22 September 2007

I Passed

I got the results of my Open College of Arts Textiles assessment this morning. I thought I would pass with maybe a Grade C but you'll never believe it I got a Grade

I am so made up, chuffed, over the moon.

21 September 2007

TAST Rice Stitch

Here's my sample of week 37 TAST which was Rice Stitch. It's only a small sample on a piece of canvas 4" by 2" in some of my hand dyed thread and cream crochet cotton.

The Expanded Square

I bought the June/July 2007 issue of Quilting Arts magazine a while ago and was intrigued by the article on The Expanded Square by Jane Dunnewold so I had to have a go. I've only tried them with black paper in my sketchbook so far but they are addictive. I can't wait to try adapting them to different textile techniques. I'm in the middle of using one square for this months Unlimited Textiles Quiltie swap so I haven't posted a photo of it yet.

To be going on with here are some of the paper square I've done so far. I started with 5" squares but I suppose you can use any size you want it depends on what you want to do with the designs.

The corners of this one didn't work very well they don't connect with the rest of the square like the other pieces do.

The following squares are cut with fancy scissors:

19 September 2007

I had to go for my yearly blood test today, I was in and out within 15 minutes so decided to go in to town to see if I could get myself a new winter coat. As the bus passed St George's Hall I noticed a sign for the Heritage Centre so decided to go in for a look. The Hall was reopened on April 23rd 2007 by The Prince of Wales, after a £23m restoration and has been carefully restored to its former glory. I can remember My Mum taking my brother and I to visit it during the early 1970's but only parts of it have been used over the past 20 years because it was left to deteriorate. Unfortunately I didn't take my camera but I'm going back soon to take photos because it is full of inspiration.

Try this website for a virtual tour if you want to get a taste of the place , and if you every get to come to Liverpool you have to see it for yourselves.

On the 3rd floor there is a photo exhibition called 'Look up Liverpool' . We spend so much time rushing from place to place we don't think to look up so we miss some of the amazing architecture that is above our heads.

05 September 2007

Artists Muse Chapter 6

I've finished this months challenge early for once. I've just spent this afternoon messing about with black paper with a touch of red. I didn't have anything particular in mind I just did it as I went along and this is what I ended up with.

04 September 2007

Cataract operation

My Mum had her cataract operation yesterday morning. We had to be at the hospital for 8am so it was an early morning for us both. The nurse that did her pre-op said she was 2nd on the list so would be going to theatre about 10.30 so it would be lunchtime before she could come home. So I didn't have to go all the way home and back again I stayed in town to do some shopping and went to a couple of exhibitions at the Walker Art gallery -

Out of this World: the art of Josh Kirby This exhibition spans Kirby's artistic career from his early days as a freelance artist to his famous cover illustrations for Terry Pratchett's Discworld and Eric/Faust fantasy books.

Unnatural selection: jewellery, objects and sculpture by Peter Chang

I turned my mobile off while I was in the gallery so I didn't get the message from the hospital until nearly noon. Mum had been down to theatre and was back by 10.05am so she'd been sitting twiddling her thumbs for nearly 2 hours waiting for me to pick her up. I have to put 2 lots of drops in her eye 4 times a day. Her eye looks a bit bloodshot and bruised but she says she can notice the difference already. Before I would come beside her and she would jump because she hadn't seen me coming which must have been rather disconcerting for her. She has to go back to see the cataract nurse for a check up next Tuesday and then about 6-8 weeks later she can get new glasses.

03 September 2007

Artists Muse Chapter 3

I've finally done my piece for the Artists Muse Chapter 3. The Challenge was to create a symbolic or whimsical piece based on the title of your favourite book from childhood. I've always loved reading and I would borrow about 6 books each week from our local library when I was at school. I don't know if anyone knows of these books but I must have read every one written - The Chalet School series by Elinor Brent-Dyer, they where first printed in 1925. They are about a school based in the Swiss alps. I had a vague idea of what I wanted to do but didn't know how to do it until I was watching Quilter's News Network the other night and one programme was about doing 'faux trapunto' and I knew what I wanted to do and this is what I came up with.

I made snowflakes from freezer paper, ironed it on to a piece of cotton then sprayed it with silk paint. I stitched around the snowflakes with a piece of wadding at the back then stitched more densely on the blue. It's puckered in a few places because the top layer of fabric was moving as I sewed but it's not bad for a first go.

Spot the TAST stitch

I've caught up with my samples for TAST. I've done 2 lots one in colour and one in cream thread. See if you can spot which stitch is which - Week 31 Cast on Stitch, Week 32 Crested Chain or Spanish Coral, Week 33 Scroll Stitch, Week 34 Portuguese Stem Stitch, Week 35 Shisha.

I did a class in 1995 on Indian Embroidery but I can't find the piece I did, I've looked everywhere for it. I bet I find it when I'm not looking for it.