Wednesday, 31 March 2010

Wallhanging-painting up fabric

I have decided I like the fabric samples painted in Koh-i-Noor best. I have been trying to paint up my strips to my satisfaction using this paint. However it looks a bit pale to me. When I am painting it looks the right colour when wet, but as it dries it gets paler. So I have had to put on another coat, and maybe will even need another. I find it hard to imagine the finished result with stitch over the top of it. No photos of this,as they just didn't come out right-too pale. I am going back to painting, I think I will try another layer.

Saturday, 27 March 2010

Textures at the British Museum

A selection of textures from the British Museum. I like the third one, which is woollen Viking cloth from York. The carved stone looks so like fabric-amazing to see!

Monday, 22 March 2010

Experimental Sample-Canvas Work

This is my original drawing

Collage in tissue paper

Canvaswork in ribbon, strips of fabric, net, wool and embroidery floss

Sunday, 21 March 2010

Wallhanging-Still doing samples

I am still experimenting with samples for the wallhanging. I used Koh-i-noor paints to colour the calico, then applied painted scrim and added stitch on top. The first is stitched using wool and thin ribbon strips.

Chain stitch in embroidery floss
This last one is calico painted with acylic, diluted with fabric medium which I did wet on wet.

Now I am not sure which of these paints to use, as I started with acrylic, but I confess to a preference for the Kho-i-noor, as I like the effect. They go onto the fabric so beautifully, and I found it hard to stop painting once I started! These are just a selection of samples. I will stop looking at these choices for a bit, and wait till after class on Thurs to proceed.

Tuesday, 16 March 2010

Wallhanging- paint samples

Here are some of my samples . I experimented with paint on cloth. I am thinking about how the background will be, and how to add colour and texture onto it. The stitch will come next. When I have decided on the background I will experiment with stitched appliqued fabric on top.

Close up of acrylic on calico

I painted some rough strips of calico with acrylic. They are the size the finished piece will be, to see the effect at this scale.

Monday, 15 March 2010

Friday, 12 March 2010

Caversham Court

Here are some textures found at Caversham Court

Monday, 8 March 2010

Lacis work samples

Here are my lacis work samples which we worked on pond liner as netting.

Friday, 5 March 2010


I have been busy this week sorting out samples for a hand in. I assembled all the work I have done- finished and unfinished- and put it all in order. On Thursday I took it into college to show Dawn. This course has a lot of techniques and samples in it, which I noticed to its full extent when I had taken over the whole of the sitting room and dining room whilst going through it. Now I am aware of the gaps I have from college days when I missed techniques through illness. I do have a lot to catch up on, but now I know exactly what I have to do, I can get on with it. I am also feeling so much better since starting new drugs, so it does seem manageable. I must get on with it,though,as June and deadlines will be upon me before I know it.

Because of the samples I haven't given much thought to the wallhanging this week. Now I have to change my priorities and concentrate on the wallhanging, fitting in bits of samples where I can. Has anyone else found the number of techniques and samples overwhelming?

Tuesday, 2 March 2010

Wyld Court Living Rainforest

At the weekend we visited a tropical rainforest in a glasshouse, here in Berkshire. It is a beautiful setting with birds and butterflies flying around and small birds running about. I took a lot of photos while the family were wandering around looking at everything. My youngest, Guy, who is 11, had a friend with him and they raced round over and over whilst I was just peacefully clicking away with my camera.

Winter foliage

Here are some nice winter textures for you.