Thursday, 11 February 2016

More Worn Threads work

Annie Hamilton
inspired by her wedding dress

Jane Bonney
inspired by her daughter's forensic archaeologist's suit

Kate Crossley
inspired by Dolce and Gabbana shoes

Kate Findlay
inspired by Tron film costumes

Clare Williams
inspired by Mauri piupiu

Gaynor Lloyd
inspired by Welsh costume

Pene Murgatroyd
inspired by her own woven shoes

I will show some more tomorrow so this post isn't overloaded.
But really, you need to go see the exhibition!
Lady Sew and Sew in Henley-on-Thames, Thursday, 4th February to Monday, 22 February. Weekdays 10am until 4pm

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Worn Threads Exhibition

The last few weeks have been interesting and busy with the Worn Threads exhibition...which also translates as weariness for me. So, I haven't been able to spend much time computering or blogging.
I am so glad for the team who helped with getting the show organised and hanging up.
I did get some photos of the Worn Threads work when we had finished hanging it at Lady Sew and Sew last week.

This is a bit from the back of our catalogue about our group.
I think we had around 30 artists involved for this exhibition. Lady Sew and Sew have developed part of their warehouse into a Workshop/gallery space - shifting from one to the other. They are hoping to do more exhibitions. The space is a little eclectic, with uplighters and doors to contend with, but with the variety of work we have from our group, we worked out places for everything.


A few overall photos here.


You can see my piece based on a Kamlaika to the left beyond the red dress.


Each item was inspired by a garment or accessory.


Some of the stories about the inspiration garments are really moving.


Jane Glennie designed a wonderful catalogue.


She also put an image of the inspiration garment
on the card with the artists name.

You can visit the exhibition:
Lady Sew and Sew in Henley-on-Thames, Thursday, 4th February to Monday, 22 February. Weekdays 10am until 4pm

And some individual photos tomorrow.

Sunday, 7 February 2016

And the bead keeps going on and on... 1-6 Feb

Week 5 February 2016

As promised on Monday...the first of the beaded fabric squares.

no.32

no.33

no.34

no.35

no.36

no.37

Monday, 1 February 2016

And the bead keeps going on and on... Fabric squares

As I have done in past years, I will be doing a fabric bead project on alternate months. So, for 2016, square fabric bits are what I will sew beads to.

At first I did a bit of sampling to work out what size to cut the fabric. I was looking for several things.
- I wanted to cut down on the time I was spending on this part of the bead project. Although I enjoyed doing the little booklet/cross shaped pieces, they did take up quite a bit of time.

- I wanted something simpler altogether (although I did consider going a bit too far with these!) Not just for the time scale, but also so they would be easier to consider as embellishments for garments or something.

- I wanted to use a black on black fabric (in this case, black on very dark grey) after having used white on white fabric last year. My thinking is this: they will be easier to use as a set if I have, for instance, yellow beads on white and yellow beads on black.

Here is the fabric I am using.

- I wanted something that was simple to fold up to hide raw edges. Yes, this sort of thing could be done - for instance making little tiny Suffolk Puffs - but it would be a bit too fiddly to even get it to the point where beads could be sewn to it.

So, I decided to go back to the technique from 2014 where I folded in the sides to hide the raw edges. And as I mentioned above, I worked out a plan to end up with a square shape. This way I could go around the edges and then do something in the centre.
The left one in this sample set ends up 2cm square. The one on the right ends up 1.5cm square and the top one is 1cm square.
The 'big' one could work, but when you are talking seed beads, it would take more work in the centre to make it look right. The 'little' one basically was tooo little to handle!
So, the just right one is what I settled on.

This is what they look like. (Keep in mind this is 1.5cm square!) One side and the other.
I had considered just adding to the centre of one side. But I found it was easier to do a continuous thread path if I beaded 2 sides; then stop at the corner to go across the centre. Then go across the centre of the back side to the same corner. Then carry on beading the remaining 2 sides. Then tie off.

Or at least that is what I think will work for making these. I haven't timed them, as I will get quicker as time goes on. But already they take far less time than the fabric ones from 2015. Just right to get going in the morning and then getting on with something else.

As you see, I have started with yellow. Yellow is the one colour I have the least variety for, so use it for the shortest month. February isn't as short as usual, but still.

Sunday, 31 January 2016

And the bead keeps going on and on... 24-31 Jan

Week 4 January 2016

no.24

no.25

no.26

no.27

no.28

no.29

no.30

no.31


And here are all the beaded tassels for January.


All the glistening hard to focus on!

And the new fabric beads will start on 1 Feb. (Beading onto fabric bits alternate months as in years past.) You can see the ones for 2016 next Sunday! I did get the fabric pieces for the year cut yesterday at the Offcuts meeting.

Saturday, 30 January 2016

Something on Saturday - Another Trim Sample

Yesterday I found that I could listen to Andy Murray's late evening game in Australia while it was still morning here.

So, being as the something I needed to do required more brains than I have left when I am fretting over his coming back from 2 sets down, I decided to pick up the next beaded trim idea and have a go.

This is called a St. Petersburg Chain.*

Not too hard once you get started. The amber bead is a tension bead. Something to hold onto while you are getting started. Then you can untie it and weave the thread in. I will leave it on til I finish because then I won't have to look for where I have put it! I like having the contrast.

*Why, I don't know. The instructions were on a leaflet from the Bead Guild. I suppose you are meant to make a necklace or bracelet, but as I have mentioned previously, I am making up approx. 1 metre of these sample beading stitches to have to use as possible trim on my fantastical garments.

PS Andy Murray won that match and is through to the final. Oh, but that is against Djokovic, so you possibly know the outcome for that. But, there is always hope.

Friday, 29 January 2016

Ramshackle: Hilltop

For the SAQA auction at their upcoming Conference I knew the entry time was sometime soon, and then I saw a date for 6th Feb.
So I hurried to get to this yesterday so I could get it in the post. I went with some of my familiar styles, just adding one or two new things, like the shades in the windows. So it wasn't difficult to make up a 6x8in piece in a day. (It will be matted, so the visible size will be 4 1/2 x 6 1/2in.)

Ramshackle: Hilltop
Another in my Ramshackle series about neighbourhood and community.
Who lives at the top of the hill?
Does anyone live below?
Are they alone?


Then I found the 'be there' deadline is the 13th. The entry deadline is the 6th. Still, as I posted it today, it should get there with plenty of time for getting lost in the post and making a new one.
I hope it gets there with no problem! The first version of last year's piece was never found.

Monday, 25 January 2016

Kamlaika - "Seams"

Another finish last week was my piece using wax paper. Inspired by Kamlaika parkas I saw in Alaska which had been made by indigenous people groups.

On Saturday, we had the reveal of the work for our Worn Threads exhibition. I hadn't been able to get a photo here at home, so this is a quick one taken at the community centre.

(A bit of bad photo shopping at the left
to get a colourful coat out of the background.)


I will get some detail photos of the stitching to show sometime this week. We will be selecting and arranging so we know which pieces to take to the first venue.
It will be at Lady Sew and Sew in Henley from the 4th of February for 3 weeks. Then it will go to the National Needlework Archive in April.

Sunday, 24 January 2016

And the bead keeps going on and on... 17-23 Jan

Week 3 January 2016

no.17

no.18

no.19

no.20

no.21


colour change for the bugle beads
no.22

no.23

Thursday, 21 January 2016

Another finish - For Want of a Shoe

And it is even in the post.

I used a grassy print fabric with a touch of gold to bind the edge. Not easy to get right because the background print is so off grain and all over the place!
Near the bottom edge, I used a piece of the dark green from the quilt to fill in the gap where I ran out of the binding fabric to create a bit of interest. I think it helps to sort of draw attention to the date, which is the feature of each quilt in the exhibition that will tie them together.


For Want of a Shoe

And the story:
Abebe Bikila - Ethiopian, was the first African to win Olympic Gold. At the Rome Olympics in 1960, he ran the marathon barefoot because he was a replacement on the team and the sponsors providing running shoes hadn’t any left to fit him. Since then Ethiopians have become well known for their long distance running.

Challenging Technique:
Learning a little Amharic and Painting letters on fabric.

This is for the Stretching Art and Technique group. Our 17th challenge will be exhibited in March in New Jersey, and then travel through the rest of 2016 to the other Mancuso shows in New England during the summer and finish at the PNQE show in Pennsylvania in September.

And we have heard that Mancuso is willing to tour our exhibit on an annual basis!

Monday, 18 January 2016

A Drop in a Bucket returns

The other day when I got the news about the moon piece, I also had a knock at the door. It was A Drop in a Bucket back from its travels.


At the end of this year, there is a call for entry for a theme called 'H2Oh'. So, I think I am going to enter this. Perhaps even more people can stop and think about the message.

Sunday, 17 January 2016

And the bead keeps going on and on... 10-16 Jan

Week 2 January 2016

no.10

no.11


And now the bugle bead change
no.12

no.13

no.14

no.15

no.16