Show and Tell

April 4, 2009 at 12:20 am 4 comments

I have quite a bit to show and tell as I haven’t blogged for a couple of weeks.

Firstly we received some amazing swaps from Val in the mail. Val sent the heart ATC for Claudia, which of course she absolutely loved. The postcard and ATC were for a swap we arranged on the theme of ‘Spring’. The postcard’s colours are just glorious, and she has used Beryl Tayler’s fabric paper techniques. My favourite, however is the ATC entitled mossy bark which has the most beautifully layered effect. Thank you so much Val, the returns will be winging their way over shortly.


Our last creative arts meeting in March was inspiring once again with all the beautiful pieces on display. Unfortunately I forgot the camera, but there are a few bits and pieces on the group blog.

Some of the group, with others from the guild, attended a Machine embroidery workshop with Fibre artist extraordinaire, Jan Preston on a very warm Saturday. The title of the workshop, ‘Free stitch with Nature’, was very apt. We had to take along some snippets from the garden, which we enclosed in solvy and free motion embroidered over. Jan had some beautiful skeleton leaves she had found in the Otways which she generously allowed us to use. It was a great, fun workshop and such a pleasure to spend the whole day stitching without interruption.

These are some leaves I stitched over and also a rose hip:

jan-prestonjo101This next one was a dried agapantha flower head that I stomped flat and stitched and some bamboo wool that I stitched over as well:

jan-pjo2bI finally finished the triangular book I started weeks ago for Maggie Grey’s on-line workshops for her book, Textile translations.

The outside has stars torn from paper casting over a corrugated meat tray and some heated tyvek motifs. The colour is mostly from radiant rains and moonshadow mists sprayed over. The inside has some marbled paper pages stamped with ‘reach for the stars, feet on the ground’.


triangular-book-2Our final challenge is to convert ‘killed’ catalogues into art. Maggie has the details on her blog if anyone wants to join in. Here is my catalogue (actually oldest daughter’s Cosmopolitan magazine), newly unearthed from the mulch under the rose bushes. Some people have had trouble with husbands and dogs trying to steal their catalogues away; my husband was quite happy to keep the mulch topped up over it and the rose thorns kept the dog away!!  I have sprayed it with vinegar to disinfect and will start playing once it is dry (might have to brush a bit more dirt off).




Entry filed under: ATC's, Creative F'Arts, FME, Textile translations.

Progress on WIP Sculpted Books

4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Doreen G  |  April 4, 2009 at 8:39 am

    Sounds like you have been very busy Jo.

  • 2. jean toms  |  April 5, 2009 at 11:38 pm

    some lovely work
    Thanks for visiting

  • 3. sharon young  |  April 10, 2009 at 6:18 am

    What a lovely ‘show and tell’ post. Your ATC’s from Val are beautiful, as are your embroidered leaves.
    I love your clever triangular book.
    Good luck with the catalogue.
    Have a great Easter break.

  • 4. Val Thomas  |  May 18, 2009 at 4:23 am

    Have you forgotten me ……….!!!


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