Archive for February, 2010
I have spent some time this weekend back doing some stitching and I feel so much better for it. For me any kind of stitching is therapeutic, I can’t wait until the thesis is out of the way and I can do more.
Many moons ago Susan Lenz sent me some black felt from way over in Columbia, USA. This felt had been used as packaging and was donated to her by a local outdoor shop. Susan generously decided to share it out with the proviso that the recipients make and send a postcard to the original donor. I have finally managed to finish two postcards, one for Guy and one for Susan and I applaud, not only their generosity, but their great recycling! Susan reuses lots of vintage materials in her art and is going from strength to strength, having just staged a wonderful exhibition. I also gave some pieces of the felt to the members of our Creative Fibre Art Group. I have photos back from two members of their lovely creations, just waiting for a couple more and I will put those on the group blog.
I edited the photo and printed out onto a cotton sheet. I painted the black felt from Susan with various blueish paints and then fused the image. It was then covered with white or black netting (one is darker) and purple chiffon scarf from the op shop. Using multiple colours of rayon threads I free machine stitched over the picture, also machining over added leaves cut from organza. It was heat gunned just a little to distress. I then made a couple of gum leaves by machining over organza and threads trapped between solvy, which were added on top. The edging is a twisted wool cord zigzagged to the edge. I used white bobbinfill when machining the trunk of the tree, which has given an interesting silhouette on the back. Because the felt is quite sturdy, and has many stitched layers, it didn’t need any further stiffening so I left the back visible.
After an email from Craftlovers, I received this in the mail this week.
Craftlovers is produced by Express Publications who produce a number of craft and sewing magazines, and their newsletters often contain some interesting bits and pieces. I cannot believe I have won such a fabulous prize, Amazing!!! It will help my almost 50 year old eyes considerably.
Last weekend we had our first Creative Fibre Group meeting of the year. This year we have asked each of our regular members to prepare an activity to demonstrate and then we all try it out. Our February meeting was led by the remarkable Carmel who showed us how she embellishes swing tags. When I get some photos from the group I will post on our group page, but here are some of mine.
These tags were collected over the xmas and summer sale period from various gifts and purchases (clothes etc). Some were thin paper and others were quite thick card in various shapes and sizes. Carmel uses hers as gift tags but I could see them attached to or swinging from fibre books or other bits of fibre art such as Maggie’s ‘Killed catalogues’. They were simply painted with ink and sprinkled with salt.
These ones were covered with a thick smear of modelling paste, had texture added and then were painted once dry. Left to right: plastic fork for wavy pattern, painted with opulence inks, pearl ex powder added, treasure gold; fly swat impression, opulence inks/interference, treasure gold; meat tenderiser, inks, powder and treasure gold.
I am still editing my thesis so won’t be able to do much for the next two weeks.