Monday, 26 February 2018

Loose ends

Aside from primary school crafts, I don't think I've really tried weaving before, so in the interests of completing my textile education, I have tried my hand at tapestry weaving.  Thankfully I was taught by the very talented Gail Marsh, who is not only a skilled embroiderer, but just to keep herself busy, is now undertaking a diploma in weaving.

We started in a simple, low-tech way, with warps wrapped around an old picture frame and a heap of assorted threads.  I soon learned that some threads work better than others:  my lovely linen thread had just too much texture for the scale of work and a knobbly, white knitting yarn that had much promise proved to be a devil to weave.

My first attempt comprised a series of rather static horizontal lines but here is my second attempt.  I chose a more balanced selection of yarns: neutral cotton with a mercerised twist, soft angora, lustrous silk and wispy mohair.  My inspiration was the ripples left in the sand when the tide went out.  For good measure I included a small piece of sea glass found by my friend Marjorie, an avid beach-comber and collector of all things shiny.

Sunday, 11 February 2018

Sum of the parts

When it come to applique, I usually reach for a roll of Bondaweb, but in my quest to learn new techniques, I have been trying the traditional stitched form of the art.  It was a bit of a fiddle to create a cuddly koala using a bold grey and purple Liberty print but I think the gently-turned edges give a softer, slightly padded look that I couldn't have achieved with glued fabrics.

Saturday, 3 February 2018

Alpine Inspiration

An unexpected ski trip to the lovely resort of Madonna di Campiglio in Italy has provided the inspiration for this week's stitch story.  Our favourite apres ski venue was Bar Suisse in the centre of the town.  A cool glass of Trentino wine and some excellent nibbles was just the thing after a day on the slopes.

The motif on the coasters used in the bar caught my eye and with a bit of manipulation I have transferred it to some beautiful purple boiled-wool cloth.  Stitched in cream cotton perle it gives a rich, shiny contrast to the matt fabric.