I actually enjoyed doing this page. I've taken another picture from Leah Evans and moved on from the previous page. Instead of using fabric, I've used paper and felt.
This isn't ordinary felt. This is recycled felt from wrapping canoes, so one side is slightly smooth and shiny, whilst the other is soft and feltlike.
The pieces that had the cut out holes in them were mounted over copies of old maps. One was of a town plan, the other an old map of Wales. Wales is where my father's family originates, and we lived there before coming up to Sheffield.
In a slight change, I think the London Underground is going to be worked on next.
London is where my parents grew up, where I was born, where my grandmother lived as I was growing up, and where the boys father was living when we were courting, so has an important place in our family history.
I took a sheet of paper and glued strips of felt to it. The strips were varying widths, as were the gaps between. Some of the pieces were shiny side up, some felt side, so there was variation in size and texture.
Once this was dry, I cut the sheet into four. Two pieces were laid on the page so that the stripes ran in opposite directions.
The other two pieces had circles cut from them. These were mounted onto the source image, so that the details ran in opposite directions.
All these pieces were then stuck into the ledger but you are able to lift each part to see the maps and pages below
The fun with sampling has begun. Hopefully, I can bring some elements from both pages and go from there. The first sample has been done in fabric. I used raw edge applique to attach the black fabric, leaving lines of the fabric below showing. The next stage was to layer with batting, back with calico and quilt. The quilting lines represent the contour lines you would get on a map.
Taking this forward, I could do quilted panels for my finished piece. If I did that, I would take each place that has a relevance to me and the children, do a simplified representation of the place, and then put them onto a quilted panel. That is still an idea, nothing has yet been decided, other ideas may come to me as I try more samples.
As you can see, I've solved the problem of the green patch I didn't like, I've stitched my sample into the book. Now I only see it if I life up the sample. The next sample is in progress, no quilting involved.
Bit by bit, there is visible progress on my Alchemy class project. The page on the left is a copy of a photo of a map I have framed on my wall. I can't remember where I came from, all I remember is that it was in a book that my mum and dad had. The colours aren't true in the photo, but it will serve as a reminder of the starting point of this page. The real thing is in front of me every day.
The various aspects of the globe are shown in four circles on the map, so I've taken circles and used them for experimenting with ideas and for notes.
The top two are simplified versions of the world and a political map. I have memories of the political maps in the school atlas, and how those colours changed from one edition to another as world dominance changed. It reminds me now of a patchwork quilt.
The next circle is just a hand drawn sketch of the segments on the globe and ideas for development in needlework. The other information circle lists the inspiration sources and memories of maps at school.
The bottom circle on the left has been attached to the page. It is a simplified image of sea, sand, land, green land, and wooded areas. It's been made from scraps of fabric stuck onto paper as a collage, reminiscent of applique.
These ideas may or may not be repeated, but they have all gone to inform the process to the final piece. The final form has not yet been decided, but there are more ideas to develop on the next page.
Finally, I can see my table and use it! This is the best it's been for over a week. It may look a bit disorganised, but I know exactly where everything is and what needs doing.
Working from left to right, there is a quilt to be quilted, and books and papers for Alchemy 2013, centre is a block for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge this month, and to the right, behind the sewing machine are some crumb blocks in the making.
After the cleaning had been done yesterday, I had an hour to spare before I had to start cooking for visitors, so I did as much sewing as I could before I needed to ir. The kitchen table was already set, so tomorrow I can press and get these blocks finished. That will clear the table for the quilt and Alchemy work. I can't believe, this is the first sewing of the month.
There has been some progress on my Alchemy project, although no stitching or sample pages have yet gone into my ledger. My inspiration for this project is maps. I shall blame my mum for this as she started this interest. From when we were quite young, we had old maps of places where the family members were born. Wherever we went, we would look at old maps of the area, and I always loved the old school atlas. It's fascinating to see how the world has changed as each generation of the family has come along.
There may be nothing to see in my ledger as yet, but two more pages of notesh, mostly words and definitions which I've enjoy getting from the two biggest and oldest volumes of The Oxford Universal Dictionary I have. There are pages bookmarked on my tablet for inspiration, but the colour ink on my printer has let me down. New supplies should arrive today.
A new addition to my library is a book on antique maps and there is a printout of a photo of a framed print I have hanging in my living room, and the London Underground. All being well, this should soon be translated into something more usable over the next week or so.
The plan for yesterday, was to do some more on Jonathan's cross stitch, but domestic chores seemed to eat into more of the day than expected. That meant I didn't have much time before the boys were going to be back home, so I sat down with some mindless crochet instead.
This is a piece I've had in my bag for doing while waiting for the boys at different events. However, I'm trying to clear my workbasket, so decided to work on this over the weekend, and try to get it finished. I just need to get to the end of that ball of cotton.
I've also started another class with Karen Ruane, so the sketchbook you can see has the starting of my notes, sketches and research. This is a 12 week course, so expect this to feature quite a bit over the coming weeks. At the moment, I am waiting for some printer ink, so notes is all it's going to be for a couple of days.
I have had a lifelong love of crafts which started with being taught how to knit at a very young age. It didn't take long to realise that great joy and satisfaction came from making things. Even now, I get a thrill seeing something that started just as an idea, becoming a finished product, whether I make it, or teach someone else how to make it.