Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Sheila's workshop!!!!

Had a wonderful day on Saturday stitching away at Sheila's workshop.

The piece we were all creating was a black and white piece that also involved a bit of bling in the form of some silver embellishments. A key to the day was recycling and we used a variety of different materials to create our designs.

The background was created using bubble wrap (such a versatile material!) then we added plastic bags, coffee bags, crisp bags and even flower wrapping. We had a great time heating and experimenting with different combinations of plastics, felts and heated items. Of course there was lots of stitching involved and we are all hoping to create finished wall hangings that we can show at our next meeting.

Above -Sheila's design ..... (detail)

I have lots still to do on my piece but I really like adding the different felt pieces over the top of the background and am looking to add more stitching using metallic silver. I have lots of metal pieces such as washers and cogs to add as well. I was also thinking of adding just a touch of colour maybe a steel blue or a hint of purple just to add something to the black and white as I think I may have added too much silver for the overall design!
But work in progress I shall keep going!

So far I like the following bits....

 The silver runs up through the middle, I will need to add something to this I think as I will need to keep that viewpoint flowing through the picture.
Also like the added felt bits as the stitching over the plastic bag turned out really well.

Mushroom picture finally finished!

After such a long time I think that I've finally finished my mushroom picture!
I had a bit of trouble with the sides as I didn't actually have a frame before I started just a sample that I started working on that got bigger and bigger and thicker and thicker with paint, stitching, cords and tissue paper!
So had to pad out the sides as they don't seem to make box frames in an oblong shape!

Managed to fix the stitched piece to daler board and then added more fungus pieces and beads to the card with wire. The vines or tree branches were made by creating rouleau strips and threading them with wire and cord to pad them out. I made the leaves by either hand sewing them on chiffon or machine sewing them on organza and burning the organza away to leave the stitches like skeleton leaves.

Would appreciate any comments, if I can make any adjustments or an easier way of achieving them same image !


Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Greetings to everyone!
Hoping you've all had a chance to look at the blog. I am hoping that it is going to be a place where we can share ideas, support each other and generally chat about stitchy things in between our meetings. It's always lovely to receive feedback and advice from everyone and hopefully you will post pictures on here so that we can help support each other rather than having to wait for the next meeting. Also any exhibitions, books, programmes, or blogs that are worthwhile us seeing we'll be able to post so no one will miss anything.

I'll send you invites ! Please join me, you'll need a gmail account
Its free!

Don't forget Sheila is holding a workshop on the 23rd May (Saturday) stitching with plastics, bubble wrap and all sorts of recycled items.
Follow the link to Celyn Textiles for more details - it's on the right!

Saturday, 9 May 2015

Had an amazing day with the wonderful Sian Martin. We created different shapes and forms using wire, threads and paper pulp. A fantastic time was had by all we all view bottles very differently now!
Thank you so much Sian for an amazing day !