I have not really been very productive lately, although I know some of you won't believe that, however I have really been doing a lot of reading and staying away from the computer. I recieved two books from Kim Thittichai recently- "layered Textiles" and "experimental textiles", which I have been enjoying immensely. Layered textiles is about creating wonderful textures using many layers, heat tools, stitching and lots of other stuff. To that end, I have been painting non woven fabric such as light lutradur, fusible, nappy liner, tyvek and rainbow spun.
I wanted to create a water effect and tried a few different ways with the nappy liner.
This piece is just fused down and sitting next to my free motion machine for stitching.
The stitching was inspired by "retro inspired stitch samplers" by Jackie Cardy in the jun/jul 2000 issue of Quilting arts, which has been sitting in my to do pile for a long time.
I didn't forget the other book I was reading, "experimental textiles", it is full of yummy samples and is really about sketchbooks for textile art. I have been reading it together with another two books, "sketchbooks for embroiderers and textile artists" by kay greenlees, and "dreaming from the journal page" by Melanie Testa as well as doing Melanie's online course "dream Journal".
Wow, that was a mouthful and a lot of links to paste in! But I am, as you might gather, spending a lot of time in my sketchbooks at present. I also am watching "Internationally inspired" from donna downey, so I suppose I am doing stuff, it's just it's all very paper oriented, lol.
At our art group at our community house we have been doing some beading, and these are two little bits I made. I have made a few more, but haven't photographed them, and will show you next time.