Tuesday, August 31, 2010


Originally uploaded by stitchworks-jackie

Exhibition at Milton Keynes until 25th September 2010.
For more images and details see:

Monday, August 23, 2010


I have been working on my sketches, but I do get carried away. I have been using
some images from my Life Drawing Class to make stamps from ‘fun foam’. It nice and easy to cut and gives plenty of scope to play around with the shapes.

 I have used an ink pad, gouache, printing ink and acrylic. Acrylic has the advantage as you can put a wash over it easily. The ink pads are very tempting as they are so easy to use, but as I only have one colour this limits me. I have plenty of paint so I should stick to that.

 For lots of information about stamp making you can look at Melanie Testa’s blog and a video by Diana Trout  on You Tube

An issue you may like to remark on, I have a new Stats Counter now. It’s always fun to look where readers come from. One of the categories that can be tracked is the material which readers download. I was surprised to find how often this happens, I have never thought to download from a blog but I have done so lots from Flickr; especially when ‘gathering’ images for a project to show people with whom I work. I must admit to not having always thanked people, although I do try to do so. I am pleased readers like my images enough to want to keep them, and they are there for anyone, however, my point is that I now notice that readers regularly come along, download an image and never even comment. Thank You is recognisable in most languages I think. Moan over. The good news is that Blogger is now making an attempt to stop and track spam, which has become more of a problem recently.

Definitely my last post for a while, so don’t forget to sign up for the Summer Giveaway on the August 9th post before I draw in early September.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

EXHIBITION: Inkygoodness 4 - 'Play'

Click on link in sidebar for more details of this exhibition in Brick Lane, London, starting early September.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010


The next workshop at Doodles, Tadley (UK) will be on Wednesday 1st September from 1 to 3pm... We will be working with brown paper, wrapping paper or brown paper bags, to transform them to lovely pieces for book covers, cards etc..

Bring along your own paper if possible but paints, oil sticks etc. will be provided.

I have found some more images of stitched circles squared for my mosaic on Flickr.
I keep finding them all over the place now. These are all in my own work.

Don’t forget to enter the Summer Giveaway on the last post to be in with a chance of winning one of two stitched items. Thank you to those of you who have joined my Followers List to keep me blogging.

Monday, August 09, 2010

Summer Giveaway

I promised a blog giveaway for the summer and here it is. There will be two stitched items. One will be the piece made with Gerdiary’s avocado dyed fabric; basically she gave the fabric to me when I won a virtual voucher for her shop, so I will be passing it on. Except for the backing it is completely make with the fabric she provided and parts of the envelope from Berlin. The other item, well wait and see.

To be eligible for the draw you need to leave your comment here and sign up on my Followers List if you are not already there. I will let you know if you win and you can then let me have your contact details.

I will not be drawing this until 13th September as I shall be busy for a few weeks.

Tuesday, August 03, 2010


I had a treat last Friday spending the day at City Lit on a one day bookbinding course. The course was called ‘Contemporary-Medieval’ and the tutor was Ina Baumeister, a professional book binder. I think most of us there were attracted by the idea of the book as sculpture and the idea of using old tyres as covers. Well, there were no old tyres, except in the tutor’s examples, but it was still a good day.

 We started with a basic format, sewing the sections onto cable ties, with instructions on raised band sewing styles.

 In the afternoon we saw the tutors work and were given a range of materials, shoe laces, rope, wire, strimmer tape, and old house signs from which to choose in order to make our own book design. I used a piece of black and silver plastic, not sure of its original use, wire, and plastic thread to work on. It was a packed course, which shows the current interest in book binding and the company was good.

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