Monday, September 26, 2016

Still Learning

This will probably be ho hum for many, many people. But I have finally mounted one of my embroideries onto a canvas board thingy.

I did the embroidery a while ago, experimenting with hand sewn fabric collage. It was based on a picture I took while visiting some friends last year, in early autumn in Saugerties, upstate New York. Not quite a year ago, how time flies.

It has been on my pinboard, looking at me, telling me I should do something with it.

Finally I realised that I could buy a frame covered with canvas and maybe sew the piece onto it. It is about the right size.

So now it is painted with acrylic to mute the background, I have sewn it on and put on the D-hooks.
I am chuffed.

I keep making these little embroideries which are odd sizes, partly because they shrink and I never know how to get them exactly the size I want, partly because I don't think about that at all when I start, I am just having fun playing around. So I am going to have to learn to do some creative framing. Or start making traditional-frame-sized embroideries.

But this is a start.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Leaving it till the last minute

The Embroiderers Guild, Victoria (EGV) is having its receiving day tomorrow and Saturday for the upcoming A Secret Garden exhibition.
I  have had this idea lurking in the back of my mind for a few weeks but didn't get around to trying it out properly till yesterday.

I sewed the foreground and knew what I wanted for the background. I thought.

The foreground is some free motion sewing of a garden. It is done freehand on some dissolvable fabric.

Because I didn't want it to shrink too much, I pinned it to a cork board and then painted water onto the fabric. It took a while to dry but turned out ok. I hadn't sewn it all that exactly to size, so it isn't square. (I was aiming for 15cm x 15cm but it did shrink a bit more than that.)

I had found an image on 123RF that has an eye looking through a keyhole and thought to use that in the background. 

I really intended to have it in a box frame with the foreground well away from the background but didn't leave myself enough time to make the frame, or find one. 

So I have decided not to worry about it, I may give it a go another time or I may not. It was an interesting idea and I enjoyed playing with it - right up until I thought I needed to have it ready for tomorrow. Next time, I will try to plan a bit better. 

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Secret Garden continured

Ok, the date 6/9/12 deserves a post!  (Oops, got excited about the numbers, forgot that it is now 2016.)

I have been working on my Secret Garden idea. I had done the background.

Then I did a free motion piece on soluble fabric. I thought I had made it the right size but when I dissolved the fabric it shrank. I seem to make this mistake often. But … it was the right size in one direction.

We had a day learning about Tyvek at the Embroiderers Guild play day recently, so I used that inspiration to try making a wall.  I knew I had a pack of it somewhere, I bought it at least 5 years ago but hadn't even opened the packet. After some wondering where it could be now that I have tidied my studio and knew I hadn't seen it while doing that, I remembered where it was.

So, Tyvek painted, some rough free motion sewing, a bit of heat from the iron and voila - a wall.

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Contemporary Textile Exhibition Buda

I went to see the exhibition at Buda Historic Homestead during the week. As I had a piece in it, I was asked to sit the gallery for half a day.

It is set up in a lovely, airy room. All sorts of art was around me and I had a very relaxing time there.

This was my favourite piece, Rabbits, by Jo Maxwell.

My work had been mounted in a most creative way - I loved it. It was set in a freestanding frame and hung in the space inside the frame. You could see straight through the frame so my piece looked as if it was suspended in midair. I will have to think about doing something similar when I get it back.

The Slipstitch exhibition was also in Castlemaine, at the Art Gallery.
It was also very enjoyable to visit. Quite different from the Buda exhibition.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Not so secret garden

I thought I had better try to come up with a piece for the upcoming A Secret Garden exhibition, seeing I have become involved in the organisation of it.

Continuing on with my small pieces of fabric collage theme, I have made a small garden. It started out slightly smaller than A4 and will probably shrink a bit with the sewing.

Just laying out scraps, very small in some cases, onto some fusible interfacing.

Even smaller pieces that have had Vliesofix attached and were then ironed on.

Free motion sewing to add some texture. 

Now to work out how to make it 'secret'.
I have an idea but it remains to be seen if I can get it mounted in the way I am imagining. Time will tell.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Another invitation

I am very pleased that a piece I have made has been accepted into the Buda Historic House's Contemporary Textiles exhibition.

My piece uses some of the fossil  pieces I experimented with recently. I won't put a picture up until the exhibition opens.

Today an invitation came, so I am sharing it around.

Hmm, that could have been bigger.
Here is the relevant information:
Contemporary Textiles Exhibition, opening event is Sunday August 28th, 2.00pm.

The exhibition is open daily, 10am - 4 pm, from Saturday August 27th till September 10th.

There is another exhibition on at the same time in Castlemaine, at the Art Gallery and Museum. Slipstitch.
So you could have a lovely textile day out.

I will be sitting the gallery one morning, so hope to get to see the other textile exhibition that day also. Looking forward to it!!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016


Several people have said to me that I must post today, given the date. And I missed 12/8/16 just a few days ago, so I had better get myself organised.

So … what to write about?

I have been working on the flyer for the Embroiderers Guild, Victoria, for the upcoming members' exhibition. It is called A Secret Garden.

I haven't really used Photoshop much lately, so it was a bit of a challenge to get it done to all the subcommittee's satisfaction. (There was quite a lot of input from various sources.) I also had to do it to the requirements of the printers, which took a bit of playing around but eventually worked.

However, it has been successfully printed and we have also come up with an e-flyer for sending out to friends and other people with whom I have tenuous links through the internet.
Therefore, I will put an image up here. Feel free to pass it on.

If you are in Victoria, or you may visit in the appropriate times, you could visit. It isn't for a while yet which is fortunate as I am still developing ideas in my head.
I haven't worked out what technique I want to use, let alone work on the actual image.

We had a play day at the guild today and used Tyvek. Now I am thinking that I might be able to incorporate that into my work. Lots of playing will be necessary - not a bad thing. There should be time to get it done, handing in day isn't till September 24th.