Thursday, 5 December 2013
Seriously, my Christmas preparations are much simplified this year, due to several positive changes in family commitments. I have long admired the work and teaching of Gina Ferrari, but live too far away to take advantage of her classes. So, in an attempt to make a "non-taught version" of her Xmas wreaths, shown on her great blog, I splashed out on some 100% wool felt from Creative Quilting, found a bit of yellow silk, got stitching furiously ( a full 200m reel of thread), found a suitable ring ( about 25cm in diameter) and this is the result.
Thank you Gina from a distance.
Tuesday, 3 December 2013
The tree theme continues this week, experimenting with using print pastes on a polystyrene print block, rolling, painting and applying with a foam brush. My polystyrene sheet wasn't long enough, so I had to split my tree. Paper seems so much more straightforward than cloth. Where is this going - still not sure,but plenty to ponder over the Xmas break from the course.
Thursday, 28 November 2013
Morley this week, and back to my printing project to do with damaged trees, Paul Nash, bleeding canker, the garden museum, wounds, bark, trenches, identity tags - as my tutor says, I could be getting a bit overwhelmed by my subject matter and need to simplify.
Experiments with painting thickened dye paste directly on the screen
experimenting with polystyrene blocks
Finally, a tree image
This could finally be gong somewhere.
Sunday, 24 November 2013
Saturday, 23 November 2013
Today, my elder son is 18, on the day of the 50th anniversary edition of Dr Who. For a dedicated fan, there was only one birthday present possible from a quilting mother.
Quilting on back, detail
Thanks to every designer n the Dr Who stitchalong who contributed their designs so generously. Keeping this secret from April until now , in a small house, has been a challenge.
Thursday, 21 November 2013
Deconstructed screen in preparation, using large and small bubble wrap
I then decided to see what would happen if I put one of my feather drawings on to a screen. I wanted an indistinct mark rather than a sharp line.
Full screen against the light panel
Printed on top of earlier print from a deconstructed screen.
Monday, 18 November 2013
During my recent lurgydom, I was wasting time on the web, and found this incredible quilter, LuAnn Kessi, who very generously has several tutorials and photos of her sketchbooks on her website, including how to draw quilting feathers freehand without templates. A few hours over the past few days led to these, all A4 size. Different pencils have given different degrees of definition to the drawn lines.
The challenge will be to see how well the muscle memory translates into stitch.