Wednesday, 28 November 2007

Module 3 - Chapter 5

Cord Making

Cords attached to place mats which have been rolled up for storage

Machine Stitched Cords and Twisted Cords

Knotted and Plaited Cords

Japanese Kumhimo Disc Cords
Hand Braided Cords
Made using loops of threads

Tuesday, 27 November 2007

Module 3 - Chapter 4

Wonder of Wonders I have been able to upload these photos without any fuss! Unfortunately I must leave the descriptions until later as I need to be elsewhere, 'til later...

Hand Stitched Spiral Samples
Sample 1

Sample 2

Sample 3

Sample 4

Sample 5

Sample 6

Machine Stitched Spiral Samples

Sample 1

Sample 2

Sunday, 25 November 2007

The things I do!

Friday evening saw me hacking at the Passion Flower that grows around my front door to get a vine or two with lots of spiral tendrils so I could wrap it with macrame!

What do you think?

Course Work Update

Although the blog updates have ceased I have been busy on the course work. Even quilting has taken a back seat, well I did wash through fabric bought for a couple of quilts to be made once time allows! I have been creating the hand stitched and machine samples, lots of cords and three tassels. Photograpghs will be downloaded soon, promise.

I have had a idea for the final piece and will be emailing Sian at some point to see if it is viable, it's fun and wearable! I have also booked my place on the Summer school so get the cat walk out as I hope to be able to sashay down runway whilst precariously balancing said object on my head!!!

By the way - 30 days to go on deadline and next weekend is too busy to contemplate with visit from In-Laws, Take That gig at O2 and children's activities taking up most of it - I wonder if I can fit in some stitching between them all? So why am I sat here typing when there's work to do...

Saturday, 10 November 2007

Module 3 update

I have been making machine cords of various thicknesses. Beginning with 1 thread at the core and then adding more threads of different thicknesses and shade to add interest. I have bought a new bobin carriage as my other " second carriage" I use for thicker threads on bobins does not fit my new machine, (although the same make) so I will be able to add more interesting outer threads to cover the cores. Photographs to follow

I have a selection of discs to create the Japanese style cords which I will be attempting soon.

Sunday, 4 November 2007

Module 3 update

Dyeing Fabrics

I have completed the dyeing of fabric and now have a wonderful stash to play with later on in the module

I took photos of the pieces drying

Monoprinting Papers and Fabrics

Coloured Papers with Monoprinting

Using the hand coloured papers I monoprinted using acrylic paint and a selection of spiral impliments - card, a wire egg cup, a wire whisk and a variety of printing pads with spiral designs.

Fabrics with Monoprinting

Taking a selection of the fabrics I had dyed earlier I used acrylic paint mixed with a stabilzer to allow the paint to stick to the fabric and be washed if necessary. Iused the impliment mentioned above to create patterns on the fabric. I also used fabric pens to doodle on some of the fabrics.

51 Days to Deadline