Thursday, 17 January 2019

Shibori Turmeric Dyeing, Papier Mache Bowl and a Fabric Picture Sample.....

17th January 2019

I had some turmeric solution left and decided to try Shibori techniques on strips of recycled sari silk and recycled cotton strips, the fold back clips produced a good design on the folded strips and the flower shape was produced by wrapping with string. Very easy to do and I didn't boil these samples in  vinegar and water, just wet with warm water and boiled in the solution for 20 minutes, then rinsed until water was clear.


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All ready for a 'papier mache' session, paper strips, paste, cling film and bowls.....


...chose the bowl on the left, bought in Vietnam, made from a coconut shell. The bowl was covered in cling film and strips of pasted paper, I made a base of rolled paper and inserted silver lace/ribbon along the edge....


....took 2 days to dry then painted with white acrylic to cover the newspaper....


.....outside painted this shade which I made using blue/red/white acrylic paint, I want to paint the inside silver but didn't have the paint so will finish next week!


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The next page in my sketchbook, sorry it is upside down!!!

An idea from Pinterest....



Cotton fabric base with 'stitch and tear' paper behind for stability, machined lines then organza shapes backed with Bondaweb ironed on....


...edges frayed and hand stitched, quite pleased with the result, think I will make a larger version for my bedroom.



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My gorgeous granddaughter came for a sleepover on Monday and we went to Kew for a picnic!


Alba gave her crumbs to the birds.


Love these 'Christmas Roses'...


...winter trees are so beautiful...


....snow drops, one of my favourites...


....lastly I have started to make a small throw using this beautiful 4ply Drops yarn from my stash, it is the 'corner to corner' pattern, very easy and lovely design. Think it might take a while!! 










Sunday, 13 January 2019

Experimenting with Paper

13th January 2019

A creative friend and I got together for a papier- mache session using strips of newspaper and this glue/paste which I bought on a course last summer, quite versatile...


....all prepared, the bowl on the left was one I brought back from my Vietnam trip and is made from a coconut shell, this was covered in cling film than strips of pasted paper were added...


.....very relaxing! I added some silver lace/ribbon to the rim of mine, looks a little like a Tiffany Lamp at the moment, it is still drying out, not sure what colour to paint it yet.


My next play session involved my soldering iron and hand made papers including some tea dyed tissue paper....


....I cut holes with my soldering iron....


.....offset this over another piece and traced round the holes to cut out....



...repeated with another piece....


...decided to just use 2 pieces on 'something I had in my stash'!!!


Repeated the same procedure using the tea stained tissue which was much easier to cut/burn and all the small circles were then stuck down overlapping holes. I hadn't planned this, just played but am very pleased with the result.


These two samples are now in my sketchbook but I intend to make another larger version for my wall using hand dyed Abaca Tissue.....

I have so many ideas buzzing around in my head, just need the time to sit and play!!!

Wednesday, 9 January 2019

Dyeing with Turmeric

9th January 2019

Just a quick catch up while everything is still fresh in my mind!!

When my lovely creative friend came to stay for the weekend in November she asked if I had ever dyed using Turmeric, I hadn't but I have now and still have some solution left to do a little more.....

...scraps of fabric including old linen, recycled cotton lawn(from my old and worn nightdress), scrim, muslin and an open weave cotton....


....these scraps were boiled in a white vinegar/water solution for about an hour, 2 tablespoon of turmeric were added to 2 cups of water until the turmeric had dissolved the this was topped up with enough water to cover the fabrics and simmered for 20 mins, looks a little like a Korma!!!


The fabrics were rinsed until the water ran clear and the shades are very vibrant but as with all dyeing the colour isn't the same for all the fabrics....


...2nd page of my new sketchbook has the 'recipe' and fabric samples, hope I can make myself record like this for all the experimental playing I do!


I have some natural recycled sari strips which I will try and perhaps some shibori.

Also stitched my woven shells onto calico ready to mount in a box frame...


....and made a new brooch using fleece, silk, feathers and beads.


We had a beautiful but cold day yesterday and I took my granddaughter to the park where she had a great time sliding, swinging and balancing on logs, so lovely not to have a grey, damp day.

On Monday I went to Shepherds Bush where there is a road lined with about 20 fabric shops, so many beautiful fabrics in so many colours it was a real inspirational treat. I bought some heavy cotton to  indigo dye to make a simple summer dress, hope it works out.

Tomorrow I will be experimenting with papier mache`, just hope I remember to take photos.



Saturday, 5 January 2019

HELLO 2019

5th January 2019

WISHING YOU ALL A VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR !

I don't really do resolutions, too much pressure!!! However I am determined to be busy and creative this year and hopefully sell some of my work.

I received this card from one of my creative friends and I LOVE IT....


...I started a new sketchbook for this year to try and record everything I do including courses....



....my first page, a very small sample of some necklaces my friend and I want to make....



.....and am pleased to say I have finished my wallhanging....


....also have been frantically crocheting coloured strips for a yarn bomb project later this month....


....not a bad start to the year!


Friday, 28 December 2018

Weaving and Stitching,

28th December 2018

Hope you all had a lovely Christmas, I certainly did!

I had a very relaxed Boxing Day, reading, sleeping, weaving and stitching....

.....used my tapestry frame to weave some of my favourite 'memory' shells for a small wall hanging. 


From the top down, a beautifully marked piece of driftwood from Cornwall, the pink shell was from a  family holiday in Dorset, the oyster shell from a day trip to Whitstable with my daughter and granddaughter, the cone was from a fabulous beach in Vietnam and the mussel shell from Cornwall where I have spent time with creative friends. I used various threads and yarns for the weaving.


Next came stitching on my Indigo fabric...


....this pattern was made by securing Mung beans with thread before dyeing, I have used simple stitch and beads to embellish....


....lastly, the 9 patchwork square, the seams have been couched with hand dyed cotton yarn and simple stitch...


....planning to make this into a wall hanging.

I am hoping for another stitching day listening to my audio book, Heads You Win by Jeffrey Archer, really enjoying it!



Saturday, 22 December 2018

Anni Albers Exhibition at Tate Modern

22nd December 2018

A photo from Monday morning as I was off to spend the day with my granddaughter....



....I have been weaving on some of my limpet shells this week as I want to make a picture...









....Friday my sister and I walked from Waterloo Station along the South  Bank, quite blowy...

....these are dining pods which can be hired overlooking the river, they were all occupied when we walked back, such a great idea!


The fabulous sky line ahead of us as we walked along...


....old and new buildings side by side...


We went into the Tate and I went to see this exhibition, it was so interesting I was inspired to do some weaving when I got home....



...she was an artist before her time using various threads and amazing designs in her work, well worth seeing for anybody interested in weaving and fabric.

This is one of many large wall hangings...





....this was a smaller framed piece using metallic thread to define the cross...








.....really interesting jewellery, using ribbon and plastic rings...


....a bead string and hair grips...


...pearl beads and loop hooks in 2 sizes on a leather string...


....metal washers and crossgrain ribbon, think I will have to give this a try!











....woven room dividers...






...close up....




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....a wonderful treat!!

Thawing ice blocks were outside the Tate...




...a jolly street entertainer playing Christmas songs...


....and lunch, the best fish and chips at Borough Market!!!


A great day out and about 14000 steps, home a quick cup of coffee then out to our community carol service which was BRILLIANT followed by wine and mince pies. 

I wish you all a very HAPPY CHRISTMAS x