Saturday, 1 September 2012


I've just posted some pictures of our exhibition on Facebook. You can find them here

This is the mask I made for the Venetian Fantasy project. The background is thick felt layered with painted Bondaweb, gilding flake and painted garden fleece which was then stitched and zapped with a heat gun. The mask was overlaid with embossed copper, stitched painted and zapped Lutradur, Friendly Plastic and peacock feathers. I also used wrapped cord and Tyvek beads.

Colour Reaction was made with machine stitched triangles on dissolvable film with a stitched Lutradur Crash background.

Swallowtail has a machine felted background, overstitched with free machining then embellished with French knots and beads. Lots of beads!

Quite please with the results. I now have to start planning the next project!


Thursday, 30 August 2012

Minerva Textile Group

The Minerva Textile Group Exhibition opens on Saturday, with our Preview Evening tomorrow, Friday 31st August. If you haven't already had an invitation, I've included it here for you. The themes are 'On the Wing', 'Venetian fantasy' and 'Colour Surprise'. 

If you need any more information, just ask.  Refreshments will be available.

Kay, Wendy, Yvonne and I have been stitching like mad over the last few months finishing off our projects and we will be hanging everything tonight. It's always exciting to see new work hanging up, and nerve-racking worrying that it isn't good enough (well, I feel like that anyway!).

If you can't make it on Friday, I look forward to seeing you during the exhibition which runs until Sunday 30th September. 


Monday, 27 August 2012

Scrim, Screens & Scrappy Bits

Had a great day on Saturday at our workshop with Lynda Monk. As well as using scrim and Thermofax screens, we got down and dirty with puff paint, heat guns, irons, paint, dye and ink! 
Some of Lynda's samples and finished work
Space was at a bit of a premium as I had wanted as many people as possible to get to see Lynda's techniques. As usual on one of her workshops, she was very generous with her knowledge and supplies - we all got a huge goody bag containing everything we needed plus more to try out at home. 
Lynda showing Wendy how
I didn't take many pictures as I got carried away with my samples, but these should give an indication of the fun we had!
Noela, Sue and Liz engrossed 
I didn't paint my samples, as wanted to keep them for future projects, but there was plenty of turquoise procion dye in evidence.

Pauline, Jackie and Patricia busy with their samples
Lynda will be back at Craft Arena for a book signing when her new book is published, and she will be holding an exhibition of her work in our Gallery next year, so look out for details of that.
The aftermath
As always, Lynda's workshop has inspired me to try her techniques and apply them to my work. Can't wait to get some colour on the samples I created and try out more! Thanks Lynda.

My samples