Monday, 26 October 2009

Fountain and petals....a reminder of Morocco.

Chocolate box

Took a rest from machining to work on a stitch sample. Recycling is good and you get to eat all the chocolates first! Determined to make something out of all the choc boxes I've melted.....

Friday, 23 October 2009

Free machining mosaic

Been trying to do some machine stitching when I get a minute, but baby grandaughter wakes up as soon as I turn on the sewing machine! The mosaic pattern represents the Zellig tilework of Morocco. This will be the tiling in the fountain and, as my stitching distorts the muslin, I hope they(the tiles) will appear as you would see them as you look into the water. That's the theory anyway. Slow progress and my tutor is telling me to GET ON WITH IT!
I am usually thinking ahead though and I've been working on a rose stencil and a fountain stencil - both taken from wallpaper. Now need to get on with my design book and draw out a proper working design.I do get too involved in design as it's the part I like. Can somebody else make the piece ---- please!
Halloween break already too -- I'm sure the terms are getting shorter.

Monday, 12 October 2009

Procion dyeing

Procion dyed 2 pieces of calico today. Turned out a salmony pink but they will probably change colour when I wash and dry them. Not actuallly sure what shade of pink I was looking for! Also dyed some lace and threads.Nipped out at lunch time to go see an art exhibition. Nice lampshade,looked like lace.

Thursday, 8 October 2009


I'm out most Thursday mornings.I belong to the Harmony Hill Craft Group(featured in the August/September issue of Workbox mag). We don't have anyone 'official' coming in to do demos so today one of the members showed us marbling using carrigeen moss. Every one loved doing this. Quick and easy and good results.
I've tried marbling with wallpaper paste and shaving foam and been disappointed, so pleased to get some good samples.
It was Pot Luck lunch and my fluffy pineapple flan was a success!

Tuesday, 6 October 2009


Into college and back to my usual Monday class. Only 7 of us, which I like, but there are only 2 of us doing the Diploma - not enough for ideas and inspiration.
We did some stencilling today and I got started on free-machining the piece of muslin.
Also made a start on a sketch book- something I've always shied away from.Started it off with the stencils.
Next week at college...procion dyeing.

Thursday, 1 October 2009

Bondaweb on muslin

Been ironing little squares of painted bondaweb onto the muslin... very time consuming! Think I will add some metallic foils onto to some of the bondawebbed squares. I'm trying to get the look of mosaic tiles. Planning to free- machine the squares in between the bondaweb to distort the muslin(like pulled work).Hmmmm..does that make sense?
Went out tonight to husbands camera club as there was a photo show of a club members hols in Morocco. That was right up my street!