Tuesday, 27 December 2011
Sunday, 25 December 2011
Tuesday, 20 December 2011
BUT, on a more positive note I have put thread to needle and achieved two finished pieces. The first was a commission from my technical support team. Grandson 1(aged 4) needs a 'Joseph' outfit, I was told. (By next ---day.) We agreed the landing curtains had just the right kind of stripe...and thus it was so. Joseph was robed. (He did very well - I saw a clip on his dad's mobile-only clapping a bit behind everyone else.)
The second piece was a Christmas bag. A friend and I have exchanged gifts since the days of yore. We each fill a bag of little things which we know will please and over the years it's become a custom to reuse little boxes/bags etc. (We privately agree that it's always our best present. ) The bags have been going back and forth for over 20yrs now and are getting a little fragile so I decided I would make a fabric bag and put the old one inside. The result you can see in the photo.
The old quilt you can see under the bag is a favourite of mine. It was hand stitched in lovely Christmassy colours by T's grandmother many years ago. It comes out every year to cover some table or other and has just become part of our Christmas.
Oh, and by the way, we moved into our present house (from a caravan in the garden) on Christmas day! And we cooked a Christmas meal! Happy Christmas. Stitch in the new year.
Thursday, 1 December 2011
All those little pieces from my stash have come together to make a new story and of course that is it's charm. One sees amazingly clever quilts at shows with impossibly perfect points and computer controlled machines to quilt them too. Is that kind of perfection the ultimate goal of the art form? Maybe for some folk and good luck to them.
I didn't design my quilt. I chose the spots and pieced them together. It designed itself. AND it's turned out very pink! It just happened. It was meant to be.
There's lots of french knots on there amongst all the spots including the french knots with stalks!Most importantly there is a little embroidery icon for each of the lovely ladies of The Wednesday Group.
It was only when I stitched the binding round the edge that the work became a quilt. Suddenly it started to undulate and become cosy. It's a quilt now and wants to curl up with it's stories.
Wednesday, 23 November 2011
I did promise Grand daughter No 1 that I wouldn't cut the lovely spots from my apron..... ( I have been known to snip essential bits from my apparel in the past.. as you well know.) BUT I had enough spots and spare to cover my 9" by 9" so my wardrobe was safe. To keep faith with the tiny poem I had to go for 'crazy patchwork', nothing else would have worked would it?
So, the crazy quilt was born, each little piece bringing it's own story with it. The crazy bit done, the knotty bit is under way along with a tiny representation of each group member in stitches. It will be fun to see if everyone can spot which bit is theirs!
Friday, 11 November 2011
We needed to think of a new project to keep the impetus going. It is easy to let a month slip by without doing any creative stitchery if you don't have the pressure of a group project - a bit like the Weight Watchers weigh-in I suppose.
Kathleen suggested we make a small group quilt. Each person will make a quilted piece that is nine by nine inches. They won't be stitched together as a complete quilt, just connected loosely, which is probably a relief to the people who are good at neat edgings, not having to worry about how lumpy the surrounding edges will be, and a relief to those of us that are not good at neat edges because we don't have to try!
The theme is the group itself - what we see The Wednesday Group representing and meaning to us. I have been trying to think how to encapsulate my feelings about the group in a visual image. What the group means to me is a completely supportive and inventive collaboration, bolstered by laughter. We all see the world in different ways, all have different talents, and are all delighted by the capacities each other demonstrate. That is a pretty big challenge to show visually.
As I am moving house to a small flat I have decided to restrict the size of works I do and also to limit my materials. As part of our downsizing we were getting rid of many of the ties I have painted my husband over the years. Rather than give them to a charity shop I decided to keep them as my colour palette. Something made from these will be the basis of my small quilt.
Tuesday, 8 November 2011
I was searching round for just the right piece of fabric for them when I remembered my french knickers! So bearing in mind some things have to be sacrificed for art, I snipped away and the first cupcakes were born. ( The book wrap came second out of 40+ entries by the way....surely the cup cakes clinched it!) I'm sure no one noticed the missing bits on my underwear either.
Roll on a couple years to last February. Our postcard challenge this month was something beginning with f. I decided on 'furry cakes' and again snipped a bit more off the afore mentioned knickers to make an authentic looking paper case, and the next cupcake appeared. This idea amused me so for our exhibition I made a 3d version which you will see below and yes, another snip into the knickers. The holes now noticable! ( But I don't wear them in windy weather.)
The sixth snip was for Lindsay's badge which you must look out for when the badge blog is published. All this activity leaves the knickers looking decidedly asymetrical though. What can I do to even them up?
All this talk of knickers. Queen Victoria's were held up for auction last week. I don't know how much they fetched but she would not have been amused. ( And I have to say mine are much more glamorous than her's...even with bits missing.)
Friday, 28 October 2011
They have all reached the age when it's no longer cool or desirable to have that bit of anatomy on display and because times is hard,(we call it make do and mend) holes have to be covered. Well, this week my technical support team had to be approached and the result was, help was given but traded for patches. (Fair enough, I had a technical bypass when I reached a certain age.)
Actually I resisted the temptation to use red polka dots and florescent thread too! (He might have put glitches in my lap top.)
It reminded me of the occasion when Son 1 was off on holiday with girl to impress. He bought new white trousers which needed altering (12 hours to take off!) I did them of course and returned them pressed and folded. (But with an added extra - a message embroidered in red under the crotch.) I can't write in public what it said but you can use your imagination. Shame I didn't see his face when he unfolded them. So even dull tasks can be brightened if you are a textile artist .( wrote she quickly as justification.)
Monday, 24 October 2011
Thursday, 29 September 2011
Tuesday, 27 September 2011
Saturday, 24 September 2011
Kathleen sold another owl, so it was just as well she had brought materials to sew more while at the show.
Lindsay and Anni continue to win the award for causing the most laughter - hoots of delight coming from both rooms on a regular basis. The Braeburn Apple is a particular source of merriment. If you want to know why it is funny come to the show - it is on until 3pm Sunday.
Judy's frog received lots of compliments,.
and so did Lindsay's Resolutions - the bold language drew people amongst all the other imagery.
Friday, 23 September 2011
|discussing the work|
The Private View is one of the rituals of the art world. I did a whole project on these events, their meaning and purpose, while I was at College.
Last nights was a simple event. Friends and family, people that took the trouble to drive to a little town on a September night. Lots of complements about how well the show worked as a whole. The very disparate pieces all had room to speak for themselves. The works go from exquisite to bizarre, miniature to enormous, and the hanging committee ( I left them to it) did an excellent job.
And, of course, the sale.
Thursday, 22 September 2011
Both of these became more dramatic with the strong shadows due to the directional light.
People are very complementary about the range of work as well as the individual skill, wit and talent. I may have persuaded two people that they should try machine embroidery a a solution when arthritis makes it difficult to grasp needles / make pots.
So far today we sold Alison's little postcard 'Sparkler', a lavender bag by Katie, an owl by Kathleen (someone who collects her work), some postcards by Grace and an embroidered card for framing by Annie. Interest is much higher than sales....it is a shame not to be able to transcribe the conversations people have as they look at all these amazing works.
Monday, 19 September 2011
Saturday, 17 September 2011
Two days to go until the group hangs it's first collaborative show.
Three days until the doors open to the public.
Here's the zingy, bright sign which Anni has made for the door of the Weavers Gallery which will draw in the crowds like bees to pollen!
Friday, 16 September 2011
Wednesday, 14 September 2011
Tuesday, 13 September 2011
I think a motor bike and side car would be great.(As long as she wore a crash helmet.) Someone thought that a sedan chair would be appropriate but it's an awful long walk from Pershore to Ledbury.
BUT, I have hit on the answer. You know on The Antiques Roadshow there's a film of folk getting their stuff to the show. There's a lady sitting on a trailer on a chair surrounded by bales of straw. That could be Lois clasping PW going to the exhibition with style and dignity. So no more talk of coffin shaped boxes tied on the top of cars. Let's go for this. We will all stand on the cobbled lane waving embroidered flags (OR......?) as a welcome party. Oh and let's hope it doesn't rain.
Friday, 9 September 2011
Wednesday, 31 August 2011
Tuesday, 23 August 2011
Preparing the base. Dying with a hot tea bath of Darjeeling resulted in the delicate dusky stain on the vintage tray cloth on the right, which makes up the base of the piece...
It also resulted in old stains (i.e. those which had been made to disappear with soap or Vanish) reappearing. This has been a rather lovely development. The stains add to the history of the fabric and will not be covered up. Also 1-2 laundry marks and a few teeny darns which are evident too. You can have fun searching for them when the piece goes on show!
Here are a couple of links to posts on this piece from Murgatroydhoots.blogspot.com
Monday, 22 August 2011
Thursday, 18 August 2011
I've been working intermittently for ages on a portrait of my sister, the artist Joy Parker. I have been embroidering copies of the letters she sent to me thirty years ago on an old boiler suit she used for painting. I have tried to replicate the style of the writing, following on a course I did with an artist, Rosalind Wyatt, at Waterperry Gardens who specialises in copying handwriting. She did exquisite work; this piece has more of my usual rambunctious style, but as Joy changes her letter shapes alter and I have worked to reflect these.
I wasn't sure how to display this, and finally last week I asked Joy to have a drawing of her outline done and sent to me, so that I could cut out a plywood version. I was going to stick the original letters on in a decoupage style and then hang the boiler suit on this.
However, yesterday I got an email from the Worcester Scrapstore saying they had two plaster casts of a woman available. I had an appointment for the time the store opened so wrote a begging email immediately asking if I could bribe them to keep one for me for an hour.
The upshot is I now have a (rather too tall) plaster cast of a woman and if I (or rather Rod) can figure out how to get it to stand safely, I think I will use this. It isn't Joy, but the peopleness of it appeals to me more than using either a shop dummy or a flat board.
Now I just need to finish copying the letters. I started this exercise as a way of using these letters I have kept for so long, thinking it would be a good way of no longer feeling the need to keep the,. I have gone from a slender flat file of letters to a large boiler suit and an enormous 3d woman. Not quite what I originally intended in terms of managing my storage needs!
The music died. It stopped being something with potential to create a dance. Now it lies flat and lifeless. How could I have been so insensitive? The pianola depended on movement and I stopped it.
Anyway,you can have a smile at me with my deceased pianola roll whilst I devise a plan for resurrection.
Tuesday, 16 August 2011
Hot from the needle and caught on camera!
He had a bit of sulk over the weekend when he heard that Lindsay was doing a belly dancer on her pianola roll but was persuaded that doing the fox trot was vintage risque.
What's going to happen when he gets amongst those chickens?
Sunday, 14 August 2011
Thursday, 11 August 2011
Kathleen makes a lot of stuffed creatures, and set to making her creature eyes with pieces of felt held in place and embellished with long stitches. The eyes are clearly a pair, though of different shapes and sizes.
Ann made the fish so that only one eye showed at a time, so here they are in separate images. Again they are not identical, with a flash of pink on one eye. They are pieces of coloured felt with long stitch eyelashes.
Thursday, 4 August 2011
I came across this old map in 'The Old Bell' archives and thought it would be perfect to indicate the fox's territory. The Bell Inn just managed to squeeze itself in to the north! I've experimented printing this out on tissue paper and sticking it onto a background which worked really well.