31 Oct 2008
I have one more sample to do and that finishes the first module of my City & Guilds course.
I'm also working on my Studio Journals course and will post something from that as soon as I manage to make a page that isn't a total mess! It would be nice to blog the process of creating something from studio journal to finished piece. But that's for another day...
27 Oct 2008
20 Oct 2008
I love this cushion and it lives on my chair in my study where I can always see it. One day I may do another one using stranded cotton and even brighter colours!
15 Oct 2008
I had much more fun doing the Fern and Thorn stitches though - I think it's because they're grouped together rather than stuck on their own looking self-conscious!
That's it now for the stitch samplers in this module. Next up is painting fabric - something I've never done before and am really looking forward to.
Also, on 23 October I start Sharon's Studio Journals course with Joggles which is going to be great fun.
9 Oct 2008
I wanted to add the couching bit at the bottom because it's the first time I've done anything like this. From a distance it looks a bit like a hairy caterpillar!
I also had a couple of new threads which I used - one is a No.8 Coton Perlé and the other is a lovely fine wool - much more even than the Appleton's crewel wool. I think it may be an Aubusson wool but I can't remember where or when I bought it.
2 Oct 2008
I found the apple difficult because I was using six strands of cotton and some of the strands pulled out, making it a bit messy.
I really enjoyed the freestyle with two textures of thread and can think of loads of uses for this. I also enjoyed trying to translate a scribble onto fabric at bottom left and tried to curve a couple of stitches which worked quite well.
Cretan stitch next!