Tuesday, January 05, 2016

Farewell for now.

I always feel disappointed when I go to look at someone’s work on a blog and I find that they seemed to have disappeared over a year ago with no message, I wonder for their health etc. knowing really that they are probably just busy with other things or simply bored. That is why I wanted to tell any of you reading this that there will now be a ‘hiatus’ on this blog until I get back into the spirit or just can’t resist taking up the digital pen again.

Wednesday, December 09, 2015

Confession time.

For the last few rows I have to admit that I have taken to the sewing machine. It really isn't as satisfying as stitching by hand but I began to recognise that if I kept working by hand I was going to get bored and put the project aside. It is quite a mixture now as I seek out more pieces of material and projects from over the last   few years; I hope eventually to bring it together as I work into it.

 So there is some writing, some stamping, even some foiling.

 Here is a hand stitched card which I made for my husband many years ago.

 Some encaustic, some monoprinting on procion dyed fabric.

Here is a try out for the Magic Feather Project next to a bit of batik with soy wax.

I am still equally enjoying and being frustrated by the Skill Share classes; many of the skills are a bit beyond my level but I keep persevering. A fun one is about drawing collections and putting them together on the computer, very well presented and enjoyable.

Another is about doodling and then tracing and colouring the doodles on the computer. I also made the clown which resulted as a repeat pattern.

I hope you are all prepared for Christmas, hard to believe that is has come round so quickly.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Cloth Paper Scissors.

I am pleased to have my needle felting work featured in today's Cloth Paper Scissors e-newsletter and on their blog. Here is a link to the full article:

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Curved seams.

The time has come to make use of the curved seam experiments which I made a long time ago inspired by the generous Alicia Merrett  who shared her method. I am pleased with how they fit in as a border.

I have kept working at my ‘scrap’ patchwork and am liking both the results and the process. It is satisfying to be making use of some the fabric pieces which have been waiting for a purpose for a long time and the whole process of putting them together by hand is a nice steady occupation.

 Also I am seeing bits in a new light and liking some of my past failures. 

I am having to dig deep now and having to get more random with the colours as I run out of greens. By the way, influenced by my long ago patch working I have been sure to wash all the fabric first.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Getting inky.

I am enjoying classes on Skill Share; this one is Inky Illustrations: Combining Analogue and Digital Media. I must be learning something along the way. At this point I just enjoy getting a result. If you sign in you are likely to be offered a really inexpensive membership for  three months. I have made such good use of it that I decided to sign up for the year as I feel I have already had more than my monies'worth.

Saturday, November 07, 2015

Rainy days.

I have continued this week with this slightly mindless project of finding scraps of fabric from various past interests of the moment and then sewing them together into a patchwork. Not altogether mindless as I have tried to keep to a basic colour way and to give some consideration as to how they are placed.

 I managed to avoid the urge to get out the sewing machine and so far have sewed them together all by hand, which is quite relaxing in itself. Bits of fabric which have long been discarded experiments are proving interesting and useful.

 Procion dyeing, thickened dye, stamping, block printing, machine embroidery, thermofax screens, to name a few of the phases I remember.A perfect project for dark rainy days in November.

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