I've spent the last few weeks sorting out my stranded cotton stash.
|Many broken nails, lots of swearing and sore fingers later, the textile manufacturers sample cards have been turned into useable embroidery threads. But oof picking off all that glue was horrible!|
Now I've dug out some unfinished bits and bobs projects that I started years and years ago. Most are fairly traditional as I started them in the late 90s before I started (and never finished despite attending for double the usual time, oops!) the City & Guilds Creative Embroidery Course at Great Missenden. But some are from that time.
Anyway there's more than this, but I found this pile first. So am sticking with those. It'll be very very very slow progress. But it'll be put up here to satisfy the curious and also mean I can see what I'm thinking of doing at the click of a button rather than having to pick stuff up and waste energy instead of actually doing.
|Trapunto Quilting based on an abstraction from water|
|Design for a cushion for dad's favourite bible verse. He's been waiting for this for a decade!|
|Years ago I went on a day course at the National History Museum to learn a bit of Illustration drawing techniques. I drew a grasshoppery thing and a butterfly wing.|
|Needle lace based on the grasshoppery thing wing|
|Section of giraffe head. Years ago I used to go to London Zoo. And draw. This was what I could see of a giraffe between the bars.|
|Another London Zoo drawing of some little monkey. It uses a very tricky thread that is very bouncy.|
|Closeup of the stitching.|
|Different weaving techniques on a small weaving board.|
|Painted with metallic fabric paints|
|Closeup. Used to be called faggoting.|
|French Knots Colour Study red & green complementary colours|
|Fused plastic, the drawing is again from London Zoo. She was a lovely Toucan who was very very old. Can't remember much more about her but I have notes in my sketchbook I think.|
|Ooops. On it's side. It's a boatyard. From a drawing made way back when I was 18 (eek 30 years!) and we went on a College trip to Wales when I was doing art foundation course.|
|Definitely done this millenium. Purple and yellow. Machine stitched to give texture & detail.|
But for now, I'm going to carry on with the Lucet cords. No pics of those yet! Another post another day once I've worked out where I'm going with them. I found StitchDiva were doing a 7 day challenge of a Lucet skill a day. So that's the next seven weeks of activity sorted out for me then! giggle. Eating my elephant a bite at a time, very very very slowly....