Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Stitched Transfer Paint Samples and Book Sculpture

29th January 2014

I have had a brilliant day!

I had a couple of hours stitching three of my samples....

..using my 3mm twin needle with straight then feather stitch...


...fabric on a double layer of wadding.

I free machined around the lines of the tree in black...



...then used variegated threads to stitch the background, straight lines at the top and random zigzag on the lower part..


....next time I think I will stitch the background before I print.

This was stitched with a fine wadding backing.

Tried lots of threads, the plain are silk, with my twin needle...


..I might block print a design on this but not sure what!!!

This afternoon I attended the last Arts Council funded workshop.

Claire Bates travelled from Liverpool to show us how to sculpture books.

You simply start with a book, any size and fold the pages in a variety of ways to make a sculpture....

..I started...


and folded and folded while chatting away to the other ladies in the group...


...my first book sculpture!


Samples from others...



...just needs a black nose and 2 eyes and you have a hedgehog!!

The front is sloping -not obvious in my photo.


Love this shape...





..tree sculpture...


..if the back of the book is removed the tree will be a circle... 


...still a few more pages to fold.

Linzi was being very clever and this will eventually have a heart shape when the book is closed, quite tricky and time consuming!


Another lady made a sample book of different folds....









....last but not least Garth made his own star design which I really like...


..as you can see he had a very thick book and still has lots more pages to fold!!

These books were going to be thrown away so it was great to recycle in this artistic way as well as being very relaxing!!

Similar folding can also be done with magazines and catalogues.

Pilates and more playing with Transfer Paints tomorrow!