Showing posts from June, 2017

Catching up with workshops and an interview.

 Die cut shapes from decorated newspaper ironed onto S133 interfacing. Online workshop - A New Starting Point. Being interviewed about your practice is a strange thing. Particularly when you tend not to work the same way as most of your peers. It makes you feel a bit vulnerable. However, when the interview comes out and looks and reads - quite alright really, you feel much better. This is a link to the interview. I hope you enjoy reading it. *** This is a catch up blog post.  In August I have my last two workshops in the UK til 2019. One at Art Van Go and one at the Old Needle Works in Redditch.  Art Van Go - there are 2 places left.  August - Thursday 17th and Friday 18th 2 day workshop 10am - 4pm  Stitched and Printed Textile Travels. Be inspired by your travels - from a stunning arch in a cathedral to the exotic delights of an elephant ride in India. £95 (Including £4 materials charge)    Cr

The NEW Sonas Studio website . .

    Newspaper faux chenille.  Hurrah!! The Sonas Studio website is now live . . Do have a look - Thanks to the power of Facebook and my newsletter the first workshop, Manipulating with Heat, filled up fast and is going well.  Manipulating with Heat. A Tyvek and polyester organza bowl.  Now the website is up it will be easier for everyone to see which workshops are available to enrol on and which ones are coming up. A New Starting Point is now enroing and there are a few places left. The workshop videos go live on July 7th.  A New Starting Point.  Jayne, my partner in Sonas Studio is here in Ireland at the moment filming our next two workshops.  We have just finished filming Transforming Transfer and we will begin filming On the Surface tomorrow. The workshop videos will be available to view for 6 months, because we all know how life can get in the way of our best laid plans . . .    Transforming Transfer.  On the Surface.

2 workshops at The Granary Studio and the next online workshop.

A fabulous transfer print. The Granary Studio is a great place to learn new skills and techniques. It is run by Susan Chapman. The studio is well equipped and offers exciting courses - do have a look - My Granary Studio workshops - On Friday the 9th June I taught my 1 day workshop - On the Surface and on the 10th and 11th I taught my Transforming Transfer 2 day workshop. On the Surface is my Bondaweb based workshop. The group also wanted to play with Tyvek, so we had a good play session for the whole day, working with painted Bondaweb, transfer foils, gilding flake and mica flakes - and Tyvek. The first activity was to paint the Tyvek and Bondaweb. It is important to know how thickly to paint both products. If the paint is too thick, the Bondaweb won't stick and the Tyvek won't texture with heat as you are creating a barrier with paint. As the Tyvek dries faster than the Bondaweb, we started with that - learning how to texture and the

A fabulous workshop with the NW Region Embroiderers Guild - and some exciting news.

Polyester organza decorated with painted and printed fusible web then decorated with hand stitch The NW Region Embroiderers Guild summer school was held on 2nd - 4th June at Waddow Hall, Lancashire.   A stunning view and great workshop rooms along with really good food made a fabulous start to the residential workshops. I highly recommend this venue if you are looking for rooms to hire. The staff can't do enough to help, brilliant. This combined with a group of very keen guild members made sure I had one of the best experiences teaching a summer school.    My group was in a large airy room on the ground floor with plenty of tables and power sockets. The workshop was based on working with painted and printed fusible web. This was torn and ironed down to create a back ground for stitch. These backgrounds were decorated with combinations of Xpanadaprint, embossing powders,painted newspaper, gilding flake, mica flake or transfer foi