Saturday, 22 October 2011

Pat's New Work

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Pat is always working through new ideas and also keeps an
altered sketchbook. Here she is putting the
finishing touches to her bag.
Checking the handle length and width.
Her sewing machine decided it was going to stop dead!
This week, I think it was under protest because of the amount of
work she puts it through!
Only joking Pat!
Lucky enough it was a fuse so could be fixed quickly,
as Pat wants to continue with her Dove Cushion.
The Dove picture was scan transferred onto cotton lawn,
from a 1930's picture, using a computer printer.
We did this a couple of weeks ago on a demo
section of the sessions.
Pat has added appliqued lace and flowers cut out
from the 1930's silk fabric she is using for the
border and backing.
The fabric came to me in a bag of fabric scraps
which one of the students brought into class.
I recycle lots of fabrics, art materials and tools
to other students so they are able to try new
techniques or add to what they have to enhance
their projects.
Its fantastic to share and create this cycle of art
and re-creation.
See more work by clicking the written labels
or pictures below or visit
my portfolio on my website

Sara's Finished Work

Sara has worked hard since September
completing several different projects
which take many hours to complete.
They are beautiful!
The Strip Patchwork Butterfly Wall Hanging,
is Sara's first go at scrap bag patchwork and
free machine quilting.
The Pink Notebook was a piece of felt,
embellished using an
Embellisher Machine and lots of lovely
scraps of fabric, then
machine embroidered. Sara then added
more embellishments by hand.
The top photograph is a wall hanging based
on crazy patchwork and a corset shape.
Lots to follow as Sara forms her portfolios
and sketchbooks.
See more by clicking the written labels below.

India Inspired Wall Hanging

Barbara has been inspired by some of the
India Inspired Wall Hangings that I have taken
to The Gallery over the last few weeks.
She also took a trip
to Kushions and Kwilts at Hunstanton
where she brought the lovely squares of sari fabrics.
Barbara wants to learn how to heavily
embellish the piece.
See my India Inspired work

Gallery Tuesday 18th October 2011

I love teaching @The Gallery in Dereham on
'Textile Tuesdays', as I am able to help students
create with lots of different medias.
Ann has been very busy and wanted to get stuck into some real
art creating on fabric.
She had brought several different types of fabric
and some squares of silk and got painting
with a mixture of fabric paints.
Making textures by using different tools to
apply the paint as well as salt to extract the colour.
When they were dry or almost it was out with
the heat gun and soldering iron to melt and
'cut out' the flower shapes.
see more of Ann's work over the
next couple of weeks as it builds into a wall hanging.
See more of what goes on @The Gallery

Real Steel

On Saturday after the Guild Meeting I went to
the Cinema with Stewart to 'Real Steel'.
A film about robots that fight in boxing rings,
instead of Humans.
It is set 50 years from now and gives us an insight on
the technology that will be common place in
the future. Will also be a throw away society
as the film suggests? I hope not!!
Hugh Jackman and his relationship with his
on screen son gives it a feel good factor.
See a clip
On my Tech site

Guild Regional Day

Wills Quilt

On Friday is the day I get to continue with
commissions and my own work.
I am preparing work for exhibition next year and
have quite a few commissions in hand.
This one is for Will. Here is the front finished and
the back pieced ready to quilt.
I love the colours and the idea based on flags and pennants.
See more of my quilts in my
portfolio pages on my website

Thursday 13th Class at Knit Wits

On the Thursday I was at Knit Wits in Dereham,
teaching"Embellished Strip Cushions".
Students had brought in the sewing machine
mats they had made the week before.
It is always lovely to see work finished and being put to use.
Some have not done any forms of patchwork
before so are learning from the beginning,
gaining confidence each week, producing
wonderful things, learning and sharing too!
Above you can see the strips coming together
ready for the embellishing next week.
See my cushions
on my website