Playing with Stamps

I went through a card making stage a few years back and have a few stamps in my stash.  I thought I’d try using them on fabric.

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I tried stamping on both plain and printed fabric.  I debated whether to add more colour before stitching but decided to leave them simple and just add a touch of colour with thread.  I’m pleased with the samples.

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The stamps are easy and fun to use.  I haven’t tested the ink for permanency as yet; however, I did heat set and will try washing a future sample.

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I love the simplicity of minimal colours.  It does help that I love the colour purple.  I like the look of them together, so might try and incorporate them into something…..?

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Number 23

Last week was week 23 for my Made on Monday challenge.  I decided to continue my experimenting with Inktense pencils.  Numbers 21 and 22 were also created using inktense pencils, and although I don’t really like piece 22, I do like the idea of using a simple image, and outline stitching it with free motion embroidery.

The starting point was an offcut from a piece which had been painted using stencilled images. (Have I mentioned I have a LOT of STUFF in my sewing room which needs to be used/donated/thrown out?)  So I used it… and grabbed a bag of stencils which had come from some magazines meant for paper crafts.

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Using the pear stencil I created the image by blending various colours of inktense pencils, wet with a mixture of textile medium and water.  I used less water this time, because number 22 showed me how much the ink spreads when wet.

I then experimented with a border, still using inktense, because the fabric did not have colour all the way to the edges.

 

Finally after checking the layout with my trusty pink board with a 5 inch window cut out, I stitched with free motion embroidery, using simple outlines around the pear.

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The background was stitched in a leaf pattern, sort of following the pattern of the leaves but not really!  I stitched around the border triangles as well to try to make them pop up a bit from the fabric.

After a zig zag stitch to finish the edges, it’s finished!

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Detail of the stitching:

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Currently I am borrowing Cora’s inktense pencils, and I am certainly sold on getting some of my own.  I might get some of the inktense blocks, because the pencils are great for small areas and detail, but I think it would be great to be able to cover larger areas.

Do any of you have experience with inktense? Am I the only one late to this party?

Until next time

Lyn

More Made on Monday – on Wednesday

Participating in the Made on Monday challenge has made me start to think differently about creating textile art, which I guess was my aim in joining.  Having to prepare a 5 inch piece each week is actually more difficult than I thought, as I tend to overthink things when I am being creative.

I am learning to just “do”.

I have read many books, blogs, articles etc on being creative over the last few years, and the common advice is to do just that – get on with it and create something.  There is no replacement for practice practice practice.

In that vein, I am just trying out different things, but set myself a time limit.  It also helps to do several pieces at once, or in a similar fashion (surely they are called a series!) and that helps to develop ideas.  I often find myself thinking of the next pieces as I am doing the current ones.  Making small pieces allows me to try new techniques as well, so my latest pieces reflect my experimenting.

I started my latest pieces which I showed pictures of in my last post by drawing with watercolour pencils on fabric.  Here is a photo of the large piece after I cut it into 4, prior to edging them.  I love the fact that the flowers and images go off the edge of each piece.

 

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And a photo of them after they are edged with black thread.

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I think I might try a similar idea again, I like the watercolour pencil effect and it’s not as messy as paints.  Has anyone else tried this technique? I am interested in how it might work on a scarf, or something wearable.

Until next time

Lyn

Colourful Beach Boxes

The brightly coloured beach boxes on denim that I did for the Photo to Fibre exhibition in 2016 were a favourite of mine.  So I thought I would have another go at doing them for the Made on Monday Challenge Lyn and I are doing this year.

The 5 inch pieces are a bit more limiting than the beach bags and fabric buckets I did for the exhibition so I created new templates in a smaller scale.

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Cutting up small pieces of coloured fabric and fusing it onto denim is very therapeutic – but by the end of the fourth piece, I started to wonder why I felt I had to make four of them?

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The initial reason was to experiment with quilting techniques, but as you can see, in my haste to finish them and not really wanting to compromise with the design too much, they ended up looking very similar.

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However, piece number 5 is my favourite.

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Now to the next challenge piece…..

Made on Monday – joining the challenge

A few months ago I saw a post on Facebook by Kate Bridger showing some 5 inch square pieces that she and others had done as part of a “Made on Monday” Challenge.  What a great idea to keep the creative juices flowing – the pieces were small enough to make the challenge achievable.  Lyn and I agreed and we decided we would participate.

I have included the link below for anyone who may be interested

http://katebridger.wix.com/madeonmonday

Lyn created a spreadsheet – we both love a good list and the challenge began with the first piece finished on the 26th of April.

Whilst the challenge is “Made on Monday”, ours are actually made on Wednesday as Lyn and I follow our creative pursuits on most Wednesdays

We work shopped some ideas and noted down themes and techniques in order to have as many options as possible to kick start the pieces.

The first theme we both agreed to do was flowers

My first piece has a spray painted background which I did last year and now have an excuse to use and some minimal applique.

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I have used freestyle machine stitching to create the flower petals and stems using rayon threads

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The next 3 pieces will use the rest of the spray painted fabric, but more about them next time…… Cora

Sewing tool mishap

Well laid plans will often get delayed.   Lyns last post showed our great progress on Wednesday doing our current challenge. I am a bit behind so have spent some of the morning trying to catch up, in between doing loads of laundry.

I got so close to finishing when disaster struck. Not only did I break the needle, I also managed to break the foot.

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So much for plastic parts, lucky I have a spare free motion foot, even though it is a little different and provides less visibility, it will suffice until I can go buy another.

Time for a cuppa, until next time

Cora

Another Wednesday

Wednesday is always a great day for me, because I reserve it for being creative.  I am lucky enough not to have to work on Wednesdays so even if I have something else on, I try to find at least a small amount of time to do something sewing related, or artistic.

Yesterday, May 17th, Cora and I got together at my home to work on our latest venture.  You may know that we had a large exhibition towards the end of 2016 where we each had around 15 pieces on display.  That took us over a year to get ready for. So we decided to try to keep our momentum going to do another challenge this year.  Although we had decided to challenge ourselves with various themes, Cora came across Made on Monday which is a challenge where artists create a piece 5 inches square every week for a year! That sounded really interesting so we have each been working on that for about 4 weeks now and once we have 12 pieces we send them in and they will be displayed in an online gallery.

So yesterday we were working on piece 4. We spent a lovely day chatting and sewing (and eating!) and have now finished 4 pieces. These pictures show some of the action that went on……

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Cora working on her piece with programmable stitches
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Cora’s workspace
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Me using free motion embroidery
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My piece in progress

And here is my sewing friend – he actually woke up for the photo!

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I think this challenge is a great way to try out different ideas and techniques and it will be very interesting to see how the pieces unfold and the direction that we each travel in.  The pieces are small enough not to be too cumbersome, and having to do a piece a week keeps us inspired and working.  How do you get inspired?  Do you have any tips or techniques that you use to stimulate creativity? Would love to hear your comments.

Until next time, Lyn