Remnants from patching and piecing are too precious to just discard, so I used them to make some small things. I was delighted when someone purchased a bookmark and inserted it immediately into her book. There are a couple of necklaces left to buy. Each one is backed with painted vilene so they won’t be itchy to wear, but they were quite fiddly to make. If there is one left today, I’m going to take it home to wear out tonight. I know that’s not the idea of making things to sell, but I really like it. I often have trouble finding necklaces to fit me and these are simply tied with ribbon so that they fit anyone and can be adjusted to be long or short depending on what you’re wearing. The small picture frames have sold now, but I think they will make nice gifts. It might be nice to make these in a considered way to fit a standard photograph next time. The possibilities for patching and piecing are endless. I think I will make a sketchbook cover for myself and hand stitch into it too. That will be a nice summer project.
Two days left at the Garlic Farm. We’ve had lots of people and some peacocks through the door, some just to read about garlic but others to enjoy the art work. This piece is a small wall hanging which brings together a range of techniques used in the series. It was almost discarded; the blue denim background seemed just to dark to ever achieve bright and beautiful, but the vibrant green leaves seemed to lift the piece and saved it! I enjoyed melting the voile for the flower in the top left corner, although managed to drip wax all over the unused fabric.
You could use this technique to make nice brooches. Cut circles of voile or other man made fabrics, hold with a pair of tweezers and carefully and quickly move the edges over a tea light. The fabric will melt or crinkle with the heat. The layers are then stitched together. Beads could be added to the centre too.
I decided to use my unplanned trip to an exhibition of work by William Morris and Andy Warhol as a starting point for these 2 small pieces of embroidery. The exhibition, Love is Enough, at Modern Art Oxford seemed at first an odd mix, but on looking more deeply there are similarities between the working methods of Warhol and Morris, e.g. in producing work via a factory system. You can read more about this on Modern Art Oxford‘s website or you can go and see the exhibition at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery over the summer. I used a similar process to the previous two pieces, using a patched and pieced frame, appliqué, machine and hand embroidery techniques. Instead of the free hand stitching, I decided to incorporate some weaving over the flowers. It’s a satisfying process and adds texture in a different way.
Just got back from setting up at the Garlic Farm. I can’t believe that there are visitors there already! We’re set to open at 2.00 so come and join us at some point over the next 10 days. I’ll post some images of my latest work soon. Just need to find a moment. I’ve been making right up to the deadline, as usual!