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The thing I most enjoy about being on Instagram is connecting with other artists. I’ve ended up on the periphery of the print community via a customer who bought an upcycled pendant a couple of years ago, and was recently contacted by one of the lino print artists I follow asking if I would be up for an Art Swap. Definitely!

As this guy is a printer, I decided to go for the print theme in my swap items. First was this screen print on calico using a paper mask which I did at a workshop way back in November 2013 with Dionne Swift.

Then back even further to February 2012 to some experiments I did with ironing Angelina fibres onto rubber stamps. This was one of my favourites and the last one I have left of the batch. It sort of fits with the printing theme.

I chose some purple cotton and gold silk for the background and started by edging the motif in a goldwork thread. I’m not sure of the name of this type of thread, which is gold wound round a soft core. I think it’s either Jap or passing, but would welcome a positive identification!

Then I used a running stitch round the edges of the purple block to connect the layers of fabric.

Lastly, as it’s a big part of my practise, I stitched some found objects to the centre.

The third piece was a bookmark made from offcuts from a piece I printed using the same quatrefoil stamp as in the Angelina experiment at a Print to Stitch workshop with Jan Dowson in February 2019.

I cut the six whole quatrefoils off for my Medieval tiles piece. and made the offcuts into a couple of book marks. One I gave as a gift last Christmas and the second just needed a Bondaweb backing and a blanket stitch edging to be completed.

I used an eyelet setter and a perfectly matching eyelet for the tassel.

Which was made from a slightly darker green stranded cotton than the blanket stitch.

They arrived safely last week, to the absolute delight of the recipient. It’s always lovely having glowing feedback from another artist, but somehow when that artist is someone who doesn’t work in the medium of needle and thread, there seems to be much more of a wow factor. Perhaps those of us who stitch have become accustomed to the wonderful textures and effects we can get from textiles and are less blown away by them. It was good for my ego, anyway!

Very much looking forward to the prints I’m getting in return which should hopefully arrive this week.

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It seems that a lot of the last couple of weeks has been about creating cards. As well as the Fathers’ Day card I showed in the last post, I was also asked to make a first birthday card…

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…and a birthday card and anniversary card. For the birthday card I decided to revisit one of the experiments I did with some Angelina fibres, rubber stamps and an iron back in February 2012 and still have hanging about! I just added some simple gold herringbone and straight stitches. The Angelina is so blingy that I think less is definitely more.

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The anniversary card is one of the dozens of prints I took from Chris Gray’s huge wooden printing block collection when she led a workshop for our Embroiderers’ Guild back in 2016.

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I used just three threads in shades of green and purple to fill in the design with chain stitch, satin stitch, fishbone stitch, detached chain stitch and of course, french knots.

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Having had all these to put together, as well as one for my own dad, is partly why the pulled thread I had planned for the Kew memory Journal hasn’t progressed very far. The weather also hasn’t helped as I’m stitching in cream on cream…

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… and good daylight is a must. It just hasn’t been nice enough to sit outside and stitch very often.

Once I’m in the swing of counting I find pulled thread work has a very pleasing rhythm but unfortunately it seems that I’ve just got settled when at least one member of the family needs something – usually feeding!

I wanted a heavily raised stitch to echo the raked gravel of the Japanese Zen garden where Chihuly’s Niijima Floats were exhibited and I think the Diagonal Raised Band I chose does that very successfully.

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The picture has been transferred onto silk with transfer medium and will be stitched into the top corner.

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Now all I need is some decent light and a family who can feed themselves…!

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And one finish.  I finally got round to making up my angelina and goldwork flower into a card.

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I’ve also been finishing off a felt flower piece made with flowers cut from the left over felt I made for ‘Guards! Guards!’ last year…

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…and some odd fused fabric leaves I made so long ago I can’t remember what I used them for…

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…and making progress with the Elizabethan scissors case I started in an Embroiderers’ Guild workshop with Brenda Scarman several months ago.

At the end of the workshop I’d got as far as this:

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Detached buttonhole stitch petals and chain stitch stems.

I finished the stems and as per the instructions, added trios of fly stitch between the petals and long straight stitches to define the petals. The french knots in the centre would be joined later by beads.

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Beads added, the chain whipped with gold thread and buttonhole stitch in the same thread round the edge of the petals.

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Then the spangles, which I attached with a central seed bead. I think they’re too densely packed but I don’t dislike the effect enough to unpick them all. I intend to make the seeding less dense by using just beads round the edge and making them more widely spaced.

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Just the beading to finish before I can make it up.

 

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The angelina flower has been proving a bit of a problem. I outlined it with whipped back stitch in a purple/green metallic thread…
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…and then wanted to do something in the middle. I initially thought a random patch of beading or possibly chipwork and since the beads were easier to get to than the goldwork stuff, I started with beads, stitched about thirty on and didn’t like it. The edge needed to be more clearly defined and the beads themselves gave too heavy an effect.

So I hunted out my goldwork threads and started to play with different layouts and ideas. When I found a piece of pearl purl and laid it in a curve around the edge of the central area, I knew this was what I wanted.

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I was going to simply cut the purl when I got to the middle and leave it as a straightforward spiral, but I saw the way the working end flicked across the spiral and felt it was a neater and more unusual way of finishing.

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It’s been a real slow process thinking my way through this very small project but I’ve been able to do something different and even better, when I was going through my gold work threads I found a selection in copper which I’d forgotten I had (oh the shame…) and which I’ve put on one side for possible inclusion in the rusting  quilt.

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I was delighted to be the winner of Penny’s Valentine’s Day giveaway for one of her wonderful art dolls and a couple of days ago Valentine arrived, beautifully wrapped and snug in his box.

He’s taken up residence on the top shelf of my reference bookcase which sits next to the computer and holds all my most used reference books, ceramics and other treasured items, where he can keep an eye on the comings and goings of the household.

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He’s a joy. Thanks so much once again, Penny.

I’ve been working on one or two things that aren’t coming together quite as I envisaged so it’s been slow progress as I feel my way through. The first is another one of the fused angelina shapes that I ironed over a rubber stamp. It started off like this:

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I added back stitch around the edge in very fine dark purple silk thread…

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…and then whipped the back stitch with a metallic purple and green thread.

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I’m going to fill the middle with beads or possibly something like gold chip work.

Then there’s the next rusting block. I’d got as far as this, with eyelets in a variegated cotton thread and french knots in stranded silk:

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And then I’d stopped, which usually means that my sub-conscious knows it isn’t right somehow. When I picked it up again, I decided to put in all the eyelets first…

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…and at that point realised that what I wasn’t happy about was the way the eyelets and french knots obscured each other. Far too messy. The small patches of french knots were removed and it’s definitely better.

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As with the angelina flower, I’m not 100% satisfied, but it’s getting there.

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Glitz!

The deadline is still looming so yes, I know this is displacement activity. But it was quite quick. And fun to do. And while I was doing it, my subconscious was working on the deadline activity.

Honestly.

This is a piece I made a while ago, experimenting with an idea I’d seen on someone’s blog ( back to the what is copying? question again…) of laying Angelina fibres over a rubber stamp, covering it all with greaseproof paper and ironing it.

I wanted to add to the glitz of the iridescent image so I stitched it onto black satin by adding toning beads…

…and enhanced the ridges of the shell with straight stitches in gold thread.

Fabulous peacocky colours.

And a quick finish. Guess I really ought to be getting on with that deadline piece now…

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I just wanted to play this week, to do something quick and with a bit of instant gratification and I found the perfect answer in an idea I once saw on a blog, but whose and where, I can’t remember. The idea was to make motifs by ironing angelina onto a large foam rubber stamp. I had some angelina that had been sitting in a drawer for a very long time and I’d just been ironing. Perfect!

I placed a foam rubber stamp face up on the ironing board, put a handful of angelina over it, greaseproof paper on top and pressed it for a few seconds with the iron on the silk setting.

The one on the right was my first attempt and as you can see, I left the iron on too long.  The colours are still pretty, but not as peacocky as the one on the left.

This was the image on the other side of the stamp. I think the angelina was called Ultraviolet – it really is a gorgeous colour, both before and after heat.

And this is using the other colour I had – Blaze, I think. Lovely in the packet, but not as successful at showing the image.

Then I used a medieval tile patterned stamp. Love the way this has turned out.

The same stamp in Blaze didn’t work the same at all. The Blaze changes colour much more subtly than the Ultraviolet and so the stamp shapes don’t show up as well. Neither did the 8-pointed star…

…so I gave up and used the last of the Ultraviolet to do a flower.

I really like the way these have turned out, even the Blaze ones. Looking forward to (at some point!) enhancing them with stitch and loads of sparkly beads. They would make marvellous cards.

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