Friday, 24 April 2015

Purple haze


Remember the little fabric books that are given to very young children?  Well I've adapted the idea to make a sample book of stitches for a taster workshop that I'm doing at The Stitch Society pop up shop on Saturday 25th April.

I will be demonstrating how to make my stitched cards but I thought the sampler concept would be a good introduction to being more creative with embroidery - no crinoline ladies in sight!  Made in calico and with some patchwork fabric shapes stuck on with Bondaweb, the pages are an ideal way to try new stitches and experiment with the weight of thread or stitch size.  I have attached a couple of buttons (with extra long shanks) and new pages are added by means of buttonholes - my new sewing machine is a whizz at this!  The book makes a good reference source for future projects.

Thursday, 16 April 2015

Now showing.....


I've spent the day delivering my work for exhibition, display and sale.  You can see my collection of Favourite Things collages at the Platform Gallery in Clitheroe and at The Stitch Society pop-up-shop in Haworth.  If you're in Haworth on Saturday 25th April why not drop in to the shop where I'll be doing a taster workshop on my stitched cards.

Monday, 13 April 2015

Black and Blue


Last week I found this unexpected treasure in my garden - a blackbird's egg.  It is the most delightful shade of blue, speckled with light brown spots.  The colour combination resonates with me and I find it cropping up in my work all the time.  Here is a sample of dye/print/devore work that I did a couple of years ago.  It's silk/viscose georgette that has been acid dyed with pale blue and then Procion dyed with weak rust colour.  The dyes has been selectively stripped out with devore paste and discharge paste which has left complex layers of colour.