zondag 2 augustus 2020

paint, words, paper and stitch

It is amazing the inspiration we get
from the STITCH CLUB !

In this third bunch of workshops
we used paint on paper or cloth
there were words on a "medal"
and scrunched up paper

For Gregory's task (American)
I took an old unfinished acrylic painted portrait,
divided it into three with tape
and got going with three different colour schemes.

This is so far the only one I finished stitching into

And let me tell you, that was NO FUN :
ouch, punching holes into thick painted paper !!!
(so no 1 and 3 might never be finished at all ...
yet I'm thinking about painting some cloth) 

The "medals" were inspired by Haf ( a Welsh artist)
who started with these medals last year,
processing her emotions being ill in hospital.

Many of the STITCH group used words in connection
of the strange times during the pandemic
these last few months,
but I chose a lighter path.

Three "medals" finished

Yesterday was the release of the workshop of
Cas Holmes.
I've followed her blog for many years and I like her work !

She showed us to make a little landscape
out of fabric strips and pieces of kneaded paper
in Japan (where she studied) known as momigami .
It is amazing how the feel structure and even sound of the paper
changes by kneading it !!!

Of course Japanese paper (with longer fibres in it)
works best, but (brown) paper bags , some wrapping paper
and even pages of magazines work as well !
(and you get nice warm hands hahaha !)

One piece finished !

Scraps of fabric and paper are mixed together,
tacked onto a cotton backing,
and stitched with different stitches and threads
to suggest the specifics of a landscape

The cloud ("Hollandse wolkenlucht") was a piece
of a full-page photo of a winter tree with snow
from a Dutch Nature-magazine

I think there will be more of rthese ...


woensdag 22 juli 2020

20 !!!!!


What a respectable old lady !

At the age of twenty ?

Old ?


when you're a Burmese cat
you are !
(but our dear Bella is still going strong !)

These past few weeks I was busy with the concertina booklets
of Mandy Pattullo's workshop.
But my first fabric book was for daughter
so I only showed the second one in the tin box.
Today, while celebrating the summer holidays with a BBQ
I could give her the finished book,
her own Fire-keeper story.

 When still working on the covers and inside stitching with
MAGIC thread ...

Some close-ups :

Fire  !

Inside the hut 

at the end a new start !


The garden is as full as it ever was :
no sigh of the empty spaces after all the work at the terrace
and hardly any fence left to see

And inside, in the bathroom upstairs at the north facing window,
one of the orchids is very happy
and started flowering again

We're happy too
in our green oasis !

zondag 12 juli 2020

a booklet

The Stitch Club workshop by 
this week, was making a concertina booklet or "leporello".
Mandy works with a LOT of vintage fabrics
like old quilts.

In the workshop we saw her cut haphazardly through
an embroidered cushion cover,
just to have some fun pieces to use !

I started with a paper booklet first, just for fun
(grandson also wanted to make one when I showed it to him
and he had a lot of fun with little pieces of wrapping paper
and washi tape !)

The one I'm showing here is in fact booklet number three
(when you count in the paper one)
Number two isn't finished yet
is a bit of a secret.

So now number three !

A long strip of (tea dyed) cotton
and a tin box someone gave me as a present.

First the strip is neatly ironed into an accordion shape.
The strip is 8,5 cm wide and the pages are 5,5 cm to fit in the box.

For this one I used only reds
ranging from the lightest pink to dark red.
The peacock was the first thing I attached ...
on the lást page !
In fact I worked my way backwards to the front
and in lighter colours.

Here I was tacking down the last bits of the first and the front page
The stitching on the back is in sight
but that (and the frayed edges) don't bother me,
I quite like it actually.

"From pink dawn till evening red"

        double pages 1 and 2                                3 and 4                     

                   5 and 6                                            6 and 7                     

vrijdag 3 juli 2020

a rose is a rose is a rose

This STITCH CLUB week went by
working on a piece for the workshop of 

The strip-weaving was well known to me
because that was in one of Jude Hill's classes
and gladly I used that more then once
so no problems there.

You could definitely say that Sue
is a portrait specialist,
so on her strip-woven piece she made a portrait.

I thought about that
collected coloured strips 
(which are there in abundance)
but didn't come up with a good idea
I would want for a portrait
(or too many idea's perhaps)

So I collected a second bit of (different) coloured fabrics
and wove my background.

The idea of the rose was of course there before I chose the pinks,
the rose itself I sketched from a rose on the "web"
Thin paper to stitch through
and three dark enough pearl cottons
that would stand out against the sweet pinks.

Those cottons, thát was one of my mistakes :
my hand (arthritis) ached soon
because of the three layers of my weave !

Here everything looked still all right
(removing the tissue paper gave me the déja vu
of a shredded paper hanky from the washing machine !!!) 

 And I thought the result was a disaster :
the rose simply disappeared !
(I posted it in the group anyway,
if only to show that most of the time you have to try
many times before something good emerges !)

I left it alone for a day or so
and thought about unpicking, stitch or even paint ...
 back to the stitching
(with stranded cotton floss !!!)
and the rose came back to me !

zaterdag 27 juni 2020

a kiss ?

There was (another) workshop in the STITCH CLUB
After observing and stitching the eye in April,
it was the turn of the mouth now.

- Taking pictures
- making sketches on paper
- sketches on fabric
- observing
- stitching.

Again it was asked to use a minimal
colour range.
Black, two grays and white,
two medium colours instead of the grays.

I opted for very dark red (no black)
raspberry, a dirty pink and a lighter one
and a very pale pink/beige (no white)

When I was taking the pictures I was tempted to picture 
this widespread bad habit of needlewomen
to put pins in their mouth
(for later, for safekeeping ???) 

Making sketches on fabric isn't easy ...
so I taped both paper and fabric to the window
and traced the sketches.

Sewing thread is used for the stitching
or just one strand of embroidery floss.
(I like floss best)

Mission completed

It was really FUN !

Remember that Hippeastrum
in the garden ?

six flowers on one stalk !!!

And it will take only a week or so
and the Allium sphaerocephalon
will be purple all over