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woodland stitching

P1070181 Yep, it is a woodland view. Honest! Can’t you see it?  Arching canopy, meandering path, tree trunks, sunlight?  It is a leap of faith and an act of will.  Even at this stage the thinking about stitch patterns is apparent – directional to describe surfaces, and more random for textures.P1180092small         Spent ages on the detailed study – went round the corner and preferred that composition! Typical. Only had time for quick sketches to record the general idea. The sketch with the arrows is the stitching plan. Flat lines, some zigzag, lots of little happy squirms  for the canopy.  On the whole the machine stitches follow the basic patterns set by the hand work, but in some areas an under strata of filling stitch were put in to increase the density or to surpress the bulk of the wools. And this is what it became.  P1180091small  Looks a bit 18th century to me. The frame is the same as used for the rest of this series but without a mount – it was just too stark, the mauvey colour is the fabric colour.

This may be last of these for a while – I want to get back to the happy anarchy of lots more texture and building as I go rather than in predetermined layers. They are soothing and relatively swift but a bit like white bread – great in small doses, bland if over indulged in.

And the whole series?

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Field View

This is a record of this way of working with colour in its most simple form.

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  1.  Select subject – clear shapes and lots of tonal contrasts. Colour palette is restricted, so is the texture. Should have photographed without the front stuff and before the sun went down!IMG_20180713_143459425_BURST001
  2. hand stitch. This is the main source of colour, but can not be too dense or the machine will grumble. Use direction to give ideas of form and textures.IMG_20180713_143732604
  3. Threads – muted range, chosen more for tonal value and warm/cool values than hue. (the purples were far more brown and dull, the end colour is dark olive!)Aviod plain grey – too stark, use more sophisicated colours.  One or two stronger colours for get out jail free cards, but to be used sparingly.IMG_20180713_151235095 (1)
  4. First layer- establish main tonal zones, vary stitch patterns to create more separation.IMG_20180713_162948339
  5. Second  layer – highlights and shadows, working in a variety of ways to build surfaces.Spot the vertical lines, cross hatching, wriggly squirms and zigzags.                      IMG_20180713_163841876
  6. Top dressing – final tweaks, adding details, evaluating and finishing. This style has to be at a distance- pin up, make coffee and walk towards it to make sure the contrasts and values work.                                              IMG_20180713_163905165
  7. Drink coffee. Still need to press it. Later will do.

These method at this scale is relatively quick and surprisingly effective. This mini series is part of the Falling Light family of woodland studies so this style which encourages me to emphasise tone works well. This little beastie was done in a morning – or would have been if I remained focussed  (blame Wimbledon and the Tour de France). I find it quite limiting so the selection has to be strong enough but without too much fuss. The limited palette range could be expanded at will though I like the simplicity of focussing on tone – been doing a lot of pencil drawing at the moment so I guess the two disciplines are cross pollinating again. Scale is a problem – bigger means more time hand stitching and the need for more complex stitch patterns.

May Day Sun

Well it is Bank Holiday…….    How many excuses do you need to sit under the apple tree  and stitch…,

Just plugging away on these landscape stones – trying various scales and also inserting them into  a whole section of cloth.  Not convinced they have mileage in the current form, but it does allow me to be outside in the garden. The sun is warm, the light is soft,  the blossom is so delicately fragrant and alive with bees, have icecream ready. Ignoring the weeding and mowing and clipping and…….P1170875

Just started on the  summer classes and workshops –  I just reall enjoy enjoy teaching in my own place –  everything I could need isright there- but a shame about the tidying up required.   The list is on the Want to try Page (tab on title bar or side menu)

Workshop frenzy!

landscape stones a  Meet the new sanity – these are landscape stones. I don’t understand the idea yet, but …… I enjoy doing them. It is something about fitting flat to 3D and the marks and tucks from the fitting becoming a landscape of lines, well something like that, ish.  At least they are relatively quick – emphasis on relatively –  They either are very right, or very wrong,  I don’t know yet.

Thank you for your support at Open Studios. Another year of interesting and interested people.  One day soon the house will be back together but in the mean time has anyone seen my cache of acrylic paints – colourful messenger style fabric bag?    One of the great things about doing a meet your public event is that it focusses the mind quite effectively.  The work has to be finished of course, but also if somebody asks about workshops it is probably best to have some  organised.

It did take much longer than expected (sorry first weekenders) but a whole new schedule is now together.  The grand plan is a  series of classes and also one off complementary day workshops.  That was the plan…….  hopefully folk will like this flexibility,  only a fortnight to the first intro class so I guess I will soon find out!

Classes, Summer 2018.    Each is 10-1pm, £15,

Introduction  May 4  /  May 6   Setting up, the machine, basic equipmentP1070027 equipment, getting stitching. Trouble shooting

Making Lines Work  May 11 / May 13  Controlling and exploring how to make and use lines to develop character and style in your work. Start to draw with your machine.

Lines- And now to make pictures  May 18 / May 20green lane fran brammer tmb Using lines in different ways in your designs and pictures.  Work with positive and negative ideas. We will go through creating your own design from idea to completion.

Experimenting with Applique  May 27
Different ways of adding fabric shapes to your work- simplehands raw, using precut shapes, stitch patterns, edges. An effective way to add colour, motifs, pattern or textures.

and this is only May.……… deep breath because there are also day workshops,  buttons/badges, twisting tree card makes, and water soluble day, and, and, and… the complete lists are on the Me Page.

I can not recommend freehand machining enough – it tickles the inner anachist and releases a little of that risk taking rebel – all with out wearing lycra or needing a special set of underwear …. unless of course you want to.

landscape stone 3a  Do they look like crop marks, plough patterns, trackways and field boundaries yet?   Will rockeries, riverbeds or beaches in N and E Yorkshire ever be safe again…..?

Open Studios in York

The event is here! One weekend done, one to go! Venue 23 is amazing- I am biased, but you are all invited. The colour scheme is Cotton White above, and Potting Shed below the picture rail.

It is always hard work, time consuming, and fun. People I would never usually meet but who share an enthusiasm for textiles wander through the door looking just as normal as can be, and just reveal their interests through  conversation.  Enjoyed doing a few quick demonstrations – even had a couple of people having their very first go at freehand machining……  Probably Malcolm the Bernina has behaved like a gentleman.

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Most common question so far – how long does it take?

Most difficult –  Where do you start and how do you develop it….  Thankfully have a little cycle of photos going on the TV that I can burble through.

Major points of interest – use of colour, use of text, water soluble fabric.

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Things I regret – trying to clean the windows (quality smears). Also the temperamental behaviour of my laptop/internet!  – If you are trying to contact or follow me on facebook – just email……

Still waiting for my millionaire to come through the door and insist on buying everything ,  I would resist of course, at least for a minute or two.

Most amazing thing – people are so nice about not wanting to walk in on the ex-beige carpet and get it dirty.  If only they knew……

 

A  new set of workshops are just about to be published – email for a copy if interested.

 

New Season!

I have been waiting and waiting for the Spring – not the calendar days, but the warmth, the sense of growth, the change in the light….. and a minor explosion of activity has been going on. Pushed  the ghosts of the winter landscape in their subdued colour  and restraint to one side and went back/forwards tofranBrammerListentotheStories1000 the anarchy of the early Summer.

These are all on elderly oilpaintings, rescuedfranBrammerTheOnlyHorizonisUp1000 from the loft and cut off their stretchers. The gessoed canvas is like cardboard but does take a limited amount of stitch, it is quite fun to find out just how much.  The idea is still to work with fragments, part seen, part understood, so   layers of fabric, all different qualities and origins, couched yarns, strips and blocks of text have been added, sometimes working with the image underneath, sometimes working against. Great fun and entirely intuitive.  The text for these is more personal, reflecting some of my thoughts from walking through the Wolds, hills and dales.  Some are very basic observations, others a little more thoughtful.

franBrammerVery Extensive500These needed different framing – the slick modern mouldings were too hard, too ‘finished’. Experiments occurred (denying responsibility) with chalk paint .  Sadly I liked them much more than I expected so have spent days painting, sanding and waxing. Should be all done  for Open Studios, and a lighter, fresher look.

And speaking of Open Studios…………..

Launch/taster exhibition this weekend!!!! ( in the old church at the bottom of Micklegate)

Open Studios week ends are the 14th ( the weekend after!)and the21st.

(oooh. Err.)

Hmm

And they’re off!!….. No, they aren’t!…. yes they are…….well, sort of.

Busy week.  Met up with the other textiley makers exhibiting at the York Open Studios, quite a posse of us, all doing a variety of things –  exciting. Went into the York gallery to see the Literature Festival  exhibition and ordered a test batch of greeting cards to be printed.

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Blossom Street Gallery

 

Met up with a local facebook group of sew-ers, (not only did it turn out that I had taught most of them but also that they know where I live!!!)  Went over to the Knaresborough gallery to negotiate over borrowing back some things for the YOS dates – they have sold most of them! Oops.

I have also become detached from the lone remaining braincell, I think it may be in the garden somewhere, dread to think that it might have escaped and  be on the loose wreaking havoc.

As for the work ….. The smelly thing still smells, it is not as I wish but  seems to be the best I am going to get at present. The fabric is stiffer but still flops, it is not rigid. It has a nasty plastic sheen in places. Adding more of the goo adds more to the nasty bits than corrects the problems, so…..

Stitched text onto some very fine cotton and pleated it to make into half of a pet-en-l’air. (A sack back 18thC jacket – lots of fabric, very few seams.)  This has been goo-ed and is just about set. P1170798

 

I left a lot of waste fabric on the pet to help to meld it onto the big smelly landscape and hopefully they will start to support each other.

 

 

 

 

franBrammerWolds pet en l'airAnother scrap piece is texted ready to be goo-ed and applied if needed. Have also thought of a system of uprights –  so much for a quick experiment.

franBrammerWolds and petdrying

An idea of the whole – the poles are temporary props.

 

 

Decided to do some small intensely stitched bits as light relief…… but only if I can put up with the smell!