Friday, 23 August 2013

Did you think we were done with August............

Deryll does such lovely pieces with colour themes,this is one in progress.Lots of greens joined together and enhanced with stitch.

Ira says she has been working on the blue piece,top of the picture,on and off for a while.It's a "go-to" when other things are not working well.Her second piece  ochres and purple mimicking her beloved rock strata.Using only man-made fabrics she uses her own alchemy to turn them into something magical.

Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Can you see what it is yet?

Bobby brought along some of her lovely painted silk fabrics,twisted and plaited into cords of different lengths.She alos had some sea washed driftwood.If you come along in October you'll be able to see the finished piece

Sunday, 18 August 2013

Viv's plant playday

I had a little play at the plant dyeing as described by Liz at the India Flint workshop she attended.  I'm not sure if I did it the "right" way, i.e. included the right ingredients, and as I only got 50% success perhaps I didn't.  However, I am really pleased with the way the other 50% turned out.

My little bundles in the pot

wool, silk, cotton fabrics

 assortment of rusty bits and pieces, along with various bits of plant material from my garden and the odd teabag

my best results after boiling, washing, drying and pressing

Saturday, 17 August 2013

Possible pieces.

Sue showed several 'possibles'.This embellished piece inspired by the skies she sees fom her house.It is a larger piece than you see .There was a discussion about the size and orientation that it might eventually be,Kirsten proposed this one.
   In addition Sue had some coloured and textured enamels done on a course some time ago .They would go beautifully with some of her fabrics.The consensus was she had several pieces rather than the one she was considering.You'll have to visit the Guild in October to see who won!

Friday, 16 August 2013

August meeting.

The month has gone by so quickly,it doesn't seem that long since we added to the 'blog.We met at Sue's and saw some lovely pieces,some almost complete and others in various stages.

Liz had been on a three day workshop with India Flint about eco-dying.This shows the result of her unique dyeing methods.I think we were all interested to find out how,next best thing to going on the workshop.
   We are looking ahead to our October exhibition at Bristol Guild,details will follow in a later post.

Tuesday, 6 August 2013

French Art

Inspiration from Lucien Pissaro - who painted in 1893 Les Dindons - the Turkeys

I thought that the method of heavy oil painting could be a method for making a modern textile landscape - I was particularly thinking of the texture of the foliage in the trees - many different colours which could be pieces of fabric with stitch - here is a start:-
This is a selection of fabrics in similar colours to those in the painting, placed on hand printed fabric. dh

Saturday, 3 August 2013

Textiles at Tyntesfield

Sally, Viv, Bobby and Anne Coleman visited Tyntesfield to see the house textiles on display. We were a bit dismayed to find them packing them all away at 11.00 am, on the last day of the exhibition - and made our feelings known - but fortunately they agreed to unpack some of them to show us - so a few photos here, not great, but you get the idea.

 Abve is an embroidered detail from a white skirt and jacket (on bed below)
 A selection of children's dressing up clothes

The other items were in a glass cabinet so not easy to photograph.

Friday, 2 August 2013

Silver Frame Challenge

I reworked this leaf picture for the silver frame challenge as I wasn't happy with the first one.  Free machining in pastel shades on a black and white digital print of one of my photographs.  JO'L