Tuesday, 31 August 2010

Nearly Finished

The bag is coming along very nicely. I'm very pleased with the way it has gone together bearing in mind that I didn't have a pattern.

This is the tube assembled and the base attached. The twists work very well.

This is a shot with the lining pinned into place and ready to be sewn.

So is this.

And now with the lining sewn in and turned out.

Here I have pinned the top cuff on. This was used to make the channels for the drawstrings.

I am now making the beaded balls that go on the ends of the drawstrings.
Tomorrow is the first meeting of our new group, the off-shoot from City and Guilds. We haven't got a name yet, probably the first thing we will do is to choose one. I'm looking forward to it. I'm sure there will be lots of catching up to do.

Sunday, 29 August 2010

A Special Day

Monday was a special day for Neil and I, it was our thirteenth wedding anniversary. So we both took a day off work (which is a celebration in itself) and went to York.

The day started out at Peterborough train station where I bought a bottle of water and by the time we'd got on the train I'd lost it (not the only thing I lost) we only had to wait 15 minutes.

Neil was very sweet and had bought a bottle of champagne with him so we could toast ourselves over our breakfast. I've never had breakfst on the train before but it was very nice.

We went to the quilt museum which would have made a nice day out itself but Neil had arranged for me to have a private tour of the museum, which was wonderful. I really enjoyed going behind the scenes, seeing some of the things that don't go out on display too often and the storage room. I think the storage room was Neil's favourite bit, everything put away neatly in labelled boxes and shelves. I think he did make some kind of comparison with my sewing room but I wasn't listening.

This jacket was one of the items that had been got out for us to look at. The fact that it is all hand embroidery is stunning but the buttons are handmade as well. There are only two buttons on the jacket but they are both different and both are hand enamelled.

This small quilt is by Pauline Burbridge. Very different from her current work

This is a quilted petticoat.

And a few minatures.

This pincushion is heavily decorated with glass headed pins.

We had a lovely leisurely lunch in Russells of Coppergate.
When we left Russells it was pouring down with rain and I had to buy an umbrella. It was a very pretty umbrella, black with pink and red roses and a frill. By the time we got on the train to come home I'd lost it.
Neil is a very patient understanding person and I've enjoyed the last thirteen years.

Friday, 27 August 2010

More Sketchbook Work

I have done a little bit more in my sketchbook. This time I've been looking at Star Anise. I certainly wouldn't use it for it's real intention.

It has a very pretty shape. Here I used felt tip pens in brown and black.

This is a much prettier drawing. Iused Koh-I-Noor paints, bleach and a drawing pen. I'm really pleased with this.

I have also been working on a project for my City and Guilds. For one of the finished pieces we have to use one or more of the utility stitches on the machine.
I'm making a twisted bag, which uses three fabrics.
I don't have a pattern for this bag so I'm making it up as I go along. As I've made the samples I've been sticking them in my sketchbook and doing the write up at the same time. I don't like doing the write up so this way it saves me from having to do the whole write up at the end of the project and it stops from forgetting anything.
Here you can see how the three fabrics go together and how the twist is created.

This is me just trying out some of the decorative stitches. I decided to use just two fabrics, a black and gold patterned one and a plain black decorated with one of the embroidery stitches.

This is the result, a lovely piece of fabric. All I have to do now is twist it and put it together. Guess what I'm doing this weekend!

Wednesday, 25 August 2010

A Group Outing

On Sunday a group of us went to the NEC for the Festival of Quilts. We had a lovely time and it was really nice to go in a group, even if we did temporarily lose one person!

We saw Julie's quilt which was stunning. It was nice to see it in the flesh. We also saw some of Gina's work. Her work was been used to promote the Julia Caprara School Of Textile Arts.

I did make a few considered purchases. Some fabric obviously, you can't go to a show like that and not buy any fabric.

A couple of kits.

A few books.

And some more, just in case.

I have finished my Flying Geese bag. The geese aren't meant to have points. I'm really pleased with how it has turned out.

I used plastic handles for a change.

This sunflower is in my garden, it's so pretty I thought I'd share it with you.

I have done some more work in my sketchbook but I'll show you that another day, but I will tell you that it involved something you would normally use in cooking.

Monday, 16 August 2010

Sketchbook Progress

I've been doing some more work in my sketch book, I thought I would keep going while the creative drawing flow was with me. It might not last long!

This is my bleach drawing finished.

When it was finished I started looking at the shape rather than the seed head.

This is what I ended up with.

And then I decided to take it further and try to turn it into a design. I think it worked quite well.

Then I went one step further and it was obvious that it was one step too far. This really doesn't work because the design has just got lost.

So I went one step back and I think this works much better. I'm not sure about the yellow though.

Saturday, 14 August 2010

Sketchbook Work

Like all good students I have been working on my sketch book.

I wondered if maybe my problem with drawing had anything to do with being faced with a blank page. So I crumpled up some tissue paper and glued it onto these two pages then painted over it with gesso and I must admit that once I'd made that mess I didn't feel quite so intimidated.

So I went for it. I used oil pastels (as suggested by Gina ) to draw the cow parsley and I have since gone over it with green ink.

This time I had a go at drawing on a normal page. I have also gone over this one with ink and I think this one looks much better so I won't bother with the tissue paper again.

Here it is, I used the ink at full strength and I think it's too strong.

So I had another go. This time I used a metallic wax crayon and watered down the ink, it gives a much better result.

Here I was just messing about.

Then I decided to use the pages I had painted with the Koh-I-Noor paints.

I thought it looked like a corn field. So I drew some, please say you agree!

Just to show you that I have done some sewing this week. I'm making a bag with flying geese and yes I know they haven't got points. They aren't meant to have points it says so in the pattern. It has come up bigger than I imagined.

Enjoy your weekend.

Thursday, 5 August 2010

Another Project Started

This is my summer project as set by Gina . I hate drawing, I'm really going to struggle with this but I will give it a go. You never know one day I might draw something recognisable.

Gina suggested we put this comment on the first page.

Why is it that an image can look perfect in your head and then when it gets on the paper it doesn't look how it's meant to!

Sorry about this picture blogger has turned it round. Didn't ask me if it could just did it, how rude.

I was experimenting with bleach, another of Gina's suggestions. I hadn't done this technique before, I'd have another go but with a better brush. I have done a bit more to this attempt since taking this picture.

This is just two pages that I coloured in using Koh-I- Noor paints. The blue was meant to be purple but never mind.

It does suggest a field though.