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



  1. You do such interesting, creative things!

  2. So many interesting ideas in your work, not at all boring! Loved the chain stitched book. I hope you will get a chance to try it in leather.

  3. Wow. You have covered so many types of skills. All very interesting

  4. The stitches in thin air is a fascinating exercise. The book is lovely. You have been so busy creating!

  5. Never a dull moment reading your blog! I love the Air Embroidery - used to follow a fellow TAST stitcher who stitched on wood (drilled the holes first), and have seen machine embroidery on solvent fabric. After dissolving the starch was the 'air embroidery'.
    You have also challenged a new type of book binding - I also like the closure with the stud.
    You are blessed with such a beautiful area to walk in.

  6. That is very interesting woven work. I really like the effect after it is cut away from the frame but I wonder if the stiffness would hold in humid Japanese climate. I've starched tatting pieces but they always wilt in the end.