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Hi all,
Hope you're well and enjoying this beautiful dry sunny day.
I've been to a couple a really good classes recently.
First was a class with Hilary Beattie at The Bramble Patch.  It isn't the type of class I would have normally picked, but I've seen her at a few events and knew I'd have a great time.  
So the class was painting stylised flowers.  And here are the results:

As you can see I've painted the flowers on both plain and lightly patterned fabric.  The aim is to combine this panel with other fabrics and painted elements.  I'll let you see how it progresses.
The next day I had a class with Ineke Berlyn with the Leamington Embroiderers Guild.  A great day.

So - in the Black Magic workshop I learnt how to use a discharge paste with Thermofax screens.This is activated by a steam iron.  Once this part is complete I used the same or similarly themed screens with metallic paints.  I think I may have overdone the first piece.
At the same time I tried the technique on calico.
This is half the piece before it has been machine embroidered.
And here is the second half of the piece with some machine embroidery work.  I'm going to add some hand stitching.
I'm pleased with how this is progressing.  It's been a great way to practice machine embroidery and see how using the different threads produce such different results. I think it might end up as a cushion.
I hope you're all well and I promise to show you how it progresses.


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