Day 85

Today I I returned to free machine embroidery techniques I  learned on a course with Claire Muir a year ago, and then put into practice making 16 free machined corsages for my wedding!

I got out my new square Barnyarns hoop, hooped up some soluble stabiliser (also from Barnyarns, now I come to think of it!) and started free machining figures. 

The outlines drawn on the soluble fabric. This one is papery, which I like for the ability to easily draw on it.

The first figure with the base layer of embroidery, done with black Guitermann in the bobbin and a dark red Guitermann on top. There is also some fishing wire stitched into the zig zag outline for stability, though I might try omitting that on a future one.

I’ve added a top layer with copper metallic in the bobbin:

As the weight of thread is different to the Guitermann, it comes out more as black with copper accents, which I like, but a different bobbin thread might be better.

I do have silver, green and purple metallic threads with matching lightweight bobbin thread, however at the moment I’m looking to work in earthy colours. I looked in my thread box and had a terrible selection of brown, so red it is!

I also started the next figure:

Day 84

Two lovely little zentangles today, in my figure outlines.

One on a page where I tried out cork stamps:


And one drawn on a blank page, which will probably get a wash of colour one day:


Thinking of getting a thermofax screen of something like this.

Day 83

Today, as well as a day at work, buying a PA system for my EG branch, and meeting a fellow committee member to finish the 2016 programme, I did some colouring in my sketchbook with inktense pencils. Mostly adding lines and details:

Simon has said that he’s figured out why I love my sketchbook so much – because then I always have something on the go, with no need to finish something.

Interestingly, several pages that I thought of as ‘Done’ had extra added with the pencils today.

Day 82

No picture today, because I did something a bit different. Inspired by my figures and the beautiful work of Steph Redfern, I’m planning an artists book, so my husband and I planned and brainstormed the key points. I’m not a creative writer – being an auditor by trade all my written communications are usually factual and businesslike, so this was an interesting experience.

I feel the need to share some eye candy anyway, so here are some of the images we referred to:

And for more eye candy, definitely check out Steph Redfern’s website: 

Day 81

Today was the third day of the Fashion, Embroidery and Stitch show. Simon joined mum and I for a look round the textile art, which was very enjoyable. We enjoyed looking at and chatting about all the art on display, as well as to the artists who shared their work and their knowledge.

One such artist is Lynda Monk, who was demonstrating work using spunbond and xpandaprint. I have had both of these in my stash for a while but not really used them, so when we got home, I got them out and painted a couple of figures, as well as some background stamping:

(The pot is holding it down because the is a crease in the spunbond. The xpandaprint has a shelf life of about 6 months, so I added a BBE date)

You can just about see the xpandaprint in this image.

I then zapped it:

The xpandaprint has raised, really bringing it out. The stamps are very effective, and I love seeing my figures in a different form.

I then coloured the piece with procion Mx dyes:

There was some dye pooling on the surface, so I took a mono print to lift the excess.

While I had the dyes out, I added some dye to various pages in my sketchbook, here are a few pictures:

I love my sun rays stencil, so I got this one, with rays in squares, at the show today:

It has already had an outing, adding dye to these pages:

The last thing I did was to add some treasure gold wax to some sketchbook pages: