I am using these few weeks before I go to Australia ( for 4 weeks!) to clear up and use some of my sample pieces that had been lurking unloved for too long. I'm a member of an exchange group for textile postcards, which are a great way to use stitched samples. Looking at these, I'm evidently in love with blue and orange.
Black Kunin felt, bonded fabric, hand and machine stitch
Indigo dyed fabric, hand applique and embroidery, machine quilting
Indigo dyed fabric, fish from a greetings card
Commercial fabric, wrong side, hand embroidered eyelets, machine quilting
Commercial fabric, raw edge appliqué, buttons
Commercial fabric, machine applique and quilting, hand beading
Inspiration this past week has come from visits to
- British Folk Art at Tate Britain- good, but seemed incomplete to me as there was no scrimshaw, canal ware and very little ironwork.
- The New Georgians at Orleans House - interesting and bonkers combined non several pieces, on until 27 July
- Twickenham Carnical, where the best popcorn ver was on sale. If Drum and Kernel are near you this summer, do try their wares.
- Matisse cut outs at Tate Modern - really lives up to the hype, but perhaps avoid going on a Saturday afternoon!
- Chelsea College of Art , BA Textile Design show - I found the textiles amazingly inspiring, particularly the weaving, printing and knitting. Surprisingly enough, little of the stitched work caught my eye. Some of the beautiful pieces are below
A fun interactive design scheme by Christine Kim - choose shapes depending on aspects of your life…...
then print the result in repeats