Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Print playtime!

I just couldn't wait...

...so got out some Klona cotton fabrics and paints...

...and made a start with some of those lovely blocks. :-)

First using some de-colourant on Dark Navy...

.....I wanted a vaguely ethnic-chinese look....

...and it has worked (I think).

(I've not used this stuff before, so wasn't sure how it would work out. But, WOW...how it works! Takes a little while to dry so that you can see the pattern....but a bit of speeding up with a heat gun helped a lot. The one I've used comes from Mulberry Silks......who happen to sell the most AMAZING silk threads as well!!)







Then...with some paint on a couple of brighter colours....



...that got machine-stitched with some of my most-favourite Empress Metallic Gold thread!




Just look how fine you can get the stitching done.....and no snapping either! I LOVE IT!!!





These sample pieces have, of course, given me an idea (or a clutch of ideas actually!)...

...so I've printed some more...

...and the machine will be whirring all day today :-)

Ah! Happy, happy, happy......

Hope you are all happy too

x C

Monday, 23 May 2016

Retail therapy at Malvern

I hadn't been to a show for sooooo long....

...in fact Harrogate 2014 was the last one! :-o

So, it was decided to go to Malvern on the weekend....

...to meet up with the lovely folk from Empress Mills...

..and do a little "necessary" shopping! :-)

First of all I got some new print blocks from Jaimie at Colouricious...



..then we pootled along to find The Silk Route where indulgences are always to be found...





Gorgeous, scrummy, wonderful silks...and just look at those colours!!!

I have loads of ideas swimming happily around in my head...

...and a full belly after dinner with Charles, Christine and Jennifer from Empress :-)

Had a lovely, lovely day....

Hope you all had a great weekend.

x C

Friday, 20 May 2016

Just for the hell of it!

For quite some time now I've been working....and working....and working....

...on various projects for publication....workshops...kits/patterns etc...

...and I've been getting a bit "bogged-down" with it all!

I'm one of those people who really...and I mean REALLY need "playtime"....

...creative headspace where I can just mess about...

...just for the hell of it...

...with no purpose other than ...

...messing about!!

Do you know what I mean?

So...

...a few weeks ago...

...I dug out a small sketchbook from the drawer of "things waiting to become something"...

...took out all of the signature centres to make a bit of extra space...

...and begun an Art Journal...just for me. :-)

Well...

...yes....

...I'll show it to YOU....of course...

...because I love having you along on my creative journey!

Here's the first spread.....

...called, simply...

...Number 1...



Have a great weekend...

x C

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

A lovely day in Cheltenham!!

On Saturday last....

...I spent a lovely day in Cheltenham...

...with the ladies of the Cotswold Branch of the Embroiderer's Guild.

Well, actually I spent Friday night up there too..

....kindly accommodated by Veronica and David...

...who I had had the pleasure of meeting on one of my cruises last year.

It is ALWAYS so nice to meet up with folk again!! :-)

Anyway...

...back to the workshop...

Everyone was making a stenciled and stitched fabric book cover...

...but the theme was entirely up to them.

So...

...these are what came out of that lovely day...

Quite a few chose the "Lavender & Lace" theme...







...one fell for a dragon....




...another liked the fish....




..a couple went with the "Earth Spirit" idea...





...and coral did it for the hand stitcher!





There was a delightful old Singer machine in use...





...and lots of Markal Paintstiks and stencils....

...along with printed French labels...








The sun shone...

...the sewing machines whirred...

...and a wonderful day was had by all!


Have a great week...

x C

Friday, 6 May 2016

E.S.P - aka Earth Spirit Projects

I've had to leave a few other projects as UFOs for a little while...

...and get down to finishing off these pieces for an up-coming workshop.

It's been good to get back to my "Earth Spirit" theme....

...and I've had a lovely time playing with Colourcraft Brusho Sprays and  Markal Paintstiks on Egyptian cotton and calico dyed with Procion dyes. (From Empress Mills.)








Fabric was first dyed in plastic bags or beer glasses....

...then sprayed with Brusho Sprays - Dark Brown; Shimmering Charcoal & Shimmering Copper.

I drew my designs and scanned them into my Brother Scan'n'Cut to make the stencils...

...that were then done using Markal Paintstiks.

Finally I stitched around the designs on the sewing machine with some variegated threads...

...again,  from Empress Mills.

Now, because I am who I am...

...seed stitching is covering the background!




Why?...do I do this to myself?

Then I made a start on another Earth Spirit Figure...





...again on calico sprayed with Brusho.

This time the design was drawn on before stitching....

...then painted in with Inktense blocks.

Oh....the fun I do have!!

I'll be off up the M50 with this lot next week :-)


x C

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Playing with stitch and acrylic inks - little "thingy"

I don't often make things just for myself...

...but I came across a little "thingy" that I liked the look of....

...so...

...set about having a go!!

Fabric was sorted and printed with a wooden print block...




...then areas were coloured in with some Colourcraft Acrylic Inks....

...using a tiny amount on a tiny brush.





I really like how they dry so quickly...

...and clearly.

(There will be more play with these very soon methinks!!)






Then, I did my usual trick with some metallic thread and seed stitching...


.....so that three wee panels are now complete.



These inks come in boxes of 12 colours - 2 sets - clear and metallic...

...and are an absolute joy to use!!





The brush I've used is from a set designed for "Nail Art" - only a couple of pounds for a set of about 10 on Ebay!!





Any idea what the "thingy" is yet?

:-)

x C

Monday, 18 April 2016

Lavender & Lace with Gwent Embroiderers

Well!!  What a lovely day...

...with a lovely bunch of creative and clever ladies!!

Saturday morning started with me going out into the snowy white landscape that is my mountain-top...

...and driving down to Croesyceiliog for a day with Gwent Embroiderers.

They had chosen to do my Lavender & Lace tag set...

...so, after I'd covered two tables with goodies for them to play with...

...they set about creating beauty!! :-)

Work in Progress.....










...and the finished pieces....












Beautiful work Ladies!!

...and Thank You for a wonderful day :-)))))

x C