Sunday, 17 March 2013

Two completed, more in progress

I delivered some of the work to The Bramble Patch in Weedon, Northants yesterday in readiness for the next Orientation exhibition that opens on 23rd March for two weeks. It is always a relief to feel a deadline is met but of course then you realise that there are several more approaching! Well it keeps me busy!
I have started quilting another sushi piece which will go to the summer venue for Orientation, the Minerva Arts Centre in Llanidloes. I rather like the quilted grid in variegated thread across the surface of the painted sushi.

I next plan to bond  together some of my wasabi green and pimento red fabric and cut squares which will be attached by hand to sections of the grid.

This idea came from early sketchbook pages when I first started working with the sushi theme.
There will be some quilted writing on another section of the quilt and I will post images of that when its completed.
I was obviously having a 'get on with it' day on Thursday as I cut apart this fabric dyed last year on my trip to Italy.

The colours were layered over soy wax resists and even though I liked it as a whole piece I really wanted to cut it into sections.

This is not the best photograph as it doesn't show up the lovely marks on the individual pieces but I'm excited by the possibilities for developing it. Watch this space!
On Friday I was at Ineke's barn taking part in her monthly Text in Textiles course.

I have printed using Thermofax screens onto a previously indigo dyed cotton moleskin fabric. The fabric is quite thick and will be ideal for the weekend holdall style of bag that I intend to make with it.
The lovely bamboo-like marks were made using a cola pen dipped into ink.

As you can see, there's always lots of new ideas bubbling away!
If you live within travelling distance of Nottingham I hope you will come and see Catherine Nicholls and myself on Friday 12 April at the Husqvarna Sewing Centre where we will be talking about our latest work and demonstrating our favourite techniques using Mettler thread. For more information please check out Mettler Open Studio It should be a fun day so hope to see lots of you there.
Another date for your diary is The Quilters' Guild AGM which is also to be held in Nottingham, 5 - 7 April. I am giving a lecture 'From Sampler to Sushi' on the Saturday afternoon and Catherine is lecturing on the Sunday morning. Look forward to seeing you there too!
Happy stitching, and thank you for visiting.

Tuesday, 5 March 2013

This and that

There seems to be a lot going on at the moment, always the case when there is an exhibition looming. The second showing of Orientation will open at The Bramble Patch on 23rd March. The exhibition is on for two weeks and there will be some new pieces added to the original exhibition shown at Forge Mill Needle Museum last year.
As would be expected, I am still putting the finishing touches to Sushi Roll and Sushi Logs.

This is Sushi Logs with some added hand stitching. The quilting is now completed and I am now finishing off the facing. The whole quilt will be rolled into a box so that is next on the list to complete. I know this sounds rather unusual but as it is 25 cm wide by 265 cm long, I think this will work.

Several weeks ago I was blogging about my students dyeing some family collections of fabric. As promised, here are some images of the results of these double dyeing sessions.

These were dyed with scarlet and then dark brown procion dyes.

A mixture of scarlet and magenta followed by indigo procion dye.

I think there will be some stunning designs produced using these fabulous fabric collections. I will keep you posted!
There has been a suggestion of spring in the air over the last few days and we have taken advantage of this to visit some local National Trust properties. We have visited Croome Park and Hanbury Hall many times but on both of these recent occasions have ventured into areas not explored previously.
At Croome we went into the church of St Mary Magdalene which was created by Robert Adam and Lancelot 'Capability' Brown when Croome Park was remodelled in the 18th century. What impressed me most were the details carved into the monuments which had been moved from the old church which dated back to the early 17th century.

The detail in the cushion and the tassels is wonderful.

A lovely lace trim!

What gorgeous curls!

And a lovely vista from the temple on the hill above the main house.
At Hanbury Hall we walked through the parkland which is scattered with wonderful architectural trees

and some tassel like catkins.

I hope you have managed to enjoy the sunshine too.
Speak to you soon