Sunday, 26 May 2013

Sunshine

Hello all.
Hope you're making the best of the weather.  It's amazing to have good weather again on a Bank Holiday weekend.
So here are a couple of pictures from the garden.
 
 I am sewing - and will have some things to show you soon.



Sunday, 19 May 2013

Walk

Hi all,
Hope you're well and enjoying yet another sunny weekend.
This morning I decided to go for a walk and look for patterns and lines in the countryside around me.
Here is what I found:















 

 
  
  


Lets see how I can develop these into a design.

Sunday, 5 May 2013

Jean Littlejohn Talk and Class

Another busy weekend involving lots of textiles.
We had a great evening on Friday at Leamington Embroierers Guild where we had Jean Littlejohn to deliver a talk and then a day class on the Saturday.
I'm sure a lot of you are aware of Jean Littlejohn and her close work with Jan Beaney. So to start here are a few photos of her work and samples - she was very generous and let us handle these and take photos.


And her sketchbooks were great.  I had serious sketchbook envy.


And here is the result of my day.  Her suggestion to our group was to use one stitch - twisted chain stitch.  
To make a back ground of this in a thick thread or wool, on a cotton fabric with an open weave with a very large eyed needle - a number 14 Chenille needle. 
 And then Bond a Web and foil was added
 And then more stitching.  
I bound some of my threads and I think this helped knock back the gold which was a little brash.
We then got to play with an embellisher.  Never had a go before, but found it very easy to use.
I sewed a variety of threads onto soluble fabric in cross stitch in varying sizes.  Then I went to the embellisher and worked from the front and the back.  Then I added some more crosses in different threads which I really liked the effect of.
And here is our show and tell. 
I think I can say we all had a great day. Jean is an enthusiastic textile artist and it was great to be able to see the work in detail rather than just in a book.  If you get the chance to attend one of her classes - go.
Take care all and I hope you have a great Bank Holiday Monday - it might even be sunny.