Sunday, 24 July 2011

Lots of bits....

..to show today :-)

I've been dyeing, planning, stitching and punching!

Now...

...what first?....


Mini-quilt samples I think.



This is one that's completely finished (except for mounting that is)

...and here are a couple of close-ups of the one above, and another two in different colourways...






I've used some hand-dyed cotton, scrim, tissue, felt and threads....

...along with some copper-sprayed paper for the shiny bits.

Also some glass seed beads and metallic threads.

The finished piece is approx 20cm x 26cm.

(Kits will be on sale at FOQ containing all the bits to make one of these, and in my shop that will be opening mid-late August)

That takes care of the stitching and some of the planning...

Now for the dyeing...



Delicious colours on 2/28s fine cotton...

...cooked especially for a new punchneedle project (the rest of the planning!)



Can you see which continent I'm in now? :-)

My consignment of "Ultra Punchneedle" kits came this week, so I'm glad to be able to say that they'll be available at FOQ too.

I'm really excited about the possibilities with this tool! Designs are filling notebooks very VERY quickly.

Between FOQ and Harrogate, I'll be dyeing especially for punchneedle kits...

...all of which will be brand new designs under my own label. :-)

I will also have my new "Butterfly Softspun" (geotextile) for sale at both events.

I've been experimenting with some painting, distressing and machine stitching on it...




...a little bit of runic inscription...

I'm finding it an interesting material to work with, and, again, I can see lots of possibilities...



See you on Tuesday for tea...

13 comments:

Rachel said...

You have been busy! New materials are always inspiring...

Chris Gray said...

I looooooove being busy....

...and playing with new toys :-)))

Sweetpea said...

whew.
Some really exciting stuff going on here, Chris!

stitchinglife.com said...

So much to see - all of it beautiful.

JP said...

love the scrim things - i just adore the way scrim takes the colour - good luck at FOQ - sad not to be there this year

Penny said...

WOW!!! Love everything!! Of course I'm especially drawn to the punchneedle *smile*.

Chris Gray said...

...thanks for all the lovely comments....

...always much appreciated....

...and I'm glad you like what you see

especially when I enjoy doing it all so much...
:-)

Abigail Thomas said...

loving the runes....

Penny Berens said...

Colours and textures and stitch and punching..a delicious feast for the eyes.

underatopazsky said...

Mmm, it all looks so tempting and inspiring! I really love the runic piece but I'm a sucker for anything text based.

Chris Gray said...

Yes!....I'm always drawn to text stuff too :-)

Diane said...

you are so busy and it is all so beautiful! How Exciting :D

Mermaid's Purse said...

Good luck with your new ventures!!!!!