Saturday, May 16, 2015
Thursday, May 14, 2015
It's embarrassing to admit that I've not yet found time to visit to see my work there, I need to go - if only to get some photos of the finished pieces!
Monday, May 11, 2015
Monday, May 04, 2015
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Thursday, April 16, 2015
Today whilst searching for inspiration for the next12by the dozen challenge I came across http://pixabay.com/ which promises that "You can copy, modify, distribute and use the images, even for commercial purposes, all without asking permission and without paying attribution. However, depicted content may still be protected by trademarks, publicity or privacy rights." In as much as people have to actively upload their images to Pixabay this seems much clearer. I've found a couple of interesting images and have signed up. it will be interesting to see how quickly the inbox fills up, if at all!
Just some of the 181 images shown after searching for 'inbox':
Wednesday, April 08, 2015
With or without?
Friday, April 03, 2015
A while ago I decided to use some fabric that I'd coloured whilst on the CQ Retreat in February but was struggling to get started.
Today whilst my room was still tidy from a short spell as guest bedroom I pulled out the fabrics and began to cut. I'd thought that I'd put together a couple of backgrounds to help catch up but became so interested in using sections with interesting marks that I didn't stop until I'd done all twelve backgrounds.
It's my intention to catch up as soon as I can with the first four then I'll pull one background out each month to work on with a mixture of hand and machine stitching, depending on what the fabric says!
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Friday, March 20, 2015
I layered up a piece of lightly rust dyed fabric made during a recent workshop with Alice Fox and used the rust marks to guide my lines of hand stitch. Once the stitching was complete I rollered the surface with acrylic paint, with varying degrees of success, in an attempt to achieve more depth.
To see the original image and how other members of the group interpreted the theme go to http://12bythedozen.weebly.com/sand.html
Saturday, February 14, 2015
It's a group with an enormous depth and variety of talent and I count myself lucky to have been invited to join them when we started out several months ago. In spite of the talent within the group none of us have exhibited greatly and that is the focus of the group.
Today's meeting consisted of stitching, eating Helen's wonderful cakes, discussing our first exhibition to be held later this year, leaving Magie a little shorter of stock and generally being inspired by the exchange of conversation. I'm off to stitch whilst the buzz is still with me - though that may have been the excellent coffee!
|L-R Isobel and Magie are Etcetera members, Bob and Frank aren't|
Monday, February 09, 2015
On Saturday I did a short stint stewarding the CQ exhibition at the Stitch and Hobby show at Event City, Manchester. The show is a complete mix of paper, wool and stitch but it is good to see quilting featuring more each year. As ever the Journal Quilts looked wonderful and I enjoy the fact that we see new members showing their JQ's for the first time, never failing to amaze visitors by the variety and standard of work on display.
Friday, January 30, 2015
Friday, January 23, 2015
Thursday, January 15, 2015
Thursday, January 08, 2015
Sunday, January 04, 2015
Friday, May 23, 2014
In my case I've been making pieces for the next 10+ exhibition - http://www.tenplustextiles.com/exhibitions.html Unfortunately when I came to mount my work today I discovered that a couple of the frames I'd planned to use are slightly damaged. I've had them in the house for several weeks so I can't be sure when the damage occurred so I'm going to have to write them off, I just hope I can get replacement frames quickly! So instead of a picture of the work here is one of the cards I've made to sell alongside my quirky bird pictures, which are being re-named 'too fat to fly' in my head!
Saturday, April 05, 2014
I'm still stitching. Sometimes my choice of stitch feels quite forced at others it flows nor does that seem to change with time.
I had no plan for the pieces when I began and every one who sees them assumes that I will be sewing them together at the end. At the moment that is the only thing that I am sure of - these pieces will not form a patchworked textile!
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
I like Shelley's work but it is so far from anything I've ever done that I was either going to love or loather my day. Fortunately I loved it and I can see the exercises that we did becoming part of my practice. Shelley was both giving and patient which removed the workshop paralysis that I often experience, though I did struggle during the second half of the day In some respects there was little that was totally new but the presentation and variety of exercises all slotted together and made sense. For a literal person like me, it was an extremely free-ing day. You can see the small bundle of letters that I used as my 'one thing' to the the right of this set of exercises:
Rather than loose the impetus by putting my materials away until I could find time, I've selected the bits that best represent what we did and have created myself a reference book. But the element that I will definitely be exploring sooner rather than later are these marks: