Friday, 19 August 2016

Crickhowell Haiku Book progress...

I'm running a Haiku Book workshop at this year's Crickhowell Literary Festival...

...so samples are being sorted before we go away.

I've sprayed the background with Brusho (as I simply HAVE to!!)

...and stenciled on one of the "inside" pages using Markal Paintstiks.




A small Sashiko panel has been stitched onto Klona Cotton...




...and some Haiku by Basho have been printed along with some images of the poet.





Hopefully I can get this one done by the end of tomorrow...

...then, all things being well....

....we should be off for a much needed break! :-)


This will be my last blog post until we have got ourselves comfortably installed somewhere a bit warmer...

...and more welcoming than here right now!!

I'll post again as soon as I can.

x C

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Summer Sketchbooks #4

I wasn't going to...

...but, you know how it is...

...just couldn't resist...

...doing a little bit of printing!!

I wanted some of the images the other way around...

...so if you look carefully...

...you'll see a kind of "ghost" image behind the main print.








I did these by printing onto freezer paper...

...then placing the print down onto the fabric and gently rubbing it to transfer the image.

I was really happy with the way they turned out!

I know I could have used a Gelli-Plate...

...but the freezer paper required less clean-up...

...and I didn't have to hunt for it either!!


 Maybe I'll even do a bit of stitching tomorrow...

...or should I be packing?

x C

Sunday, 14 August 2016

Summer Sketchbooks #3

Yesterday was a day for excavation...

...and look what I dug out!!


Glorious Northcott fabrics...Stonehenge range...

...and a couple of other beauties.


And as my printing blocks are drying out after all the workshops...

...these two jumped out of the box at me...



A plan is coming together...

...all I have to do is sort a few things out...

...and keep everything crossed!! :-o

x C

Saturday, 13 August 2016

Summer Sketchbooks #2

Both covers of Sketchbook #1 have now been sprayed with fixative...

....and so has the front cover of Sketchbook #2 (the larger one).



This one is 11" x 8" (closed)...

...and consists of six long pages bound.

Each page is made of two sheets of paper stitched together...

...some of which have been left open at one (or both) ends to make pockets for treasures.

I think I'll put some reinforced holes in there somewhere...

...to keep things safe with some ties.


I have had a wonderful time choosing threads...

...hopefully in the right colours for my "holiday theme"...

....winding them onto bits of plastic straws...

....and bagging them to pack into my "art box" :-)




I always end up taking FAR too much stuff away with me...

...so, this year, I'm TRYING to pare down to the ABSOLUTE ESSENTIALS!!

There's a whole week to go yet...

...this plan could still fall apart!!

x C

Friday, 12 August 2016

Summer Sketchbooks #1

Back home.....but very tired...

...after the last workshop run.

It took a couple of days to get my head back into "thinking mode"...

...but it happened, eventually, and I busied myself with making a couple of "Summer Sketchbooks" out of wall-lining paper.

I tore the sheets...

...ironed them flat...

....stitched two together on the sewing machine...

...applied gesso to both sides...

...and bound them using machine-cords.

This is the smaller one...

...long and narrow...

...covers done with stencils and Markal Paintstiks this morning.

Front cover...




Back cover...




Opened out at the binding point...




My stencils cut on the Scan'n'Cut...





I am intending to do some eco-dyeing on paper and cloth while I'm away...

...there are a couple of large pieces of fabric going around in the washer at the minute...

...helped along by four strong tea-bags :-)

x C

Sunday, 7 August 2016

Lovely Leamington!!

My final workshop of the summer has been the Leamington Spa EG Summer School...

....in a delightful little village hall at Leek Wootton.

Eighteen lovely ladies welcomed me ....

...and treated me to lunch at The Anchor (just down the road)...

...and turned out the most delightful work too!!

Friday morning saw them doing their printing...












...and by the afternoon everyone was stitching...

...either by hand or machine. (They don't hang about here!!)

By the end of Saturday...

...well...

...see for yourselves!! :-)
















They did very, VERY well!

Thanks for a great time ladies!

x C

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Wonderful West Bridgford!!

Just had a great two day Summer School...

...making books with the lovely ladies of West Bridgford EG :-)

Piccies...piccies....and more piccies!!



















Thanks for inviting me back!!

X C