CQ Winter School workshop on rust marks with Alice Fox, I wanted to have a go straight away while it was fresh in my mind. I found a bag with some old tools in the cellar ( mainly some of my Dad's pliers) and some Green Tea bags bought from a herbalist in Iran which I hadn't got round to trying ( good for obesity apparently!)
As before I placed some watercolour paper in a tray and placed tools and items either directly onto the paper or wrapped them in silk or linen with lashings of tea. I then lay a piece of silk chiffon over the top. The photo below was taken just after setting up, the photo above was the marks on paper after 3 impatient days! I'm thrilled with most of the results - I used the tea when it was hot and there's less of the brown staining resulting from normal tea, more variety in colour and tone.
Thursday, 16 October 2014
I've just unwrapped the parcels of stitched fabrics wrapped around rusting items that we prepared on Saturday afternoon as part of CQ Winter school workshop with Alice Fox . After a busy morning wrapping up items , wetting them with tea, it was nice to have a change of pace, digesting our delicious lunch! Alice shared some of her samples showing how she'd stitched into the fabrics before dyeing with rust and built up layers and textures. The picture below shows 'before' and the results above 'After' (these are the more interesting ones)
2 green door quilts was still intact and even more weathered!
retreat but this time I was doing a workshop with Alice Fox on ' Rust Marks'
To retain moisture, I mostly covered my parcels or items with a piece of silk chiffon or habatai which also picked up subtle marks
Dorothy Caldwell's masterclass and in Crete ) and created several signatures which I have yet to sew together (still playing with the sequence)
Aldeburgh beach that Ian very reluctantly allowed me to bring home.
Monday, 13 October 2014
Liz Hammond - 'A Poplar and the Moon' . E.A.S.T5 days of creative textiles! 1 day at Knit and Stitch, 3 at CQ Winter School at Alston Hall with Alice Fox ( more in another post) and a day at home catching up and putting some of what I learnt into practice.
The first thing at Knit and Stitch was 'Between the lines' by East Anglian Stitch Textiles - I was interested in how the faux chenille/ slashing was used in Liz Hammond's piece.
Cindy Kearney's 2 pieces
Prism's Coded, Decoded - once again it was the work of Consuela Simpson that caught my eye and the graphic qualities of Alice Fox's black and white pieces so different to her tide marks.
James Hunting 'Transfer a drawing to cloth using couture techniques'. The method he uses ( drawing on silk organza which is then stitched through) I probably wouldn't use but the explanation was clear and he gave lots of tips for hand stitching. Most of all it was a fascinating glimpse into his working methods - lots of pieces and samples to look at in detail. The way he builds up couched lines to make interesting marks and suggestions of shapes and leaves his tacking in to give glimpses of colour produce such rich results.
Thursday, 9 October 2014
Last Thursday in Weymouth ( a week ago now!) we got the bus across the causeway to Portland to have lunch at the Cove House Inn - special of hake with chorizo, spinach and mushrooms was delicious. Rather more tranquil scenes to when we visited in February (below)!
A few days after we visited in February there were monumental waves that engulfed the pub ( below image from news item). As it happened during our visit this time the pub was covered in scaffolding and they were just putting the finishing touches to new storm shutters.
beer festival - lovely to see the tall ship 'Pelican' in the harbour. Our favourite was GIPA from Gyle 59.
Then after lunch at the Ship we caught the 5pm train home - a bit tiring but it meant I could go to the Quilters Guild Regional day in Vauxhall the following day ( talks by Linda Seward and Liz Trenow about their books )
Tuesday, 30 September 2014
'Shibori' waves on Chesil BeachHeight's' Hotel and Restaurant overlooking Chesil Beach. The first time we've been inside, we usually make our way there at some point for the amazing views.
Taste' Cafe at Chesil Beach Nature Centre- we walked there for lunch both yesterday and today. I never tire of watching how the Fleet lagoon changes by the minute, with the tide rising and falling and different light and weather conditions.It formed the basis of my 'Fleet Mudflats' quilt and I've had various bits of fabric marinating on my design wall for the last few months.
Lots of little waders (Dunlins?)spotted when I didn't have my new binoculars with me !
colourful beach debris
Seedheads at Smallmouth Bay
Thumbnail sketchesbeer festival on Friday ( our 3rd)