Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Pottering Around at Home

 I have had a few things on the go over the last couple of weeks.
TextileArtist.orgStitchClub - Jean Draper U.K.

"Stitches In Thin Air"
Jean said "This workshop has an unusual title as, contrary to most stitch methods, no fabric will be used. Instead your stitches will be formed on crisscrossing threads, creating structured meshes or nets that you will layer up to make a small raised piece of work".

I wasn't sure whether I would like this workshop, it became meditative as I sat quietly threading and knotting. I found an old 6 inch display board, tore off the white fabric and used it as my frame. I found an embroidery hoop in my drawer, 8 inches to give it a different look from square to round.
After threading they are painted with watered down PVA glue to stiffen. Then cut from the frame.
Using heavy woolen thread to to form branches/coral like images I used button hole stitch. 
My 2 layers placed on top of each other. Instead of trimming off the ends where they were attached to the hoops, I left them to give a different look.

Started a second piece using the 2 frames. Our papermakers exhibition is calling for members to make postcard size 6"x4" landscape pieces for an installation along a wall, the theme "Flow". 

Another Textile workshop with Maria Thomas U.K. was to make a decorative collage with found objects and hand applique. My first piece was using paper only with zig zag braid, black flower braid and a label off my husbands new work socks. Torn papers from magazines. Unfortunately time got away from me and I didn't do a 2nd piece in fabric. Something to make later on.

Next on the pottering list was for my Papermakers Friday group. More gelli prints on photocopy paper.
First sheet using decorative florist wrapping paper and the others using calico scrunched fabric .
Gingko leaves
Layers of paint with leaves
As I used the brayer on each paper, I wiped it off on a sheet, sometimes the clean up cloths can be interesting. Majority of these papers will be used for covering handmade books.

The handmade book club that I belong to posted their August challenge, "Chain Link Binding".
As I didn't have any leather I used a piece of woven book cloth with the lining of a piece of paper I bought overseas. One of the Melbourne members of this USA group posted of a leather shop in Kensington where I ordered metal and brass button studs. This was my practice book using sashiko threads for the chain binding. I enjoyed the process and will no doubt make more.

Hope I haven't bored you so far, finally a few colour inspirations from my daily walks.
Spring Bright in my garden, heavy rain after a beautiful sunny morning, should have walked earlier. 
Green and Gold


Sunday, August 8, 2021


 It has been a very busy week, the time has flown so fast that I realised I hadn't read any blog posts  of my friends. Apologies. This I will do tomorrow.....
I was given a jigsaw for Mothers Day and finally decided to open it and make a start.
Jigsaw Addiction - can't walk past without stopping to add a few pieces. Started the easy part first as there is a lot of black and rain covered reflection on the road.
View of our Flinders Street Railway Station on a wet evening.

I am still walking for an hour plus at various times each day along the river and walkways in my area.
Colour Inspiration - taking note of colours surrounding me as I walk.

 Friday Papermakers Mob group unfortunately had to cancel our day on Friday. Some of the members had not done gelli printing before on handmade paper, I attempted a few photocopy paper sheets here at home. Will do some more this week as they make nice covers for quick stab stitch booklets.
I read somewhere that if you cover a card with scrunched up tinfoil and lay it on the painted surface of the gelli pad, it gives you the effect of marble.

Leaf printing.
Another background effect is to glue calico on a board and also scrunch it up to make ridges. Will be interested to see how this affects the painted paper.

TextileArtist.orgStitchClub released another 2 week workshop, I have been using paper instead of fabric. The further development was released yesterday, will spend my week attempting the stitching.

Organizing my 4 exhibits for our Papermakers of Victoria exhibition, which at this stage may be cancelled. Getting them ready just in case.
So that was my week.....hope everyone else had a good week also.