Day 2 of the Art Tour!
My front room has become my gallery and studio workshop every Sunday in June. The bunting is flying in the garden and the yellow tour signs are out, now I just need a tour bus of wealthy textile art lovers to turn up!
A quiet morning has brought a lead for a workshop, so that’s good. I’m using my time in residence today to think about plans for a ‘Free Machine Embroidery’ workshop too, as people at yesterday’s workshop were interested in that as a follow up.
I’m going to get a couple of tin pieces finished today too – pictures to follow!
It may officially be Spring but it’s still pretty chilly up North, flowers are braving the cold, just hope there’s not a late frost!
I’m developing some more beach hut pieces (hoping to encourage warmer weather!) This one, Sandy Bay, is almost ready to go to Etsy. I’ve used a combination of machine and hand stitch with applique and needle felting. The little hut sits on a shingle and sand beach with gentle waves lapping at the shore, the bunting is up but, being a British beach hut the clouds aren’t too far behind – but what’s a beach hut for if not to provide shelter, and refreshments in the Great British Summer;)
Sandy Bay Peek Inside!
It will be joined by two others, Sole Bay *see below* and the Lobster Pot. On each one, the door of the beach hut can be opened to show a little scene inside:)
Sole Bay – the textile so far and its original sketch
Somewhere to sit and watch the sea..
Its been a week of Tie Dye fun round here! Sometimes I get to escape from my studio and go to work with a great bunch of special people. There’s a fund raising coffee morning coming up in the Summer, so we are busy making crafty things that we can sell.
I make bunting myself, but wanted to find a quick and easy way to make brightly coloured bunting – so here it is!
Fat Quarter dyed with Spiral tie dye
First of all we each tie dyed a fat quarter of cotton fabric using the Spiral method – for instructions look here on the Instructables website!
Once washed and dried the fabric was folded and cut into triangles – one piece made 24 triangles. Each triangle – or pennant – was pinned onto cotton tape. We left about a 1cm gap between each. Then we machine stitched along the whole length, being careful to catch the fabric in the tape. We used two rows of straight stitch but a zig-zag stitch might be quicker and easier!
The finished bunting
Now we’ve just got another 12 to finish and then its onto papier mache brooches! This is going to be one colourful craft sale!
Hope you like it!