Saturday, December 31, 2011

Link to Free Tutorials

Alma Stoller is the guest curator this week on CRESCENDOH(click on this link to have a look).
She has chosen  a number of tutorials from a variety of artists. If you haven't heard of the site it has lots of interesting bits and pieces and a regular selection of free tutorials.The header itself is really clever.

I am pleased to have one of my mini tutorials on decorated papers featured.

I have been  lucky to have a preview of some of the Stitched videos, and I can tell you that its probably worth joining just to find out how to make
Karen Ruane's Funky Puffs.

Click here to visit Alma Stoller.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011


Earlier this month I was pleased to have been given this blog award by Deborah of Art Threads. It is always nice to know that someone out there is reading the blog and enjoying it

The Criteria: The Liebster is meant to showcase bloggers who have fewer than 200 followers. This is all done in the spirit of pay-it-forward.
The Rules: You must mention and link to the person who awarded you the Liebster, and mention 5 other blogs with fewer than 200 followers who you think are worthy of the Liebster!

'Liebster' means "favourite" or "dearest" in German. This award originated in Germany.
I thought I would try and give you a variety of blogs. I do hope they have less than 200 followers, which is sometimes difficult to work out.

Small Caps is an interesting German letterpress blog.

Rough Around the Edges is Robin Olsen's blog in Oregon.

Emma is a true blogger, always out there commenting and full of enthusiasm.

Alisa Golden's blog is about handmade books; like me you may have some of her books. She is very generous with tips and techniques.

Noela Mills' work on Wabisabiart, is always worth a look to see her work,enjoy her travels and follow her links.

 Don't forget that you can have six months of video fun with Stitched Workshops:
Click here to visit Alma Stoller.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Sketchbook Challenge

Trying for a weathered decayed surface look. Acrylic rolled off the block, tissue and a scrap of fabric on cotton rag paper.
I plan to stitch into this.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

A nice surprise.

It was a surprise to be asked by Alma Stoller to be part of her Stitched workshops which starts in  January 2012 .She had been reading the blog and suggested that a focus for the workshop should be mark making with stitch, and as this is the way I usually embroider I was pleased to take up her suggestion.
I decided on a project using monoprint and stitch, to make a panel suitable as a bag front, a cushion/pillow front or as a picture added to a canvas panel.
Access to the video workshops is over six months, so I am looking forward to dipping in and out of the varied textile art sessions. I find this by far the best way to learn and have taken a few classes this year, as well as obsessively watching Encaustic DVDs and demonstrations.

 I’m sure there will be more encaustic experiments in 2012 and I really must do some more felting.

 So much to look ahead to, and no doubt I will get even more and varied inspiration from the Stitched workshops.

Click here to view more details of all twenty workshops.

I wish you all the best for the Christmas season and lots of creative inspiration for 2012.

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Don't bin it.

Recently we had a bit of a sort out of our clutter box, you know the place where you put all those odds and ends and then completely forget not only where they are but when you see them what they were for in the first place.
Always be aware of the potential of these oddments for printing. These are some experiments on a sketchbook page first coloured with watercolour paints, but this could just as easily be done on a piece of fabric, perhaps coloured with a ‘thin’ fabric paint and printed with acrylics or fabric paint.
The sort of flower shape is a plastic insert from a jar of peppers; I suppose to stop the liquid inside spilling. This worked best with a stencil brush, although a piece of sponge is usually adequate.I have no idea what these other bits are.

In a paint programme you can use photos of these ‘prints’ to make digital brushes and then have hours of fun playing around with patterns and varied colour combinations.

 If you are not sure how to do this, I’m sure many of you know much more about it that I do, but for the rest do a search on the internet and you will find instructions.You could then take it further by treating your fabric with Ink Aid, or using ready prepared fabric and printing out your ‘designs’.

Endless cheap fun.
For more about Stitched video workshops click below or from the sidebar.
Alma has just announched the first giveaway, a Janome Sewing Machine.

Click here to visit Alma Stoller.

Monday, December 05, 2011

The Sketchbook Challenge

The Sketchbook Challenge: Images in a pile of plastic...: Sue B here... Sketchbook Challenge participant Jackie Bowcutt recently came across a pile of plastic waste that turned out to be inspir...

Sue was kind enough to highlight some of my pieces for December's challenge.

Thursday, December 01, 2011

'Stitched' Workshops

I am delighted to have been asked to be part of Alma Stoller's new venture for 2012, 'STITCHED'.
 She has set up a site for fabric art videos which is crammed with information and just the thing to start the New Year with a creative rush.

STITCHED is a collection of 20 online video workshops by fabric artists with varied interests and talents. Alma's aim is to provide  workshops offering  high-value and high-content information to get you sewing, designing and creating.

Alma also has  the support of some well-known companies which will be providing  giveaway items and products for several lucky STITCHED members.

In addition, Alma is providing a full video workshop about Fabric Jewellry;you have probably seen her unique fabric beads.There will be 5 additional mini video workshops.

Each of the 20 main workshops has a printable pdf file which includes patterns and related instructions.
The workshops will be available for six months and through out that time there will  be online support from each of the experienced tutors.

Click here to view more details

Monday, November 28, 2011

Progress of a kind.

I seem to have galloped ahead with finishing the throw and think it will be a present for some unsuspecting person come Christmas.

I write with this little room in utter chaos as a BT engineer is due to arrive at the end of the week to upgrade our Broadband. I live in hope but not expectation of great things. My room is packed to the smallest corners with very useful bits and pieces which in no way can be thrown away and in the midst of this is the cabling for the computer, so I will leave the picture to your imagination. Its rather like an archaeological dig, going back in time with all the levels of  'experiments'. I even found a half finished 'knot garden' and marvelled at my tiny stitches.

If you would like to know how to tie a square knot properly, something which I think I have done incorrectly for years, and also why you should make the effort to get it right – then follow this link and if you are like me spend quite a bit of time until you get the satisfaction of getting it perfect. You will feel so proud of yourself! The whole site is worth a look and you can listen to Susan Mills book artist talk about her work.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Sketchbook Challenge - The Book.

Sue Bleiweiss

'my book!

I’m calling it my book but it really wouldn’t be a book without the generous and gifted artists who contributed their time and artwork to it. You could say that I’m excited about seeing the cover out on Amazon but that would be a pretty big understatement…

 I owe a huge debt of gratitude to Jill Berry,Jackie Bowcutt,Laura Cater-Woods,Violette Clark,Jane Davies,Jamie Fingal,Judi Hurwitt,Tracie Lyn Huskamp,Susan Brubaker Knapp,Lynn Krawczyk,Leslie Tucker Jenison,Lyric Kinard,Jane LaFazio,Kim Rae Nugent,Kelli Perkins, Carol Sloan,Carla Sonheim,Kathy Sperino,Diana Trout,and Kathyanne White. Their contributions to the pages of this book make it a work of art. The book has a publication date of June of 2012 (hopefully it will come out a little sooner than that) but you can preorder on Amazon .'

So sometime in 2012 I'll be in print!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

On with the Throw.

I am continuing with finishing the throw along the lines of Alisa Burke’s Free Motion
Graffiti class. It now has a blue backing, which was nearly fleece but then I found quite a heavy suiting material which feels like wool but is a polyester blend.

 I decided that the best way forward was to ‘tie’ the three layers together; which I have now done and am sewing on the binding. So this week it could be finished. I could have gone on with the free machining for weeks but decided enough was probably enough.

I have just bought some jewellery as presents from an Etsy seller in Holland. I can’t tell you more about it as I don’t want to spoil the Christmas surprise for the recipients, but I want to tell you that not only is it unique and lovely, but also thoughtfully and beautifully packaged. I found out about    from another blog but can’t unfortunately remember whose.

If I have not got back to new followers or people who kindly left comments it is most likely down to the vagaries of Blogger.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Stitch Interval.

A little bit of hand stitch for a change.
Variegated thread is so useful.

I want to share a link to Noela Mills' blog. She is a visual artist working in Queensland, Australia and her blog entitled WABISABIART features her interest in Wabisabi, finding beauty in the old, worn, rusted and patched. I am paticularly taken by her artists' books, as I think you will be,paticularly if you have not seen them before. It is also worth following some of her links to some of the interesting work being done by Australian artists.

Friday, November 04, 2011

More Free Motion Graffiti

A few pictures of the Free Motion Graffiti throw as it progresses, slightly interrupted by an exciting project this week. I’ll tell you about that in weeks to come, enough to say that I have been working away very hard on it.

There is now a catalogue to go with the ‘Crop’ exhibition which you can get from the previous link. MagCloud also offer a digital catalogue for a few dollars which is a bargain I think if you are interested in artists’ books.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

crop exhibition in situ

crop exhibition in situ by rejectamenta
crop exhibition in situ, a photo by rejectamenta on Flickr.

Mine is the one with the apples; there is a life drawing on the inside, looks as if they were shy of showing that side!
Digital catalogue for under $4's.

Friday, October 28, 2011

'Crop Exhibition'

‘Crop’: An Exhibition of Experimental Artists’ Books

Avenue Campus reception and gallery corridor

The University of Northampton 31 October—16 December 2011 Open daily 10am-4pm

Opening Event: Tuesday 1 November 5-8pm

This is the seventh annual exhibition of experimental altered artists’ books, curated by Dr. Emma Powell (de Montfort University) and Melanie Bush (The University of Northampton). Work by international book artists will be on display alongside students from both institutions. For more details see the ‘We Love Your Books’ web site.

I'm pleased to say that my 'crop' book is amongst one of the 50 books chosen from the online exhibition to go on show at the above venue. I am hoping that there will be a catalogue as I have no chance of going to see the exhibition this year.
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