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Project 5 Painting and printing

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I picked these two lino prints from my last lot of work to develop further, I wasn’t sure about the rough broken lines around the central triangle patterns though so I recut a new piece of lino with a plainer background, then made a larger and smaller version to experiment with too. Read the rest of this entry

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Experiments with printing and painting

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Block printing and relief printing

For this I found some items from around the house to try printing with, this included a milk carton top, a cotton reel, leaves, bubble wrap, carved corks, children’s textured rolling pins and pieces of cardboard. I also made some linocuts and a simple relief block from cardboard and string. Read the rest of this entry

A sock horse named Blue

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A few weeks ago whilst messing around with all my crafty stuff I made these.

So when my son came home one day needing a sock horse to help decorate the school gardens for an open day, I realized I had the perfect inspiration (his school colour also happens to be royal blue!). I started off by finding an old sock which I filled with toy stuffing. Now this sock had definitely seen better days, so I decided it needed some work to hide the worst bits! Read the rest of this entry

Project 2 Developing your marks: Stage 6 Using thread and yarns to create textures

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To start off this stage I tried sewing with chunky threads and strips of material on some hessian. I then tried making my own threads, first up was the fabric twine, made following this tutorial, I have to say this was totally addictive – I could make metres and metres of this stuff! Next up I stretched out some thin strips of jersey fabric to make a thick thread. Both these handmade threads have very different textures, the fabric twine is quite rough and firm, whereas the jersey strips are soft and stretchy. Read the rest of this entry

Project 1 Stage 2 – Other ways to make marks

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Exercise 4.

For this exercise I had fantastic fun experimenting and trying out as many different techniques as I could. Unfortunately I couldn’t try anything with chlorine bleach as I’m allergic to it, but I’m sure there must be an alternative that I can come up with.

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I’m swooning over this…

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I’m swooning over this…



Woohoo! I’ve finally finished piecing my giant scrappy swoon quilt, and it only has one small chocolaty handprint on! 744+ squares later and I can definitely say a whole lot of insanity went it to this quilt, but that’s good as I needed to get it out of my system.

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Bloggers Quilt Festival – Pop n Change

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Bloggers Quilt Festival – Pop n Change

This beautiful quilt was my first attempt at a ‘real’ sized quilt and I’m entering it into The Bloggers Quilt Festival. I was given two Moda Freebird jelly rolls for Christmas one year and after many months of indecision, I was finally inspired by the Sugar Pop n Change Quilt on the Moda Bake Shop to open my beautiful beautiful jelly rolls. It was a close call, they were almost too lovely to open, but at least this way I get to admire all the pretty fabric on my bed everyday. The quilt measures about 90 inches square, and I just about managed to quilt it with simple straight lines on my little home sewing machine – that was one of the biggest sewing challenges I’ve ever faced! I backed it with a vintage floral sheet that was just a tiny bit too small so I used some leftover strips from the front to make it bigger. And it only took me about 18 months to make once I finally got up the courage to cut into the fabric. Thankfully I’ve got a bit quicker since this one!

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