CHALLENGE 2013: This was a non happening but will be part of my next years work as I work thru the year
CHALLENGE 2012 : Each month I will choose a picture from last years challenge and create a fibre art interpretation of it or piece of it using at least one new technique each time.
CHALLENGE: 2011: 365 days in picture.
Saturday, June 21, 2014
One of the demos I am doing is quick quarter-square triangles in various colourways hence the necessity to put together some examples.
I have also been playing around with coloured paper and pasting up mockups of various traditional blocks where these could be used.
Our theme for the show is 'Go Green' which is really quite an ambiguous theme .... hence this little wall hanging which has a double use as I need an example of various applique techniques for something else later in the year.
I now need to get onto all the notices and tickets which will be required so there will not be much sewing for the moment.
Friday, June 13, 2014
Otherwise at night I have been playing around with some crochet. Amongst the teapot cosy and mug warmer is a pom-pom beanie, a bit of fun.
Thursday, May 29, 2014
I chose the movie Hiroshima - mon amour as It was the 60th anniversary of Hiroshima, movie made by a French Director and the piece made by a South African ,,,,, all the dots connected the three countries. This challenge took place in 2010..
I have finally finished my Japanese Anemone piece.
I chose the spotty binding as I thought it softened the 'white' of the flowers, however, it 'dances' on the edge of the piece and is quite distracting. I think a more regular pattern would have been better. I may revisit this one.
Sunday, May 11, 2014
The background flower is drawn on as well as the buds with fabric oil pastels. At this point I have also just fused the stems and leaves in place. The stitched flowers are just placed. How to quilt the background?
After stitching the leaves, buds and stems I used a mix of stippling around the leaves and then I changed to the very open pansy design around the rest of the piece. I now need to stitch in place the flowers and finish them off with hand stitches and beads. Sort of happy - I think this is one that will grow on me once finished.
I was given some young sprouting bulbs by a friend a while ago and they have been doing well. Look what I discovered a couple of days ago ........ one is about to flower, well, actually to my delight I have discovered a few more popping up in the other pot. I cannot for the life of me remember the name of the plant!
Monday, April 28, 2014
Friday, April 25, 2014
While relaxing and enjoying the now cooler evenings (they are quite magnificent) I like to keep my fingers busy. This is what I am working on at the moment. A very quick and easy crochet daisy pattern which is joined together when the outer pale olive green surround is done.
I still need to finish off the threads at the back and am a long way off from finishing as I am not sure the size I want it.
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Our neighbour across the road has two - this white one and a black. I think as with most pet rabbits unless you have them in a concreted bottom enclosure they will escape. They do also have two small dogs so I think they run the gauntlet and come to visit for some peace and quiet.
The final of the three challenges is now finished ..........
....... and I handed in the three yesterday.
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
|This is the end of the real "Harry" tunnel (on the other side of the road) showing how it does not reach the cover of the trees.|
|I managed to capture this one from the door entering the room and thru the window pane so not sharp but this is one of our lodgers|
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
One of my local guilds has a Quilt Show coming up in June and we offer mini workshops and demos during the course of the day. These two pieces are for a Sashiko workshop, hence the blue, and for book covers using the felt flower cut outs that I showed earlier, hence the green and blue fabric.
I have also managed to get to the machine to work on my second challenge, Movies - the Great Escape.
As you can see ... this is work in progress. The idea was to keep it quite simple but as usual I have got a bot carried away with my favourite technique - just cannot help it.
The size is A4 and forms part of the previous challenge I showed earlier - Charlotte's Web which was the 'book' challenge. The final piece will be 'Song'!
Monday, March 24, 2014
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Lesson: Do not hold onto these examples for long, at all, and particularly in there flimsy state (the design cut out but not ironed in place). They do stretch and distort, hence this piece is not absolutely perfect but it does give an idea of playing with a number of colours.
|The whole piece|
Monday, March 10, 2014
The flowers are quite stunning .....
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Feathered Star has been one of those workshops that I have taught in the past and each time I did so I ended up with a completed 'star' which was then turned into a complete quilt. Here are three examples .... all quite different.
This has been a real trip down memory lane!
Thursday, February 13, 2014
I then have been playing around with the GO! baby I invested in (yes - I did) and the one set of patterns using felt and adding a little bit of fun to our local shopping bags and making a book cover. This will all hopefully do well at our guilds next Quilt Show and help with our fundraising.
Sunday, February 2, 2014
Not long after another ship entered the harbour, this one not nearly as big but capturing the catamaran and the sail boats gives you a taste of another beautiful day in Africa.
Thursday, January 30, 2014
This is such a result (apologies to the pic - should have charged camera battery!)
But what an amazing piece. This is just half of the strip. It repeats itself at the other end. A background piece in the waiting.
Otherwise I am very happy with the results.
This gives me enough to put together some very handy thank you packs.
The final piece is for a challenge due mid year (if accepted) and I cannot say any more as we have to keep it below wraps - one of the conditions. This will only be revealed much later in the year.
Not the normal colour I would work in but it is just right for what I want it.
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
You definitely get rusty if you give a technique a break .........
...... you cannot see here as the light from the machine distorts the colours of the thread but I approached this one completely wrong by starting with the white and then working in the pale grey as you now can see.......
.... having said that, photographed on the black background it suddenly looks okay. I then stitched the second one and personally I do prefer it.
Here is a picture of the two together, with the 'better' one in the background. I have also used a different fabric for the background.
The bits missing from the flowers will be done by hand at the end.
Getting there. I need a few more flowers to play around with. They are stitched surprisingly quickly so no problem.