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

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 (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.

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Quiet day at local 12th century church . . .

. . . spent mostly in the sun and shade of trees in the graveyard and adjoining field feeling amazed at the variety of colour size, shape, detail of flowers, leaves, grasses and lichen! And interesting reflections in the stream with the blade shaped green leaves pointing up from the water and the black silhouettes of them pointing down.
 Masses of plants crammed onto the edges of the stream, varieties of grasses . . .
 . . .sunny reflections as well as the dark ones . .
 . . . and strange rosettes of lichen in greys and yellows.
 How many different colours are there in this tomb wall?

 Bright buttercups and tiny daisy shapes . . .
 . . .grass,
 speedwell, tiny, almost lost, but such a brilliant blue.
 And spiky teazles. . .

 . . . pointy leaves . . .
. . . even more spectacular lichen rosettes on an ancient tombstone. . . 

 . . .and this I have to look up, I don't think it is cow parsley,.
and a cross to remind me what I'm here for.