Friday, May 29, 2015

Birthday Giveaway


Nearly time for another birthday and with it another give away. This is for one of four pieces of stitched work from my bits and bobs basket.

a)

 Each could be made up in some way, a bag or cushion front or a picture. If you are interested leave a comment and four people will each receive one of the pieces, leave a preference if you have one.

b)

 I will make the draw at the end of June.

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d)

Saturday, May 23, 2015

More doodling.


I recently re-joined Creative Bug as their monthly fee has been reduced and one can now save one class a month to view indefinitely. I worked along with one of Lisa Congdon’s line drawing workshops.



 Then following on from the idea in the last post I
took photos of my sketchbook pages and manipulated them in various ipad apps.







They print out nicely too:


I also did some zentangle doodling and then took photos of those pages.









If you should want to see them in more detail click on the images.

Saturday, May 02, 2015

Tug of War

I have been going to a local drawing class over the last few months and we were asked to bring in images to draw. I decided to use a photo of herdswomen in Tibet playing a game of ‘tug of war’. The image was interesting because of their quite elaborate costumes, including their boots and the general energy they were putting into the activity. The photo is credited to Rhurbu Tashi/Xinhua and I think it was originally published in ‘China Today’.
This is my drawing;


The point of this is that there is a lot of fun to be had with manipulating drawings using ipad apps and computer programmes. 













If you keep going the original idea can be stretched a long way. I mainly used IColorama , Snapseed and Leonardo.


I also taught myself how to scan it and then colour the drawing in on the computer.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Strictly Stitch 2


For a link to this workshop see the previous post.










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.






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