Wednesday, November 30, 2016

It is such a long time . . . .

. . . . . since I put something on this blog .....  time I woke up again!
So here are some pics I find striking, in pattern, composition, line, texture, colour.

Sunrise, looking out of a front window of our house.

Family on the roof, helping sweep the chimney (!) and enjoying the view.

Textures of tree trunks in Kingston Lacy grounds (local National Trust estate) :

Plants in the orangerie in another such place (I've forgotten which!!!), intriguing shapes and line:

And ok, some stitching - a concertina book, each page a square padded piece, fixed together by stitching painted sticks on to the edges.

These two are the backs of the stitching, and they have come out as interesting as the fronts.

More to come.  And I need to start taking more photos again.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Notan . . . .

. . . .  that I didn't manage to do at the latest Dorset Contemporary Quilt group that met 2 days ago, because I couldn't attend.  But having read a report on the work on it at the meeting, and looked up some Youtube videos, I had a go, the first I've ever tried! It is certainly an interesting technique, and one I'd like to work on some more, probably only with paper, though there must be some way of doing it with fabric.  Or maybe just draw it and colour it in????

This one needed 2 sheets of paper but I stuck them together a bit crooked.  Oh dear!

Friday, July 24, 2015

Latest Infinity project . . .

. . .  an 18" square made of torn strips painted and printed on, plus couching in a zing colour.  The strips are all different fabrics, stitched together then painted with fabric paints.  I've not done any printing yet but will do.  I forgot it, so will see what I can fit in around the couching.
The colours are a bit stronger in reality than they look in the photos.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Books that the Dorset CQ group . . .

. . . may be making at the next meeting:
First 2 pics, a warm-up exercise and a chance to try out the basic things done when making a book.  Easy sizes clockwise from top left : A4 card - half A4 card - one quarter A4 (postcard here) and one third A4, and up to, say, 12 folded pieces of paper.
Moving on, using the basic technique, books with more than one 'signature' (folded bunches of pp.), - Another possibility:  use an old journal quilt (or other fabric piece) for the cover.

Basic cover - A4 card, (here printed on)
or measured and cut out of a side of a cereal box, cut to size and covered with painted paper.

4 - 5 signatures
each of which gets stitched in one at a time, and various straightforward patterns are possible. 

Some others are quite complicated and involve having more than one signature being stitched in at the same time.

If the book is to be fitted into a removeable fabric book cover, then the cereal packet doesn't need any paper or paint, and the stitching can be simple as it is invisible inside the cover.

So, hopefully this will help a bit in deciding whether to try making a book, and what sort of book to go for.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Traveling to . . . . .

. . . . . ?
Early Sunday morning, when the sun was rising, there were all these plane trails in the sky.  Where from?  Where to?  Its a mystery. And the second one down is moving.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Bags and books for Christmas . . .

 . . . perhaps I shouldn't be putting pics out in public till after they've been given! 
I found a pattern at the Festival of Quilts for these bags, made with strips, but went for the single fabric for these presents as it is a lot quicker and I started making them a bit late.  They are a sort of box substitute - put your bits and pieces for a particular job into one and carry it off with you to do it.

 Here's my original effort, on the right, using strips from my leftovers collection.  There is scope for a lot more interest with the strips, but the single fabrics I've used all come from Africa - the top two from Uganda and the others from Togo in West Africa -  and for me that gives them a special interst all their own.
And then books, of course.  These are made from pill packets, slit down one narrow side, all the flaps stuck down, and the whole covered with coloured paper, on both sides.  It could be collaged, but I'm not much good at that so tend to use a large enough piece of paper I've painted and printed myself. 
 Pages for the signatures have to be cut to fit, which can be a bit tricky when one's mathematical skills are weak, and a tendency to do things back to front is active, but once I start I get into the swing ok.  I've been trying out different styles of long stitches and arrangement of holes or slits.  Weaving across plain long stitches is fun, as is the linking across the stitches, by sliding the needle under the previous stitch as you come by on the next signature.
Some packets aren't very big, as the hand shows.  It's a mixture of pills, asthma inhalers, throat lozenges and, oh yes, the packets Tesco sardines are sold in!  Well, omega 7 is good for you.
The print block used for the one in the hand was made by incising the pattern with a biro onto stuff like the polystyrene backing pizzas sit on.  It's worth saving!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Using up odds and ends . . .

. . . trying to reduce my stash of stuff, but failing.  There always seems to be even more left at the end.  Reminds me of the story in the Bible of Jesus feeding 5,000 people with 5 loaves and 2 fishes and having 12 baskets left over afterwards. I wonder what they did with them?
These small bags - 3 - 4 inches - are woven using odd bits of knitting yarn and other threads of various kinds.  I just can't throw even small bits away but have to try and find something to do with them.  More postings to come, after Christmas probably.  So watch this space as they say.

 The weather has turned colder at last and husband Derek has been sawing and chopping wood for our wood burning stove.  There are some interesting patterns inside the trunk that look like some artist has been drawing on them.  We think silver birch, but are not sure we've remembered richt.


And red sky at morning . . . . beautiful, but what is the weather going to be like today?