Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Dancing Lady

A Birthday postcard made for my friend Joy. Inspired by an article in Stitch magazine.
Machined and hand embroidered

Earth, Water, Fire and Wind

This piece started out to represent Earth using techniques from Jean Littlejohns Voluptuous Velvet book.
I feel it represents Fire more than earth. Earth, Fire, Water and Wind are the themes for this years Machine Embroidery Group at Wattletree road and also the The Embroidery House Theme for exhibition this year.
The main part of this piece has been created using a multicoloured crushed velvet which has been machined then overlayed with organza and net before a heat gun was applied. Embellished with beading . The sky I used a piece of black synthetic felt which I machined felted silk and wool fibres to before overlaying with a multi coloured piece of organza and then added some free motion maching. Trees and birds have been created on water soluable fabric before being machined to piece.

Water Soluable Fabric

The use of water soluable fabric has been used to create a piece also using non traditional methods in using traditional stitches. This piece has more machining to be added to disguise the fabric join.

Free Motion Machine embroidery

This is the use of traditional stitches in a non traditional manner for the Creative Stitch and Textile Group. In both pieces the path has been embroidered using the arrow stitch. The piece is a work in progress.

Hand Embroidery & Painted Piece

This piece has been created as my tradional embroidery piece for the Creative Stitch and Textile Group to which I belong. I have stitched and painted to achieve a result with which I am pleased.

March update

Since my last entry my leg has healed and its back to normal here. The motel business has been slower than this time last year with less tradies around although this week we have been fully occupied.
The usual dramas have occured , hot water services etc deciding to stop during a busy longweekend, thankfully were easily repaired.
New Televisions purchased in readiness for our area change to Digital TV in May. General maintaince, cleaning and gardens keep us out of mischief and busy.
This year I have enrolled in an off campus machine embroidery course run by SWtafe. Our teacher is Karen Richards. Our first project is due on the 1st of April. My machine through a hissy fit last Friday resulting in the bobbin falling apart. The tension screw fell out . The machine is now in the process of being repaired , hopefully I will have it back soon . Not a good start to the course.
On the 3rd Monday of each month I am participating in guidence group for Creative Stitch and Textiles with the Morningington Pen. Branch of the Embroiders Guild. We meet in Frankston. This months project is to create a 3 D object or piece of work. I am hoping to create a vessel.
April will be busy with Easter coming up. My daughter turns 30 on the 24th and my father 93.