Red bat – design and preparation

A new project to work on!  This is quite a small piece, and shouldn’t take too long to do, I don’t think.  The person it’s for has asked for an outline of a bat against a patterned background.  This is on a black fabric, and worked in red metallic thread.  She’s also specified a size:…

Spiral Abstract I – going well

Early days yet, but my exhibition project is going well so far! Last time, I’d ironed on a transfer of the design of the first (of five) abstract Celtic spiral designs onto the linen used to line the surface fabric.  This, I can now reveal, is black silk matka, the same fabric I used for…

100% silk velvet

A quick post to ask for help: can anyone recommend a supplier of 100% silk velvet (i.e. not silk/rayon mix)?  Ideally I’d like a supplier in the UK, but someone who can ship here would be fine too. This is with an eye on a future project which may or may not happen, but it…

Celebrating our achievements, and ethical threads

I’ve recently read a couple of posts, on Cliodhna’s Wave and Materialistic, that I found interesting and thought provoking, and I wanted to share them with you. Cliodhna has written about celebrating small achievements, rather than being too hard on ourselves.  I know I recognised myself in that; I’m something of a perfectionist and always…

Spirograph I – materials

Before we go any further, here’s the materials I’ll be using: Looking at the fabrics first, this is the same linen sheet as I used for Kate’s Crow, which will be used to line the top fabric and give it support, and the silk matka that I’ll be using as the top. The matka manages…

Linen vs. silk

So, damp-stretched and mounted on boards, here are the two contenders (linen on the left, silk matka on the right): On the face of it, they look much the same, but I need to make a decision on which one to use. Looking at the pros and cons of each:- Linen pros: Easier – doesn’t…

Fabric test: silk matka

Following the linen test, I also needed to try the same design on my other proposed fabric, so I could compare the two. The second test is on a raw silk fabric called matka; this is what I used recently for Kate’s Crow, though in this case I’m back to the parchment/sandy colour I used…

Fabric test: linen

With the transfer ironed onto the right side of the natural linen, I can get straight on with couching the gold thread. I put the linen into a hoop to work; I generally prefer frames, but this is quite a small piece and a hoop is more convenient. One gold passing thread is couched down…

Kate’s Crow: materials

It occurred to me, a little belatedly, that I should have described the materials I’m using for this piece. So, better late than never; here they are: So not many, and a couple of them won’t even end up being seen. The threads first: The pale grey sewing thread is used to overstitch the design…