Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Textile Exhibition Photos

Just thought I would post a few photos of our highly successful exhibition a month ago now, where does the time go?

Getting ready for my trip to Alexander Palace on Thursday for the Knitting and Stitching Show.

Above: one of my wall hangings.

Below: Pictures of the endless landscapes.

Below: A selection of machine embroidered bowls.

The centrepiece of the archway decorated to look like an underwater scene. Most of us made seaweed, fish and other items to decorate it.

Friday, 17 August 2012

Hardingham Textile Exhibition

Just a quick post to advertise our annual exhibition which is from the 5th-8th September at St Andrew's Church Hingham.

The Hardingham Art Goup will also be showing there work.

If you want to see some great textiles and maybe pick up a bargain pay us a visit and I'll be posting pictures of the work soon.

Thursday, 26 July 2012

Latest dragonfly picture

As you may have guessed I love dragonflies and butterflies and inspired by my endless landscape picture thought I would have a go at making one featuring dragonflies. One of my dragonflies is also featured on the Hardingham Art and Textile Groups annual exhibition poster which is on the first week of September.

I decided to use handmade silk paper as a background, something which I haven't had much luck with before but felt this came out ok. I then machine stitched onto the water and for the reed beds before couching some silk boucle as a base.

The reeds in the foreground were made from organza and cut out with a soldering iron to prevent the edges from fraying and some were wired to give depth.

The dragonflies were made using organza and water soluble film before being applied and beaded and overall I am quite pleased with the result. Now to do a garden scene with butterflies.

Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Mary Crehan Finished Piece

As promised this is the finished piece that I started on a workshop with Mary Crehan last year. It took ages to do and as her pieces are huge she must have the patience of a saint. No idea what I'm going to do with it but it was a fun day.

It was made by weaving threads and strips of fabric through scrim with added hand made paper and machine stitched all over. It was supposed to represent stone but I feel that it would be more appropriate for tree bark.

Hopefully there will be some interesting workshops when the autumn program of the Embroiderers Guild comes out so I have more to show you.

We are also hoping to have a workshop at the Hardingham Textile group with Lynda Monk later this year so that should make interesting viewing.

Wednesday, 4 July 2012


I love poppies from the humble wayside ones that are so delicate and look like silk to the glorious opium ones that come in a wonderful array of colours.

So much so I even had a poppy on my nurses buckle back in the day when I was nursing. I also love Art Nouveau which may be evident from the style of the buckle.

I decided to make a poppy bowl following on from the sunflower in the previous post so followed the same technique of cutting out individual petals in red silk and cotton but felt it didn't really look like a poppy. 

So I decided to just cut 4 large silk petals and arrange them overlapping like a poppy which looked ok initially. However once the dissolvable film was washed off they were very floppy as there was less stitching on them than the individual petal one so had to put on quite a bit of Paverpol fabric stiffener which made it look like plastic. Love the shape and think it looks quite poppy like but it doesn't look like silk at all.

Oh well back to the drawing board.

Wednesday, 27 June 2012

The Surface Above and Beneath

This is the title of the Embroiderer's Guild Regional Day which this year is held in Norwich at the John Innes Centre on the 7th July. There will be trade stands and exhibitions by Michael Brennand-Wood and Linda Monk whose work on muslin paper I love so am looking forward to that.

They are running a competition and initially I wasn't going to enter but then had an idea so did a couple of experiments using shells and couching which I love. They are meant to represent the sea above and beneath, abstract of course which is my way of saying you can read into it what you like.

Had so much fun doing these that I went for a bigger which I'm going to enter and yes, it is supposed to be tatty at the edges with various threads hanging off.

In a couple of weeks I am going to be helping some of the ladies at the Hardingham Textile Group with machine embroidery and wanted to show them something suitable for all levels so thought we could make flower bowls. These will be on show at our exhibition at Hingham in September. We also have a couple of spaces for members if there is anyone near that is interested.

The petals are from cotton and silk and it is worked on spider tulle which I got from Minerva Crafts and Fabrics. I think it works better than the one below which is without the tulle.

Just in the process now of making a red one which is poppy like although think I need to dye some silk red and cut into more poppy shaped petals.

Sunday, 3 June 2012

Endless Landscapes

Endless landscapes were invented around 1820 by a Frenchman Jean-Pierre Bres and John Clark of London took up this idea and created a series of 16 landscape cards with interchangeable views. His second series was produced in 1824 and is probably the source of the modern landscape made by Tobar Ltd.

Ann who runs Hardingham Textile Group decided that making endless landscapes in textile would be a good project for our exhibition which runs alongside the art group at Hingham church in September.

We all purchased the same size canvas and were given a set of colours and proportions which in theory should all match along the edge with everyone's so that when they were placed in a line in any order the colours will runs across from one to the other. Any design could be placed in the centre as long as the edges matched.

Initially I found this rather daunting as I had never done a landscape and had to root around my stash for colours that matched but once I got into it found it really fun and can't wait to do some more.

The initial layout of the fabric with the water made from layers of organza and Angelina fibres.

Made a tree from free machine embroidery on water soluble film and added some chain stitch to give depth.

Scrim added to the mountains for texture and some threads couched with some distant trees added with machine embroidery.

Added embellished wool and a few rocks made from organza stuffed with toy stuffing. Some hand stitching added.

The finished landscape with some hand stitching, cow parsley free machined onto organza and cut with a soldering iron and leaves made from ribbon.

All in all I am quite pleased with the final result and can't wait to do another which will be easier as I won't have to match it to anyone else's.

Saturday, 5 May 2012

Drought, What drought?

Really wish it would stop raining although I know we need the water. The grass needs cutting badly and its so cold.

Had a day representing the Hardingham Textile Group at the Flower Festival yesterday. It was a long, cold day in a marquee with very few visitors but got some very positive comments and it would have been a lovely spot if the weather had been better. The church was beautiful and just the sort of place to go sketching.  Should have taken some pictures of the church.

Never mind a good excuse to stay in the warm and make things.

Been making more books using muslin paper and embellished felt.

These were filled with matching paper made from lining paper and could be used for sticking pictures etc in.

Covered with felt made on the embellisher.

Also made a few more mobile phone cases, two in the same technique as I use on my purses and two with Suffolk puffs which I think are very pretty. Might put some of these onto lavender bags and purses.

Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Little boxes

As promised a picture of some boxes I've just finished. They are 3 inches square ( sorry for those that work in metric ) and made from pelmet vilene, with transfoil and tissue bonded onto it before a coat of pva and acrylic wax. The embossed metal has been aged by using embossing powder and of course couldn't make one without my usual dragonfly.

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

First post 2012

Can't believe I haven't posted at all this year but hate the winter and don't feel inspired to do anything much. However today is a glorious day and it even makes me feel like cleaning...or maybe I'm just sickening for something.

The winter wasn't entirely wasted as I've been making a few brooches and had a day with the WI on Saturday showing them how to make the large flower ones. It was a very enjoyable day and they nearly all finished one. I had to prepare all the fabric backgrounds as it takes ages to do and consists of a layer of velvet, batik and merino wool all embellished together on my embellisher.

The brooches below have some of my glitzy fabrics and hand stitching on.

At my Monday textile group we have been making muslin paper which consists of a layer of muslin and crumpled tissue with lots of PVA. There are other versions which use transfoil and I have used this to make some boxes which I'll show in the next blog as I am finishing them off. I have however covered an address book with the original method and added a metal leaf for effect.