Sonia Delaunay at Tate Modern

Sonia DelaunayGoing to London over the summer?  I recommend visiting Tate Modern to take in the latest EY Exhibition: Sonia Delaunay. Her career spanned much of the twentieth century.  Often working with husband, Robert Delaunay, they developed a distinctive abstract style known as simultanism. The couple are often presented together, but the thing I like about this exhibition is that it puts Sonia centre stage, primarily celebrating her work.

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Embroidered book cover

I love hand stitching into felt.  Once you’ve made the felt, it’s so relaxing simply to sit and stitch as the mood takes you.  I like a touchy feely notebook to take to work meetings and my old faithful is running out of pages so this is for me to keep.  After I photographed it, I decided to trim the edge over the spirals slightly, just to neaten it, not straighten it.  I’m pleased with the result.  Not a scrap was wasted either.  I stitched this little purse too. And I get to use some of my lovely buttons!

Attaching the cover to the book is relatively easy.  I attach double sided sticky tape to the long edges of the book to keep the felt in place.  To secure the short edges, I make holes about 1.5 cm apart with a large needle about 1 cm from the top/bottom edge.  The felt is turned over top and bottom and I might secure with a thin strip of double sided.  I start stitching from the inside – go through the first hole, over the top, through the second hole over the top etc. then stitch back along the row making that V shape along the top.  This notebook already had some elastic over the edge, but if you want to add some, punch two holes about 1 cm apart in the back cover and attach a loop of elastic, large enough to go over the button to secure your important notes.  The purse was made by folding the felt and machine straight stitching along both edges, remembering to leave the flap open!  I then zig-zag stitched along all edges, including the flap.  Underneath the button is a press stud.

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Stitched, felted pebble

This little project kept me occupied whilst stewarding at the Garlic Farm.  I made the pebble at a TRAC workshop a little while ago and its been sitting on my table ever since.  It was made to stitch into and I enjoyed it.  I wanted it to be bold and I think it is.  I never know what to do with those silk cocoons – the lumpy bits which I’ve stitched over.  What are you supposed to do with them?  It also includes metal washers out of the garage, that were stitched around in the same way as the Dorset posies.  I originally looked for rusty ones that I was going to include as they were, but I think that’s for a different project.  I have incorporated a range of stitches, including chain stitch, sorbello and whipped stitches.  I’ve also included a handmade bead  – the long pointy one, made using a long triangle of fabric, backed with bondaweb, wrapped around a kebab skewer and stuck with a soldering iron, I seem to remember.  I like the sticky out beads too – piling one on top of the other.  I’m taking it to sit on my desk at work next week –  to add colour to the stark whiteness, and it will be useful too!

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