Saturday, 12 April 2008

Getting ready to dye

For a change I'm getting ready for my next class at Bramble Patch - instead of my usual rush of just stuffing things in the car in the morning.
I don't think this photo is great but hopefully you can make out the circle I've drawn and then stitched on the calico.



I'm then going to pull the threads to manipulate the fabric and then we'll see how it tray dyes.


The aim is to use the fabric on the back of this quilt - here's a sneaky peak....



Yes it's very pink...

And I just had to include this photo of Flo - who was very cute and wrapped herself up in her quilt. That's a paw poking out of the front and her bum sticking out of the back.



I've also been thinking of ways to try to crack on with sketchbooks. I know it;'s not unusual to have a bit of a inferiority complex - especially when you look at some. But I'm determined to get over it. One thing I've realised is that I don't have a clue how to use a number of very basic artists materials - such as watercolour paints and I have no idea about mixing colours. So that's what I think I need to start with. The book I bought from Trentham by Gwen Diehn suggests you concentrate on one type of material and master it rather than using lots of different materials and really not mastering any. So tomorrow I'm going to give it a go. Wish me luck...

Oh I almost forgot that the latest Quilting Arts magazine arrived this week - it's great.

3 comments:

Quilt Pixie said...

Doodle pads are great spots to just jump in with materials you know nothing about! I often play with something like watercolour paints for myself for a bit before turning to instructions -- amazing the things you learn that you might never have tried.... :-)

Karol-Ann said...

Cute cat! What I can see of it LOL
BTW thanks for the Xmas card which I only got about 2 weeks back when we came home from SA (forgive the delayed thanks!)

Rachel said...

I'm anxious to see what you do with watercolors. In general, I'm very intimitated by paint in any form.