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Project 6 Manipulating Fabric

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To work on this project I chose these 6 pages of my sketchbook to work from.

  • The first two are inspired by fungi I spotted whilst out walking, I made a few initial sketches then worked from those and additional photo’s I found, experimenting with collage, oil pastels, acrylic paint and inktense pencils.
  • The next page was inspired by a photo I found of bird in a magazine which was focused on the beautiful pattern made by its feathers, I worked on these ideas using layering and scratching away acrylic paint, wax crayons, marker pens and a fabric collage. It was the jewel-like colours and overlapping shapes which really interested me here.
  • The ‘rock-pool’s’ page was inspired by the road where I walk my dog, it is very broken and uneven and the patterns the stones form on the floor always catch my attention. I really love the small range of colour’s shown in the photo I found, it is very simple and ‘earthy’ feeling, but still has lots of contrast, it also has a strong circular feeling to me which I think came through ion my sketches.
  • The page about ‘birds on a cliff’ doesn’t really show up very well in the photo, but I felt very drawn to its feeling of many layers and lines.
  • The last page I worked on has to be my favorite. I had been reading a book about people marooned on a desert island and when I saw this photo in a magazine it caught my attention. I really love the shapes and colours shown in the photo, although in some ways my sketches and collages make me think more of a peacocks tail than the desert island I intended.

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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

February

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February

Wow February was a super busy month! Some how between preparations for a family wedding, feeling horribly ill for nearly two weeks, and half term holidays I managed to fit in making a flannel tova, a tiny little apron and two and a half dresses. Of course I’m still slogging away on my handstitched class medallion quilt any chance I get as well! I don’t know where I found the time!

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My first Alabama Chanin style top!

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My first Alabama Chanin style top!

A week or so ago I finally managed to finish my first hand sewn top! Yay! Somewhere along the way though I seemed to have forgotten just how much time a baby takes up, especially now he wants to play all the time! Suddenly sewing time seems extremely hard to find, in fact even the kitchen floor hasn’t been cleaned for like 3 weeks, but oh well…

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The little pouch has a friend!

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The little pouch has a friend!

Oh dear, that’s the “mummy has the sewing machine out” face! That little pout just breaks my heart, and I always end up putting the sewing away and going for a nice long cuddle! However, one night this week he managed to not pull that face for an entire 40 minutes whilst enjoying that nice big green Q printed on his chair, meaning my next little zipper pouch managed to get half quilted! Yay! After that I had to switch to hand quilting, but at least I could have some lovely baby cuddles at the same time!

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