Thursday, April 15, 2021


 Week 27 -  Emily Notman U.K.

"Textured Landscape Vessel Wrap"

Emily said "In this workshop you'll make a beautiful textile wrap to sit around a jar or vase.
Explore how to build up texture with chunky hand stitch and intricate applique. Embellish in neutral colours before applying paint. The painting process will bring your piece to life and you can explore this step with any paints you have on hand. Add decorative embroidery to add further texture and colour before constructing the wrap"

The majority of our fellow group member's wraps were very pretty and Spring like. This is not me as I love the autumn tones and therefore I made something different to wrap around.
I often put eucalyptus foliage in this 6 inch high jar instead of a vase but felt the shape did not warrant a wrap.
From a previous textile workshop with Caoline Nixon, I had a piece of eco dyed wool, which I was very happy with. I added a strip of eco printed fabric to the sides and decided to use it for a wrap.
My alternative idea for the workshop was to make a wrap for a 2nd notebook for journaling the workshop classes.

As was suggested to paint the wrap, I decided after free motion stitching the gum leaves to leave then unpainted. Seed stitched some areas instead of heavy textured stitching of flowers etc. 
I completely diverted away from what was instructed and pleased I did. The wool did not warrant or need to be covered with heavy textural pieces.

Further Development Week 2 was to paint another wrap which I decide not to participate in.
My week was spent making more paper. 
I had a small amount of jeans pulp left over, the grey blue, when not much fibre was left in the water I added green pulp from another papermaker. When this thinned out she passed me some of her red pulp which then became the brown.
I attended a workshop to make paper using 100% cotton jeans and T-shirts. 
After cutting the fabric into tiny pieces it was processed in an industrial blender to seperate the fibres.
The seams of the jeans were not used due to their thickness. I cut around the pocket to make a pouch and as the hems were frayed, stitched a strip onto it.

I purchased the jeans at our local op shop and the look on the sales lady as she glanced at me thinking, these won't fit you, was priceless. I told her I wasn't wearing them, I was cutting them up to make paper. She looked at me and said to the lady next in line..."next customer please".
The pages before binding to make a small book with added paper and stitching. The dark blue of the jeans became lighter when I gradually added the while pulp from a T-shirt. We also made paper with a pocket on it where I slipped a small piece in.

Thursday, April 1, 2021


 Week 26 - Jette Clover - Denmark/Netherlands

Intimate Landscape: A Study in White.

Jette said "Using the image on a postage stamp as inspiration, you will explore a winter landscape. It might be a view of the city or the countryside, the sea or the mountains, the forest or the garden.
You will use tiny fabric scraps to create a small atmospheric fabric collage, taking into consideration the season and the time of the day. 
Exploring ideas for composition, you will focus on the colour white and how to use lines, shapes and textures".

Enquiring at the post office, they didn't have any "winter" or "white" stamps so I brought out my childhood stamp albums. I loved collecting stamps. My mother for 40+ years, collected First Day Covers and I couldn't bring my self to tearing a stamp off them. I found 2 stamps in my battered old album.

Unless it is in the vicinity of the snow mountains or some inland regional areas, never experienced snow where I live. I have flown over the Swiss Alps, trudged through very deep snow at Lake Louise, Canada, and spent many happy visits to Lake Mountain, Victoria with family and friends. In my 20's on my flight to London, the Captain said "Everest in the distance out the left window". I was sitting by the window and saw it. These days it is restricted air space.

No 1 - 8 inches square.
Stamp "Winter in Barbados".
Dull and dreary day at home, rain cloud using a scrap of eco dyed fabric.
Eventually looking though the drapes out of the window there is a little sun poking through the clouds in some blue sky.
Jette's method of stitching is not to be too precise, large and small tacking. Organic comes to mind.
I googled winter in Barbados, it says that many tourists escape the harsh snow winters and head to Barbados for the sun and summer-like weather.

No 2 - 7 inches square.
Stamp "Summer in Antarctica"
Various white fabrics. 
Green snow algae are some of Antarctica's smallest living organisms. When they grow together in clumps they are visible from space - a rich lime green stain on the surface of the snow. In summer from October to February, the sun is almost always in the crisp blue sky.
I have loved this stamp in my album, may be due to it being a circle in black.

Week 2 - Further Development
A series of small stitcheries depicting the seasons or night and day.
 3 x 4 inch square pieces using paper only. I didn't have stamps worth using, used photos that I had.
I don't particularly like them, with all that I have on at the moment haven't finished them and probably won't.