Thursday, 12 October 2017

Anne Brooke Workshop

Garstang was the venue for our workshop with Anne, making a paper collage picture using pieces of wallpaper, tissue, wrapping and map papers.  My two efforts are illustrated below, not always easy using machine stitching with paper, needed to take care not to overstitch and the paper separating.  Lots of different ideas from all those who attended. Thank you to Linda from Creative Threads who organised the day with plenty of tea, coffee and home made cakes.
The first to be completed using lots of different papers.

My simple bird using less paper, I love the simplicity of this one.

The last two were created by other member in the workshop.

Monday, 31 July 2017

Julia Triston summer school

PI have been busy since Thursday evening attempting to complete the work started at the summer school.  My sketch book now has almost all of the exercises in it.
My isolation piece is illustrated below next to the paper collage, I don't feel it's finished yet, needs more colour for me.

I have added old hooks and eyes to add to the rows of lace, possible titles 'scraps from the attic' or 'remnants of granny's drawers'.

Monday, 17 July 2017

Military Wives -Stitched Together

For over a year I have been volunteering at Dishforth helping and guiding Army wives with various textile projects under the guidance of Dionne Swift and Carol-Ann Allen.  Our final meeting will be on Thursday, as the funding has now ceased, we have all made a messenger bag from the frabrics dyed and screen printed in our sessions.  The bags are to be exhibited at the Green Howard's Museum in Rchmond North Yorkshire from November for a couple of months and then going to the NEC in March and to the Knitting and Stitch Show later in the year.
I hope you like my effort which I completed at the weekend.

Buttons etc came from old uniforms supplied by the museum.

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.