28 June 2007
Does anyone fancy a small challenge? Whilst training our office junior the other day I came across some paper fasterners with washers, like those shown below. The only problem is we have a largish box of just the washers. Rather than throw them out - being a recycling bunny I decided to bring them home. How can they be used in some form of textile art? If anyone wants to have a go at the small challenge... email me your snail mail address before June and I'll sent you 20 -30 of them. Then you can do something exciting with them and email me photos by the beginning of July and I will post them here on my -blog.
She kindly sent me some and here's what I came up with. It took me ages to think of something but my Mum had said how about flowers but I wasn't sure how to do that but this afternoon it suddenly popped in to my head what to do with them. Back in 1994 I did a short class on 'Indian embroidery' and learnt how to use 'shisha glass' so that's how I used the washers. I attached them to a piece of fabric from my 1st attempt at dyeing with buttonhole stitch, then put some French knots in the centre and little clusters here and there to represent buds, stem stitch for the stems and cretan stitch for grasses. The piece was just big enough to make in to a postcard.
27 June 2007
26 June 2007
It makes you realise how much we take for granted the amenities of modern life. We've had to boil a kettle for every scrap of hot water we've needed.
23 June 2007
One of the suggested methods was to bond snippets of fabric under a layer of net.
and then cut a shape from it to bond to the background fabric. This sample also has a shape cut from painted bondaweb on the top of it.
I used some of the fabric I dyed last week for this sample with a some more painted bondaweb on the top purple shape.
These last 2 samples are some bits I had left over so rather than waste them I bonded them to some left over of fabric.
22 June 2007
As I was up early I decided to go in to the City centre and do some shopping. I needed more Bondaweb for my C & G project. But isn't it always the way the shop I usually get it in had sold the last metre the day before. Luckily I managed to get some in John Lewis but not as cheaply as in Abakhan but never mind I got a few other bargains to make up for it.
Put the flags out I finally managed to buy some nappy liners. Boots still do sell them, but it was in the larger store in Clayton Square.
This is the pack to look out for if you want any and you get 100 for £1.65.
I had a quick experiment with one last night. I used some Procion dyes I'd mixed for painting in a sketchbook but of course the dye won't be permanent on the nappy liner but it was only to try it out.
and this is what it looks like after I ironed it on to a piece of poly cotton
Talking of irons, Mum treated me to a new steam iron on Tuesday. I've always used a dry iron because I'm used to pressing clothes with a damp cloth, that's the way my Mum taught me but I thought a steam iron would be useful in my textile work so Argos had this one
for half price in their summer sale. So I'm now the owner of an iron that dry irons, has a spray of water, variable steam,vertical steam, no drip system and anti-scale system. The only thing it doesn't do is iron the clothes for you, you have to do that yourself.
ST PAUL'S EYE HOSPITAL
i spent the rest of the day at St Paul's eye unit with my Mum. She had an appointment at 2.30pm for a check up with the consultant about the cataract she has on her left eye. She finally got to see him at 4.15pm. He's booked her in for the operation on 3rd September at 8am. Luckily they where able to fit her in for her pre-op so that saved us having to go back again another day. If it is anything like last time with the op on her right eye she will be home by lunchtime.
18 June 2007
17 June 2007
I've copied this from the info I got with my course.
Grading is on a scale from A to D and F in all courses. In summary:And this is the specific criteria by which a portfolio is assessed:
Grade A (70-100) is only awarded to work of an exceptionally high level of achievement with all the characteristics of Grades B, C and D but in addition:
. very high observational and technical skill, with exceptional invention and judgement demonstrated across a wide range of work
. written work of a very high standard
Grade B (60-69) is awarded to work of a very high standard with all the characteristics of Grade C and D but in addition:
. all the work will display a high degree of observational and technical skill
. there will be some excellent pieces of work showing a very high standard of invention and
. all written work will be of a high standard
Grade C (50-59) is awarded to work with all the characteristics of Grade D but in addition:
. some practical work will be of a higher standard of competency
. some practical work will have a greater personal identity
. there will be more imaginative and expressive use of the relevant media
. there will be a more critical understanding of the student's own work and the work of others
Grade D (40-49) is awarded to a student who satisfactorily completes all aspects of the course and produces competent practical and written work of a standard appropriate to this level.
Grade F - Fail (retrievable) (30-39) Later assessment is possible.
Grade F - Fail (irretrievable) (29 or under) Later reassessment not possible.
You should recognise that Grade C is regarded as a good grade showing that work submitted has significant achievement and competence. Grade d should not be regarded as evidence of a lack of ability or as near-fail; it is a clear pass grade showing ability and competence but with potential for further development. Grades A and F are awarded relatively rarely.
. Skills (30 marks) - Observational: demonstrated through drawing, preliminary studies, etc as well as 'finished work.Whatever Grade I get I can put towards a Degree with the OCA's accrediting university which used to be the University of Glamorgan but they've recently joined up with another University but they haven't released who that is yet.
. Knowledge (20 marks) - Practical; awareness of practical aspects of the visual (eg composition, optical effects) and means of expression.
- Contextual; awareness of history of the subject and useful sources of help and inspiration.
. Invention (30 marks) - The ability to produce unusual solutions, to experiment and to produce work with a personal identity.
. Judgement (20 marks) - The ability to be critical about the technical, conceptual, structural and expressive elements of one's work.
This is from there website
Courses accredited by the University of Glamorgan enable you to obtain credit points for pass grades. These can be put towards university qualifications through the national Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
If you want to take a qualification such as a degree (360 credit points), a diploma (240 credit points) or a certificate (120 credit points) in higher education, your credit points may well be transferable to other institutions around the country. OCA has a specific credit transfer agreement with The Open University.
So if I want to go for a degree I will have to do:
3 Level 1 - 40 points each
2 Level 2 - 60 points each
2 Level 3 - 60 points each
16 June 2007
The last one reminds me of marshmallows.
I emailed Janome because it should have lasted longer than 1 year, shouldn't it. They emailed back that I had been sold the wrong foot for my machine it should have been category B not category A which was the one I'd been sold. I was going to order another one from their website when my Mum said why didn't I email John Lewis about it, so I did it wouldn't do any harm. Later the same day I got a reply from them - customer services had spoken to the Janome demonstrator and Yes I had been sold the wrong part and apologised for any inconvenience and would replace it FREE of charge for the correct one. Now that is service, so a Bouquet to Sharon Dreves of the Customer Services Department of John Lewis Liverpool. I couldn't get down in to town to pick it up from the store so she sent it out and it came first thing this morning.
This is the one I should have been sold originally. It only taken 7 days to come by 2nd class post.
I'll have a go with it after lunch.
15 June 2007
I think I may have put a bit too much dye in for the amount of fixer and fabric I was using but I suppose it is a case of trial and error until I get the hang of it.
I had some Turquoise and Magenta left so mixed it for this shade of purple. I hadn't realised the middle fabric was a mix of poly cotton but I quite like the marbled effect I got. I bet I couldn't get the same again if I try though.
I also got this nice shade of green from Golden Yellow and Medium Blue.
I'm not too sure about using this method again. I've looked at Colour on Cloth again and I think I'll have a go at 'Direct Dyeing' where you paint the dyes on to the fabric. I should imagine it will give me greater control of the effect on fabrics that I want for my textile needs.
I got all this:
Hurray Blogger is behaving tonight. I tried posting this earlier today but it was taking so long to upload the photo that I gave up.
10 June 2007
Here's my version. I made it half the size of the original. I coloured some garden fleece and ironed it on to cotton then did a fancy stitch from my sewing machine in between some machine made cord.
I put 2 pockets on the left side to put scissor and needles in and a piece of felt attached at the top in the middle section.
It measure 4.5 inches by 3 inches when closed up.
09 June 2007
08 June 2007
PPS Just found out how to put a photo in my blog and also how to attach a link to it so now you can click on the photo and it will take you to 'dumpr' if you want to try it out for yourself.
I had a go at putting some photos of my OCA sketchbook in to a slideshow and here is the result. You can click on a photo and it will take you to a larger version on the 'photobucket' website.
07 June 2007
It's a children's book beautifully illustrated with some of her quilts. If you have little one's or need a birthday present and even thinking ahead to Christmas for nieces or nephews then I recommend this book. Check out her blog for some pictures of the inside and the story behind the book.
Clockwise from top left: 2 sheets of Tyvek, cold water soluble paper, 2 sheets of plastic canvas, transfoils, piece of wireform, 3d medium, Manutex, Walnut Ink crystals, transparent Fabric & Paper Sculpt, Transfix, metallic Rub ons, Opal Dust and finally 6 shades of Angelina.
Now I've just got to find the spare time to try them all out, hopefully at the weekend.
03 June 2007
I finally managed to work out how to do the OYSTER stitch after a lot of unpicking.
I combined the Woven Wheel Stitch and Basque Stitch in to one sample. I enjoyed doing the 'wheels' so I can see myself using that again in the future.
Butterfly Chain Stitch is very easy to do. I used 2 thickness's of thread in white and cream which I think gave it a more textural feel.
I used the Crossed Buttonhole Stitch to couch a thick thread on to the fabric and then stitched in white a pattern around it.
When I have time I'll go back over some of the stitches I'd like to experiment more with.
I bought an assortment of cotton and silk threads to try dyeing them in my own colourways
and some ready dyed silk threads. They should have been £2.30 a skein but they don't fit in with their colour range now so I got 10 skeins for £12. Aren't they gorgeous colours.
I also bought a metre of thin cotton fabric and some 10g pots of Procion dyes. I'm waiting for larger pots of Procion dyes in the 6 basic colours but thought I'd get some small pots of colours I probably won't use a lot of like black and brown.