Friday, 28 July 2017

Textile Postcard - Black and White

I started a textile piece last week and although it went quite well to begin with it gradually got worse and worse until I abandoned it. I decided I needed a bit more time playing with techniques again before trying to create something whole so I'm going to work on some small 6" x 4" postcard size pieces with each one focusing on particular techniques.

The first one is a simple embroidery in black and white in the style of work by Penny Berens over at Tanglewood Threads.



I'm pleased with this even though there is nothing original about it. The idea is to practise techniques then start trying to find my own style again.

Sunday, 23 July 2017

Rust Samples

I often read the website TextileArtist.Org and they recently published a post about making samples to explore textile art. Since I'm often dissatisfied with what I produce I thought I'd follow their advice and I must say it did help me find some new patterns I like and might use in the future. I chose to use some scraps of rust dyed cloth I had left over.



And some close ups.









The idea is that you limit yourself to a few materials and techniques and then play with them to try to achieve different outcomes. It's a really good way of experimenting and I should do more of it but I always have grand ideas so I probably won't!

A Cuckoo - spirit cloth

I often have an idea in mind and then somehow it doesn't end up looking anything like I planned. I imagine it's a bit like those birds who think they're sitting on their own eggs but then hatch a cuckoo. I've been looking at the work made by Jude Hill on her website and wanted to do something similar. This is what  I came up with.


I quite like it but it isn't at all how I imagined it. There are a few things that annoyed me right from the beginning. I love the patchwork effect inside the large circle, but I wish it had been upright and not on a slope. I also like a lot of the textures and patterns around the edge but they look a bit 'bitty' and I wish I'd linked them all together in some way. I do like the gold embroidery though so that's good.

A couple of close ups.



I guess I'll just have to keep practising.

Distant Stitch Embroidery Course - finish

I've finished the Distant Stitch online course that I referred to here. There's a separate blog about it here but I thought I'd just show the two final pieces.






I really enjoyed the course and learnt a lot about design. It's a pity I haven't got time to do a full City and Guilds course. Maybe one day,

If you want to look at the course you'll find it at Distant Stitch.

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Shibori Dyeing Again

I wanted to do some Shibori style dyeing with the young people I work with so I had a quick practise at home. I'll have to give some thought to what I do with them. The ones we made at work were good too but I don't have photos.