23 October 2009

Doodle Book

Like many people I bought the books by Maggie Grey and Lynda Monk/Carol McFee. Last Monday the first of their online classes started.

Our landlord is replacing our delapidated kitchen so I was in my studio at 8am this morning while the plumber replaced the pipes.

At the end of the day this is what I ended up with from Lynda's first lesson.



Inside Cover


Outside cover


Front inside cover and signatures


Back inside cover and signatures



Doodle Book Spine


Finished 'Doodle Book'


I didn't think I'd be able to do any sewing for a while. A few days ago my right hand was very painful. I don't know if I'd been using the computer mouse too much or if it was from doing the lino cutting. It's hard to describe but I couldn't hold anything even writing was painful so I rested my hand for a few days and it seems to have eased.

The plasterers will be here before 8am on Monday morning to finish the walls so I'll have a go at Maggie's lesson then.

15 October 2009

Talking Threads

I've just been watching the first programme in this series. I don't have sky so had to watch it online but if you do it full screen it's at a good resolution to watch. This week's programme was Jill Kennedy on silk painting. I'm looking forward to the rest in the series.

Since I've been blogging I've been staggered to realize how many people, young and old there are that are keeping alive the various arts and crafts from painting and drawing to textiles, knitting and anything in between. So isn't it about time the TV stations that everyone has access to (not pay to view ie cable and satellite) started to cater for the artists amongst us and stopped continually bombarding us with reality programmes like Big Brother and as I read recently 'repeatedly repeated repeats' you can only watch Midsommer Murders, Diagnosis Murder and Murder She Wrote so many times before you start to speak the dialogue with the characters as you watch.

What do you think - agree or disagree?????????

09 October 2009

More Lino cutting

I used a piece of turquoise fabric to print the sample block as a background


then printed the positive and negative leaf over it. I like the way some of the background print shows through.


Finally I did a repeat print. If you look carefully you can see there is a second pattern appearing.

04 October 2009

Calendar Girls postcard

I'm late finishing my Calendar Girls postcard for September. Life got in the way and it will get worse later this month. Our landlord is putting in a new kitchen for us so it will be chaos for up to 10 days. It will be worth it in the end because I would be so ashamed to show a photo of it at the moment. Nothing has been done to it since it was done in 1975 so if you where around then you will have an idea of what it looks like.

Anyway back to September's postcard.

As soon as I saw Pat's choice at the beginning of the year I knew exactly what I was going to do.


I used a piece of fabric I'd already dyed and put it through my smocking pleater, pulled the threads out and ironed a piece of iron on viline to the back of it.


I've got a bag of proper 'shisha glass' that I bought when I did an Indian embroidery class years ago so embroidered them on the the background.


Finally I made some machine cord with variagated thread and couched them on to the postcard.


I hope Val likes my interpretation.