What a month it has been for extraordinary weather. We expect rain in April to "bring forth May flowers", but sleet, hail stones, and snow do nothing for delicate seedlings. We've had to delay planting out the vegetables that are propagating in our utility room otherwise they would have been destroyed. Meanwhile there has been … Continue reading April Showers
I have a habit of losing track of time. It may be an age thing, it may be because I don't go out to work. Sometimes it's because of the dreaded MS fatigue. Whatever the reason for it I forget to tend to this blog, then I suddenly discover that I haven't published a … Continue reading Time for an update
A few days ago I re-blogged Donna Cheshire's post about the workshop she taught at Weave. I was one of the lucky participants and learned a lot from the day. At the end I did that thing so many of us do: I compared my work to everyone else's and was disappointed in myself. I … Continue reading What I did next: My learning from Donna’s FME Workshop
I was lucky enough to participate in this workshop with Donna
So, what a wonderful creative weekend this has been (apart from writing this blog post as it keeps deciding to eat itself !)
Friday night was spent on another workshop introducing a new group of people to needle felting – more of that in a future post …but this is all about Saturday and Freestyle Machine Embroidery (FME)
My mission was to introduce a group of budding textile artists and designers to the thrill that is FME. My aim – to get them to try different approaches to FME and to consider how these could be used to further develop their own creative textile ‘handwriting’ – that is to use FME in a way that would enhance the content and meaning of their work as opposed to being just another process in their textile toolkit.
We were working at the fantastic Lynemouth Resource Centre, where a disused function room…
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Today I went to a meeting at Headway Arts in Blyth to discuss the possibility of working with them, and some other emerging artists, to create a Tall Ships project. Fran and Allie were very positive about our ideas. I need to focus mine down more tightly as it is in danger of mushrooming out … Continue reading Project Progress
Yet again, time has slipped away from me. It's been almost a month since I last posted anything here, and I could have sworn it was only a couple of weeks! Since my last post I've had a birthday, found a small rigid heddle loom for £10 in a charity shop, started on the Future … Continue reading A new month, and a new idea.
Really informative post about ecoprinting on synthetic fabric. Visit Obovate Designs blog for more about ecoprinting and dyeing.
I was out last weekend to shop for some leggings. With luck, I also found some plain white tights. They are just perfect for this idea that I had in mind for some time. The tights were pre-washed and then contact printed with a mélange of botanical: peach, rose, eucalyptus, sumac, rue, oak, lemon, daisies, and onion skins. The results turned out fabulously and we also made a video to record the process.
The exciting moment for me was when I opened the first bundle, which revealed that the process I used had worked wonderfully. Below are pictures of the different types of plant materials used in this project.
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I love weaving, I think it's in my genes given that my maternal grandmother was a linen weaver in Northern Ireland. I bought a Brinkley loom last year after doing a workshop with Eve Studd of Cornhill crafts, but I haven't used it as often as I'd intended. This year at Woolfest I came across … Continue reading Weaving Practice
It's now possible to buy my designs on a range of products, by clicking the links in the side bar, to my virtual shops. I have designs on Spoonflower, Redbubble, and Spreadshirt. On Spoonflower I have grouped designs into 4 coordinating collections; collection 5 are a set of individual stand alone designs. I do intend … Continue reading Shop with The Thread Shed Studio
I've mentioned in previous blog posts that I would love to develop my digital design skills, and it is my ambition to get funding for a decent computer with Adobe creative software. In the mean time my personal challenge is to create commercially viable digital designs using the tools available free on the Colourlovers.com website. … Continue reading Design challenges