the mandarin tree outside the studio
There are 2 studios at the Castanea villa one upstairs inside the villa and one out in the garden. My group and I were working in the garden studio, One of the greatest pleasures of the week (and there were many) was picking mandarins from the tree right out side the studio. MMMmmm! I can taste them now - delicious. The very lovely Claire Muir, who is featured in this months Stitch magazine, was teaching at Castanea last month and her students very kindly left us some fruit in the middle of the tree . . . !
This is just a selection of the work that was produced last week and in no particular order.
painted Bondaweb on black cotton with heat transfer foil
painted Bondaweb decorated with with snips of polyester organza and gold flake
painted Bondaweb on dyed newspaper
layers of painted 75gm Tyvek and polyester organza machine stitched together and then zapped with a heat gun. The sample above was also attacked with soldering iron
faux chenille created by layering dyed newspaper and polyester organza
These 3 samples show the students were experimenting with layers of Vilene Spunbond machine stitched together and zapped back with a heat gun to reveal more coloured layers
these 2 samples show Hot Stuff Sheet decorated with heat transfer foil
I think that's enough or you will lose the will to live, as you can see we worked through all my basic processes and products and the ladies produced some FAB work. Tomorrow I will show you the stunning places we visited on our tour in Murcia.