28 February 2008

TIF February

Hurray I've finished my piece with a day to spare. I've used the colour option with a little of the concept.

I can remember when holidays where taken in this country and not jetting off abroad . My Dad's sister lived in Scarborough so we went every summer for a week. The last time we went was the summer of 1969 when my Dad died and for some reason we never went again.

This is a photo taken with my older cousin Alan at Peasholm Park you can see the lake in the background where three times a week in summer a naval battle takes place.

This my brother and I on the pirate ship 'Hispaniola' on The Mere near my Aunts house. It sailed to a little island where we dug for treasure.

Anyway back to this months challenge. I did a modern take on the holiday postcard. The colours reminded me of sky and beach so I printed the colours on to a piece of cotton fabric that I backed with freezer paper so it would go through the printer. Next I FME each colour with matching thread.

Finally I wrote 'Welcome to Scarborough' on a piece of tissue paper and hand embroidered the message and this is what I cam up with.

20 February 2008

Calendar Girls February Postcard

I've just finished my version of February's Calendar Girls postcard which will be winging it's way across the Atlantic ocean to Sandy on Friday.

This is the picture we used this month for inspiration:

I decided to use the vase as the background so I painted a piece of white cotton with silk paints and my version of sun printing to get the white spots by placing push pins on top and leaving overnight.

When I took them off this is what I was left with.

I made some silk paper in the colour of the flowers and appliqued them to the background fabric with some FME to indicate stamens along with some green silk paper for the sepals.

Hope you like my version Sandy.


I got this postcard on Monday from Helen I have my very own piece of Textile Goddess art work now.

My February Calendar Girls postcard also came from Carol isn't it gorgeous. You can't tell from the photo but it sparkles when you turn it in the light because of the gilding.

16 February 2008

Unlimted Textile January swap

The theme for January's quiltie swap was 'Art Nouveau'

This is the design I came up with

This Quiltie went to June

and these ATC's went to Sandy and to Annie

I got this ATC from Margaret S

and this one came from Susan K

Open University

You would think I had enough to do with my time but no, I've enrolled for an Open University course in May. On the Open College of Arts forum the photography students had mentioned Flickr so I went to have a look at their group and some of them had done a Digital Photography course with OU so I looked it up on the their website and it sounds very interesting, it's all done online. I got confirmation on Tuesday that I've been registered for T189 and will get my course materials before the end of April. Now I've just got to decide do I use my little point and shoot or to get the most from the course do I upgrade to a bridge camera or do I invest in a DSLR decisions, decisions!!!!

Cyber Fyber

I can show you the postcard I sent to Susan for the Cyber Fyber swap as she just emailed to say it has arrived.

I chose Number 62

and this is the postcard I sent in return - silk painted vilene (interfacing) black backstitched doodle and chain stitch on either side of the black line.

I'm so excited that a small piece of my textile art will be on display on the other side of the Atlantic ocean in 2009.

09 February 2008


We've never had anything like this in Liverpool so I'm excited that 'Creative Stitches & Hobbycrafts' are coming to Aintree Racecourse in April. I'm trying to use up what I already have in my stash of supplies so I can save up to stock up on anything I can't buy in town or would have to send for by mail order.

Anyway the point is I don't have any 'Setacolour Soleil' for sunprinting so I tried using the silk paints I already have. It wouldn't be any loss if it didn't work I'd just have some more coloured pieces of cotton for future use. For anyone who's not done any sunprinting you paint your 100% cotton fabric with the fabric paints and put objects such as leaves, metal objects on top and leave it out in the sun to dry. When you take them off you are left with the shape in white.

This is the first piece I tried using a couple of bottles, a pen, box and some washers I got cheap in the local supermarket. I left it overnight in the DARK and don't ask me how but it WORKED!!!

I had another go last night but just using the washers which I think because they are metal gave a nice crisp edge.





Monoprinting - Glue Batik

The first lesson in Susan Sorrell's Monoprinting class at Joggles was on sunprinting. Well I don't know about you but I've not seen that strange object in the sky to much lately. Susan realised the same thing so she gave us a free lesson on using Elmers Gel Glue in Batik. I'm not sure if you can get it here in the UK so I had a go with PVA glue to see if that will work in the same way. The PVA I've got is a bit runny so it's not worked too well.

Anybody got any idea of what other glue I could use, obviously something that will wash out in water.

Finished Doodling

I just managed to finish my last lesson in Doodling Designs before I started my next Joggles class but I forgot to post about it earlier this week. You can see the previous stages here

03 February 2008

Take it Further February

Sharon B has set an interesting concept for this months Take it Further challenge. 'What are you old enough to remember?' It's funny it's something I was talking to an old neighbour about only the other day. The Post Office that we have used for over 40 years is unfortunately one of those that will be closing in March. We signed a petition and wrote letters but we think they had already made their minds up but that's another story. Anyway I was saying to her that I could remember when we first moved here in 1965 when I was six (doh!!! I've given my age away now:)) that the road where the PO is was full of shops - 2 butchers, fish shop, greengrocers, Co-op, florist, Sayers cake shop, cobblers, hairdressers, chemist (one of the few shops left which also shut down last year)3 sweet shops, 3 chippies (fish and chip shops) over the years they have gradually closed down and been turned into houses.

When we moved here it was to a corner general shop. The shop sold a variety of things from sweets and cigarettes to cooked meats, eggs, canned goods. BTW the cute little chap next to me is celebrating his 46th birthday today so Happy Birthday to my little brother.
I can remember sweets in jars that you could buy as little as 2oz of. Instead of having to buy large packs of bacon you could buy 2 slices if you wanted and 1 or 2 eggs instead of half a dozen, large cans of corned beef that Mum had to slice on a lethal looking bacon slicer. I can remember standing with the box Mum had made for local kids to buy penny treats from, and I mean an old penny pre-decimalization. They took longer than their parents to choose from little white chocolate mice, fruit salad and black jacks, flying saucers and liquorice in different shapes curled round a sweet or sticks filled with sherbet.

My Dad worked in a butchers and every weekend would bring a leg of pork home to stuff and cook to sell in the shop, I can still smell the delicious smell throughout the house. Can you imagine the row that would cause with health and safety nowadays?

I swear we don't get the sun the same nowadays either. In the photo above you can see large jars of sweets, well Mum had to put up a canvas blind on that window in the morning because the sun shined right on it and started to melt the sweets. We rarely get it shining in that window now. The window on the other side of the shop got the sun in the afternoon and Mum grew some tomatoes plants in it one summer.

Take it Further January.....

.... it's only 3 days late but I've finished at last.

I've been feeling a bit down the past few weeks so I've not really done much. I was going to do a painting for January's Concept but it has taken me all my time just to get up in a morning so that idea has come to nothing BUT I hope to come back to it at some point during this year, perhaps when there are more daylight hours in a day and I'll feel more like painting.

Anyway I ended up doing a doodle embroidery based on the colours scheme. I knew the colours reminded me of something and it wasn't until I read a post on Island Threads that it came to me 'Suffragettes'.

I used my new graphics tablet to doodle a design and came up with this.
Before I started to embroider I printed 'votes for women in white' on the background fabric

as I've done more embroidery the words have been covered up so I don't think you can see them now, still I know they are there.

02 February 2008

Cyber Fyber

Susan Lenz from Art in stitches has come up with a great idea. This is what she's written on the blog to accompany the exhibition.

CYBER FYBER is an exhibition of international fiber art scheduled for January 8th through 20th, 2009 at Gallery 80808/Vista Studios, 808 Lady Street in downtown Columbia, South Carolina, USA. The brainchild of Susan Lenz, this exhibit will focus on the supportive, global community of fiber artists with whom Susan regularly shares new techniques, contemporary approaches to textiles, and finished work by Internet websites and blogs. The exhibition will include three primary areas: Fiber ATCs (Artist Trading Cards); fiber postcards; and the work of several invited artists. The exhibition will also include FIBER DAY and ATC trading day. From the beginning, Susan Lenz is documenting CYBER FYBER on a blog/journal.

Follow the links to find out more. I'm trading postcard number 62 with her.