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New workshops

Thursday, December 14th, 2017

My list of workshops for 2018 is now available here. My apologies folks but due to the large number of wool shows later in the year I won’t be running any workshops in the Autumn so it’s all happening in winter and spring.

Friday 16th February – Felt pots.  We’ll be working with British wool, in natural white, with lots of silk and plant fibre embellishments to create a simple but stunning felt pot / vessel. Using a resist, your pot will be seamless, made from fluffy wool fibres yet able to stand alone. Wool is an amazing material

Friday 13th April – Nuno scarf and brooch.  Wool and silk nuno felt scarf and brooch. Nuno felt is beautiful and light for the coming summer months and is great at dressing up an outfit. We’ll be using silk chiffon with super soft Merino wool and silk embellishments.

Tuesday 15th May – Textured felt vessels.   Not only will you be making a seamless felted vessel but we’ll be loading on lots of texture with extra flaps and fabrics. Fabrics will include silk, organza, muslin, scrim and velvet

Friday 8th June – Felt pods.  Beautiful and seamless hanging pods to grace any space.indoors or out. We’ll be working with British wool, Merino wool and lots of texture including silks and plant fibres.

Tuesday 3rd July – Small felt rug.  Using British wool fibres we’ll make a small bedside rug in a day including a design using prefelts and roving

You can book online, or to pay by cheque contact me by email or on 07745 160090.

 

Whitework book

Wednesday, October 11th, 2017

I’ve really been enjoying the whitework I’ve been creating and it’s all thanks to being a member of Metaphor Textile Group. Whilst teaching a felt making session I started this book cover as an example. People often get stuck for ideas or fazed by being asked to design and so this was partly to show how to make the cover and partly to show how focussing on one thing can be liberating and yet work very well as a design.

Working on a white base I added circles (always my go to shape for simplification) of fabric in different shades of white. There is cotton scrim, silk and crystal organza.

After felting I’ve continued with the circlular theme by stitching mainly spirals into the felt. They overlap and again are in shades of white and cream with a metallic silver thread added in for a little extra interest. The photos don’t show the fabrics very well but if you look to the left in the photo below you’ll see the scrim in white and cream.

Adding fabric to your felt adds texture (yum) and adding stitch adds even more texture. In this case more is definitely more with the stitching and feels pleasingly textured to the hand.

This is just one of my items which will be on sale at Trawden Artist and Makers exhibition and open studio event on 21/22 October.

Felt covered vase 2

Saturday, October 7th, 2017

It’s only a couple of weeks since I showed you a felt covered vase which I was stitching into. I wasn’t feeling it, the white stitch just seemed too stark and it needed more.

I’ve added some french knots in an off white silk thread, courtesy of Rosie (thanks Rosie) and some crystal beads and am really liking it now.

This is just one of my pieces that will be for sale at Trawden Artist and Makers art trail and open studio on Saturday and Sunday 21st / 22nd October.

Felt covered vase

Sunday, September 17th, 2017

The glass inner for this vase has been in my studio for some time and I’ve finally pressed it into service.

Some of the texture I added has been lost in the felting but you can still see the three cotton scrim windows.

I’m finding the white a little stark so I plan to add more stitch in richer cream tones and some beads as well. That way it will fit in with the other white pots. Expect to see an update soon.

Now what do you think?

Thursday, September 14th, 2017

Remember this from a few weeks ago?

I wasn’t happy and not at all sure what to do with it. In the end I left the shape as is and continued to felt it down. Since then I’ve stitched and beaded it, see what you think now.

All the running stitch is in the same cream embroidery thread and the crystal beads are in three sizes.

It’s appeal has increased I think but there’s still something of an eccles cake about it. Do I love it? No, to be truthful I do think it’s attractive but but hopefully someone else will love it.

Textured white pot 2

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017

You may remember this pot from a few weeks ago. I was very pleased with how it turned out and pondered on it for a while but I always knew I would stitch into it.

Round the rim is a mixture of pearl and crystal beads plus french knots in a range of white and cream shades.

Around the centre is a line of stem stitches with short lebgths dripping down from it. Above that is a mixture of beads and french knots as per the rim.

I’m absolutely delighted with the finished pot, I’m giddy with delight and I’m over the moon. Do you get that I like it? It was created with the intention of it being part of an exhibition with Metaphor Tetxile Group but I’m wondering whether to put it on sale at Trawden Artists and Makers event in October. On the other hand perhaps I really want to keep it, what to do?

Hmm….

Thursday, July 27th, 2017

I stopped working on this second white pot a week ago, it has a nuno lace interior and cut throughs to devore on the top. I can’t say I’m thrilled with the overall shape, it’s maybe a little bit flat for me, and it does have creases round the side.

The question I’m pondering and have been pondering for the last week, is whether to continue felting, reshape it and eradicate the creases or whether to sitch on it, as is, and make the creases a feature. It is all going to be about texture, perhaps it would be better to smooth it out and the texture be all about the stitching?

I thought perhaps you might have an opinion but you know what, this little chat has helped me enormously, I think I need to rework it! Even if I smother it with stitches I just don’t think I’m going to love the shape. Isn’t it funny how writing about it here has actually clarified it for me?  Thanks for chatting, I’ll go and make a start.

Textured white pot

Monday, July 10th, 2017

Just a quick catch up to show you the white pot now it’s finished and dry.

Sadly I didn’t manage to get a picture of the textured interior and this one is definitely going to be stitched into so keep an eye out for the next post.

Work in progress

Monday, July 3rd, 2017

After the success of the last pots I wanted to make more but this time I’ve chosen to work in white to tie in with my work for Metaphor. Metaphor is the textile group to which I belong and we’re currently focussing on white work.

The inside is a layer of lace with four fine layers of wool over it. Then I’ve put some devore on top, the resist as you see, then I covered the whole with two more layers of wool. I’ve used a mixture of BFL, Swaledale and Shetland.

Cutting it open seemed to take quite a while. What I should be left with is some circular islands with the textured devore between. I will be stitching into the pot and thought that would make an interesting base to begin with, although I’m not sure quite yet exactly what form the stitching will take. Perhaps I’ll decide after the next post when I hope to show you the dry pot.

 

Woodland pots 3

Saturday, June 17th, 2017

You may remember these pots from an earlier post or two. This is part of the work I’ve created for the misummer night’s dream theme we were working to at Metaphor.

I was extremely pleased with them at the time but I did wonder whether or not to stitch into them. It seemed an impossible decision with opinion divided on the question. in the end I did the only sensible thing and walked away returning some time later to decide that actually I’d give it a go.

Once I’d started I couldn’t stop!

Do you love it? I do, it makes me so happy and my heart sing.

Just looking at them again now makes me want to do more.

I was worried about boring you so I haven’t even added all the 17 photos here but they are all in an album on my facebook page for those who’d care to take a look. Oh, go on then, just one more 🙂