Thursday, 30 July 2009
The Fast Friday Fabric Challenge this month involves radial symmetry for the layout and colours of nature.
Here is my start. Because of the size limit (I do the challenges as part of the Contemporary Quilt Group Journal Quilts, too, which are 12" x 6" this year.) I can only do part of a circle. I kind of had the idea of having a flight of dragons in a similar aerial pattern to the Red Arrows. (warning, the link has the wing commander giving a blurb about the Red Arrows team, so you may want to decrease volume or something.) They had to be very small to get them to fit. With a bit of help from my son, I was able to develop some dragon shapes I was happy with.
I decided to use the elements for the colours of nature. But I also included a black and white dragon which I am calling the element of Word. So, from right to left I have water, fire, word, earth, sky. They are all made from hand dyed silks, except the black and white one, which is from a black and white silk tie. They all have a ball of fire in front of them. This is similar to the oriental dragons chasing a pearl. But you can decide if they are chasing it or if it comes from them.
Now I need to do the background. I think it needs some white clouds or something somehow, but I won't be able to work on it til the beginning of next week.
I hope to post tomorrow, but if not, see you next week.
Wednesday, 29 July 2009
I quilted the flowers and shapes in the large L, and also with the lines on the people I did with burnt silk. I also made some faces to stand out from the sides of the golden shapes. I am now quilting a vine in and around the letters. Perhaps I will get it finished tomorrow.
I am not quite sure how I will finish the edges.
Tuesday, 28 July 2009
Monday, 27 July 2009
Here is a glimpse of the ones I decided to send.
It is kind of nice to have a bit of a clear out and the benefit will be for the Quilt Museum in York. There will be a tombola at the Festival of Quilts.
So, I am finishing up labels for the ones which do not have them. I was going to parcel them to send, but I just realised that we are already planning to go to York at the weekend, so maybe I can deliver them in person! Save on parceling and postage! That will be one less thing to do!
I went to visit with Lynne's Monday night fashion class this evening. They will be meeting in the room next to mine when I am teaching the C+G course. It was good to see who belonged to some of the projects I saw when we set up for the EV. I am looking forward to doing the teaching. A bit scared, but looking forward to it. I am to go to London for a training day in September, since it is a new version of the course. That should be interesting!
Sunday, 26 July 2009
When you get to doing the whites, you have to go searching round the house for where she has put them all.
Saturday, 25 July 2009
I love yellow roses.
I took one photo with the flash and one without. I can't decide which I like the best, so I am showing both. the first shows how well they look with the colours in the dining room.
The second shows off the roses more.
Looking forward to a new year with loads of new things.
Oops the dog just came to say dinner is ready! Bye!
Friday, 24 July 2009
Louise had some great textures going on inspired by tree bark.
Nalini's design started with shapes from a stained glass window.
And the Lily inspired the colours for her necklace!
One of the students completing the City and Guilds Diploma this year has done exceptional work. We were so pleased that the E.V. recognised this by putting her forward for a medal of excellence! Well done, Gill! Best wishes for the presenting on the national level!
Gill has already been asked to teach corsetry and lingerie at New Directions college.
Thursday, 23 July 2009
wonderful boss, Lynne Bush. She made 3 of the wedding dresses last year for her new daughter-in-laws, as her 3 sons all got married the same year!
Wednesday, 22 July 2009
Tuesday, 21 July 2009
Monday, 20 July 2009
Sunday, 19 July 2009
Sorry about the sunburnt lady. I haven't used those fineline pens for sometime and forgot how bright the peach really was! So, I had to go over it a bit with the pink again, just to keep it from being orange.
Saturday, 18 July 2009
Interestingly enough, as well as the discovery stuff we did that encouraged his Scientific mind, he also enjoys cooking!
Friday, 17 July 2009
If I can find some brass beads or something, I may sew them to the sticks at the top, so as to resemble the top of the A6 piece. There is also a section which can be disconnected. All of this disconnection discussion is about the meaning as it is really meant to be displayed as it is. As you can see, I am also still following some of my ideas about transparent pieces.
I still have to stitch the Letter piece from the Zoom series. I know what I want to do, but I needed time to work out just how I would do it. The other day, someone mentioned using freezer paper ironed onto the work and then stitched through. I think that is what I need to create areas I want to quilt with different patterns. I am hoping to get to that next week.
Thursday, 16 July 2009
Great Hollands Library - Shirley, Sui, Jean
I love the ideas for individualising the designs!
Wednesday, 15 July 2009
Tuesday, 14 July 2009
Monday, 13 July 2009
Here are a few glimpses for you.
I seem to have been quite taken with the raku work by Peter Hayes. It has such a timeless quality. Gary Wood's work had a textile aspect to it, but I didn't photograph it. I liked the portals element of some of the work. I am interested in portals, too, but it hasn't come out in my work ...yet. The work from David Gates and Dail Behennah both had a form of stitching or weaving as part of the sculpture. One with wood and the other with small pebbles and dowels. Beata Host's silver jewellery had an ancient feel. (My Danish friend said it felt "Viking"...then we learned the artist is Norwegian!) Carole Waller's textile work caught between UV glass and sealed so it could be displayed outdoors created vivid sculpture which changed with the light. I am sure I could have stayed much longer.
And...well...someday, maybe I would be rich enough to have at least one of the raku pieces!
I will tell you more about Saturday later in the week. I am teaching Fabric Painting for Crafts @the Library at the Birch Hill Library tomorrow and at the Great Hollands library on Wednesday. (As well as finishing up the teaching course! Hurrah!)
Sunday, 12 July 2009
This is made after the Portrait of the Young Princess Elizabeth. It was made for my Formal Wear Project for City and Guilds.
Marianne asked me about showing more detail from the coat I made (and modeled!) which was inspired by Tudor fashion. You can read more about it here. But here are a couple closer looks at some of the embellishment. Some of the photos were taken during construction.
Tomorrow, I will tell you about our Day Out from Saturday.
Thursday, 9 July 2009
It is called Tudor Glows because it is inspired by the highly embellished velvet and brocade garments of Tudor times. I split each side - left and right, front and back into 6 parts. And then made a plan so that there are 6 embellishment techniques, but in different positions on each side. Also, the sleeves are made in one with the yoke.
Although it was warm work in the summer, I really enjoyed making this! It has been on exhibit at the Festival of Quilts and also shown in the -“Made To Wear” Fashion Show , Nov 2006, A Quilter’s Gathering, Nashua, NH, and featured with Student Work in the “Popular Patchwork Magazine”, October, 2005. Now it will have the chance to dazzle another audience tomorrow night!