Saturday, August 29, 2015


I have always been fascinated by walking along the shore line and collecting bits and pieces of shells, wood and other salvage. We now have a house by the sea and hopefully will be spending more time there in the future, ‘Crabstones’, and this should give me time to collect more and more ……

I ordered some hemp and nettle thread which is interesting in itself and tried to remember how to crochet, mine is more like amateur knotting but fun.

I am in part inspired by Gooseflesh’s collections on Flickr and certainly by the way she weaves and crochet around her finds. 

You don’t necessarily need the seaside as a number of people have been weaving over flat stones and branches. I tried using a piece of Hampshire flint.
If you have a go let me know.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

'The Blanket Book'

Elizabeth Caush who lives in Hampshire UK has just published her first book about the healing power of creativity and craft, specifically that of knitting. She recently came to give a talk to my group at the day services where I work. Elizabeth brought along her books, her story and her wonderful samples for the book. I thought her use of colour to be stunning, bold and vibrant, and the simplicity of the patterns which turn into modern throws, cushions and bed runners is amazing. So as you are aware I do get tempted by all sorts of new projects, but no way with knitting, since I grew up knitting my own school jumpers and my last attempt was being talked into making a shawl for my grandson, BUT yet again the ideas in the book are so simple yet the results so satisfying that I could get tempted.

Elizabeth is promoting her book at the moment, so if you have a group that you think would be interested in the Hampshire or specifically the Portsmouth area do contact her.

Saturday, August 01, 2015

Distort Threee

This time I found a monoprint of the field,  which I had coloured, in one of my sketchbooks and decided to use that as the background.
 I transferred this to calico using TAP (Artists' Transfer Paper).

This was, of course, much less hassle than free machining a background, but also interesting as I wanted to try a different method/effect. I liked the quite dramatic red line down the centre and after all the green and brown decided to go for red with a touch of iridescent tinting  medium; the effect was rather more pink shiney than red and I pondered over whether or not to darken this area, in the end I have left it.
  I added the whole to white felt and needlefelted the three layers around the edge. This time I also machined around the inner edge of the picture as I liked the effect of the white felt being more dimensional. These pieces are difficult to photograph, if you click on the top picture it gives a better idea of the dimensional quality (I have just realised that if you click twice the image comes up really large).

Thursday, July 23, 2015

'Buried Treasure'

Over on 'The Altered Page' Seth Apter is featuring his buried treasure idea and will publish a list of participating blogs, the authors choosing their own favourite post to re post. Should be interesting.

So here is a link to a short tutorial which I wrote, on request, about using bleach on paper and I think this eventually lead to my participation in the popular Sketchbook Challenge, then to be a contributor to the book and many happy contributions to the themes for the Challenge.

So many little time. With so many wonderful art blogs to follow, it is difficult to always find the time to keep up with every new post -- let alone have the time to visit the posts that were put up before you discovered each blog.

So...six years ago I started an annual treasure hunt. Buried Treasure is about digging deep to uncover some hidden gems. The premise is simple. This Thursday, July 23rd all participating bloggers will re-post one (or more) of their favorite posts that ever appeared on their blog. As you might already know, I don't like too many rules when it comes to art. So anything goes.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Distort again

I decided to have another go at the idea of distorting scrim, like 'drawn thread' work with the sewing machine.I worked using this sketch as a guide:

This time I worked on a piece of calico rather than silk.

I then distorted the scrim and painted it with acrylic inks.

You work on damp kitchen roll and the colours are much less strong as the scrim dries. I wondered if the edges of the calico together with the scrim would needlefelt onto the white felt backing, so I did a sample piece and it worked fine.

It looks quite flat in a photo but in fact the needlefelting makes the piece dimensional and quite interesting.

Friday, July 10, 2015


Somehow I had missed the fact that Jan Beaney and Jean Littlejohn produced another DVD last year, this one ‘In Motion’ is about ‘free machining’, and it strongly features using dissolvable fabrics which I used at one time but largely lost interest in. I can say that the types of fabrics have moved on since I initially used them and I could be tempted to have another go; but as you must know I am easily tempted. I was disappointed there is so little about machining on paper, I suppose I was looking for a few ideas I had not tried.

One technique which I used many years ago was distorting loose weave fabric such as scrim, like drawn thread work, but using the sewing machine. I have samples of this in my file, but this DVD inspired me to have another go.  I used the technique shown by Jean Littlejohn and then coloured the fabric in the way she shows, but I have to admit to having thrown out most of my fabric paints (they were in a bad way) so I got out the acrylic inks. As suggested the colours are much subdued when the work dries.

I then machined some lines inspired by my view onto silk organdie. I then layered the two pieces onto white felt and needle felted round the edges. The piece is not entirely successful but I will certainly try this effect again as I like the dimensional effect it gives.

 So why did I frame it and hang it up, which is something I hardly ever do, well just because I was in the mood! 

Monday, June 29, 2015

GiveAway 'winners'.

Here is the list of the four people to receive one of the pieces of stitch
from my birthday giveaway. You need to contact me with your name and

Penny  Australia

FlashinScissors UK


Özge Başağaç  Turkey

Here are a few pictures of some of the work I did at a couple of the taster days at City Lit recently and one from my local drawing class. I always resolve to draw more but seldom fulfill my resolution.

 We had two models for the whole day which was a treat. The last thing I did was try to correct his eye, as you see it did not work!

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...