Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Happy Holiday

First I would like to wish every one in blogland

A Very Happy Holiday and a Very Creative New Year

It is nearly 3 years since I started my blog and it has to be one of the best things I ever did, it helped me get back to my textiles after 6 months of not being able to do anything creative.
I have also made so many wonderful friends all over the world, for which I am very grateful.

It was through the blog I met Lynda Purplemissus which in turn led us to starting Fibre in-Form and then the online workshop, but the most exciting thing of all this year is being asked by Maggie Grey to write a book for dfordaisy .
So all in all it was a very good move.
The time has gone by so quickly since my last post, but I have finally done all those jobs that need doing at this time of year.
I though I would show a few things I have hanging around the workroom, or the kitchen for this first picture.

I am working on the free online classes linked to Maggies latest book Textile Tranlations, The first thing we had to do was put a catalogue outside so all the elements could attack it.
I finally brought mine indoors, living in a top floor flat means there is nowhere to wash it out side, so it was dunked into the sink with disinfectant 4 times and placed on plastic under the radiator in the kitchen, its a good job my family are into what I do, or I don't know what they would think when they arrive tomorrow.

This started out as my triangle book, no I don't know what happened to the
triangle LOL, again for Maggies class, I am a bit behind but I just have to think of something to use for my pages now. Then begin on my altered books for the next lesson.

This is also in the workroom waiting for the fabric pages to be stitched in, I have stitched two but its very hard on the hands, so its slow going.

I am having trouble with my camera at the moment, and also the dark days make it difficult to get a good shot, the picture doesn't show the lovely crusty ice effect of the surface

This little piece below was one of those mindless stitching projects for in front of the TV.I placed cotton wadding into an embroidery frame, I had some white emulsion painted calico, I tore this into strips and attached the strips with large random seed and cross stitches.

Once finished I didn't want to stitch the edges of the strips down so covered the whole surface with molding paste,

Next I covered it with black Quink ink and flicked bleach all over, I think I was a little enthusiastic with the bleach and it took most of the ink out.

even adding more ink it kept bleaching out.

Once dry I sprayed it with Walnut ink.

Finally a spray of Moonglow ink which adds a lovely green tone. and then I thought it was time to leave it alone


Jacquelines blog said...

What a great piece Carol, have a very good Christmas to you and your family!

Helen Suzanne said...

Wishing you all the warmest of fire-sides with love and happiness over this season and for 2009

May your stars always be bright,
and the winds of change never knock your baubles down!

hippopip said...

A lovely piece to end the year with,Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Doreen G said...

An amazing piece Carol.
All the best for Christmas and I look forward to 2009 and all that it will bring us.

sharon young said...

First of all my warmest congratulations on the book, it was wonderful news.
Love what you've done to the last piece, it's a great transformation.
Have a great Christmas and New Year.

Homeleightigger said...

Love the 'icy' book Carol, and the stitched piece is just great! Really must sign up for the Workshop ..... Looking forward to the New Year and all we wll share. Val

Wil Opio Oguta said...

Amazing that something like simple stitches can look like this after a bit of playing. I love it!

Purple Missus said...

Wow, this is a post and a half.
All looks fabulous especially the last piece.

Jackie said...

You echo my feelings about the great world of blogging. And I love your 'mindless' piece!

Hannah Katarski said...

Happy New Year!
I love the texture on your 'triangle' book. Is it embossed or stitched??
Looks very cool.

Leah/ Texas/ United States said...

I LOVE the blues in your triangle book! you are doing so many interesting things on your blog, thanks for sharing about all these techniques I've never heard of but I'm now eager to explore!