More Photos from the Stitch Retreat

I have found some more photos I took at the stitch retreat, on my phone, so I thought I’d share them here.

Hilary brought her shop with her, look at all the wonderful products we had a chance to play with and buy:

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My focal point images, before over dyeing…

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And after…

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Mustn’t get the dye and the Jack Daniels muddled…

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My lovely messy creative work table:

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Overdyeing on fabric with purple and green lumiere paint underneath:

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The results of an evening’s efforts:

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On Saturday, I decided to print on my hoodie. I got a white one for Christmas in the hope that I could print on it so it started to look like my print table.  Unfortunately, all I’d managed to get on it so far was a bit of tomato sauce and a spot of biro, despite wearing it for two print and dye sessions.

I set it up on my table and used the mini gelli plate to print patterns on the back:

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Another creative work area during the composition exercises:

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As I’ve already mentioned, wine featured rather heavily on the Saturday night, and apparently I felt the need to take several in progress shots of it!

A glass of each at dinner!

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The wine we brought back from dinner:

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Back at my work table:

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Late night colouring in progress:

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Stitch Retreat Part 2

In mid-January I went on the second instalment of the Stitch Retreat with Hilary Beattie. Here are my blog posts about the first one last year: day 1, day 2 and day 3.

This year, the plan was to work with a pallete of materials and work towards a finished wallhanging or canvas with them. We spent the Friday night evaluating our materials and working out what needed to be added to them. I had a range of good prints, but the colours did not hang together well, so I spent the time overdyeing them with slate, fig, orange and turquoise dyes.

On Saturday, we did various composition exercises, including using quilt block patterns to create backgrounds.
I used the Attic Window block to create this spread in my sketchbook:
  
I liked the layout so much that I used it as the background for my two final pieces, a pair of canvases to go either side of the clock above my front door.

I also used the offcuts to make these two sketchbook spreads:

  
 With a bit of washi tape and some gelatos  

  

 
And then I also added some ivy leaves to the earlier backgrounds:

   
 
 I then went on to my main pieces. After quite a lot of experimenting, I ended up with two background compositions that I liked:

   
  I like this secondary triad colour scheme, but when I added my focal point figures they disappeared into the background. One tip I picked up from Hilary was to add an area of black and white behind the focal points for contrast, which worked for me.   

   

 
On Saturday night, we ended up with quite a lot of wine left over from dinner! Slowly people started to go to bed, and we ended up with just Hilary, Maureen, Judith, Vicki, Nichola and I still polishing off the wine and working on into the night.

  
Hilary working into an altered book

  
 Hilary and I colouring 

I did 10 double sketchbook spreads that were really relaxed and enjoyable (AKA wine-assisted!). I only have this picture of one spread, so I will have to scan the rest in soon:

  

At 2am, this was the state of the wine:

  
On Sunday, I spent the morning finishing bonding down my collage, having decided about 10pm on Saturday that ironing was rapidly becoming dangerous.

I then freemachined everything down with a wiggly grid:

   
 

  
Now I need to add more free machining, hand stitch, and work to draw out the focal points more.

All in all, an amazing weekend, and I am looking forward to the next one already.

Day 24

It’s the second day of the Stitch Retreat, and I’ve learned some important things about myself.

Currently, when gelli printing, I’m far happier printing in one colour, adding other colours in on later layers with dye and neocolour 1s.

I like the smallest gelli plate size to build up larger pages, patchwork style.

Pink and orange go surprisingly well together. I am more of a fan of the secondary colours together than primaries.

And it’s surprising how long you can spend just printing with one colour, half a (real) pear, and a pile of stencils.

Now, some photos, without commentary as I’m shattered and we worked/played for almost 12 hours today!

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Day 23

Today is the first of three days at a Stitch Retreat with the marvellous Hilary Beattie, so there has been plenty of opportunities for creativity, as well as opportunities for profiteroles!

We spent the evening making textured papers and canvases, which we’ll work into tomorrow.

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My little men have made an appearance here.

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I also textured up some tags.

Looking forward to tomorrow, but now, sleep, so I’m rested and raring to go tomorrow.