Monday, September 05, 2016

Capability Brown - Wallington

After Eco dyeing a range of natural threads and fabrics I used them in this needle felting landscape to celebrate the anniversary of Capability Browns birthday as part of the nationwide Embroiderers Guild exhibitions. Macclesfield and Glossop EGs came together to display a full range of techniques which is on display at Macclesfield Silk Museum.
This is the view that Lancelot saw each day on his walk to school, no wonder he was inspired to transform the nations landscapes.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Effervescence II

Finished at last and this image shows my piece in situ at textile21's latest exhibition at The Whitaker, Rawtenstall.
The question I got asked the most is 'how did you manage to get it to stand upright?' And every man who studied it had to look around the back. The secret was an acrylic pole.






Here is a closeup of the detail.




Thursday, October 15, 2015

Almost there

Effervescence II is now ready for dyeing. It has been cut out and some surface embroidery added. 
I am at the stage of deciding on the colour of dyes to use. I am leaning towards a cool colour scheme.
Watch this space for more images of the finished dyed piece. 





Thursday, September 17, 2015

Latest work

Been currently working on my latest piece of work for the Textile 21 exhibition in October.
 At the moment it is totally white silk. Both the fabric and thread used.

 It is called Effervescence II and is a development of my silk organza toile that formed part of the "Fashioned in Silk" exhibition of last year.
 

 The circles are the basis of this design and as they overlap they allowed me to develop layers that each display different techniques


I will cut away the outside of the design and then dye with procion dyes so that it will fulfil the brief of the exhibition and be Created in Colour.


Here I am free machine embroidering one of the circles.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Tech Styles Exhibition now on



At last the Textile 21 exhibition is hung and ready for the first visitors tomorrow.
Below are some closeup a of  three of the exhibits.
The exhibition was first shown in 2013 but there are some new exhibits and extension pieces that are in the shop for sale.





Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Disperse Dyeing, Transfer Printing

 I have really enjoyed revisiting disperse dyes. The colours they give when transferring them to substrates is wonderful. In this instance it was on to pelmet Vilene and when they are coated with a layer of acrylic wax the colours just zing.

I choose to cover the front, back and spine of this Seawhites sketch book after embellishing with stencils and running stitch.

I am into quotes about art by artists at the moment so this is one of my favourites by Vincent.








 I always try to make the back of my covered book as interesting as the front!


Monday, December 29, 2014

Seed Head Cards

A sneek preview of some of latest series of cards that are a development of my TechStyles exhibit.
The background is transfer printed pelmet vilene with free machine embroidery seed heads that were in the grounds of Quarry Bank Mill.