woensdag 27 mei 2020

a container

A new workshop
by textile artist Debbie Lyddon
She makes amazing work
mostly inspired by the coastal area
where she lives in the UK

She demonstrated how to make a container (vessel, pouch)
for some treasure
(to find for yourself outside
or in the house)

In my search for something special
I landed with a box with a collection
of ladybugs
(the ladybugs used to be in the downstairs toilet,
but when that got renovated
the ladybugs went into a box
and never came out of there again)

I painted the fabric, made a template and started sewing.

The fun thing is the peep hole in it
where you can see a tiny bit of what's inside

I like it
(and am thinking about some other treasure
to give a special hiding place !)

donderdag 21 mei 2020

stitches by machine and hand

This sunny week started
with a "bunting-day"
because our youngest grandson
came to us from school on his birthday !
(special vegan brownies by granddad)

The new backpack as a present needed
a bit of a personal touch !

A bit of sketching,
a trick to transfer it to the felt
and then I took my machine out to stitch.

Here the result ready to insert into the plastic sleeve
in the flap of the bag !
(Hands off)
One happy boy

Because the free challenges of TextileArtist.org are now finished
(and it goes on as a subscription per month)
it doesn't mean that there is no more stitching !

There was one piece in the challenges I liked very much :
blue, and there were lots of leaves in it
and a lot of stitching!
I asked the South-African lady if it was okay
if I used the leaves too.

So on my normal glue-stitched background
I added some leaves
and started stitching as usual.

Done !
(I like the result, though it's not totally mine)

The challenge of Christine Chester
was sent to a dear hard working health-care friend,
with 5 older stitched pieces to thank more people.

Sunny days
so the garden needs water !
But then
you get something !

Iris germanica

I heard once that you don't have to be too nice to those bearded irises :
we weren't very nice with all the digging for the new fence,
was surprised they even survived ...
love the result !

zondag 10 mei 2020

garden problem solved

We had a bit of a problem in the garden :
when the terrace was raised
it appeared that the drain of the downspout
didn't work properly.
(and we couldn't find where it went :
under our house or the neighbour's ...)
But that wasn't a big problem since it was dry for weeks on end.

it finally started to rain
Hmmmm the galvanized basin would surely be enough ...

 NOT !!!
After one heavy shower
it filled up very quickly and overflowed !
(we had to carry buckets to the water next to our garden, and it filled up again !)
We could hardly imagine
that  MUCH  WATER coming from the roof !!!

Between showers we "fixed" it
with some makeshift solution we managed to bring the water
to the stairs
pffffffffffft !

(but that rain was great for the garden :
everything lush and green !)

But finally yesterday
(in the bright sunshine again)
things were really solved !

First a mess,
and after some time the terrace was whole again !

So I used my mother's day to clean up and rearrange some things.
(see : our christmas tree waiting to "serve" another year)

I also replanted a rosemary bush
in front of the fence.
It will take some years before we have a nicer and greener fence
but I'm working on it !

My pride tall Alliums

(I'm waiting for the lower and darker "Purple Sensation")

The bluebells are gone (only seed heads remain)

and are being replaced by Ajuga reptans

Just beginning :

Sambucus nigra
(a variety with dark leaves and pink flowers)

finally had time during the rainy days to make
my birthday-puzzle

(shopping in the garden center)

vrijdag 8 mei 2020

straight lines

The Textile Artist.Org stitching challenge
continued for another week

who works mixed media, not only textiles,
had a very "strict" exercise :
repeating a "round" shape in a square (5x5cm)
defining the shape and the negative "rest-space"
in stitched straight lines
(first on paper, later in stitch)

Christine started with a wavy shape and I did that first,
but soon had other shapes too
like a full circle and a heart.

I decided to take some quiet gray as background
and why not bright yellows to go with it ?

my first "sunny" attempt

I noticed on the FB page that many stitchers
couldn't stop at four little shapes.
When you start thinking and drawing
there are so many possibilities ...
so I decided right away to make another one !

nearly there ...
still to do the outside.

a fun exercise.
(especially thinking about "rest-space" !)

donderdag 30 april 2020

hungry bunnies

I was afraid that the lovely Textile Artist.org Stitch Challenge
had come to an end last week

But NO :
along came Anne Kelly !

I like the way she works and refers to folk art.
She uses old textiles
and all kinds of fragments, ribbons and lace
and then machine stitches over it all.

The folk art theme was a starting point here.

I made a design
but didn't necessarily want a vase in the center of it ...
That made me think of one of the stamps I made
(some years ago)
the one in the middle of row three,
the bunnies.

Hmmm ... what about bunnies, eating a carrot ???

Then I needed some background
and flowery fabrics

Lots and lots of snippets pinned to the background
Machine stitching and so many pins
isn't a good match ...
So I thought of something I learned a long time ago :
cover it all with a piece of tulle
and then stitch over it all !

And that's what I did.
I took dark pink tulle, but you can take
any colour you like, even black works well
The colour of the tulle kind of "fuses"
all the colours together.
But you can cut away the tulle in some places
to restore the brightness of the original colour.

After the machine stitching was done
I couched some ribbon, sewed some buttons
and made seed stitches
(criss-cross running stitches)
on the background.

"Hungry bunnies" 

 Detail with the tulle, machine and hand stitching

Thanks Anne Kelly,
it was fun !

zaterdag 25 april 2020

more learning

more stitching again !

This week in the TextileArtist.org group
it was Emily Jo Gibbs' turn
to show a bit how she works her magic.
She makes the most delicate portraits and still life pieces
with a hazy appearance because of
the silk organza she uses.
(check out her website!)

I know and love her work for quite some time
so I was delighted with this opportunity.

She showed how to make a "simple" piece
using a found twig and its shadow

Finding an interesting twig shouldn't be a problem
in my garden and I found one
(even a flowering one)
but then :
daughter brought a beautiful hanging basket
with a fuchsia !!!

Change of plans for me !


Great way to make a sketch with a telephone nearby.

Finding the right fabric
is never a problem in my "home-shop" stash
nor was tracing the sketch (against the window)
to make the patterns

Cutting them however
was a fiddly business !!!
(f.y.i. the pattern was on A5 !)

After all the pieces were pinned then tacked in place
I selected my threads
and could the stitching start.

Great use of the telephone,

to see every detail in form and colour !


Today I finished the last stitches :
pistil and stamens
and decided
that it looked better when the flowers was lying down
(and not standing like a little ballerina)

A wonderful lesson

THANKS Emily !

dinsdag 21 april 2020

keeping an eye ...

Sue Stone is an English textile artist
who makes stitched portraits.
Her sons made a special Textile Art site
where they give a stage to their mum
and other textile artists from all over the world.

In these strange times they initiated on FB
with every week another artist
to teach a tiny online workshop
about their own way with textiles,
starting with Sue Stone of course.
Next was Cas Holmes
and on April 6 Emily Tull
who explained how tho stitch an eye.

I was still busy stitching the piece for my friend
so I saw that video later in the week
and it very much appealed to me ! 
One piece finished ... ready to start something new !

For one I start with the end result

But it all started with
1. a photo
(hmmmmm ... hate making selfies : they look bad
and strangely askew most of the time)
2. a sketch (with pencil)
3. tracing the drawing in pen
and 4. the drawing (again in pen) on cloth
(an piece of linen from old trousers)

Hmmmm four "me's"

So not one eye
but both eyes ánd glasses

A collection of blues and grays and skin colours

Five slightly different  reds for my glasses

Starting the second eye.
I had some times five needles in my work
each with a different strand (or two)
embroidery floss

While working on this there were two more challenges :
by Richard McVetis and Emily Jo Gibbs

(so more to stitch !)