Wednesday, 15 July 2020

Sally MacCabe.

We were supposed to have a two day workshop with Sally MacCabe back in June which obviously did not go ahead.We were disappointed so she agreed to create a video workshop we could download and work at in our own time.She did a really good job considering she had never done anything like it before.There has been a lot of that in these last strange months.

 Below are the results we came up with.

This is Jenn's attempt.The inside pages of her concertina book,

some close-ups

and the outside.Jenn feels it is lacking in something and could probably be because she had no particular focus.It needs more work and lots more layers

Sally chose to work on a different page size using zigzag stitch to join them.

She used her own papers from old watercolours, which were washed under the tap and repurposed.

Then she added to the surface with more collage and stamps.

Viv, as is usually the way, had recently had a cull of her magazine stash and found  she only had a garden magazine to use for collaging.

However ,it turned out to her advantage as she has created a lovely concertina with a limited selection.

Kirsten started with a sheet of paper painted  in another workshop, see last photo.

She decided to colour this side in blues at the top shading to greens at the bottom with a sunset in mind.Finding it a little boring she repainted in dark tones of blue and blacks well as  turning  the page upside down. She found some magazine pages of boats at low tide that seemed to fit .

She found the pastel used to blend in the magazine didn't work well with the glossy paper so she added tones of acrylic paint instead.She quite likes the dark moody feeling  though is toying with working into the page with some pen and ink drawing and adding in white pencil work.

This is the other side which is waiting for some further work on another day.The results so far are as individual as the members of the group.

Deryll has chosen some lovely areas of texture to highlight her cover.

inside are some rich colours 

reminiscent of skies.

She prefers stitching to adding collage and has couched long lines of different threads to echo the colours used in her creation.

Here's Debby's concertina book with little window pop outs.She has used intuitive blue for the front pages.

on the other side she has used yellow ochre.on the page is a set of notes made from listening to a lecture on Ascemic writing.Mark making with gesture where the hand follows perception.If you look carefully you will see the writing,the word 'Follow' stands out .

Creative prompt 4.

Take a Walk
Cut an A4 sheet in two down its length.
Join along the short edge.
Roll up
Take a soft paste, pencil or felt penned your roll of paper.
Now take a walk, around your garden, yourdaily exercise or wherever you wish.
As you walk hold the drawing implement against the paper unrolling as you move.
The drawing implement will make marks on the paper recording the rhythm or your movement.
When the paper comes to an end turn the paper around and create a second line.
Unroll the page and cut into sections, then reassemble however you wish.
You can use a viewfinder to isolate a pleasing section.
 Use this as inspiration for a stitch sample......or not.

Notice her wicked little aside!


Friday, 10 July 2020

Susie Vickery's Stitch Club.

Carol signed up to the Stitch club organised by
This last month it was set by Susie Vickery and entailed creating a sampler using of all things plastic waste!
We think Carol has managed an amazing sampler.She said it was created using 1" strips of plastic bags and a clementine net.Should you wish to have a go she recommends using the thinnest plastic bags ,loose ,open weave fabric and a large eye chenille needle.

Wednesday, 1 July 2020

Trees as inspiration.

Sally has been in the midst of having some work done at home which has kept her away from her work desk. However, with it all done, the house back to normal and a clear desk she got back to creating.

Last year she did a drawing course over three weeks with RWA, here in Bristol.It was looking at and drawing trees.

The original drawings have been taken and manipulated on her tablet ,before being printed on fabric.

She has then worked into them with free machine stitch.They form the pages of a book.They have a lovely, dream like quality to them.

Creative prompt 3

Liz set the third prompt .It was to create a postcard size piece of a favourite place.It could be created with fabric, collage ,drawing but should contain an element of stitch.

Deryll chose Louchrigg Tarn in Cumbria.A calm and beautiful place she visited with her husband.

 Not surprisingly a few used their garden as a favourite place.






A favourite beach in Borth,Wales they have spent a week each year.