I just couldn't resist Jane Dunnewold's new book 'Art Cloth' when I saw it advertised, then I saw Inspired to Stitch, Digital Quilting, Art Quilts and the list went on. I drew the line at these four. As yet I've only browsed each book but they look interesting. Inspired to Stitch has some really beautiful photos of work from twentyone artists. I think I'm going to enjoy reading them all.
I have also done a little sewing. When all the excitement of the World Cup was on I loved the 'Rainbow' countries theme and decided to make a journal page using the colours of the rainbow. I had a 'brights' jelly roll and chose the seven colours from it and started cut it up into strips. It sort of grew on its own. In my mind the colours would blend from one corner to the other but it didn't turn out like that. There wasn't really enough of any one colour in the jelly roll to do this so I just sewed the strips together. When it was assembled it looked like a dogs dinner, very disappointing so I cut it again, diagonally. Then again in wavy lines. Naturally as I reassembled the pieces none of the lines matched up because there wasn't any seam allowance. The resultant rainbow piece was too big for a journal page so I cut it again, this time in half and made a cushion.
Keith also has been busy making thread stands. One of my friends asked if he could make her one like her husband had bought her, then another friend also wanted one so I thought I might as well ask for one too.
Here's the result.
They are made from elm and each spindle is slightly different. It was a learning experience for him but we did ask him to alter the top on the one on the right hand side. It was much fuller and rounder and looked a bit rude!!
I've received several goodies through the post this week:
This Art4Mail group are running a creative challenge swap are running whereby you choose 5 numbers from 1 to 50 and you are issued with a technique to match your numbers. This is Charlie Davidson's card who chose 1, 7, 17, 27 and 37 her techiques were piece something, pleat/origami something, ribbon or trim, something organic and unusual textures. I'll leave you to sort out which bit relates to which technique but I will tell you the organic bit is pumpkin seeds underneath the crochet.
The same group are running two continuous atc challenges one based on colour and the other the alphabet. I've completed only two of them, Red and L is for.
My Red cards (left) are red fabric covered in red sheer, quilted in red metallic thread. Red trim was then applied and I embroidered red stalks and attached pink flowers. My "L is for" card is L is for line. I stitched lines of embroidered on the background, stitched a line of ribbon down with embroider, the angelina was embossed with a swirling line to which lines in various directions were then added.
I've signed up for two quilting course one in August with Dijanne Cevaal and one in September with Faye Labanaris. I'm really looking forward to these. One other course, which has already started, that I'm doing is Lino Cutting with Dijanne Cevaal. I'm a bit late in starting as it has taken me ages to find the correct materials for the course but they have now arrived and next time I hope to show you some fabrics stamped with my very own stamps.