a life of fibre

Felt covered vase 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? 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.

Heather, heather and more heather September 13th, 2017

Before we took our daughter back to uni, yes she’s gone already, we managed to get out for a walk on the hills to see the heather. How I love the heather. Not many words in this post but lost of pics, I hope you enjoy them.

Creative tidy up August 31st, 2017

An artist friend of mine, Kate, is finally getting her own studio space and knowing how creative she is I know it’s going to be lovely and I started to feel quite envious. Which is really rather silly of me as I have a lovely room with plenty of space, light and central heating so I really shouldn’t complain. But, you know how it is, this room also doubles as general creative room for everyone, teenage den and occasional guest bedroom.

I’d started to dump, had creations with no home and it was looking messy and not feeling like a creative space.

I began by clearing out a stack of six drawers which have housed all Charlotte’s pens and paper for more than the last decade. The drawers will be repurposed by Kate and I gained a little more space. Mind you, you should have seen the mess on the floor whilst I tried to incorporate the said pens and paper into the cupboard!

On my sideboard was a mess of quickly discarded items with no home or homes that I couldn’t be bothered to find at the time and an old music system which I didn’t use and which was taking up a lot of space.

I like old pallets, we’ve used them for all kinds of things and as we had 3 in the garden I thought it time I had a go at recycling one myself. Previously all the work has been done by Hubby but this time I was determined to do it myself. Well, no matter how hard I struggled I couldn’t get it apart and had to resort to chopping it up. In my mind I had an idea to make a set of display shelves for my pots, no more than that, just a set of shelves so it didn’t matter that I couldn’t get long lengths I thought. In the end I did have to ask Hubby to help with a few bits of the dismantling.

He’s got my physical clout than me and did help me to save one long length which would be the base of my shelves. We even managed to leave the blocks on so that the bottom shelp coped with the irregular height on the sideboard.

At this point I got all excited and started clearing the top of the sideboard.

It didn’t go very far as you can see and then I had to clear it off there onto the windowsill so I could use the table to work on.

I’d taken a photo of what I wanted to do so it was a case of working out each piece as I went along. Pallets are made of cheap rough wood and I wanted to use that, especially the knotted, gnarled and bits with holes or nails in. Where two pieces of wood had crossed each other I’d chopped them apart and liked using the bits which had 2 layers of wood left. Working with wood, drills and screwdrivers is right out of my comfort zone and I won’t be rushing back there anytime soon!

You can see what I mean with two of the shelves and two of the uprights. Hubby would have removed these but I wanted them left and they became shelf supports on the uprights. I left them on the shelves too as I thought they’d give me different heights when displaying pots.

All my little homeless pots are now housed on the shelves. Hubby was a great adviser when required and a constant support, both he and C like the finished article and it worked out better than I’d hoped. You can see how the long piece with the bottom blocks left on copes with the uneven height of the sideboard top. The three solid blocks were other feet I removed and Hubby suggested we use them as you see. I haven’t fixed them in so they can be removed for taller items or used elsewhere to give different heights.

There’s still more to do in the room not least of which will be a set of fairy lights for the shelves and then I really must do something about those boring cupboard doors. Thoughts anyone?

 

Textured white pot 2 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?

Potfest August 7th, 2017

On Saturday we visited Potfest in Penrith auction mart, 130 potters all in one place for my perusal. Well, obviously it wasn’t just for me but I liked to pretend. Actually it was really nice visiting a show where I wasn’t exhibiting, there was something other than wool and I had time to look around.

Ceramics definitely inspire some of my pots so I was happy to saunter round and be inspired whilst hubby and daughter made their own rounds.Here are a few of the pictures I took – enjoy

These lovely little birds are by Barbara Chadwick Ceramics. The patterns are created by naked Raku firing – naked I think because there’s no colour.

I like lacy pottery and was delighted by Snail Pottery (good name) with lace in all colours. It was this blue which really caught my attention although I could have chosen pink, green, turquoise, white….. Perhaps it was the wave like shapes on the top edge which sat so happily with the colour.

I just adore the colours in this raku fired pot by the Old Brewery Pottery in Keighley and was even more delghted to realise they’re local!

Sad to say I’m not enamoured of the shapes of these last two pots but I really really liked the decoration. They’re by Jose Maria Mariscal

These are mostly white and therefore a surprise that I think these were my favourites of the day, perhaps it’s all that white work I’ve been doing recently. There were subtle greens and yellows at the top but the camera has lost them. They were created by Gill of The Other Pottery.

It’s Art in the Pen at Skipton this coming weekend, I’m hoping to go so who knows what I’ll have to show you next week.

Hmm…. 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.

Dyeing to ….. July 14th, 2017

Dyeing to use this BFl fleece that I’ve been dyeing up but it’s destined for Adelaide Walker. 🙁

Textured white pot 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 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.