Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Free motion practice

One other thing I have been doing earlier this year is free motion sketching practice.  I was using creativebug's sketching challenges as inspiration.  The subjects were very basic, but it was good practice.  Here are some of my results.
Trees, cups and chairs
Leaves, my favourite
Watch, apples, vegetanles and bikinis
Fish and forks
Cacti, brushes and jars
And this was an owl on a card my mother sent me.
There are a few months of sketching challenges on the site, and I really enjoyed the practice.

Hope you are being creative!









Friday, June 3, 2016

Back again

I have not blogged for nearly a year, and  I have found that I was not as productive, partly because I was not blogging, but also because the Tangled Textiles Group finished.  I tried lots of challenges and workshops, but found that it was impossible for me to stick to anything, especially if it was an every day commitment because there are periods where I am not at home. for the next few weeks, I will try and go through some of the things I am doing.

My last posts here were about journal quilts and I have attempted to keep doing these with the help of Kate Bridger, who is hosting a Made on Monday five inch square challenge on her site.  I have been absent for a month or so, but am hoping to join in again.  Participants also post their work on the textile arts facebook  page.

Here are my first seventeen contributions
no 1 no 2 no 3 no 4 no 5 no 6 no 7 no 9 no 10 no 11 no 12 no 13 no 14 no 15 no 16 no 17
They are all on my favourite theme of leaves and use a variety of techniques including free motion embroidery, hand embroidery and thread painting and a wide variety of fabrics including hand printed fabric.

Hope you enjoy these and I will be back with more as I do them

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Journal Quilts 2015 no 3

The finished journal is above.  As you see, I do not bother about binding my squares.  For me, there are a bout experimenting and playing, and not about whether or not I can make a binding.  They have, in the past and will in the future form an important reference for me.

So, here's what I did
I started with a piece of batting and some furnishing fabric
Some green chiffon
A piece of felt, and a piece of painted baby wipe.  Now, in the beginning, these were circles which I had cut with my die cutter ages ago, but I decided I liked leaves better.  I spent a bit of time thinking about the backing fabric and whether i should now change it.
I took a piece of scrap fabric and used a black marker to turn the circles into leaves.   Hmm, that gave me an idea.
 I used some free motion embroidery scribble to do the same on my journal.
As you can see, as usual, I got quite involved and forgot to take photos!  but above all the free motion is finished and the extra bits are added.
And here it is done, with a lot of hand running stitch added.
I have another one waiting in the wings as well!


Happy creating!

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Journal Quilts 2015 no 2

This isn't really no 2 but no 3, because no 2 is still in process, Ah, well.
I had seen an article about needle felting stitching into a background and decided to have
a go.
I started with a piece of batting with some fibres felted into it.
I started doing some stitching into it with wool.
And here it is after a long time needlefelting by machine and three broken needles!
The difference is only very slight.  Perhaps I should have left the french knots until after, so as not to break my needles, and then the petals might have felted in a bit better.
So this Journal quilt was a bit of a failure, but of course I learned a few things and that is what it is all about!



Happy Creating!

Saturday, August 8, 2015

A long time between stops

It has, indeed, been a very long time between posts.  For many reasons. I have been busy on Instagram and facebook with a few challenge groups, but also, we have been renovating and for months, my studio has been packed away!  But my textile work has been languishing, although i have been doing a lot of hand work.
So, to infuse a bit of interest for me i have begun making journal quilts again.  Hopefully playing in this way will get me back on track!
I now keep my journal quilts in a book, so they are easy to look up and refer to
The quilts are 5" (five inches) square
 They are just about playing with materials and tecchniques.
And here is my first new one!

This one  made from a base of gold organza needlefelted onto some batting, then I have added some scraps of sheers, organza, chiffon and netting and stitched around them free motion.  I also added a piece of dyed batting which i attached with free motion pebbles.  I felt that the focus needed to be floral, so i added a free motion sketch of some basic flowers.  I finally finished off with some beads and running stitch.
Considering how long it is since i sat at my machine, I am pleased with this one.  Let's hope that it is the first of many, hopefully weeky journal quilts!

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Layered Gelli Printing

I have been doing a few courses and posting in facebook groups lately, and a few people in the gelatin printing enthusiasts group asked how i did my layered prints.  For those who are familiar with this, my video below will tell you nothing new, but if you are new to gelli printing, the video might be of some help.  Unfortunately, my voice over is a bit soft, so if you are watching, turn your volume up.  I will try to be a bit more outspoken  if and when I do another one.
For those of you who just want eye candy, here are the prints I did
And a few other prints I did at another time


I have been posting the leaf prints in a challenge group, 100 Artworks challenge, also on Facebook, but I embellish them first.
Here is an embellished one.
And now, my imperfect video




Happy Creating!

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

painting the feminine

I have been busy with lots of stitching, none of which is finished, and my painting challenges.  I have also started a course with Connie Solera of Dirty Footprints Studio called Painting the feminine.
I am really enjoying the course and I felt the need to share my process with my first (official) page
I picked up an oil pastel and just played and these shapes came up. They could be babies, or women, or even leaves and seeds.  I wasn't sure yet.
I left them for a while and eventually, I started adding paint, and got lost, so no photos.
This is where I got to.  I started colouring the little areas and shapes in the middle, but they felt wrong, so...
I painted over it.  I  tried straight orange and yellow, but they were too transparent,so I added some white to them and added more, making a sort of stucco texture.
I still felt I needed something to connect the two figures
I had an idea of some spirals, but I wasn't sure, so I put a page protector opened up over the top and  tried it out with posca markers.  I liked that, but I added some dots as well.
Finally, I added more dots around each figure and the eyes.  I call this connectedness and for me it is about how the feminine connects us in our hearts.

Whilst I was working on this, which took a while and a lot of reflection, I also started painting over an old canvas, which was covered in flowers and a vase.
The same shape in another incarnation.  I was actually using up all the leftover paint on my palette and was not happy with the colours, but they have given me the form I wanted, so this is a work in process and we will see how it changes over the week!

Happy creating!