One of the pleasures that have come from my new job is being introduced Art Works. The organisers and service users are all brilliant to spend time with. Recently, they've been getting ready for an art exhibition and been collaborating with some great artists. David Thomas and Vicki Fong came up with some wonderful portraits, you can see the original here. I decided to have a go and translate some into stitch.
This is the first one and I've definitely learned a lot from it. I've done applique for some of the different elements and used free motion embroidery to add further detail. The background has been quilted with small 'pebbles'. This one has been made up into a small pillow. I'm pleased to say, it's been a great hit with everyone. Now, I need to pick my next subject and apply some of the things I've learned from this one.
You can learn more about the exhibition here and, if you're local to Sheffield, do make the time to visit. There will be some wonderful pieces to see and many will be available to buy.
Very soon the Special Olympics are coming to Sheffield. Artworks, one of the groups I have contact with are doing an art exhibition to run alongside the event. As part of that, a number of artists have been given a bowling skittle to decorate and these will be auctioned. I'm delighted to have been given one to decorate.
I wanted to keep the decoration in a medium that I usually work with. That meant a choice between using fabric or yarn. I polled my Facebook followers and yarn bombing came out on top.
I made a start last night and I'm loving the whole experience. I will be creating a sleeve in green as a base and then covering in crocheted and/or knitted flowers. If you have any favourite patterns for flowers, please feel free to leave links in the comments. I can't wait to try them. I'll keep you posted on progress, I've only got a few weeks to get it done.
Create With Loopy
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.