A blog about making art and other things using cloth, paper, paint, colour, stitch, and all sorts of exciting techniques, some of which I'm sure I still have to discover! I hope that the joy all this gives me is visible in what you can see here.

Friday, 20 June 2014

Yet more of those moths, 'lurking' in the shadows!!

Yet another 'moth' piece, this one is 'Moth and Bird'

Above is the piece that had the white moth. Well, no more! I decided to colour it in, and knock back the background with paint and crayons. I much prefer it now.

This is something that I started about a year ago, mostly stitched by hand. I've finished it off this week by adding a little machine stitching, and appliqueing some standing stone shapes, so of course, it's now called 'Standing Stones'.

Three more brooches, which I'm also hoping to sell.

I feel as though I'm on a bit of a roll at the moment, probably partly because I had a break from being creative while my daughter was here for about 6 weeks. It's also a form of therapy for me so that I don't miss her too much!

Maybe still a few more 'moths' lurking in the shadows, so apologies if you're not as fond of them as I am!!!

Saturday, 14 June 2014

Sunny, and Scrappy Happy!

Making the most of this lovely recent sunshine, I made a few sunprints yesterday. Not sure yet what I'll do with them, but they can always keep for a rainy day!

Yesterday I made the above still life using scraps of cloth for the background which I knocked back with some white gesso. I free machine stitched the background in black thread, to give a sketchy sort of interior looking out from a window into a garden beyond. The flowers and fruit were also cut from scraps, and appliqued down and secured with raw edge free stitching in dark grey.

Today, and still in a 'scrappy' mood, I dug out my moth collograph that I made a few months ago which led to this little cloth book here. I made two more scrappy backgrounds in the same way as for the still life, and printed one moth directly onto the background, and after printing the second onto some gesso painted fabric, cut it out and appliqued it down onto the second background. Again, I dug out a previously appliqued moth in white, and just needed to add some extra fabric to this, to bring it up to the same size as the two above.

The gesso gives the fabric stability for the free machine stitch, and is also then ideal for adding extra colour with my Karisma pencils. I've included a photo of the backs of these moth pieces, below, because I have to say that I quite like the effect of the stitching on the plain backing fabric.

Finally, above is my June Journal Quilt, and in keeping with last months, this one is called 'Something New', and is a free machine sketch of our daughter in her wedding dress that I took from one of the wedding photos. I made this on a patchwork of cream and white fabrics.

I have an idea for 'Something Blue' for my August JQ, but am at a bit of a loss for next months 'Something Borrowed'!!

Hopefully, inspiration will strike from somewhere soon, (without knocking me out though), so watch this space to see what materialises! ;)

Monday, 9 June 2014

Moody Maps

Maps have always fascinated me, and whenever I start to think back to places I know or have visited, I often see them in my minds eye as if from a 'birds eye' view!

Above is an experimental piece I've been working on for the last couple of days. It's the River Thames as it snakes it's way through London, with a few famous landmark buildings for added interest, and obviously by no means accurate! I have enjoyed making it though, and filling in details with hand and machine stitch onto  rag paper which I have previously coloured with silk paints.

This second piece is actually smaller than the top textile, but looks larger for some reason! It was made from a small section of a paper lamination of a map of Brighton and the South Downs. However, I used an ink jet print instead of a laser print, and the colour mostly disappeared during the soaking process! Anyway, I decided to add my own colour with my Karisma coloured pencils, and then finished it off with free machine stitch. I'm quite pleased with the results, and will be doing some more of these too!

Thanks for reading, enjoy your week.

Monday, 2 June 2014

Happy Wedding Memories, and 'Something Old'!

It's been quite a few weeks since my last post, but we've had such an exciting time since then, with the wedding of our daughter, which has also meant that both she, our new son-in-law, and gorgeous little grandson have stayed with us for five weeks. 

They are now all safely back home in New Zealand, so I have straight away got stuck into some stitch, and decided to make my Journal Quilt for May which you see above. It is called 'Something Old', and has been made from the table cloth you see below, which was on one of the tables at the wedding reception. I scoured all the local charity shops, and bought enough cotton cloths for all the tables. Much nicer than paper cloths, and all were a bargain!

I have painted it in the colour scheme our daughter chose for the wedding, lavender and green, and I then appliqued the silver heart and bells on top. The cloth had a border of embroidery around the edge, and I've incorporated part of it across the top to fulfil the criteria of a line going from one side to another.

Above is the watercolour I painted for the wedding invitations. I wanted to incorporate an English rose with a New Zealand fern, and it worked well in forming a heart shape.

We needed a box for guests to post their wedding congrats cards into, and so I made this, with a padded and embroidered top. Again, all in the chosen colour scheme.

I have also made a ring cushion, but forgot to photograph it! I will ask my daughter to send me one, and show it in a future post.

I made the bridesmaid dress for our 8 year old grandaughter, it had a little bolero over the top, and a lovely bow detail on the back.

A quick sketch I have made of the bride and youngest bridesmaid before they left for the Registry Office. My idea is that I may try to do some more with free machine stitch.

And finally, While saying our teary farewells at the airport, a lovely young Australian guy plonked this bottle of champagne in my arms! Apparently it was presented to him as a gift just before he was about to go through security, and as no liquids are allowed, he needed to either dump it or give it away. I must have been in the right place at the right time!

Until next time,