Africa in Stitch

Friday 22nd July

Pretty Flamingos

Stitch technique

Create a layered panel using machine and hand embroidery depicting flamingos at a water hole

Textile technique

Plastics and painted Tyvek

Friday 19th August

African ladies

Stitch technique

Create an African figure carrying a hand coiled pot

Textile Technique

Paper beads

Friday 23rd September

African sunset

Stitch technique

Cut back applique with a painted background

Textile Technique


Friday 21st October

African Vessel

Stitch technique

Create a striking vessel using found objects such a cowrie shells

Textile technique

Distressing with lutrador

Friday 18th November

African indigo fabric

Stitch Technique

Tie Dyeing

Textile technique


Monday, 29 August 2011

Crazy Patchwork 3

Silk, velvet and cotton fabrics, nappy liners and markal paintstiks, ribbons and stranded cotton.
This is a bit flat, it needs more embellishing but I'm not sure what.

Crazy Patchwork 2

This was fun, decorative papers bonded to calico, embellished with stitch, sequins and beads and stitched onto card

Crazy Patchwork 1

Finally finished the projects from the July workshop!
This is worked on rug canvas with organza, velvet and satin ribbon, fancy braid and stranded cottons using traditional canvas work stitches.

Saturday, 27 August 2011

Silk paper, Tissue paper

Printed manuscript image on tissue paper, crumpled up and torn into bits. The silk paper was sprayed with gold metallic ink before the tissue paper was added.

Rusted silk paper

An `ancient' book, it just needs a distressed cord or something to finish it off. The outer cover has a lovely leathery feel to it but as the paint and activator diddn't soak through the paper, the inside is still soft and silky. I used some gold and copper metallic rub-on too which looks good, although it doesn't show up well in the photo

Thursday, 25 August 2011

Rust, silk paper and stitch

This month we were experimenting with silk paper and Dorset buttons, creating a piece that looked like metal.
I do believe we achieved this effect with very quick results.

Many of us also had fun making traditional Dorset buttons and we looked at Dorset farmers smocks and had a go at smocking

This month proved a really good mix of both experimental and traditional embroidery.

Monday, 22 August 2011

How to sun print !

A summer project that you may like to try over the holidays

1 Take a piece of silk dupion fabric and lay it on some plastic to protect the work surface .
2 Paint the fabric using pebeo setasilk.
3 Now take your fabric and lay it in bright sunshine, place some keys or other objects that have a clear outline, immediately on top of the fabric.
4Wait for the fabric to dry in the sun.
5 Remove the keys and you will have found that the silk paint has 'moved' to produce an image of the keys

.Now you are ready to embellish the back ground fabric with stitch etc etc