Sunday, 16 October 2011


These two pieces were made by two ladies who came along
to the afternoon session on Tuesday.
It was Sue and her Grand Daughter Emily.
They didn't quite know what to do
but soon got stuck in Emily on the embellisher
making a piece of embellished fabric which later
we made into a fancy cuff, including, machine embroidery
and a flap with a button hole for the fashener.
Sue had a go at free machining and got to grips with the
movement and then
made the flowers above, on the embellisher machine.
Both seemed to have a lovely session and had
want to come back again.

New Projects

Beginning new projects is always different for
everyone. Some have a flash of inspiration and then
run with that idea, madly researching, drawing and collecting
relevant sources.
Others can see the finished article of what they want to
achieve in their head , or have an idea of what
they want to aim at.
Some are inspired by the materials or items they have collected
these spark the project in mind.
Some have a gift, person or place in mind.
The bottom photo above, Barbara had collected together in a
basket beads and trimmings and had a visit to a shop that sold
swatches of fabric from India and inspired
wants to make an India inspired Embellished Wall Hanging.
(Embellished in the sense of highly decorated with embroidery and beading).
Pat on the other hand saw the picture of the Doves,
which she had in her collection and wanted to transfer it onto
fabric and wants to create a luxury cushion.
Both collaging and enjoying the journey.
I have been asked about the way I transfer images
onto fabric.
I use different media to do this from transfer paints or
crayons and iron them on.
An image paste which I coat a photocopy and leave to dry
then wash/ rub the paper off, this leaves a shiny surface.
T -shirt transfer paper which you put through the
computer and then iron onto your fabric,
this leaves quite a plastic like surface.
My favourite which I use at The Gallery
and on a lot of my own work
is taking a natural fabric such as
cotton lawn and soaking it in,
"Bubble Jet Solution", allowing
this to drip dry then ironing this fabric
onto freezer paper and then put his through
the printer so the image is directly onto to the
fabric. I allow this image to cure for several days
before working or iron fixing it.
The solution keeps the image onto the fabric
and it can be washed carefully.
The ideas are then limitless.

Fresh Green Projects

Lots of fresh crisp projects being made and finished.
Ann is in between projects at the moment,
so decided to make a scissor case, very crisp!
Looks very modern.
Barbara finished her Green Cushion, it
looks and feels very luxurious and also very
modern by the design and fabrics she chose.
It is 20" square so quite a big one too!
See more scissor cases or cushions by clicking the
written labels below.

White and Gold Christmas Runner

Textile at the Gallery this week was a
very mixed with lots of finishing and
starting new projects.
Sylvia has finished her Christmas Runner.
She followed mine as inspiration and used
some lovely new Christmas Ribbons.
I just love the crispness of this pattern and
it goes together quite quickly in the strips.
See more Christmas runners by clicking the
written label below.
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