50 Shades of K[affe Fassett]

This is the first of a set of 4, maybe 5, pieces for TRAC at the Garlic Farm next month.  I’ve used the technique of patching and piecing to make the frame.  You lay out strips of fabric, sew them to a backing and sew into them, then cut them and reassemble them a couple of times over.  The result is almost guaranteed to be lovely.  I took a flower image from one of the fabrics to work as the central feature.  It was a piece designed by Kaffe Fassett – one of the pieces I purchased at his exhibition last summer.  The centre uses more cut up pieces of fabric machined onto the background. Other pieces of fabric were bonded and stitched on to it and then the hand stitched flower was applied by hand. I hadn’t allowed for the thickness of the fabric and my poor fingers were sore at the end.  Finally, more machined swirls were added.  It is a good start on the set, although there are one or two things I’ll do differently next time.

50 Shades of K[affe Fassett]

50 Shades of K[affe Fassett]

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Fashion Museum

Took advantage of a work trip to Bath to visit the Fashion Museum. The current exhibition, Georgians: Dress for Polite Society, is fabulous, including sumptuous dresses and beautifully embellished gowns and even coats for men.  It was interesting to see how modern some of the dresses looked, particularly towards the end of the period, almost looking forward to the 1920s. The most unusual dresses had to be the court mantua, some of which were nearly 2 metres wide!

My favourite collection of exhibits was of 17th century gloves which are beautifully preserved, possibly because they were only worn on special occasions such as for portrait sitting. They are beautifully crafted from different types of leather and exquisitely embroidered with coloured silk threads, gold and silver and tiny seed pearls.  I loved the golden fringing on some of the examples.  Definitely feel a project coming on!

Well worth a visit if you’re nearby.

My Fantastic Cabbage!

My Fantastic Cabbage

My Fantastic Cabbage

Ta da…. My Fantastic Cabbage! The finished piece, complete with butterflies and caterpillar.  The butterflies were made using stumpwork techniques, although not strict to the rules of 1 strand of cotton at a time.  I wanted to show the veins of the butterflies and using 4 strands of silk gave me the desired effect.  Their bodies are made of handmade felt beads and wire was wound around to secure legs and antennae. The caterpillar is handmade felt, rolled rather than needle-felted, finished with French knots.  Just one hole is cut into the cabbage and some nibbled edges.  It’s not to scale, which  adds a fantasy feel to the piece.  Great fun to make.  What next, bee on a pea?

TRAC Goes Small, Quarr Abbey

I’m delighted. I sold 4 pieces of work at this event and 2 brooches. I wondered how I would feel about parting with my creations.  It wasn’t as difficult as I thought it might be because I had made them with a different mindset.  It’s lovely to share and now I have some funds to buy some more beautiful threads to make some more bright and beautiful pieces.  I have to get my skates on though, April and another TRAC exhibition is looming!

Greta's display

Greta’s display