Friday, 4 March 2011

Embellishing workshop

I've just finished a workshop using embellishing machines with Jan and Pat. I usually do this on a 1 to 1 basis as I only have one machine, but Jan bought hers so both of them have enjoyed embellishing away for a couple of hours! Pat had not had a go at any sort of felting before, and although Jan has had her machine for a while, she wanted to learn a bit more about what the embellishing machine could achieve. This is the result:

There was much chatting and discussing of techniques and a good time was had by all. I must admit that I was not keen on using an embellisher at first, and resisted getting a machine for a long time, but I'm converted now.

This is a piece I've been working on for a while; those of you who have been to the studio in the last few months will have probably seen it. It is a work in progress, and probably won't get finished quite yet. I used the embellisher to embed the fibres from an Oliver Twists Experimental Pack into a piece of felt, then used machine and hand stitching to add texture. I'd still like to add more hand stitching, then I'll mount it onto a canvas.


Tuesday, 1 March 2011

New Magazine and Great Kits

The latest issue of Cloth Paper Scissors arrived today. It is brim-ful of great projects using techniques including collage, encaustic wax amd papier mache, together with articles and artist profiles.

I've been getting deliveries on the shelf this afternoon - Hemmingworth threads, Buttonbag kits; Learn to Knit, Mouse House, Owls and Love Hearts.

These are lovely kits to give as presents to little ones learning to knit and sew, or you could make them up yourself to give as gifts.