- Lisa Butler - hand embroidery
- Elaine Hughes - collage, print
- Freddy & Freya - buttons, applique & design
Over the last few months I have been teaching my Year 9 students about 3D construction, under the theme 'Houses from Around the World'. After many hours of make, some homeworks and extra lunchtimes they have finally all finished and I would like to proudly introduce you to 'Harmony Hamlet'.
Every student had a chosen country and based their designs on their own country house research. We also studied a variety of artists for inspiration, of which I used to teach different techniques;
Of course I would never had the inspiration for this textile village without seeing the fantastic knitted village from the Knit & Stitch show a couple of years ago. I hope you enjoy Harmony Hamlet.
This year the theme for my year 8 texyile students is Day of the Dead. This topic has gone down really well with all students creating a personal Sugar Skull. Hete are a few...
Just a few more sugar skull pieces...
Well it's that time of year when I get a few moments tomake some presents. I love free machining and this time added some applique. Inspired by lots of textile artists including; Nike Schroeder, Sarah Walton and Sharon Blackman I developed this portrait. My mother in law lives her dog Archie dearly so I wanted to create him but felt tjis picture captured her feelings better than him on his own. Archie is also all white so I needed some contrast in colour which Wendy's clothes and hair provided. I love it but the teeth and smile aren't quite right.
This year, inspired by pinterest, I wanted to try my hand at syring art. A gentle journey into 3D work with thread. I also learnt lots of felt flower techniques, all which can be found on my pinterest flower board.Follow the button link below.
I also worked on a number of Christmas commissions this year. The most special of all were the personalised baubles. Below is 'Sebastian' which a friend if mine ordered for her friends baby who died. A sad story but a happy way to remember him. It travelled all the way to Austraila and not only got there on time but in one piece too. I also made a few more for her children.
In November and December I started a new course at RAF Benson Community Centre. I had a lovely group of crafters turn up and they undertook a variety of projects.
Projects they undertook were the Christmas Scandinavian Gnome called a 'TomTar', of which one sewer made into a doorstop, tree decorations, 3D reindeer and advent calendar.
Here is one of my sewers getting to grips with the advent calendar. This project is quite simple but takes a great amount of accurate sewing and a bit of a challenge working on such a large piece of fabric.
We had fun chatting and eating chocolate treats. I really enjoyed giving help and advice from basic sewing skills like bobbin winding and stitch settings to how to use the free machine embroidery foot.
One more week to go. I will post all the finished pieces on here when they are done.
Knit and Stitch Sensation 2015
Another successful trip to Ally Pally. Lots of artist and loads of items bought. A very useful place to get ideas and plans for new projects and Sol for school. I will post more later in the week.
I'm really pleased with the first week of the creative sewing course. I had a great little group which meant everyone got a lot of contact teaching time. Perfect for begginers.
The facilities at the Great Hall in Cholsey are fab. Brand new and stunning.
Everyone started out ok and seemed to get stuck into the project. Week 1 is a patchwork and applique cushion using bondaweb. They all got onto the applique sewing around the letters.
I love teaching and especially those who are so keen to learn. Looking forward to next week. Here are the crew hard at work. Thanks again for everyone who attended.
So here it is. I have started my You Tube channel. My first ever video is uploaded. I am pleased. It takes a long time to edit a video - hopefully I will be able to use some wizzo new app before to long that does it all for me! :)
Brusho Tutorials is the first video. 'How to use Brusho on card to create a sea effect Tutorial'.
I have 4 more to follow when I have time to edit. Feedback welcome. Enjoy.
This summer I have been working hard planning my new projects for my classes in September. Year 9 are going to be doing 'Endangered Species'. I wanted to show you the techniques I will be using . . . applique, hand embroidery, free machine embroidery and brusho. Read more....
So summer hits and its weddings galore. Time for some new dresses me thinks....
I started making dresses for special occasions at Uni. My first I wore again to a friends wedding shown here below. Every time an event comes around and I am inspired to create a unique outfit. Making your own dresses allows you to not only have an original that no0one else is wearing but also fit it to your body shape. I have long legs so I struggle to wear a lot of high street dresses as they end up being too short. So the making began....
Dress 1 - Vogue Floral Print Dress
I bought the lovely floral print silk from John Lewis. It was very expensive but the fitted bodice, gathered skirt down the hips and flowing train really enhance the beautiful fabric. Well worth the money. The dress is Vogue pattern and was quite challenging, but it still stands as my absolutely favourite dress I've made to date.
Dress 2 - Long green paneled Jersey Dress
This was a BurdaStyle Pattern. Its a great website. They have loads of patterns you can download for £3 and print out on your home computer. You have to faff with sticking each A4 sheet together but they work really well.
I wanted a green dress so matched the variety of fabrics to the picture. They all needed to have a stretch to them as there is no zip in the dress. I found the fabrics I choose quite heavy and the extended length meant that the dress was a little loose around the top. This was easily fixable though and soon it was ready to go.
Dress 3 - Red print
So this dress I used another dress to cut the main shape and then I used this top to create the top half of the dress. I cut a pattern using baking paper and chopped it out. I love the sleeves and was really chuffed that I managed to figure out how to do these with no instructions. The dress is quite loose fitting but I have decided a bit too short to wear to work so I need to add a deep hem onto the bottom to extend the length. Its a very lightweight cotton fabric that hangs really nicely and is great in hot weather. I will add a better image of the dress when I can pop it on a mannikin.
Dress 4 - Ombre Silk Ball Gown
I found this fabric in Masons (my main fabric shop in Abingdon. If you haven't been you must. Its a haven for sewers and crafters alike). It's really more suited to a beach coverup but I love the colours. Its a lightweight and difficult fabric to work with as well as being quite transparent. In the end I decided to attach it to an old bridesmaid dress which I already had.
I painstakingly hand sewed around the edges to keep the neckline shape. Although I enjoyed wearing it, the dress is quite bulky because of the dress underneath, which doesn't have such a flattering finish. I think I will have another go with the same fabric. Lots of unpicking needed though! Ugh!
Dress 5 - Summer Exhibition 60s Print dress
I found this fabric in Masons and originally was going to use it for a long fitted dress, but decided in the end I needed to whip up a Summer Exhibition dress and this was perfect. It's a similar dress to the red print dress. Its very loose fitting but the fabric is mid weight with a slight stretch. The colours and print are so vibrant - it was a hit straight off.
Dress 6 - Long Jersey Print dress
This is a great summer dress. I made it for holiday but found the jersey had a slight brush to it so it was very warm in the hot weather. The dark element to the print makes it suitable though for evening wear and the bright floral pattern makes it very summery. Altogether a great fabric find from Masons and a lovely easy McCalls pattern to quickly whip up for an easy fit dress.
Dress 7 - Lialia Vogue dress
This dress is stunning. The fit is fantastic. It hugs your figure, while giving a loose fit at the front. I found a super cheap printed polyester that was just fab. I had to have it. However the pattern required stretch. So I bought a thick coral jersey to go underneath and bought extra polyester, so hopefully I good allow ease to get on and off.
It was a challenge, especially when you I had to attach the lining to the outer on the sleeve so no seams were showing. This made for regular moments where you think your brain is going to explode. The end result, however I was very pleased with. The best bit about this dress is its backless - very sexy. The coral floral print screams summer and its just perfect for summer weddings. I have worn it 3 times now but thankfully not with the same group of friends - so no-one knew!!!
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