Sunday, September 28, 2014

Made for Infinity . . .

. . . a contemporary quilting group I belong to, a project making use of a list of ideas/topics :  dwellings, household objects, photo transfer, lutrador, thread painting, alphabets.  Some of them got a bit mixed up in mine.  Anyway, finished at last, so am posting the pics.
The pages are 6" square, double sided, (though the back is just what came through from the front, but it was given a bit of thought!)

 They are joined by stitching a bit of painted kebab stick onto two pages.  It helps them stand up.  Some pages are quite limp but the ones with photo transfer and lutrador are stiffer.
 Mix of hand stitching and machine.
 Photo transfer of tulips from last spring, and a leaf held down on painted lutrador square by organza.
 Free machine drawn flower and newspaper photo transferred with lutrador Tamil letter stuck on.
 I made the first page into a cover by adding a spine. A pocket on the back holds a piece of card to stiffen it.
 This and the next pair - just the stitching from the front showing on the painted fabric.
 The back stitching looks good on these two I think.
 Some more letters, in a font called 'Africa'.  The words, from Ugandan languages,  mean 'joy' and 'life' (Lugbara) and 'hope' (Luganda).
 A leaf from our grapevine on lutrador and painted bondaweb with echo stitching and plastic fruit bag stuff over.  And next to it the cover is folded round .

 The book folded up.  The cover goes round the back! Couldn't get my head round the direction, it is like getting left and right swapped!
 The front, but it is going backwards.
The sticks are more visible here.

At the moment I am seized by a driving urge to get things finished off, and the last few weeks have seen several pieces of work sorted.

Now I need to be seized by an urge to keep this poor old blog up to date.  Oh dear.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Stitched letters and Spring flowers . . .

The letters - the Contemporary Quilt group has asked members to produce versions of all the letters in the group name, in order to create a new banner, any ones and as many as we want.  So I decided on A, made a stencil and painted inside it, then smudged around the cut-out A, then did a cartoon-type one

. . .
 (bit fuzzy this second pic, I hadn't discovered all the settings on the camera until a granddaughter who is excellent at photography showed me when she took the crocus pics following)

 Becca's photos, a lovely spot of colour in the garden.
 Crocuses marching on . . .
 . . . and welcoming the sun.
 The white edging line attracts me here - a stitching idea coming up.  Such a simple thing but striking.
 Ok, more bread, I seem a bit stuck on it at the moment, filling up the freezer.
 We have some window boxes with anemones and tête á tête daffodils.  The former have been slowly budding and flowering for weeks now, through all the storms.  It's a real cheering thing, looking out of the windows at the rain and trees bending in the wind, and these lovely colours and shapes.

 Meanwhile the sea not too far from us is a bit scary . . .

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Miscellaneous catch up . . .

Last grandchild gets her starting school quilt, a year late!!!  It was posted off to Scotland and received with excitement, which was very nice.

Christmas stars.  I like them so have kept them hanging.  They don't look so very Christmassy.

A winter sunrise

Breadmaking.  This one turned out looking like a baby elephant all curled up and sleeping, completely unintentional!  But it was a very tasty wholemeal!

A request from a friend of a friend to have some of my books, so I sent her a bagful to make her choice

(She chose 4 in the end, top right in first and second pics, top left in second and third.)

Anemones in the window boxes, thinking it is spring.  They do look nice, so I hope we don't get icy weather that kills them off.

New hobby craze - jigsaws.  1000 pieces and not very easy.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Trying again . . .

. . . to get back to regular blogging. I was so fed up with the previous layout that I didn't want to look at it again!  So thought I'd start a new blog, and in fact have set one up.  There is one post in it and maybe now I've managed to change this blog again it will stay that way!  I quite like this new look, except for the size of the heading background.  I can't find how to reduce the size to a more moderate rectangle.  Please can anyone out there help me?

Saturday, July 06, 2013

Altered books pages

One of the worksops I do is Altered Books and here are a few sample pages.  Techniques include stitching pages together, or just stitching on them, sticking lace etc on a page and painting over the whole thing, punching shapes out along the edges . . .
. . . sticking in bits of stitched stuff and printing and overpainting . . .
. . . windows, and something interesting to see in them . . .
. . . a series of graded holes, colour grouping . . .
. . . any other bits and pieces which give something interesting to look at.
Keep an illustration already in the book and add colour and more drawing, also 'ransom note lettering' cut from magazines etc.
Stick pictures in from magazines, brochures etc and extend the illustration by drawing some of your own.

A herb collection, stuck in or drawn . . .

Texture- masking tape, torn paper bits, stuck then painted over.  The paunt is taken up differently by the fifferent surfaces.
Tissue over string, sticky bits . . .
. . . painted strips of crumpled paper with a matt side and a plasticy side . . . again, different paint take-up.
Lace etc stuck ready to paint over.
Fancy lettering, a cut frame, piece of embroidery on paper stuck behind frame.  Some pen work needs adding here, patterns (doodling?), or some printing in the background or . . . ?

I rather like stitching on paper, and mostly poke holes first if it is more than one layer of paper.
Colour gradation is fun too, and these zigzag bits will be partly stitched together and decorated in some way, eventually.
If you want to cover the print more then more paint needs adding, or gesso, enough to hide it.  I quite like the textural effect of leaving it at least partly visible.