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.
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.
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.