Saturday, September 10, 2011


Back from holiday yet again, this time a family gathering in the rainy Lake District.
The giveaway winners have all been in touch and I will be going to the Post Office next week.

Here are some photos, taken during the course at West Deane, of my samples.

 The course with Dionne Swift focused on 3D structures and there was an emphasis on working with the sewing machine and the cloth itself. Dionne is a fan of going back to using the treadle sewing machine and, therefore, feeling more in tune and part of the machine. Now having used a hand machine and briefly a treadle I can’t say that appeals to me but I get her point and I think it all tunes with the ‘slow stitch’ idea, the use of natural dyes and generally a move away from throwing lots of paint and goo at the fabric; not that that wasn’t great fun at the time!

 Dionne was an excellent tutor, particularly because of her enthusiasm and fresh approach. I would recommend a course with her if you get the chance.If you look at her Facebook page you will find more work from the course,in particular the samples from odd bits from the £ shop, which were made by the jeweller on the course and were very intricate and fascinating.

We used a number of transparent fabrics as backgrounds. It doesn't show up well here, but the use of a shiney transparent fabric gives a new twist to this old favourite.
 One lady came all the way from Dublin for the opportunity. Next time I plan to post a few macro shots of my samples.


  1. These are really interesting pieces ........I might look out for her course i need to try out different techniques that would take me out of my comfort zone......x

  2. ooooooo yes! these samples are wonderful, so full of potential.

  3. Great samples, Jackie. I especially love that last piece!

  4. oh, I love 3d origami. wanted to make a lampshade for years... but seems so complicated. Best, Sabrina

  5. Just fallen upon this post! thank you - so glad you liked the workshop!
    Dionne x


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