Having hammered my sewing machine for a few weeks I thought it might be nice to take a break and do something different. So, I dug out a footstool that I bought at a second hand market last year, which I fully intended to renovate there and then. But, you know how these things are – the best of intent and not a lot of motivation at the time!
Anyway, I have finally done the deed and here it is.
I have re- painted the legs and covered it with elephant fabric. I have to say that I am a bit obsessed with elephants! It just needs to be finished off with some braid round the edges and the job will be complete.
What next I wonder?
Following a wonderful trip to Southern India and lots of ideas spinning round in my head I decided to use paint techniques and applique to make a small art quilt. And this is the result
The background fabric was soya waxed and dyed then over printed. The Indian woman is taken from a photo image I have from my journeys. I have painted silk with pink fabric paint and then printed over it with a wine cork and used this for her dress. The veil is made with a solid colour fabric. I have hand painted her arms and feet into the picture and made the bucket and can that she is holding from grey fabric, which has been shaded.
On Friday I went to a workshop with Edinburgh textile artist Pat Archibald. The workshop was focused on creating a ghost image by layering net. A wonderful technique which gives amazingingly satisfying results.
The day went far too quickly but I came away having learnt so many things apart from creating the ghost image, including how to couch on with the machine, how to use machine embroidery stitches to quilt and I had never used foils before so that was a bonus!
A great day and one to be recommended. pat is an excellent tutor.
And, here is the finished piece.
I have finally finished a little quilt that I started probably a year ago!
The design is based on a picture of beach huts that a friend sent to me a while ago. I wonder if she will recognise it?
Yesterday I went to a workshop to learn how to make lace with soluble fabric which was really good a left me with lots of ideas for its use!
Finished pieces included a butterfly – my first attempt
And then a flower, that I moulded to make it 3D!
Having acquired two tatty wooden children’s chairs at Christmas I decided to try my hand at renovating them.
So, this week I have painted one with chalk paint and rubbed it down with clear wax. And here it is after a makeover!
I added a little bit of stencilling as well. I found the image of the elephant stencil on the web, manipulated it to the size I needed, downloaded it and cut it out.
I am rather pleased with the finished result. Now for chair number two!