Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Within these walls

Had a wonderful stitchy time at our January meeting. So many wonderful items made and still being worked on. I have to say that there are so many different viewpoints and ideas going on, I am inspired and then want to change everything I have done! But then that's why we work so well together!

The theme for the day was Within These Walls. I was going for more of a realistic style wall thinking of using the flour and gesso pieces I made last year and others were looking at more textured pieces or using threads to create the layers.

Here are a few photos of what everyone was doing .....

Averil has finished her piece on cracks. Loving the textures and stitching. Beautiful and so effective.

Also more wonderful book covers have been completed. Thank you to Pauline for her wonderful tutorial. The covers are so diverse and wonderful. This is Averil's book cover, I love the stencilling and the Autumn colours and textures. I can't wait to see what you do inside Averil.....

Caroline took a very different approach and layered her book pages to create a longer book. It would be an amazing  wall panel. The  colours used look like old leather. The wording is a tribute to a very well loved character from Game of Thrones... do you know it ??? 
I absolutely love this and am so taken with the way you have made your book, such a wonderful idea Caroline.

Mel used texture paste and wonderful colours to create a watery, underwater theme to her book cover. I love the stencil you've used, the texutres just pop off the cover and make it look more like fish scales or skin. Again what is going to go inside ???? 

Mel also used the same stencil to create a very different effect using different colours and tones. I love the colours and the way you have created such a mystical look. We are so going to have to have a day working on the insides of these books! 

Some of us started our Within These Walls pictures. I only have a few - sorry- Please can you bring your pieces with you to the next meeting so that I can take more photos! I've not started mine yet. I was going to go for the realistic wall idea which had a big crack across it and then I was going to join the two pieces together with some webbing or holes and threads. I've totally changed my mind on this and am now working on a more abstract idea on Within These Walls- not based on actual walls at all! But we'll see if that gets going it's only dancing around my brain at the moment! 

Ellen was working on some lovely textures using fabrics, I am very curious as to how this is going to turn out. Would love to see what happens next .....

Loving the colours on the painted background too- how is this going to work together???

Sheila was experimenting with Kozo fibres. I bought some of these years ago but didn't really know how to use them so am very interested to see what you do with them. Here is the beginning picture and I await the next step in the February meeting! 

Caroline also showed us her wonderful cuff that she has made from a piece that she hand felted. I love the shape and the beautiful stitching that you have used. This is gorgeous.

So much going on ladies ! I'm loving all the different projects. I appologise if I have not added photos of anything that you wanted me to display. If so please bring your pieces with you to our February meeting and I'll take the photos then.

Here's to a busy fortnight before our next meeting. Can't wait to see how things have developed! 


  1. Great work everyone, loved seeing your books - they look amazing!! Px

    1. We had a great teacher!
      I wonder if we could have a session on thinking about the inside ?????