woensdag 19 juni 2024

un-perfect 10

On June 12 the little group of felters
that challenge each other to make something fun
out of 10 grams of wool met per "zoom"
to show the results of that time.
Petra, one of the members loves to make "zentangles"
and one of those was the inspiration for all of us.

I studied that particular drawing a long time
but couldn't get around the "construction" of it.

Well : inspiration doesn't mean you have to follow exactly . . . so
I chose "woven" as my theme.

Though it was said to be 2D, I thought it was fun to make it 3D !

With this one, I was very early
though I thought I was awfully late !
(hmmm, wrong date, because I scribbled something
on the note that had the right date, so the "1" disappeared   :-D !!!)
That meant time enough to give it another go
Again with "woven"
and, I wanted a more open structure.

A Celtic knot was just what I was looking for !
BUT in the end I didn't like that all of it
felted together . . .

So these two were what I had for the show and tell

But today
number three was born !
Another Celtic knot, though I used other colours.
(limited by the things in my stash !)

More to my liking !

The blue knot is as big as the first attempt I made
The red one is bigger but thinner.

zondag 16 juni 2024

a new bird, dogs and a guest

I've made a lot of birds
since the first little robin
after the workshop of Mandy Pattullo in Stitch Club.
And then along came Ann Smith of Persimmon Stdio Art
(during the fun week of "Making ZEN")
she had this mini workshop making a zipper pouch
with a blackbird on it.
No pouch for me, but the blackbird was a good idea
for the 20 x 20 cm background
that was lying around for a while, with nothing on it.

I loved Ann's idea of nót only using black.

I made a template for a blackbird,
found some snippets to add and the stitching fun could begin !

After the bird was attached I stitched the background
(after adding a bit of my "magic thread")

This time I attached the piece to a canvas
that I painted on the edges with matching colours

Painting the edges of a canvas
was something I also did earlier this week for daughter's work.
She made some fabulous pieces for
the handfasting ceremony of some friends.

She made the little dog portraits the way Susie Vickery taught us in SC !

Don't have to tell you that these presents were a SUCCESS !!!

And while daughter and kids were away to the handfasting party
had a sweet guest to look after for those few days !

This beautiful boy isn't what you would call a daredevil
so a chair under the table was the preferred spot,
but that lasted only the first day.

He's home again now
(but he can come gladly some other time !) 

zondag 9 juni 2024

bling ? bling !

 For the workshop by Bridget Steel-Yessop
I made a second piece
but now I left the design attached to the background.
(I might have done it otherwise . . .
but then I had to add wire too)

I started with a "sky" background on tarlatan in a hoop.

First the outlines and the lines dividing the section
were couched on, after that the lace stitching could begin.

I used cotton and silk sewing thread.

For the lace stitching I removed the work from the hoop
I liked that better, working small the stitches
with the fine thread !
Two cobalt blue sequins instead of the tiny circle lace.

To finish the edges I cut off the extra tarlatan
and folded the seam with neat corners
before stitching it to the tarlatan back.

Next step was painting a little canvas, so the edges
would match the colouts of the sky-fabric.

a really bling workshop by Chloe Patience
was next and a fun in-between for the other things I'm working on.

On a leftover piece of gray linen
I made some "flowers" from stacked sequins.
There was my old stash and some new cheap ones, enough to play with.
I had some very bright hologram pinks (Gütermann)
that I NEVER used because before because they are just too bright :
I now used a lot of them in those stacks !

(back to other work)

zaterdag 1 juni 2024

needle lace

 The Stitch Club workshop that I started again with
was by Bridget Steel-Yessop
(it was in fact the second one, but I didn't do the first)
Needle lace has a variety of different stitches
but she taught us one, and stuck to that.

We should first make a square, to learn and try the stitches
then do a more complicated work : an insect with wings !

Adding beads into the work was my own choice
and was really fun to do.

After the lace was completed it was taken
off the temporary background
et voilá : lace !

(my next piece is finished, but needs to be stitched on a canvas 
and then photographed)

For May I still had a task to do for the

Because I was late again I was looking for a way out :
no felting this time !!!
I took my wonderful Karisma colour pencils
and did the task for May :

an animal starting with the letter "H"
extra . . . it hád to be in only black and white

This is an ENORMOUS  Hercules beetle,
the biggest, plus the "horn" that only males have
(which speaks for itself !)
is about 17 cm !!!!!
NO WAY I would pick that one up
. . . . .

But luckily I was just in time yesterday !!!

woensdag 22 mei 2024

pieces finished

 The little flower piece of the last post
wasn't quite finished,
the stitching was done
but it was still "only" a piece of fabric.
On my own wall I don't think that's a problem, in fact I LIKE it that way
But when I want to take it to an Art Market
I like to take it attached to a canvas.

For that I first have to paint the canvas before attaching my stitched piece to it.

I always try to reproduce the colours
that are on the edges as good as I can . . .
(and . . . to do that, I have to be very careful
NOT the make any smudges on the piece itself :
I aaaaalways have paint on my hands too !!!)

With the paint out, it was a good time
to paint some smaller ones
for pieces that have been waiting since last year.

The next step is to stitch the two pieces invisibly together,
a fiddly but necessary bit.

Yippeee, now I have four more pieces
to accompany me to the Art Markets this summer !

zondag 19 mei 2024

new stitched work

Not all the workshops in STITCH CLUB \
were for me the last month.
There were some hospital visits
(over again now) 
and some books to read
and older SC-work to finish.

Angie Hughes' workshop about "Indian memories"
was the start for a new garden-inspired one instead.

Though I started the way she explained,
in the end I removed all the stiff backing
and didn't use any glue (!)
Stitching it all together was much more to my liking !!!

But using stamps to print one's own fabric was fun !

The embossed foil didn't end up in the final piece though.

Detail with the found felt flower
(it never became the brooch that was intended . . .
but now it found it's home here ! )

Hospital-waiting time was great for this small piece,
but it took some time to give it the finishing touch.
Now it's ready to stitch on a painted 20 x 20 cm canvas.
(I started this one when I was nearly finished with the bigger piece
with the Aconites and the Snowdrops)
 The time of those little yellow beauties is long over.
Even the Rowan tree in front of the house has already
lost its delicate white flowers . . .

because it is a "wild" one, from the forest
the berries will all be eaten by the birds, starting in August  !