I think I said herethat I had been doing a little embroidery on some of my new surfaces...well here it is. I have only taken small snippets and added them to a base of white cotton but I can already see the potential of the textured cloth mixed with a smoother background. There are possibilities for rich seams and lots of surface embellishment too.
This one will most likely stay like this, a sample, an example of how these pieces can be used as part of larger pieces of work. Now I want to play with my other surfaces from here, create more examples, more ideas....move this whole process forward.
These are my current 'in progress' pieces of cloth. The top image shows yesterdays piece in the foreground. Do you see that bump? The white dome thing? That has to go, I will be removing that soon. It just irritates me. Not that I have anything against that process in general. Quite the opposite in fact, I use it a lot and will be showing my embroider, embellish, create girls how to do it some time soon. I just feel that it needs to be made using a different cloth, a more matt cloth, a chalky cloth.
Meantime I have been pondering the pieces I have accumulated so far for my new wrapping cloth. That is the piece that will get most attention this coming week. Class has started, the flickr group is filling up. I need to be one step ahead of class not twelve behind so I had best get a move on.
This week is also the very last week of Alchemy. That is going to be a wrench. I have spent the last 12 weeks with those girls and boy will I miss them. I have a feeling that the girls in eec will keep me on my toes but 12 weeks is a very long time. There is a lot to miss there......sad face here. All is not lost though, it appears that you do want a class about lace and that will come, will be announced in the next few weeks. Meantime my eec group will be getting my undivided attention! Get your pencils sharpened in class.....
Despite yesterdays colourful cloth white remains. I am still working on my festooned cloth/veil which I started during the extending embellishment class that has just ended. Today there are new bumpy bits....circles of lace embellished with bullion knots and buttonhole edging. There is still a lot of work to do on this, it grows only slowly. I haven't made a final decision yet on whether this will be backed and if it is to be backed what I will use for that. I am drawn to silk net....but that could be cost prohibitive.
This morning I have been putting the final touches to our class blog for Ledgers which starts next week. Obviously I am going to be working on paper a lot in the coming weeks but I also aim to continue with this piece. If you are signed up for Ledgers then you should get mail from me tomorrow. Later this week I will create a short video about this veil/cloth/white piece in order that you see it more clearly, the lightness and fragility of it. Then...if I am organised enough..(knowing me I would advise not holding your breath!) I hope to show you a short, short video of me practicing drawing and such like. Believe me...I need practice.
Finally...there is a little confusion for non British people as to what Blackpool Rock is. Sorry about that...I should have known that not everyone in the world has eaten their way through tons of the stuff!! To clarify...click here.
I love this cloth more every time I add to it....I do think that when it is finished I will need to make another video to give you a better impression of the piece and point out certain areas that don't show up as well in photographs alone.
I draped it over a butty box today so that it would hang better...(there is a definition...any excuse to put a definition on here!!)
I have plans for this afternoon which centre on adding to this, making new sections, new adornments, more hexagons. Technically class finishes this week. My cloth will take longer. I really have no desire to rush this.........I have a desire to savour it.
Im late today......sorry. I have been newslettering all morning and I'm still not finished. I have been making a video too. Then I was ironing cloth, ironing scrappy bits of edges, folding them neatly and putting them away. Then I took these pictures....last nights work. Another section joined and some dangly titivations added to a seam.
This afternoon I plan to continue newslettering.....It's looking more likely by the minute that embroider, embellish create will run again soon. Things will change slightly in terms of timing etc but more of that when I get the newsletter finished. It is quite hard to put an interesting newsletter together when you never leave the house and don't do anything. I may be able to find a wedding picture...not of me...but I am struggling I can tell you. Maybe I should make up a big adventure......oh and I am going to Blackpool soon to see the lights. Now that is news!
It is different I promise. If you watch the video you will see. The video is only 2 minutes long....
I have decided to call this my veil...not cobweb. I have an aversion to spiders. I am not talking about veil in the wedding sense either. You will see that I am indulging my love 0f definitions again but with a reason. Note the alternative definitions.......
Remember I said you would be seeing a lot of this kind of thing...the white lace/scrim/embroidered/festooned thing? Don't say you weren't warned. Last nights effort was cutwork, delicate lace in the holes and a little extra buttonhole stitch to create the softer, looser edges. This will continue this evening too so goodness knows what I am going to show you tomorrow. It may be time to scavenge for old sketchbooks or something...look back through my old blog for images I can hope you have forgotten about. Perhaps I could re visit the past in a nostalgic way...... just re post and old post. Would that be cheating? Most likely yes.
I could always just not bother tomorrow I hear you say...not a chance. I get withdrawals...you know I do!
I also fear that it's time for the naughty step again. I couldn't possibly tell you what time I went to bed last night you would recoil in horror. Safe to say I was late getting up this morning so my plans have gone awry. Thing is I love to stay up late but I NEED to get up early to get things done. I think it's time my little boy came back from his travels...my commitment to get him to work in the morning means I have no choice but to get myself out of bed....come home James...pretty please.
Don't be fooled...I am still up to my eyes in it. Well at least I should be. I made good progress yesterday when I was gone but there is a lot of ticking off the list left to do. I am on it...honest. I even have a lot of housework I want to do, yes WANT to do. It makes me feel good if I manage to do a little of the domestic too.
I really missed you yesterday though so that's why I didn't disappear for longer. I am such a sap......a proper wuss. This is where I am up to with my ''festooned'' cloth...it's coming along very nicely. I am more than happy.
and please pop over here to see what the girls are doing...they would love that.