I have a ''gathering'' coming up in London soon for which I am supplying little workshop packs. With that in mind I set about creating lace cloth on Saturday.....then got distracted by other lace, a few paper scraps and some spotty stuff. What can I say.....
Some lace cloth was created, you can see that here (it's very visible on the left of the third image). The other pieces? They are mine, all mine, for little artist books, for collage, for playtime.
You might remember I have been wanting to play with octagons for quite some time. I ordered templates...they were too big, (you're right, I didn't read it properly!) So I allowed the urge to rest, basically I didn't so anything about it because I had other things to do and Santa was coming. However, the urge returned with a vengeance so I printed some onto paper which I then stuck to card, my printer doesn't like card. That was a bit of a disaster.....I am glue averse anyway so that didn't surprise me to be honest. Despite this I managed to get one card template cut out which I then used to draw around...result. There are only seven here, that's as far as I have got. I have ordered more pre cut templates...the correct size I hope.....I will play with this a little more when they arrive. It's those little squares which have got me excited...the possibilities for those open spaces.
The cloth? The snippet cloth surfaces? There are three of those each measuring approximately five inches square....not very big. I have plans for those, pin pillow related plans......
Embroidery School opened it's doors this morning. If you registered you should have received mail from me this morning about Flickr and about live videos. If you haven't received those please let me know.
If you think you might want to join us you can read more here.
I'm investigating, making enquiries....sampling to be honest, nothing more complicated than that. It's not the surfaces I'm sampling or the mix of pattern, paper and cloth it's more my preference for one or more of these. These pieces are hopefully helping me decide what to include in my workshop packs for an upcoming London day of cake.....OK then, there will be stitching too if you insist.
I started this process way back....maybe 6 months ago now and I still haven't decided so expect to see more of this, similar pieces, lace, paper, maybe a little hand stitch too. I won't be finished when I have decided though....then the production line will commence.
The first image here has to be one of my favourites from this year....yards and yards of lace cloth being put together, day after day for my workshop in France. The last two images are from France, my hand leafing through a little Artist Book and someone from the workshop group working hard embroidering, titivating. I'm on April just in case you hadn't realised. There are labels here which were attached to thread wraps for my workshop packs, colours named in French. (I hope you're impressed!) and lots of ledger pages, tiny samples, little doodles.
You were spoilt in February. Two videos?! I've been doing it again, looking back.....today it's February. (I have nothing else to show you, my days are filled with wrapping paper, domestic chores, laundry and school work)
Do you remember January? The same applies here....too many images, too much choice. I have managed to whittle them down though. Most of these things left me in France, the buttons, the pin pillows...... except the pocket in the fourth image which was always intended to be for me. I fondle that every day.
The videos? One concerns a page, the other a little titivation.....if you have seen them before, if you remember them then skip this next bit!
A five minute page
A few glass beads
Monday January 9. New class.....Embroidery School. Read more here.
Spots, dots, spotty cloth. My sewing machine has been working overtime lately. There have been several pieces of new lace cloth created, lots of stitched papers, lots of cloth and paper combinations. Whilst I am working on all of those things I get ideas for other things, too many ideas if that's possible. I think next time I suffer a creative block all I need to do is get the sewing machine out along with a few scraps of cloth. A little hand stitch has been added to this, you can see that in the last two images.
This piece of lace cloth will form the surface of another pocket similar to this one. I'm going to make a little more too, for more artist books. Some of the papers I have been stitching will also be used in artist books. I will show you the paper tomorrow.
The ''nod to the bored minority'' pocket....progress. In truth there isn't a lot of embellishment left to be added to this. A couple of strategically placed hexagons will complete the surface later today and then I can line this, fold it, titivate the edges and it will be finished....a little pocket, a little pouch. The fourth and fifth images here give an idea of how this will look after folding.....
I have a huge ''to do'' list today. The good thing about my list, it's not a list of chores it's a list of good things, collage, machine embroidery with paper and cloth....I might fit in a little whizz round with the hoover too, (best keep the domestic goddess aspect happy). I started early today, finished the third little artist book. I plan on showing you those on Tuesday if all goes to plan because tomorrow I want you to see how good I am being with my class work.
You are spared books today, spared pages and samples. (can't promise you won't see those tomorrow though) Today there's a little bit of colour for the ''bored minority''...lol. Check yesterday's comments! I'm still laughing, wish I could put a few emoji's on here.
Lace cloth, bright and cheery lace cloth, now applied to white with prairie points added and partially embroidered. This will be a little pocket, a pouch. The white cloth looks more textured in the first few images. That was pre damp stretching. Unfortunately this cloth hasn't retained much of it's texture following damp stretching....can't do anything about that though....a girl has got to damp stretch. It's non negotiable.
Most of yesterday was spent putting new surfaces together, mixing silk, lace and off white silk velvet to create cloth which I can use with my planned paper pieces. This is the first time I have used silk velvet in this way. I have used it in the past, mainly when I was studying and was required to test dyes. I recently found quite a small scrap which hadn't been used so thought I would try it with this technique and I am so pleased I did. It adds a richness and the new cloth has a wonderful weight to it when handled.
I have a feeling I will be ordering silk velvet later today, replenishing my stash....
You can also see here a tiny section of one of my paper pieces which has been worked a little more. I am beginning to think more and more that this, (paper, silk and lace) is just what I needed to get myself out of last weeks creative meltdown.