Monday, March 23, 2015

Back in the studio..............

I managed to get back to the studio today, and enjoyed finishing this stage of my sketchbook and making notes about the process.
I also put my Pogo printer into use and added some images from the day with Anita. Its ages since I have used the Pogo... but it is so useful. 

Earlier in the day, I was at the hospital with a physio appointment and was playing with my new camera whilst waiting.
Thought this was an interesting study in shape and texture..... canvas , knitted acrylic, denim, plastic flooring, metal tubing and solid plastic. The colours are also complementary. Did I plan the shot....... no!     It just happened, but did I plan it in my sub conscious?

Sunday, March 22, 2015

sketchbook.... put together.

Using just 2 words and various techniques, a variety of media and quality of papers, I created pages for a sketchbook.

I gathered all the finished papers together, folded them and made them into sections and pierced them ready for making into a sketchbook with no cover. 

I can add more pages as I wish. I now want to make some transparent pages in fabric, with hand and machine stitch..... great fun.


Saturday, March 21, 2015

Recent inspirations and work

At the beginning of this month I went to Marlborough Embroiderers Guild meeting and listened to a talk by Lynda Monk.... it was lovely to see her work close to and discover her process of creating her pieces. I have seen her at shows and emailed her a few times, but we had never met face to face. Her blog is Purple Missus

A workshop was held the next day but I was unable to attend unfortunately. Go to the MEG blog for more details

I have been in my studio today and finally have managed to finish a box I started at the GWE meeting earlier this month. It was a lot of hand stitching. So have sore fingers now. My own fault as its ages since my fingers have done a lot of hand stitching, so they are out of practice.

I thought I would see how the macro worked on my new camera, hence the close ups of the box.. Very pleased, I must say. Think I need to read the instruction CD  some more to find out how everything else works. Another learning curve looming on my horizon.

Must get back to the studio and complete some books I am making from the papers created with Anita Bruce on Thursday. I also need to make some notes about the ideas that came to me during the workshop, before they get lost in the everyday tasks of life.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Dorset Day 2015

It was only just light when we left home, very misty and the frost was evident in the fields and the verges of the road. 

As the sun came out and broke through the mist, we were looking forward to an exciting but busy day. Our group of West Country Embroiderers  were responsible for organising the day for the Dorset groups. 

We were delighted that Maggie Grey ( WCE president) accepted our invitation to attend with her husband Clive. 
 We had wonderful traders, raffle and a grand lunch and above all the opportunity to meet friends and fellow stitchers.

Anita Bruce was our speaker and she gave us an inspiring insight into her art. She was very generous in sharing her techniques and inspirations and the journey she has undertaken in her very special work.

Her sketchbooks were wonderful too. A most enjoyable talk.

I was quite overwhelmed when I was presented with these beautiful roses by my group, for all the organising and overseeing the event. Aren't they beautiful. 
Of course no Dodger meet would be complete with out the photo.