Saturday, April 11, 2015

Strictly Stitch

On Wednesday May 13th 2015 I will be leading a day workshop called 'STRICTLY STITCH' at the National Needlework Archives which is based at the New Greenham Business Park. Please follow the link to book if you are interested.

Saturday, April 04, 2015

A Revelation.

I am often wandering from one end  of the room to  the other when working with a group of people and asking where did I put the masking tape, etc., etc.?  A couple of weeks ago it came to me, what I need is a pocket in my apron! Obvious. I won’t say that there will not still be times when I lose the essentials or go home with a needle stuck in my jumper for safe keeping but forgotten. So this was a golden opportunity to do some more block printing.

 It is so much easier when the blocks have already been made and tried and tested. Moo Carve is good because it is nice and thick to carve and print with, and both sides can be used.

Work in progress.

Now I shall not want to get it dirty.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Fabric Basket

There are lots of patterns for fabric baskets on the internet, some people have gathered boards solely devoted to the theme on Pinterest. I wanted to use some of the scraps from my block printed fabric and I followed this tutorial which is nice and clear. It makes a small basket ideal for holding pens on my desk.

It hard to cut up a precious piece of dyed fabric but sometimes it just has to be done.

I made a larger one, it was easy to enlarge the pattern.
Once again using scraps of block printed fabric.

Friday, March 20, 2015


My very much surprising Mother’s Day gift, I was told that I would never work out what it was, and that was true. A box of marshmallows with images from my blog digitally added. I don’t know how I will bring myself to eat them, but fortunately they last 
until September, so no doubt there will be a day when I have any urgent need for a sugary snack before then.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Tale of a Tree

I was excited to receive my first digitally printed fabric last week. I had thought of using ‘Fingerprint’, Laura Kempshall’s business for some time, but could never find the template to upload a photo, when I did the process was straight forward. It only took a week to arrive and was nicely wrapped with tissue using their fingerprint logo.

I have made two cushions with the fat quarters and another with a fabric which I block printed.

The tree image started with doodles of Klimt’s patterns, progressed to a journal, a print block and then to a basic repeat design. 

I have to thank Margaret Applin for getting me started; if you take a look at her blog you will see how she successfully develops her design work into digital patterns.

Friday, March 06, 2015

More Trees

More block printing, there are some amazing examples on the Facebook page for the class, this is a closed group but I think Jen is going to post a selection on her blog at some point as she is planning a new class to start soon. Some people are obviously experts at making clothes and smart bags and are combining their new skills with those they already have to produce great results.

Lined and quilted.

I pursued the tree theme and also made a block inspired by some African patterns to try an all over print, which almost joined up! I used MooCarve which I would recommend.

 The pouch bag I have just made is probably my favourite, I should have planned out the print placement first but I just printed the fabric and then thought what to do with it. I used felt as a backing and lined it. It has a nice squashy feel now that it is free machined around some of the trees.

 I’m also trying out pattern making on the computer so here I made a repeat pattern on paper.

Welcome to those who have just joined the blog; I would 'pop' round to say hello, but I can never work out who the new followers are on the list.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Tate Modern London

Click for a better view.
This was a brief visit to Tate Modern, time to see the vast exhibit in the Turbine Hall. Described as ‘mountains of fabric’ and ‘waves of saturated colour’, this is a vast installation by the American sculptor Richard Tuttle. I was lucky to be there before the numerous school and bus parties started arriving.  You can see how large it is by the size of the figures.

Richard Tuttle  'I don't Know - The Weave of Textile Language'.

I can only go by my gut reaction which at the time was one of feeling underwhelmed. It made me think of some of the images in what is one of my favourite books, ‘The Art of Manipulating Fabric’ by Colette Wolff. The book and the techniques described are a source of fascination, but despite that some of the images are a bit ugly representing dated techniques, which are there to inspire new adaptations..
 I am sure I missed the deeper meaning of the installation.

When I look at the photographs I actually feel more impressed and interested than I did at the time.

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