Sunday, 21 April 2013

Andover Embroiderers Guild - 20th April

 Two girls who are new to this malarky.

I spent a fabulous day with a group of great ladies from the Andover area yesterday. We were playing with painted Bondweb, Vilene Spunbond and two weights of pelmet Vilene. We tried zapping the Spunbond with heat guns as well but I wanted to show you what the group got up to with the soldering irons. They created some brilliant samples. There is plenty of zapping the previous post.

I use Margaret Beal's tried and tested way of working with ceramic flower pots for stands and wire wool in a cardboard tubes to clean the tips.
Bondaweb (unpainted) was ironed onto the back of three pieces of CS500 in three different colours. A fourth colour was chosen for the background.
A piece of black pelmet Vilene lite was then decorated with painted Bondaweb, foils, glitter and gilding flake. Unpainted Bondaweb was then ironed on the the back. It is important to leave the backing paper on the Bondaweb. You don't cut through it, it is a test to see if you are pressing too hard with the soldering iron.

 Shapes were then cut from the black pelmet Vilene lite and the three colours of Spunbond with the soldering irons and then lifted off and placed onto the chosen background.

  Once all the shapes have been cut, the pieces can then be arranged and ironed into place. It is an interesting exercise on composition and use of colour.

 Here are twelve of the finished samples, I seem to have forgotten to take photos of two - apologies.


Aren't they FAB?

Some of you will know that I have been having trouble with my words after having shingles last year and having the lovely neuralgia the comes after you think you are clear. It can be interesting when I deliver lectures. Yesterday was a classic, I was trying to find the word 'gekko' and came out with 'gherkin' - not quite the same . . .  The group were very understanding, once they had finished laughing!!!

I had a great day and a clear run home, thank you ladies. 


I am now in full panic mode trying to get ready for the Nadelwelt show in Germany, luckily BA don't weigh hand luggage. Have just checked the weather forcast and it looks as though it's going to be 25 - 27 degrees. At least I can take lighter clothes. I am having to take my heat guns with me (plus adaptors) and have had to ask my Sunday workshop students to bring their own if they have them. I only have seven and there are fourteen in the class.

I will try to post if I can find free wifi - if not, see you on the 30th. 
Have a great week. 

x x x

Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Zap! Pow! Slash! and Burn! Foredown Tower - part the third

 Orange painted Vilene Spunbond CS800 (the heaviest) decorated with painted Bondaweb and synthetic fabrics.

 The same sample zapped with a heat gun to create some fabulous lacy edges.

We had great fun playing with all the products on this course, learning which would zap and which would cut with a soldering iron. The heaviest weight Spunbond is great fun to 'cut' with the heat from a heat gun.


 This sample shows the Spunbond partly zapped before it is ripped apart. The idea is to almost cut through the fabric, just leaving a few strands, a kind of 'laddered' effect. Then you rip apart your work and the laddery bits seperate.

 A blue sample which was then zapped . . . .
  . . . and then ripped apart.
  . . and another one . .

  . . and another one . . (decorated with foiled Hot Spots!)

This is Earth Jewells - one of my vessels. It is five foot tall and has a wooden base. 
You can see the zapped edges of Spunbond that create beautiful layers. You can find this in my book Layered Textiles.
 This is the group starting to stitch their layers together

They layered Tyvek with polyester organza and Spunbond with polyester orgaza. The 'sandwiches' were then machine stitched together.

 It was good to see two Bernina 707's in the room - they just go on forever.

 The group heat gunning their work.

 Pip managed to get her layered Tyvek sample to curve up into a bowl shape.
The following samples are the Vilene Spunbond CS800 layered with polyester organza the stitched together.

 Because this process creates a very strong sample it can be considered very useful for bags, belts, the centre panel of corsets . . . all manner of things.

My next workshops at Fordown tower are -

June 8th & 9th
On the Surface
An opportunity for you to enjoy and explore all the techniques for surface decoration you have been wanting to try but haven’t yet found the time!
Create wonderful surfaces to stitch – or not!
Techniques will include – Hot Foiling, painted Bondaweb, Tyvek beads & more . . .


July 13th & 14th
Tinkering with Tyvek
One of the most exciting products to be used in textiles! We will paint it, layer it, stitch it, heat it & incorporate it with other synthetics to create fascinating textures, beads, vessels or sculptural forms. In the 2 days you will create at least 1 finished, stitched bowl.

There are still places left on both workshops so if you want to come and party go to if the booking form doesnt work, just email me.


So - I am now going to muck out my house, it is full of boxes and bags from the various shows that all need sorting through, and putting all the contents in the correct place!!! I know that NONE of you ever leave your bags unpacked from workshops . . . . 

I'm off to the Andover Guild on Saturday to spread joy and happiness and deliver a workshop entitled Hot, new jewelled surfaces. Should be fun . . .  x

Hello Jill and HELLO!!!! Swansea. I miss my girls from the valleys - it was odd being back at Excel where we first met - sigh . . .

Monday, 15 April 2013

Zap, Pow, Slash and Burn! Foredown Tower - part the second

 Decorated black sew-in interfacing and coloured CS500 ironed onto Bondaweb then shapes were cut with a soldering iron. The shapes were then ironed onto another piece of CS500.

Well that was a great weekend. The group produced some fabulous samples. I'm going to split this post into 2 as there are too may images for one post.
I will post the next part tomorrow.  
The thing to remember with most of my workshops is that you don't create a finished piece of work. The idea is for the students to experiment with whichever products we are working with to help them generate their own ideas. Designing through process is an important part of my teaching and indeed my own work.

Some scrummy experiments with different weights of Tyvek.



After experimenting with the Tyvek we went onto working with painted Bondaweb and decorated the black pelmet Vilene light. This is a great weight to cut with a soldering iron. The idea was to to show the group the difference in how long it takes the soldering iron to cut through a thickish fabric and a very fine one. As is usual in one of my workshops this is a lesson on control.
These are some of the decorated samples ready to have Bondaweb ironed onto the back and then to have shapes cut out with a soldering iron. Basically it's applique but not cut with scissors . . . 

These samples were decorated with non natural embellishments. sequins, gilding flake, other synthectic fabrics, heat transfer foils and glitter. If you are cutting with a solderig iron you can't use things like skeleton leaves, natural threads etc as they won't cut with heat.


One of the samples with the shapes removed to show an interesting negative space.

The group were also working with coloured CS500 Vilene Spunbond which also had Bondaweb ironed onto the back. This is a much finer fabric and allows for translucent layering. 
Here are some of the samples. 







As you can see you can create some fabulous surfaces on which to stitch - or not. You can then iron Bondaweb onto the back of these samples and then cut shapes out of these and then  . . . . 

The sun actually came out yesterday - we had oh - at least three hours of sunshine. You could hear the larks singing over in the fields. The view from the tower is fantastic - you see right over the downs, over to Shoreham and of course, there are fabulous skies.

I will post more tomorrow.