29 July 2006
Some of the quilting is through the wadding and top only; the lines that were to be quilted through the backing as well were marked with 1/4" masking tape. Warning: the tape can leave a residue. Let it sit on some non-precious fabric for a while, so it leaves the nasty stuff there, and then re-use on the quilt.
This is about 16" wide and the edges were finished by sewing the backing, right sides together, all around, then cutting a slit where the sleeve for hanging will cover it, and turning the quilt right side out. The backing is the yellow-green fabric with the futuristic whirls on it - they remind me of the work of Edward Wadsworth.
28 July 2006
The rest of the room, however, is full of refugee furniture from the living room, which Thomas is painting.
Two steps forward, one step back -- or is it the other way round?
19 July 2006
Some blasts from the past emerged --
In the late 80s I was doing "tapestry kits" and started to go to classes with the aim of designing my own. Instead, I got interested in what's now called Surface Embellishment (we were happy to call it embroidery!).The bookshelves are tidy, some books have been moved on -- but the other side of the room is yet to be done --
(How embarrassing. Surely cameras lie sometimes?)
15 July 2006
This is The Hollow Men - the figures are made of newspaper articles printed onto canvas.
10 July 2006
What sort of "moving on" does this need? Should past-their-sell-by-date things like this go straight into the bin? Or are they a nothing-to-lose chance for being really wild -- doing something unexpected?
My first (and rather habitual) thought was to make it into a (useful) bag - hey, it only needs another dozen or so hours of handstitching, as well as the actual construction, and lining (with pockets of course) and then there's the challenge of handles ....
My second thought was that this was made 10 years *AGO* and my life would be none the poorer if it had not re-emerged.
But we all carry the voices from the past and mine are loudly saying that Nothing Should Be Wasted. If I listen to them, nothing will ever get thrown on and moving on will be impossible!
07 July 2006
04 July 2006
And Jo Raine's delightful felt pieces --
01 July 2006
A "collage" course with at City Lit next week. My first "creative embroidery" course was with Louise, and the UFO from it is still around somewhere. A photo comes easily to hand (from a 2002 project of reassessing past efforts, in an attempt to let go of the UFOs) --
And here's another photo, from the first "Cloth and Stitch" exhibition I took part in, 1993 -- those are my cushions in the window next to Louise's gorgeous piece.
This belt, half finished, travelled with me but did not see light of day. But now it's done -- quilted, appliqued, and beaded, and even has something to hold it on, a "found" silver buckle. The intended ties didn't work at all.
What to wear it with, though? A trawl through the closet found a Hungarian man's shirt (bought in Budapest in 1991) and a skirt made from Indonesian silk, dating back to my "buy-buy-buy ethnic textiles" phase, 1995 or so. For indoor wear only, perhaps!