Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Delicious textile bits.....and a new start...

The weather was glorious on Saturday....

...so we left our (usually gloomy) hilltop...

...and headed for Glastonbury!

We love wandering around here...

...there are always loads of good books to browse...

...and, of course, a great shop that sells Indian textile treasures.

Some delicious indulgences....



A toran hanging....




...and a lovely bag.

I'll be working with these over the next few months, alongside the blanket from Artique...

...lots and lots of stitching and writing involved here ;-)

I'm trying my best to get something new ready for the wall at Harrogate (only 4 weeks away now!!!), so a start has been made on this 4 ft x 2 ft piece.

(I've taken a few photos so you can see the change in colour from top to bottom)








For the strip to the left of the fabric, I wanted something that echoed the printed design, so I chose a shape from one of the blocks and scaled it up.



Felt isn't the easiest fabric to mark for stitching, so I traced the shapes onto some tissue through which I could  stitch.


The paper is then torn away leaving a nice line to follow with chain stitching...



...which is exactly what I'm off to do now :-D

5 comments:

ViDerTextil said...

still a lot of things to do! Good trick of sewing first through tissue. nice greetings (sitting here with cup of coffee and some delicious belgian chocolates :-)))

Chris Gray said...

Lots of things indeed!!

...wish I could nip around to join you for the coffee and chocolates :-)

x C

Penny said...

Yowzy - this is great!!! I recently encountered the stitching on felt thing. I ended up handbasting my stitching lines with white thread and then machine stitching along those tracks. How did you get from the original color to the later colors as it almost looks like 'bleaching' and as you know I know nothing about dying.

Chris Gray said...

I can't take credit for the colouring .....it's a piece of batik fabric that I bought ages ago

(one of those "it'll be useful for something someday" kind of purchases - you know the sort!!)

The tissue worked really well. It's some stuff that I have that tacks gently to fabric when ironed...I use it as a stabiliser when stitching my houses...and the wet strength is great too....I dye it and then put it through the washer afterwards!

x C

Eva said...

Wonderful work again. Is it applique, the dark ornaments? And yes, some sequins can't be wrong. Folk art is not as puristic as that, sometimes they like a little spark.