Thursday, November 25, 2010

Tom Foolery Joolery!

A little light relief. I've had it in mind to try making an embroidered cuff for a while, so I had a go, using up some odds and ends.

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It is a "sandwich" of needle felted and embroidered fabric, pelmet vilene (pellon) and commercially produced felt. I used velcro (hook and loop) as a fastener, but I wasn't very pleased with it. It made the cuff far too thick and the overlap didn't sit nicely. I had to add a bead and loop fastening to the edge to keep it flat.

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So, an opportunity for experimentation with different kinds of decorative fastenings!

It is edged with my favourite trellis stitch!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010


My comfort cats have been featured in an Etsy treasury courtesy of The Virgin Rose from Mexico. Thank you Virgin Rose!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Threads in Common

Went to see a very nice exhibition today:

Reflections from a sketchbook - Threads in Common.

At the Greenstede Gallery, East Grinstead.

An exhibition of textile, mixed media and painting. A wide variety of styles and the standard is very high. Well worth a visit. Unfortunately the group do not have a presence on the web, so I can't link to any of their work.

The Greenstede Gallery is a very nice venue with a cafe and cheap car parking right outside.

Friday, November 05, 2010

Blog flog.............

It's clearly my day for passing on information. I just found this blog from the New Embroidery Group. Well worth a visit, especially for this page of experimental or nue samples and the gallery of members' work.

Textile Studio Exhibition

I've just been to a really nice exhibition by the Textile Studio at the
Greenstede Gallery in East Grinstead, West Sussex.

This group have been going for 40 years. To celebrate they decided that each current member would make a piece with 40 as the theme. The pieces are very varied but each is plainly mounted on a board, all the same height and they make a really nice display showing a wide variety of styles and techniques. In addition, there are many more very impressive examples of members' work.

I asked if this group have a web presence and was told that they do not. I think that's a pity. I "lifted" this description from an exhibition leaflet:

The Textile Studio was formed in 1970 for advanced embroidery students and those interested in developing their textile and designing skills by meeting with like-minded people. It has since gained a well-deserved reputation through successful exhibitions of creative work, using fabrics, threads and other materials to push forward beyond the traditional boundaries. During the life of the group, many well-known textile artists have been members.

Members enjoy working together to exchange ideas and knowledge. Their wide range of skills includes embroidery, felt making, silk painting, patchwork and quilting, mixed media, beadwork, three-dimensional work and dyeing.

The group aims to be experimental – exploring fabrics, threads and other media in an innovative way. Textiles are produced in a variety of forms including wall hangings, soft furnishings, quilts, clothing and accessories, soft sculpture and jewellery.

Well worth a visit if you are in the area, and there are 3 more textile-related exhibitions at the Greenstede Gallery coming up over the next two months.

Christmas is coming..............

and while I object to shops putting out the decorations and playing the christmas tapes (Store 21 you should be ashamed of yourselves), I should have been getting ready for the seasonal craft fairs for a while now. Left things until the last minute as usual!

Here is my favourite from this year's batch of SMockery Santas!

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I fell in love with this chap myself............

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...and then I sold him.

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How could I do that?!

A bit late.....................

but happy halloween ....................

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Here's my latest witch!

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