I am pleased to be one of the ten contributors to Jenny Doh’s
latest book ‘Stitch Along’. This is a fun project based book to which we were
each asked to contribute three stitched items along with the sketch designs
they were based upon. Jenny’s request came two years ago and makes me realize
what a long process it is getting a book together.
I had previously made a sketchbook for
a group which had a year’s theme of birds, I wanted to join in with the group but have
something of a phobia of birds, so decided to make mine quirky and use the
title Rare Birds. Jenny agreed that this would also work for my theme for ‘Stitch
This is the fabric cover of the little sketchbook that flew all the way to the USA and back again. You can see some of the sketches on the Sketchbook Challenge blog.
Basingstoke now has a Scrap Store which had its' official
opening on Friday; this is something of a late innovation for the town as I
know that many other cities and towns have had one for many years. It is still
in temporary accommodation but hopes eventually to move into a permanent
setting which will have easier access. The store has been set up by Kirsty Whitlock
a local textile artist who was lately the Embroiderers’ Guild Scholar. If you
have not seen her work online or at Alexander Palace, take a look via the link.
The idea is that organizations pay a yearly fee, currently
£25, and then can go and fill a carrier bag with goodies donated by local businesses;
when I say goodies, I mean things like odd shapes of plastic, boxes, cardboard
tubes, fabric scraps, in fact scrap to most but the aficionado of such things.
My husband said it sounded just like my art room and I must say he was not far
I found some offcuts of foam board and museum board which
were just the thing for mounting the work of my day centre group. The stitched
work relates to a project on faces which took us many, many months and was completed in 2013.It has been waiting for me to find inspiration as to how to put it together. I just
found the list of some of the ideas we covered along the way, which included:
basics of drawing a face.
Glyphs, images from the British Museum.
Ink Tense crayons to draw faces on paper and fabric.
faces, looking at the work and mask collection of Jude Hill.
black and white photos, turning them into ‘photocopies’ in Photoshop and
colouring them in.
out the face and place it onto a drawn body. Make a card in the style of
Claudine Hellmuth. Wax the image.
Even after quite a few years of blogging I still marvel at
the links it makes to people all over the world. The above is a somewhat
scrappy representation of how my little bags made these links. First came my visit to ‘Out of
the Dark’ in High Wycombe, receiving a gift of salvaged wire and the idea of a
possible workshop using offcuts of upholstery fabric, then to a request at
about the same time for an article for Dales’ Australian emagazine. Now, with
the giveaway, Els has received her bag in The Netherlands, and the other two
are hopefully winging their way to India and the USA.
I wonder if you have heard of SUGRU, I certainly hadn't
until recently when I was offered some to play with. The story of its
development by Jane whilst she was studying for her MA in Product Design at the Royal College of Art is fascinating and
shows a huge commitment to an idea over many years. One of my sons studied Product Design so I was particularly interested. It's actually a serious product with lots of practical applications, but it has also been taken up by the craft
community for fun purposes. Here is a link to some of the ways people are using
I made some stamps by rolling it out on cling wrap.
I made some flat impressions. My first idea was to use it to
take impressions of some stitches. I only did this with a few odd samples etc.
and it does leave a slight residue, so don't try it on your precious work. It
was a hot day when I tried it and by the time I got to the black piece it was
getting stickier. It is like play dough or even blue tack (which I have used
before to make prints) but it dries to a firm plastic which allows you to keep
the prints/stamps made.
I tried it with a piece of lemon which I once retrieved from
the embers of a fire and with a piece of fern. Corks work well to hold the
stamps, and in this way you can make three small stamps from one packet.
Wait 24 hours for the Sugru to go firm before printing.
liked the flat print blocks best and found the way to print them was like lino
print i.e. by putting the paper on top of them and then I rubbed the paper with
My background is in Creative Embroidery.Completing a diploma in Art and Design has widened my horizons. I like it when you say 'Hello', it keeps me blogging and sharing creativity.If you would like to own any of my work contact me by e-mail.
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