Thursday, 29 November 2012

Its all about colour....

This is the mini work shop I did at the knitting and stitching show.

This is my version when I got home.

Lovely flower cut from a piece of fabric my lovely friend Janet gave me.

Image of one of the flowers from the fabric I have painted using water colours.

The flower images are part of the new brief which is all about colour.  My mood board for this brief consists of lovely pinks and greens, now I have to find as many ways as possible to produce study colours of my chosen colour palete. Hence the image above.  I have just had a pop up saying I have used all my free picture downloads oh dear I do hope this is not the end of my little blog. :(

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Knitting and Stitch show Harrogate

TAG (textile art Group) A group of textile artist that live in Kriklees and Calderdale Area.

Didn't get the name of this artist but I loved the work all collaged images.

Sue Walton

Sue Walton

Sue Walton

Sue Walton

This knitted dress was made by a graduate but sadly I did not write her name down sorry.

Pat Osbourne
These are just a few pictures from the photo's I took at the show. This was my first time at the show and wow I had a fabulous day and hopefully will be able to return next year.  As with all the shows there was some amazing pieces of work, espescially in the graduate show but sadly, yet understandably, you could not take photos.  I met Alice Kettle and let me just say, I do not think she will forget me in a hurry. I dropped by Janice Gunner's stall and said hello and I nearly bumped into Ann Gosling literally as she had her head burried in the catalogue. I fell in love with textile artist Sue Waltons work. Her exhibition was amazing see the image of the fork dolls and the little dolls made from actual chicken bones honestly unbelievable. I did mange to have a chat with Sue but only briefly as her exhibiton was extremely busy. That is how I found out what the bones where. I also did the most adorable mini workshop but I will save that for another post. Hope you all enjoy the pics I've chosen to share.

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Its all about colour..

The new brief for creative thinking is all about colour. I had to pick an image with colours that I like as I am going to be working with the colour pallet I chose for the next four weeks. Last night I tipped out the concertina file where I keep lots of images I have collected from various sources since starting Uni in September. I was spoilt for choice in picking my image, the hard part was the next step in the brief. Once you have chosen an image find other images that are the same colour scheme or tonal range and make a mood board. This was tough because I did not have enough images to chose from. Every time I picked an image I would always fall short by about three or four other images in the colour scheme. I decided I had to turn to my collection of quilt magazines until I can pick up the much needed other magazines from my wonderful friend Janet. Hours later and I think I have manged to  create two completed mood boards in my chosen colours. Hooray! I am delighted to say the least.  Oh and one has a beautiful image of a lovely duck egg blues and pale greys quilt.

Saturday, 17 November 2012

Time stealers...

I could sit for hours and hours watching utube tutorials on how to make tags, collage, mini albums etc.. the list is endless. I ooh and arr at the amazing things that people make and I think to myself ooh I'd love to have a go at that. A few months ago I decided I was going to have a go at a mini album. I went on eBay and bought a chip board mini album, all I had to do was decorate it. Like most things in my sewing room, it has sat there patiently awaiting my attention. After a very stressful day last Saturday, trying to write the essay for Uni, I got out the mini album and the big box of junk. Armed with some glue and my junk box that contains all kinds of ephemera, I set about decorating the mini album. Hours later and a very messy desk top, I had covered nine pages of the album. Today I did two more pages but one is just all collage. I only have the backs of these two pages to decorate and my album is finished. It is an abomination of sorts as nothing matches, there is no theme running through it, the truth is it is a far cry from the wonderful ones demonstrated on utube.  However I do not mind in the least as I have finally got making a mini album out of my system and it feels rather good. Will I be making another one? Err NO! I think not..

Sunday, 11 November 2012

A squash book...

I spent hours yesterday trying to write an essay on how Wedgwood changed manufacturing in the 18th century. I have found the research bit very interesting but I am not very good at writing essays and it causes me a great deal of stress. Today I felt the need to distress and have a craft moment.  I decided to make a Squashy after seeing Sue Sercombe's work last week. Her Squashy was amazing all made with embroidered samples absolutely stunning. I began by watching a few Utube videos on how to construct the squashy, then I gathered what I had to hand and here is what I came up with. It was quick and fun to make and I have been inspired to make more but this time I will be adding pockets and maybe even a Christmas on for a friend. For those who have asked for the UTube I watched here it is: Sorry could work out how to do a link.:)

Making a Squash Book with LytleScrapper

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Its all about me....

My Effigy Doll.

A couple of pages from my sketchbook showing ideas for constructing my effigy.

I thought I would share my first completed project for Uni. The brief was to make an effigy of yourself and it was a little scary because I had to stop and think about what I felt makes me who I am.  After lots of mind mapping, chatting to friends and family I came up with my doll. Obviously she is not a true likeness she is merely a representation of the things that I love and are important in my life. My family, my friends, my love of all things crafty, my high heal shoes and my art. Unfortunately I did not take a picture of her rucksack which contains a miniature paint box, a tiny sketchbook, pencils and the tiniest camera and real of film you have ever seen, which my wonderful daughter bought as a surprise, especially for my effigies bag.  My next project is MOLA!

Sunday, 4 November 2012

All work and no play.....

That's what life feels like at the moment because if I am not cleaning or washing or doing homework, I am travelling to and from Uni.  However, yesterday I took time out and I went to the Merseyside Area day. The speaker was an amazing Textile Artist named Sue Sercombe and her work was lovely, right up my street. I had a fantastic day with my very good friends and thoroughly enjoyed the workshop in the afternoon. As always the day was filled with lots of laughter and good company but alas no cakes.  Here are the results of a great day:
I completed my little Christmas tree on a felted background in the work shop when I got home I glued it to the card and added the NOEL stamp.

I made a poppy broach when I got home using the work shop technique.

I made this little card using the left over bits from the workshop kit. I changed the beads to gold instead of red but I think the red beads work better.