Thursday, July 16, 2020

I painted calico with acrylic paints and then embellished the images with lines of free machine embroidery. These were inspired by my walks of the local wildflower meadows, river and woodlands during lockdown.

One of the images was used by singer/song writer Andrew Major as art work on his latest single. You can listen to it here.



Inspired by Walks
© Lynn Pilgrim

Monday, July 13, 2020

Stitch Challenge

I finally got to try out one of the stitching challenges. This is the first one - taking one stitch and playing with spacing (both vertically and horizontally), and direction. I didn't get as far as using different thread thicknesses. I then did a sample in colour which again only uses straight stitches.



Stitch Challenge
© Alex Messenger

Friday, July 10, 2020

Boro Workshop

Only 6cm wide. I really enjoyed picking out the small bits of fabric, working my way along the length, then stitching more and more on whatever bit took my fancy. And finally adding a few buttons. I do love a button!



Boro Samples
© Karen Rowe

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Boro Workshop

Like Sue King I attended Zoe Hillyard’s Boro workshop last year. I continue to add to what I started at odd times, sticking to a blue and white theme and using, in the main, fabric that I’ve dyed myself. Holding it in my hand and gently stitching without any great plan is hugely relaxing. It may become quite large and I still haven’t decided what to turn it into!

Boro Samples
© Amanda Smith

Thursday, June 18, 2020

I started this piece of Japanese Boro work at our Zoe Hillyard workshop last year. It was a flat piece when finished and i decided to make it into a clutch bag The pieces of fabric, all old, include a vintage towel and a doily dyed with indigo at a shibori workshop I attended, both belonged to my mother in law. Also some Liberty tana lawn and wool samples given to me by a friend who collected small sample books when she worked at Liberty’s about 45 years ago. I found the hand stitching process very therapeutic and simple. Lovely to make something out of pieces that might otherwise have been wasted as they were quite small. The lining was a remnant of old shirting.




Shibori Bag
© Sue King

Textile Challenge

I have been taking part in the Textile Challenge and have done a piece for every challenge.



Textile Challenge
© Margaret Craig

Monday, June 15, 2020

Landscape Prints

Before lockdown I was looking at the shapes and signs man has left in the landscape, field patterns, stone walls, hill forts etc. On the continuing theme of ‘and those who came before’ During lockdown I have worked up several mixed media pieces and after lockdown I hope to explore further ancient sites and develop these prints that I have been making.







Landscape Prints
© Polly Woolstone

Friday, June 12, 2020

Indigo Tie-Dye Sample

I’ve been working on travelling pages/book for when we get back to meeting again. Here’s one from when I did some indigo tie-dyeing and this was cotton fabric wrapped around a cotton reel, which I then beaded and embroidered.


Indigo Tie-Dye
© Meryl Bird

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Gawthorpe Needlecase

This piece was stitched before and during the pandemic lockdown but it was a much more personal and profound Before, During, After project for me. The Gawthorpe Needlecase is designed and kitted by Jenny Adin-Christie. It includes a multitude of beautiful materials and interesting stitches and techniques, some of which were new to me but Jenny's instructions are so clear and comprehensive that I had no difficulty learning what to do.

I wrote more about the project, and what was happening in my life as I stitched it, on my blog.


Gawthorpe Needlecase
© Carol-Anne Conway


Gawthorpe Needlecase
© Carol-Anne Conway

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Fish

Taking inspiration from wine labels.... No. 2 My fish don't look as relaxed as the wine label fish. Maybe I should have drunk the wine first!

Fish 2
© Karen Rowe

Fish 3
© Karen Rowe

Sunday, May 31, 2020

Indigo Fish

Fish made from fabric printed on my last trip to India, as was the fabric it is swimming on. Maybe the first of many in different sizes?

Indigo Fish
© Jane Treavis

Friday, May 29, 2020

Flowers

Stitched on net, with thanks to Cherrilyn Tyler for showing me how. Has a touch of the canal boat I think.

Flowers
© Alex Messenger