'Painterly Layers' on a gelli plate, so thought I should have a go as I really liked the effect. I discovered a few things:
1. You need to be quite fast (especially if your acrylic paint dries quickly) and can't take too long with each layer - don't let the paper stick to the plate either (!)
2. Using a heavy body acrylic paint is probably the best for this technique.
3. Use light colours working through to darker colours (which is a good thing to remember with any gelli layer prints).
4. I like bright colours best for this technique (although more muted colours would give a different feeling so perhaps I should try them too).
The paints I used were Pebeo studio acrylics, some with iridescent or metallic sheen to them. While these are lovely paints, they were a bit too transparent for this technique and also dried too quickly.
Thursday, 1 November 2018
Thursday, 25 October 2018
Last Sunday I took part in a workshop at Needle and Thread Workshops, which is in a lovely rural location just outside Lincoln. The workshops are held in a converted barn and all materials, equipment and food are provided. 'Free Motion Quilting for the Terrified' was led by Stuart Hillard. The photo below and biography are from the website.
Expect lots of fun, expertise and super stitching know-how on any workshop with Stuart Hillard! Stuart is a professional quilt designer, make and teacher with over 20 years' experience and hundreds of quilts under his belt. More than fifty of his designs have been published in national and international magazines and he is a monthly columnist for Popular Patchwork Magazine, Essentials Magazine and Sew Magazine and published author. A semi-finalist on the first series of The Great British Sewing Bee in 2013, global ambassador for Handi-Quilter, ambassador for Coats Crafts/Rowan/FreeSpirit Fabrics and regular guest on Create and Craft TV."
I watched Stuart on the Great British Sewing Bee and also on Create and Craft, so knew that he would be lovely, funny and patient...and he was. He brought some of his beautiful quilts with him...
They are stunning...
You can't see the quilting very easily but it adds complementary patterns to the quilts. This hexagon quilt is made from material designed by Stuart (I have some of this too, but it probably won't be made into a quilt!
What were we aiming for? Here is Stuart's sampler of nine quilting patterns, although there are more than nine ideas there.
We started with a ripple pattern, getting a feel for the machine and trying to control the stitch length. This was something I struggled with and my stitch length was far from consistent; however, Stuart said it was all about practise. This was only the second time I had ever tried free motion stitching, so I couldn't expect miracles (although a little part of me did!) The cake was very welcome and was a yummy lemon one. We stitched for about 15 minutes at a time, which Stuart said was the most you should stitch for without a little break. He was full of hints and tips, recommendations for materials and needles.
Here's my ripple attempt. The other ladies (and it was all ladies) in the group were all more experienced in quilt making than me and had all made quilts before.
Then it was time to start the sampler. Stuart showed us how to stitch the patterns first and then we went off to have a go.
This was the last pattern we attempted, called peacock feathers. Although I still struggled with a consistent stitch length, I really liked the end result.
Here's a plan of the whole thing which I drew today, just to give an idea of what it should have looked like and also to remind me about the unfinished sections.
It was an intense day, but one I enjoyed. The organiser, Sally, was very welcoming and Jan provided delicious refreshments and a lovely lunch (jacket potato, lots of salads, cheese, tuna followed by caramelised apple tart).
I have gained a lot of confidence about giving it a go and although I don't think I shall be quilting, I may well be able to use some of the patterns in free motion embroidery onto my felt. I will keep an eye on the website and look out for a free motion embroidery workshop. There are lots of ideas swirling around in my brain!
Thursday, 18 October 2018
I love the cat fabric (Fryett's 'Cool Cats') so much that I have bought enough to make into a pinafore - it will probably need to be lined, so it may take me a while... There is a rather nice blue scandi patterned fabric I have also got my eye on for a pinafore too and I have denim waiting to be cut out. I think I am going to be busy!
In other sewing news, I am going on a workshop this Sunday, led by Stuart Hillard, called 'Free Motion Quilting for the terrified', so will report back on that next week. I am really looking forward to it.
Sunday, 14 October 2018
It was such a warm day yesterday and has been a really wet miserable day today. I made the most of the weather yesterday and planted some daffodils in pots. I also took the opportunity to have a look round the garden too. (The song 'What a difference a day makes' by Dinah Washington sprang into my head, hence the title of the post, even though the song is nothing to do with the weather, so here's a link to it on Youtube.)
Tuesday, 9 October 2018
Humber Bridge (photo from Wikipedia)
We headed to Hull last Saturday to visit the Scrapstore (more about it here) as we had seen a visit on a blog (Life without Money - see the post here) and it had whetted our appetite. It was the first time I had travelled over the Humber Bridge which seemed to go on for miles and was really impressive. On a sunny day, I imagine the views are wonderful. Sadly, as it was raining when we went, our views were limited.
The Scrapstore was an Aladdin's cave full of all sorts of bits and pieces from cardboard tubes to paper and card to a room full of fabric remnants and an art department. While you can fill a basket for £5.00 in the main room, the art materials are individually and competitively priced. Chris bought some more materials for puppet making. I was quite impressed with myself as I was quite restrained. Here's what I came home with:
While this photo looks rather underwhelming, it represents really good value for money. Hand made paper from India in A2 size (at least) for 10 pence a sheet. Of course, we bought 10 sheets, well, why wouldn't we?
We had rather a detour on the way back as we went round by Goole, missing going back over the bridge (which I was a bit disappointed about). Still, there's always another time.
There are Scrapstores around the UK - there may be one near you.
Saturday, 29 September 2018
here. It's really bright and colourful and I used lots of ink splat stamps to make the background. Now I just need to practise what I preach!
Thursday, 20 September 2018
Thursday, 13 September 2018
There was a Georgian font, which was something I hadn't seen before. It was rather elegant. I was really impressed with the church as sometimes churches can be dark and oppressive. This one was decorative, light and beautiful.