Firstly India Flint has a giveaway on her blog. She is a most thoughtful, interesting blogger, well worth reading regularly. I am very hopeful I will find time to attend her workshop one day.
An update on the shed-the building is up and clad, plumbing should be finished this weekend so it can be signed off.
Hopefully I can start to move my gear in over the holidays!
Happy xmas all, I will be blogging over on GeeTAG after our Christmas gathering on December 14th.
We are getting there!!
Slab-chocolate brown for thermal heat absorption (needs to be sealed after the tradies have finished so will come up darker)
Frame is almost up:
Gap where the door will go:
The cladding they put on the walls last week (wrong!!):
The cladding they should have put on to match our other shed (had to be re-ordered!):
And the space (up the top and facing north) for the windows:
Hopefully new cladding will arrive and it will be lock up by end of next week!
Then the power and storm/water tradies will come in. Then we can get it signed off by the planning department, and then maybe I can move in.
I have had my crewel work returned from assessment (yet to receive the written summary but received positive feedback so all good). I really enjoyed crewel work, the texture of the wool, the quickness of the stitch up and the relaxation of hand stitchery. The intermediate course was a perfect winter activity!
Here are my finished pieces below, I haven’t photographed the samplers, maybe next time. All coursework will be on display at our upcoming biannual exhibition and should be mind blowing, there have been some wonderful portfolios of work produced over the last two years by some creative and accomplished stitchers. Well done everyone including the tutors.
The first piece is a bag made from a Nicole Mallalieu design. The embroidery includes free machine embroidery as well as the crewelwork and is on a pocket at the front of the bag. The design for this began with the vintage fabric I bought on a trip to A piece of Cloth. (I thought I had blogged about this visit but cannot find it, will do later) It includes left over light grey woollen fabric from a long ago project, dark grey woollen fabric from a pair of Op Shop trousers, heavy black fabric from a discount shop and some lovely red linen as lining. I have a magnetic catch on the pocket and a zipped gusset on the bag. Nicole’s pattern was a dream to sew with very explicit directions, however it is an advanced pattern so I wouldn’t attempt alone without a good background of sewing skills. It is very roomy and will be perfect for carrying lots of gear to GeeTAG group and workshops (and shopping trips!)
This cushion was designed from the roman blinds in our family room where this chair sits. It was great fun to stitch as we had to use 15-18 stitches so I could be very creative in applying the stitches even though it is a quite traditional design.
This paperweight is one of the minor pieces made from one of the samplers. I chose a nice flat river stone from the garden and felted the wool over first. The embroidery was cut out and then needle turn appliqued into place. I had originally designed a lotus flower to embroider for this but ran out of time. Might do a matching one at some stage.
Another minor piece: we had to do crewel embroidery over a patterned piece of fabric. Most people embroidered over tapestry but I decided to make Claudia a cushion when I found the red patterned fabric. I cut out a motif and ironed onto a heavier fabric with vliesofix to make a sturdier base for the wool embroidery.
We had a fabulously fun play day with a friend who has a Gelli Plate (note to self: must buy one).
We started with prints on paper using various mark making and masks and then got really excited by working on fabric.
The fabric we used was sheeting I picked up at a local Op Shop (thrift store).
Why I love Op Shop fabrics:
1. They have been well washed (no sizing and take colour really well)
2. You don’t have to be too precious and can experiment freely
3. the white sheeting is usually a really good quality of cotton
4. It is really easy to rip to whatever size you wish.
Firstly experiments with colour on paper:
And seeing some influence from the Monet exhibition currently on at the National Gallery of Victoria:
And my prints using a limited colour palette on fabric:
Now need to maybe add some stamping/stitch and see what we can make.
I’m thinking bags, bookcovers and maybe some 3d shapes.
A pun is always fun, no animals were injured in the dyeing process!!!
I have been dyeing white fabric with tea and coffee to get a base for my major piece in the Crewel Embroidery Intermediate class for the Embroiderer’s Guild.
The photos below show the varying colours depending on the strength and length of time in the dyes:
I have decided to go with the 2 minute coffee fabric which tones best with the silver, aubergine and black which will frame the crewelwork.
Once I have it drawn up & laced to the frame I will post more pictures.
Now off to make up some samples of printing on fabric techniques for the GeeTAG meeting this weekend.
Firstly need to document a lovely ATC swap with Anne from France. Anne sent these beautiful ATCs with her wonderful minute cross stitch designs. They are truly works of art:
These are the ATCs sent in exchange, Claudia decided she wanted to do a triangular ATC:
It is a photo of the rock pools at the beach nearby printed on silk, hand stitched and beaded. The bits of fibre are angelina.
And some more design exercises from the GeeTAG Glue Book:
For this page the prompts were Teal (as in duck) and Lines. I decided to concentrate on lines in nature and divided the page in thirds with lines of colour in teal. Looking at it now I think it would have been better balanced if the word ‘Garden’ had been placed on the opposite side.
The next page is for the colour lemon yellow and the design prompt is ‘Less is more’. I decided to take this literally, using a tea bag to colour the page, and most of the pictures are from the Green Pages Directory magazine.
And now I am up to date:-Sunday’s prompt was black & white, contrast and focal point. I had the black holey tissue paper so repeated that motif with some black paint stencilled through a kitchen utensil. It is interesting how there are different tones of white (as in the dalmatians). The two black silhouettes were cut from magazines and painted black.
Now I really need to get onto some crewel embroidery for my intermediate work.