I was getting ready for Helfa Gelf last time I posted, it went well and I sold quite a few things, but I have decided its not for me, and I won't be participating in the future. The last few years have been great mainly due to the lovely ladies I was exhibiting with in Arial Arts. Making things to sell is not what I am about, I like to create as the mood takes me and have lots of ideas for the next few months.
Not much creativity in the last couple of months as I went down with the virus that seems to be affecting everyone this winter, it lasted over 7 weeks and then Christmas was upon us.
I have decided it is time for me to learn to crochet properly, I can do
the stitches, but they never went where I wanted them to go, it is those
darn turning chains that get me. I saw the cosy blanket on Attic 24 and decided to make one.
My yarn arrived in its own Organza bag.
I chose my own colours and they fit perfectly in my felt basket.
Next step was to wrap the colours around some pegs and put them in order
Ordered some soft grip crochet hooks, so no excuse now.
I saw a good tip on Create and Craft TV, when making a foundation chain, use a hook one size up to create the chain. I can't tell you how many times I tried to count 198 chains, something or someone distracted me every time, so finally yesterday I did this
I pinned every 10th chain, odds are I am still one short or one too many ...lol and now onto the next stage..........watch this space :)
In the last post back in April, I made a lot of rusted fabrics and papers while I was on the Alice Fox course, I decided it was time to start using them up along with a lot more rusted fabrics created last year.
First I thought I would make a few more.
(apologies I put Amanda Fox. have now corrected it to Alice Fox)
Fabric wrapped around rusty tin cans
Fabric wrapped around 6" nails
A selection of old and new rusty fabrics
The fabric below is a very loose weave easy to stitch into, can't remember the name of it but it is the one used in Jan Beaney and Jean Littlejohn's DVD, available from ArtVan Go.
I stapled three pieces together before I rusted it then hand stitched in each portion.
I stapled a whole piece of fabric before rusting for this sample below.
I placed a template over the cloth so I could judge where the stitching would go.
Three hearts ready for Helfa Gelf open studio's next month
I was lucky enough to get a place on the Alice Fox course on our annual weekend with the North Wales Embroiderers Guild at Plas Tan Y Bwlch, Maentwrog. To see what we got up to, go take a look at the Croesew Blog HERE It was one of those weekends when you wish you could be on all three coursesat once.
Plas Tan Y Bwlch is a wonderful venue, lovely food and the legendary bread and butter pudding with our Sunday lunch.
While I have the time I thought I would do another post.
Last year I was asked by a friend to make a bag as a present for her friend.
The fabric is heavy weight calico, Golden molding paste, scrim and acrylic paint, this bag is lined with painted calico and could be reversible, but the heavily painted fabric is awkward to turn through.
It was difficult to get a picture as it was before Christmas and the weather was grim and the lighting poor.
The colours blend a lot more in real life than shown here.
Overall I was pleased with how the bag turned out and plan on making a few more.
A week has gone by since the last post, I am determined to keep a regular update from now on. While my room was being reorganised I wasn't completely idle, even though working with my stash scattered all over the flat was difficult. I have been doing some short half day courses with Coleg Harlech, last term we were printing fabrics, natural dyeing and rust dyeing I enjoyed the rust dyeing, the fabrics used below are calico, cotton, Lutradur, scrim and even the plastic bags the rusty bits were resting on.
I used the Lutradur squares to make a booklet, they started off 12 " square and became a 6" folding book.
One page rusted with washers.
Another rusted with nails
I love how this book can be placed different ways to show off the pages
A paper version sitting along side
My natural dye experiments were not very successful as I was on holiday the week we were covering it in class, I don't have much greenery in my garden and most of the best berries had gone by the time I had a play at home. It was interesting to have a go, but I don't think I will be doing any more
This term we are covering stitch, mainly hand stitch and also reverse applique and faux chenille. I am enjoying rediscovering hand stitch, as I am working on some new items of my own at the moment I am keeping my samples for this term small. This was the first stitch sample, using lots of the fabrics from last term.
After looking at the last post, you will understand that we, well my husband decided enough was enough and decided to sort my/our (he works in the other tidy half) room out for me.
First to go was the shelves and long worktop, all the paint filled drawers underneath went on the landing, its a good size so they can stay out there.
Next this was delivered and built ready to be filled.
The worst job was taking out the fitted wardrobe, this left a gap in the wallpaper on the ceiling and in the laminate floor, floor and ceiling were sorted and the old shelves and my sewing desk made a new home for my paperwork and computer.
A trip to Ikea for another shelf unit an add on desk and some lovely canvas boxes for all my material
I can work either side of the desk and the little drawer sets fit well with my tub of rolled fabric just squeezing in the gap.
I decided to put the roll out table under the computer
And the filing cabinet under the desk.
Putting everything back took some time as I went through every bag and box I even threw some things away. Our local craft store sells plastic containers for scrapbook paper and
cards 30 A4 and 12 x 12" square containers hold everything small and all
Its a great relief not having to pull something out of the way to reach my supplies, we couldn't find a rug large enough but 2 mtr x 4 mtr of cheap carpet fitted the gap perfectly, and not too expensive to replace if ? /when I spill something on it.
I promised myself in the new year I would get back to my blogging on a regular basis, and here it is almost March and I still haven't posted. I haven't been completely idle, but, after taking part in Helf Gelf, a weeks holiday and starting a course in September, my room had become unworkable. I took some photo's to try and shame myself into not letting it get like this again, and I still didn't blog it.
I had already had a good clear out and rearranged the room before this mess and thought it would be workable to have the computer near the desk, wrong, I just ended up in a clutter nest.
The other end of the room I had a good 8ft worktop for the messy work, but it was always piled high
Even worse behind my sewing desk a huge pile of boxes, bags and fabrics meant I couldn't reach anything in my wardrobe to get to my fabric stash without moving everything out.
Having to step over the bags on the floor to reach the worktop.
More mess under the desk, no wonder not much work was getting done.
again, Plas Tan Y Bwlch was a wonderful experience, it was very
difficult this year to pick a tutor, all three courses sounded tempting. Lynda Monk, Wendy Dolan and Jenny Bullen
weekend consisted of hard work, good food and wonderful company, and of
course, not forgetting the legendary Bread and Butter pudding.
Scrim, Screens and Scrappy Bits
chose to do Lynda's course, and I wasn't disappointed, Lynda is a
fantastic tutor, she kept us busy from the minute we arrived in 'the
mucky room' and amazed us with different techniques the whole weekend,
her generosity with her knowledge and materials was incredible.
I think I can speak for everyone when I say that we all enjoyed our weekend with Lynda.
To see some of the wonderful work from the other courses check out Croesew Blog