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.
For a while now, I've been watching an art challenge on Facebook. Every month Robyn of M.R. Art posts a series of photographs, and different artist then share their interpretation. I finally took the plunge this month and had a go and now I'm wondering why it's taken so long.
One of the photos was of a Desert Rose and I was a bit torn as to how to interpret the photo. I toyed with the idea of embroidery but ended up doing appliqué and quilting with a bit of machine embroidery. The mini quilt has hanging tabs on the back so it can go on the wall.
I thoroughly enjoyed the challenge and can't wait to see what next month's choices will be.
Fibre Arts and Photographs
I had a lot of comment on the blog, Facebook and Instagram about the scrim lace I was making so I thought I'd show you what I had done with it. I can't show you the whole thing at present, but here's a peak at how it looks.
Previously, I've used scrim lace in mixed media embroidery, so using it as an overlay is a new way for me to use it. My fingers were itching to embroider on it and I may do so in the months to come. I do have some left over.
Here is a quick overview from a Facebook Live video I did yesterday. You'll be able to see some of the places I've used it before and how different it can look.
This week has been spent making scrim lace. It's something I haven't done for a couple of years and I'm in love! It feels so wonderful to touch.
It's straight off the machine here so looks a bit different to the end result. It's been damp stretched and I've spent part of the night just looking at it. It's had to be done in two parts as this piece is too big for my board.
The lace is going to be incorporated into one of my current projects and I can't wait to see how it will look. Sometimes, it's just good to revisit old friends.
It was an interesting session this month, and quite varied too. First up, sewing with hessian. This covers just a few tips to make working with hessian easier for you machine, and just general housekeeping tips for your machine.
It was lovely to find out that the video helped a lady and her sewing machine become friends. Hopefully, when the hessian comes out, they'll still be talking to each other.
The next question was about Free Motion Embroidery. I haven't done any for a long time, and, as it's very closely related to Free Motion Quilting, I thoroughly enjoyed having another go. I do hope it will encourage others to just give it a try.
This is done on my normal sewing machine, all I've done is change the foot. Some say you can do this without a foot on your machine, but do be careful with your fingers. My machine didn't like not having a foot on and just chewed up the threads. The important thing to remember, is to make sure your presser foot lever is in the down position, whether you have a foot on or not. Having a doodle cloth is a great idea, just to get your hands used to moving the hoop around.
I did do a tutorial for a fleece backed blanket, but forgot to put it up on the page. I'll share it in a separate post for tomorrow. I do have a challenge for the next session, I'll share it with you next month.
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.