Monthly Archives: October 2015

Pause for Thought

Its half term here, no school for a week, the clocks have gone back so the evenings come quickly, giving time for reflection on what I am making and why I am doing it.

Two new sources are infiltrating my ideas this week, firstly Boro textiles. Wonderful recycled cloth from Japan. My initial research shows that these fabrics were made of necessity from worn out fabrics and garments by peasants in Northern Japan. More details on the wonderful Sri Threads website.

I love the texture and layers of these fabrics, they seem to encapsulate time passing, weathering, the effects of nature. 

   
   
A step further on from my appliqué and stitch perhaps. It’s certainly giving me ideas; new influences slosh around in my mind like ingredients stirred up in a cauldron. These fabrics are bumping up against those Joan Eardley landscapes I’ve become so attached to, sketchbook experiments are developing.

In the post today, I received a lovely book by Alice Fox. I’m taking part in a workshop weekend with her in a couple of weeks, so I thought I’d do some homework beforehand. 

 

I was reading the first few chapters with a good cup of tea, when I discovered that I shouldn’t be drinking the tea but using it as a mordant! So now I have a baking tray full of tea soaked rusty objects in the front room!
  
I KNEW there’d be a use for all those rusty items I’ve collected! The book also mentions lots more textile artists, some new, some familiar, all further cause for research. 

I’m collating boards on some of these themes on Pinterest, it’s a great way to store ideas and themes. So long as I don’t spend too long searching and too little time making….

Autumn Comes Calling

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Remember this piece from the start of the week? Its undergone some development and now just needs a few hand stitches before being fixed into the box frame I’ve chosen for it.

I’ve tried to capture that moment where Summer turns quietly into Autumn, the days are still bright but suddenly the colours are changing to gold and flame.

So here it is now, not the best photo – taken with iPhone as, of course, the camera battery needs recharging! Better pictures to follow!

Autumn Comes Calling

I’ve used hand coloured fabrics and vintage lace, embellished with machine stitch and hand stitch. The Autumn leaves on the trees are seed stitch. Grasses are running stitches done in Oliver Twists varigated threads. I’ll do some proper photos before it goes into my Etsy shop – promise! And I’ll take it to the Station Steamer in Newcastle on November 6th.

Autumn Colours 

  
It’s been good to get back to some stitching this week. Been busy with family things like sick bugs and birthdays! 

A new small piece I’m working on, it’s inspired by a sketch of the Northumbrian landscape. It’s changing as I work on it though. As I cycled through the parks this morning I got inspired by the beautiful autumn colours so I’m going to add leaves in those golden green shades to the trees on the ridge. 

I’ve layered up the background and now I’m working in the details. The clouds are needle felted and stitched, still love that effect. The fields are appliqué with hand dyed fabrics. I’ll add texture with stitch and paint. I’ve got a few of these rustic box frames to use. I think they compliment the raw edges of torn fabric, so I’m going to leave the edges unfinished. I’ll post another picture when I’m done.

Look out for it at the Station Steamer on November 6th! I’ll have some new badges ready by then as well.