Tag Archive | making

The end of June.

A strange month. Trying to be busy but not really feeling that smug glow of achievement at all.

Done list –

Finally finished cutting privet hedge, in time to start again at the other end.( much like Forth Road Bridge but it grows faster)

Completed repairs to Merchant  Taylors ceremonial robes. Look smarter but to get them perfect would need major reconstructive surgery.  (V sore fingers)

Finished quilting previously ‘finished’ works. Can’t do anything more to them. Still not framed, so haven’t made decent photos to make submissions for exhibitions.

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Arranged to share venue at Staithes Festival in September.

Hosted some classes at home.

Enjoyed front garden, flunked the back garden- now invaded by triffids and hedgehogs. (Discovered reason for lethergy and dislocation – took 2 of these pics this morning – but the download  registered as taken in 2008. My house is in a time warp – time travel must be very tiring.)

Been doing more landscape stones and rust/tea staining.

STILL to be done list.

Everything else, and more of the above. And then some.

 

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Peeling a Stone.

P1170934 Landscape stones are go -ish!

I do like these, they feel right.  Forming and deforming to fit a 3d form – it does feel like creating landscapes. And it does feel like those rolling hilltops, the field patterns and plough marks.

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The fabrics are getting  flimsier, stitching is getting more descriptive  rather than pretty.  I’ve enjoyed playing with surfaces – smearing thick paint into all of those little places  and rubbing and rubbing.  The last stone I decided to strip the fabric off – this is after about 3 hrs of stitch, then painting and drying-  and then had to break the fabric to lay it flat again. WHY! Took ages to free the fabric ‘skin’ as the paint had acted like a glue and also made the fabric more rigid, So still why? playing with that flat-to-3d form  idea, wanting to see how the patterns that were a response to the individual stone, could work without the stone. Hope that makes sense.  I guess I have always been fascinated by that kind of transition, and that 3d makes me want to touch to ‘see’ it properly, while 2d I just look at, so the transition may be in my understanding and response.

I am toying with extending the stitch marks- may be quilting, or at least stitching outwards trying to match the different qualities of the stone stitches –  contrasting with machine stitch might help or hinder….

Tried putting it on a textured landscape sample – similar colour-  this could be another route or too muchy muchy samey samey.

Want to rub in more paint, and more paint (the Latex Gloves of Clamminess) how about graphite powder…….powdered pigment?  looks like an aerial photograph….. keep focus on the little details,   keep monochrome? too many ideas, not enough biscuits.

Sanity may suffer.

Remember to check out the classes and workshops-  and if local, Bridget Bernadette Karn is exhibiting in the cemetery chapel first weekend in June – worth a look.

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)

The ghost, a sad, sad story.

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muslin panel in the early days of goo.

 

 

 

Once upon a time there was the embroidered Muslin Panel. It was a very nice embroidered Muslin Panel, a proud metre by 60cm. It was  wafty and ephemeral and above all, delicate.

A bright idea occurred. Rather than having to dangle, Panel wanted to be able to stand up. Enter Evil Goo. Some of the lightness  would be lost but Goo promised great things such as rigidity and independence.   (didn’t mention the smell.)

Days later  and Goo had dried.  But Panel was unhappy, stiffer yes, rigid no. And so plasticy  and heavy.   It took a tall wooden pole at either end to hold him up.  Little Pet’ ( the part jacket) came

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Little Pet doing her thing.

to help support Muslin Panel in its hour of woe.  Valiantly Little Pet’ held up the panel as strongly as she could but the top section kept flopping over  – first this way then that, until a tear formed and the floppy bit had to be amputated . The tall wooden pole at that end became short wooden pole. Tall  wooden pole  attached to the other end   tried hard but the weight was still too much,  so Tall Dress was introduced to hold the trees section up.  (still don’t mention the smell) .  This new element caused great jealousy and tensions between Little Pet and tall pole.

 

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The first cut, Tall Dress and bending pole.

It all proved too much for Muslin Panel-  it began to split.   Oh no! cried the  tall pole and bowed in grief. It bowed and bowed until it could not take anymore and split.

 

What happened next was too brutal and distressing to relate. It involved terminal surgery, boiling water, blades, two pairs of scissors and a bin.

So where are they now? This once proud and happy  Muslin Panel has been torn in two. One part stays with Little Pet’, a mere shadow of former glory: the trees section has proved to be a right flirty piece, having made promises it couldn’t keep to aluminium pole, it is now cozying up to Tall Dress again.

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the chaos that is the work room and schedule

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trialling trees and tall dress

 

 

 

 

 

Moral of the story – if you are meant to dangle, be happy to dangle. And of course – do not put your faith in Goo. ( have I mentioned the smell?)

 

 

 

 

As for the second muslin panel – that was a complete disaster – the evil goo did not bind onto the surface evenly – it was like terminal dandruff crossed with very nasty skin disease.  The second little pet still exists but is currently homeless and purposeless.  Her life in goo is over – it will be straight PVA from now on.

Come see what survives –  April 14 and 15,   21 and 22.  Bring tissues.

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The ghost of a landscape

Battles traumas, wrong decisions, naughty scissors and wrongheadedness, but here it is!  What is worse is that I think I like it.   It doesn’t have the delicate ephemeral  lightness I wanted but it is getting close.  The big panel had to be cut as it could not support its own weight even when dry ,so it is not exactly as I wished.

fBrammerwritten wolds standing  The idea is good but composition and execution need to be pushed further.

 

No2 is under way.   Another  muslin panel has been sacrificed but  reduced in height  and dried with a ripple to make it more stable.  The excess landscape is layered behind it.  The proportions are wrong – dumpy.  Rather than rush in with the scissors it is going to have a day’s grace.  The text garment is made – more of the garment this time. Again reservations. The pet en l’air has minimum seam, maximum sacque backfabric but achieves this through layers of pleats at the hip and back- maybe too many,  It doesn’t sit comfortably with the rest.  I could add details such as furbelows  ( only frilly bits, but a great word) to the pet and trail them into the landscape panels.     The  dark tree taking centre stage  is one done on water soluble fabric.  It is an open lacy thing that could be placed anywhere or not at all….answers on a postcard please.  . It is  too cluttered?  so it will spend a day or two extra festering before it is decision time.

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wwstanding2detailOne key problem is that the detail photos are stronger than the whole view. Should these constructs be parts of  not wholes?

Oh well – back to making the whole   house smell again.  This goo is so bad that I even went for a 6 mile walk in the cold and rain , just to get away – it was more of a squelch actually.

 

Stone in My Shoe

Yup. Annoying, painful, niggling, just has to be dealt with before moving on.

Meet Wold and Vale – the latest offering from House of Brammer ( or at least – Cluttered Workroom of ‘Er on the Corner).

 

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This caused some real heart ache. I completely lost the vision and faith in that vision. It became a mess – bitty, dirty, un-everything,  in fact the total focus of a major grump.

Now I nearly like it, some days.    It has been  cut about, dyed, abandoned, rained on, bullied, brutalised,  and now  it is plucked, preened and pressed. It hasn’t the clarity  I wanted initially but has something else that I haven’t defined yet.  The all over composition doesn’t have the theatrical space that I usually build in – something I have been experimenting with this year. Some  look askance when I say that linear perspective is an easy composition device, but working without those zooming lines and focal points, or even a defined picture, is  still a struggle.  I look back to those happy days of abstract painting and collage, I wish I had kept that brain and not swapped it for one that now sees pictures.

The stages of making are in the slide show- click on them for brief captions, play spot the sequins.

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The surface on this one is delicate due to the extreme plucking , see detail  pics, so it will have to be under glass ( didn’t stop me hoovering it to pick of the stray fibres though….)Wolds Vale plucking detail.

Usual questions – do I take it further? Make it more pictorial?  Too obvious-  Is this piece really only a background?  I think  frame it as is but have a rework as an option – so leave on the surplus fabric and plonk it in a frame (sorry- carefully stabilise and place carefully in an entirely enchanting mount and frame).

 

 

Just  another day in textiles land –

 

Christmas strikes early.

 

Some of the tribe at the show in Ripon Cathedral this week-  but meanwhile back at home…..

“No problem. Need samples for the December class. Shall I take one of the pre printed forest animal panels and see what I can do with it. Must showcase the fabric and engage people to come to try freehand/motion working. Not a problem.”

I do wish that when at work  I would shut up at these strategic moments.

 

2 garland ideas for a visiting group to try, a metre and a half of decorative panels strung together ( reminds me of  a pelmet crossed with a hockey skirt), quilted pictures, quilt block proposals, and a  small “quilt” later…..even did a little hand sewing…… ( I do work in a quilt/embroidery shop)….

 

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Moda, who produced the animal images, are usually a bit tight, so why did they decide to populate whole forests with just one panel!!!!

Never mind. Working with found images can be fun, and although this isn’t really my preferred style of work it should provide a bit of entertainment, technical practice, be a ‘safe’ start point and act as a confidence builder. Just got the backing and binding on the ‘quilt’ to do then it is back to my own stuff!

Will admit, cutting the hedge is starting to look like an attractive option.

I gave in. Used about half the panel – the rest has been divided up and is on sale in the shop as smaller blocks.