Tuesday, January 30, 2007
Monday, January 29, 2007
Sunday, January 28, 2007
Then I'll break the good news that their task is actually the reverse. They have already 'invented' as their music teacher calls it, their own piece of music. I think we're going to have them draw a graph of it and from that graph an expressive drawing and from that drawing a piece of textile art. There is a long distance between here and there and very little travelling time but at least now I have an approximation of a map which I'll adapt and add to as I go.
Friday, January 26, 2007
The needle felting tool with its lovely wooden handle works beautifully. I guessed the colours of roving I might need and ordered sight unseen over the phone with pretty good results. Only one dead duck and I'll be able to swap that with another felting chum.
The point (which I stuck into my thigh several times) of this needle felting exercise is repair holes worn in the heels of my much loved hand knitted socks. I don't want to have to do hours of mad stabbing motions all that often so I tried to make the replacement heels as substantial as I could. May have gone slightly mad with these. This is six layers of roving felted down and it is a little on the lumpy side. I have another pair with a three layer repair (try saying that with your teeth out) so I will compare, contrast and report back.
Tuesday, January 23, 2007
This is the desired effect.
Thursday, January 18, 2007
However, if I have a specific project in hand, like this Big Draw book I've been making, I tend to go at it relentlessly until I am unable to straighten up. SOOOOO stupid!! Anyway, it’ll soon be done and I’m debating whether or not to take my sewing machine back in the shop and get stitching. Not keen I must admit. If my February schools project engrosses me, that might take me up to Easter when the shop will be busy again and I’ll be saved from stitching. Phew!
On the downside, if I haven't made anything new that will mean I won't be able to take part in the several exhibitions I like to do each year. Oh well, maybe this will be the year to cut loose from exhibiting and move on.
Wednesday, January 17, 2007
However........I still hadn't unpacked from Saturday's workshop and there wasn't much in the way of table space.
Tuesday, January 16, 2007
Saturday, January 13, 2007
Check out the safety pin challenge. Cool brooches!
Thursday, January 11, 2007
Sunday, January 07, 2007
On my more deluded days I aspire to be a teacher of yoga. Think I'd be any good at the instructions? Stand up and lift both feet off the floor for a minute and we'll find out.
Saturday, January 06, 2007
I guess it's a bit of the old Chuck Close syndrome. Reads one way close to and quite another from way back. Any of us who make visual art will have had to come to grips with this one. My father-in-law drives me mad because he always knows better than I do and passes on his wisdom prefixed by the words.....I'll just give you a wee tip. So gentle reader, in the spirit of FiL, I'll just give you a wee tip to help you see how your work in progress is going to read. Get one of those door spy hole things and look at your master piece as if you were checking to see who the bad boy outside was. Gives a great illusion of viewing your work from a distance and you know instantly what needs to be done.
If your neighbour gets tired of you calling her up and asking her to stand across the hall clutching your latest UFO to her bosom, you could always nip down the hardwear store and buy a new door spyhole to keep in your pencil case specifically for solitary art viewing purpose.
Good way to get to know your neighbours though.
Tuesday, January 02, 2007
At least with this method of book making it lies beautifully fully flat no matter what page you open it at and this was the desired effect.
Here is another small version of this kind of stitching with used envelopes. The envelopes have been folded in half and stitched up the middle. The benefit of this is that you can keep things in them. This envelope came from from Twinings, the tea manufacturer. That's what I love about used envelope books. The franking and postmarks.
This is a Japanese stab bound version with a cover based on the hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil theme. I used new envelopes for this one, unsullied by any kind of communication.
And here we have a pamphlet stitch version with a cover of pelmet vilene decorated with tissue paper leaves. It's secrets are contained by two buttons and a cord. Must be mighty big secrets!