Thursday, May 25, 2006

Finished ?

This piece is finished now, except for putting it on a backing. Its hard to know when to stop the 'seeding'. A good stitch to do when you want to get thoroughly engrossed and ignore the world around you. I didn't want to skimp on the stitching, but finally it told me it was finished and I agreed.

Saturday, May 20, 2006

May walk.

I have just received my first copies of 'Cloth, Paper & Scissors' and 'Quilting Arts', thanks to reading about them on other peoples blogs. I have been diverted by making layered paint backgrounds and thinking how to transfer these to fabric.
I will certainly be subscribing. I recently started getting 'Embroidery' magazine again after a break of a few years. I used to regularly refer to it and looked forward to receiving the next copy, but I don't find it so interesting now, perhaps this is because the articles are often not by practising textile artists.

I have had a few days off work; here are a few photos from a recent walk. It has been very rainy but warm. I found a rusty farm trailer which yielded some photos with potential.

Sunday, May 14, 2006

Poppy Silks

For the second version of the Tissue Paper Poppy I am using the silk carrier rods which I used in the pieces which I showed in my first postings. This time I have dyed the silk with acrylics and fabric paints, just touching the silk with iridescent tinting medium in places to add some sparkle.

I fixed the silk strips in place with a machine pattern after stripping the layers apart and ironing flat. This will then form the basis for hand stitching. I have used these silk strips quite a lot now as they are so tactile.
I wonder in what ways other people are using them.

Thursday, May 11, 2006


This is the bead sample which I could not resist on Saturday. It only cost £6. It is a funny mixture really, heavy metal discs together with pink plastic pieces. I have pinned up on the wall at the moment and may decide to frame it at some time. It sort of looks ethnic but isn't.

Sunday, May 07, 2006

The way forward ?

I am quite pleased with how this first piece has come together and am saying to myself that this is a good plan, to work on one image which motivates me over a few pieces - but, of course, this always happens, I think I have found the way only to get diverted again.
Yesterday I was up at 6am on my way to a nearby town to set up a stall at their Saturday market. There were over 200 stalls mostly selling collectables, coins, pottery etc. I was in the wrong place really. I could have spent a lot had I not had to man the stall - I did buy a beadwork sample, with metal discs, quite heavy. It was still on its sample card complete with rusty staples. I sold only three items and didn't break even, but I had lots of lovely discussions about techniques; all in all a good day as the people who bought things seem to really appreciate them.
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