painted backed with wadding and hand stitched...


...this photo does not do the work justice, it shimmers with metallic stitched threads and delicate shades of silk threads, just beautiful....


...a sample of shadow work...


Daphne's picture, stunning! Velvet devore background using a stencil, hand painted butterflies and leaves and machine stitching, still a work in progress.


Lesley Hyde...
....eco dyed background with hand dyed fabric butterflies, machine stitching....


...shadow work butterflies, W.I.P.



Amazing to see all these ideas and techniques used in different ways, now I must carry on with mine!!