Friday, September 25, 2009

Workshops

This month Holey Moley is about lines. The above sample is just straight, machine stitched lines back and forward to make bands. Very simple but quite effective I think - I could see this used on a bookcover or bag.

For 2 weekends I've been doing workshops by Ken Smith who is a an amazing machine embroiderer. Made me realize I still have a very long way to go to even approach his level of skill. But I did enjoy the workshops and learnt a lot. The sample below is from the 2nd one: Holier than Thou (which could also fit in with Holey Moley) It's not finished but I thought I'd post it to show I haven't disappeared off the face of the earth! I'll show the other work as it's finished.

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Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Holey Moley & rejected quilt

Above: my latest piece from an online course I'm doing run by Dale (The Thread Studio) called Holey Moley. It's done on heat transfer printed felt. The squares were joined by machine stitching, then the 6 small squares were appliqued on. The triangular holes were cut out then stitched around and across and I used a soldering iron to burn the small holes.

Today I got the rejection letter for my 'Stitch Sampler Quilt' (above & detail below) I wasn't really expecting it to be accepted for a few reasons. I had very limited time so chose to finish this one rather than the one I was planning (I'll do that one next year for another exhibition attempt) It's not very large (51 x 76cms) - also I had one day to do the photo and get it sent off so just had to do the best I could with my own resources. But I'm pleased that I got it finished and submitted.

The idea came from some sewing machine stitch samples - very randomly done on calico - some I had used up paint on and stamped - not with any plan in mind but when I cut them up and arranged them on a sun dyed background fabric I quite liked them. The rest of the quilt was designed around them. I screen printed some more squares on the background, made a border from other printed/dyed fabrics that fitted in and machine quilted it with a design that echoed the shapes and colours.
Not sure what I'll do with it now - might have to find a place on the wall to hang it. I actually quite like it - the chance element in the initial idea, the using up of scraps which would otherwise be thrown away and the folksy look of it. I can understand it wouldn't appeal to everyone though.

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