Friday, 29 April 2016

Felt & Stitch Combos

Free-machine embroidery onto felt & pre-felt backgrounds:

Friday, 22 April 2016

Fabulous Fabric Sketchbooks

Just finished a two-day Fabric Sketchbooks Workshop at Janome HQ, Stockport taught by the fabulous textile artist Dionne Swift. Got to think outside the textiles box and turn it inside out, too! Some parts of the book stitched or embellished in 5 or 10 minute bursts - shows you what a lot of work can be produced in no time at all; perfect for those people who are time-poor.
I have a fabulous book of ideas that I'm sure will provide further inspiration for future pieces. A few images of the stitch & needle punch exercises:

Sunday, 10 April 2016

My Textile Students' Exhibition 2016

Preparing photos and stitched pieces to display for the 2016 adult education exhibition at Aquinas College on 20 April 2016:

Friday, 18 March 2016

'Free-Machine Embroidery: First Steps' Workshop

Thurs 17 March 2016
I had a great time teaching a free-machine embroidery workshop at the Lorna Knight Sewing Academy in Staffordshire.

Students drew a simple linear design:

The final pieces - linear designs stitched on a fabric collage background:

Friday, 20 November 2015

Eco-Dyeing: First Attempt

Really interested in the work of India Flint and eco-dyeing at the moment. I made a first attempt at the process using Habutai silk and some leaves from my garden. The effect is very pale/subtle - I did not use a mordant and the leaves were losing their original colour due to onset of late autumn.

I'll try some more samples either using evergreens or wait until spring/summer. I really like this technique and have kept my sample for a background for some machine embroidery, perhaps?

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