Friday, 23 June 2017

Dye Day

A group of us got together on Tuesday to dye fabrics, my samples are very interesting with lots of deep colours in addition to more muted tones.  I hope everyone else was as successful with their fabrics.

Bookmaking Workshop

My latest book from class on Wednesday using Coptic and French stitch, a few mistakes when I finished off at home but happy with first attempt.  I didn't know I was doing the workshop until Monday therefore papers were a mishmash of colours and the cover paper has been used before.  I need a shopping trip for mor paper. 

Sunday, 28 May 2017

Mandy Pattullo Workshop

Last weekend I travelled to Garstang to do Enchanted Woodland Animals with Mandy through Creative Thread.  We had a full day working through the techniques Mandy uses to create her animals.  Starting with a basic outline then building up coloured and patterned fabrics to shade the creature.  I chose a squirrel using my favorite orange and red colours, finishing off with green foliage on my return home.
Mandy supplied the old quilt as background.
I stayed a a very nice b&b called Middle Holly Cottage at Middle Holly a couple of miles from Garstang, I recommend it to anyone wanting to stay in the area. Run by a lovely welcoming couple with home made bread and biscuits, local honey and a delicious breakfast, my room was very comfortable too.

Saltire Arts Trail

Visited Saltaire today for an exhibition of 200 postcards, a great variety of techniques used from paint, felt, embroidery, printing.  Lots from children as well as local embroiderers guilds as well as individuals. They were for sale at £5 each and my friend and I both bought textiles. See mine below by Brenda Craig from Airedale Emb Guild. 

Areas of padding with fly, blanket, running, detached chain, feather stitch & bullion knots.  
It is Saltaire Arts Trail this weekend very well organised and lots to see, Victoria Hall full of makers with their products on sale, many looked bored as I don't think they were selling very much. I did buy an apron pattern to make for my mucky days using paints and dyes,  I'll probably use calico to make up first before finding a patterned fabric. 

Monday, 8 May 2017


Using up scraps of curtain fabric to create these bags.

Rope Bowl

Whilst helping at Dishforth I have had the opportunity to make the rope bowl below. Surprising how long it took to complete with 10 meters of clothes line.  My usual colours.

Saturday, 15 April 2017

Watercolour class with Marriette

My friend took me to a lovely afternoon class during which I produced the feathers. I thoroughly enjoyed the class after not doing any painting for over a year.