Sunday, 31 December 2006
visitors, visiting and Baby Girl's sore gums haven't left much time this week for my fabric book.
I've done more stitching on the applique page (no photo yet) but I'm not happy with it. I used some black gingham circles, and although I'm happy with the stitching - zig-zag, stab, backstitch and blanket stitch - the fabric is annoying me....
I've also agonised over the crazy quilt page. Yes, still!
Anyway. A new To Do list:-
*Prepare inserts for the stacked pocket page. I've decided to keep the pockets plain and simple and just in white. But I'm going to prepare heavily embellised inserts in black that can be pulled from the pockets. However the pockets are currently too transparent. I may have to unstitch them and iron on more vilene!
*Crazy quilt page will be a double page with foldouts on each side. It will be made with white fabric and black and white threads and beads. It will be a showcase of seam treatments. However there won't be any patterned fabric to inspire the stitching so I'm sure not if it can be called crazy quilting... I think there will be 9 seams - 2 of them will need to fold inwards.
Does any of that make sense?
*Complete the applique page and line page and hand page so that I can stitch the two sides together (sandwiching some wadding) and have 4 completed pages!!!!
I had planned to use eyelets to thread my samples together to make a book but knowing me I'll probably get hung up on how to thread the book together!
And I don't have an eyelet tool!
So I've decided to use a book I already have. It has 17 pages (7.5"x6.25") and I can add more pages relatively easily.
I'm not going to get to ahead of myself though as no doubt I'll be inspired by the way the other participants approach this challenge. So, I reserve the right to change my mind!
Monday, 25 December 2006
* Creative Recycling in Embroidery by Val Holmes
* Mixed Media Explorations by Beryl Taylor
I'll try and give a full review at some point, I've only managed a glance through them. They look quite interesting. I wasn't sure if I should buy more books. I'm not looking for yet another new technique or even more eye candy. I'm looking for inspiration. Something that will spark an idea and get me going. Something that will inspire me so much I'll actually finish a piece. Does such a thing exist?
Sunday, 24 December 2006
These are the fabrics from my photo tranfer experiement. I used the Tyvek photo manipulations. Not entirely happy with them. I didn't prewash the fabric before ironing so the transfer didn't 'take' completely. Its also quite plastic too. I think all transfer papers will give this effect... not just the cheapo ones from Tesco!
Saturday, 23 December 2006
I haven't managed to do as much as I wanted but I'm still moving forward with my fabric book project.
I'm started my 3 stacked pockets page. The original idea was to do an all white page but I think I'll need to work harder to add the wow factor through threads and stitching. Its just too plain at the moment.
I like the idea of a pull out from each pocket (I've shown my ATC envelope template in the photo) but I think it would be more interesting and interactive to invite the reader to PULL something out of the pockets.
Thursday, 14 December 2006
*Printed and ironed some photo transfer papers. I'm pleased with the results. I used the B&W manipulated photos of the tyvek sample close ups. The fabric does have a plastic quality which is appealing but I haven't tried stitching through it yet!
*Prepared some white calico with vilene to make the second pocket page (3 stacked pockets).
*Added some more circles to the applique page.
*Added more stitching to the line page. I unpicked the french knots too, not as time consuming as it sounds!
*Written over 40 Christmas cards and Thank-you letters (for my baby's gifts)... my hand hurts.
What I'm hoping to do:-
*Finish the applique page and 3 stacked pockets page.
*Draw some seam treatments (now I have the fabric as inspiration).
*Prepare the base of the crazy quilt page.
*Paint some bondaweb to add texture to the texture page.
*Compose an introduction.
*Create an ATC template and some envelopes.
*Print off stitch diagrams on photo transfer paper.
*Look out some waste canvas and blackwork patterns to decorate my hand print.
Tuesday, 12 December 2006
There are LOADS and LOADS of other sites but I'm trying not to get sidetracked, procrastinate or phaff about too much
I'm quite excited about my crazy quilt page as I've never seen a black and white one before.
Monday, 11 December 2006
This is one of the 'completed' pocket pages of my fabric book. I think it looks very glam. I particularly like the fuzzy thread on the top pocket and the multiple lines of blanket stitch on the bottom pocket. I may add some text to the top and/or bottom pocket.
The middle pocket will be filled with fabric ATCs dipicting stitch diagrams of the stitches used on the line page.
This photo is my first 'composite' design using Picture It! Publishing. I took several photos (before and after) and cut and pasted them together, adding some text. Quite pleased with it.
Sunday, 10 December 2006
like the white page but done in black. I love the square 'sequins' on these pages. They were made using a rough, thick handmade paper painted black and cut into small squares. very simple!
I created these pages as part of a study of black and white for my C&G accessories project. Its a page of white stuff, glued and stitched into my workbook then sketched in B&W on the right hand side. I think it will again prove useful in creating a page of texture in my B&W fabric book
Firstly let me show you my original doodles:-
and now the new ideas:-
so my new to do list:-
* research some seam treatments for the 'crazy quilting' page
* print some of photo manipulations onto transfer paper to create unique fabric for 'crazy quilting' page
* finish applique and lines pages
* knit 5.5inch square using variety of black fibres
* prepare white calico for layered pockets page
* start to compose introduction page and experiment with fonts
think thats enough to be getting on with!
Saturday, 9 December 2006
Had some thoughts on my fabric book which I'll get down on paper and scan in. In short I'm going to approach it like a conventional book. with content page, introduction and chapters. There will be 3 chapters - one on linear stitching, one on adding fabric to fabric and another on texture.
I'm feeling inspired by:-
*Purple Missus' experiments with her ink and bleach samples. I'm going to look through some of my photos of texture and mess about in a photo editor.
*scrunchy pages of my daughters fabric books. I think I can achieve a similar effect by making a greaseproof paper sandwich.
Wednesday, 6 December 2006
Have decided to rejig the pages of my journal. The first page (on opening) will be a introduction, like the mission statement for my bracelets project. I like the font. Its called -
but I plan to print onto transfer paper and then iron onto fabric. It may not give a clear print, will have to experiment....
Tuesday, 5 December 2006
Sunday, 3 December 2006
Friday, 1 December 2006
to kick start this project again I laid out all the materials I had collected for my Black & White fabric journal. It reminded me of some ideas I had in the begining (Aug 06), like creating ATCs in envelopes to go in pockets. Also plan to do a crazy quilt effect over a double page. Really like the letter beads and my polka dot ribbon.
Monday, 27 November 2006
Saturday, 25 November 2006
Friday, 24 November 2006
MISSION STATEMENT - Black and White accessories for everyday evenings or sparkly days. Explore black and white patterns, objects and images. Chess boards and pieces; dairy cows and zebras; my black and white print skirt. Newspaper print and crosswords; the grim reaper and bride-to-be; my fair lady at the races. Polo mints and liquorice, snowflakes and charcoal. Chalk on a blackboard, a dollop of cream in a coffee. Explore textures – contrasts and complements. A collection of black bits, a collage of whiteness and all mixed up together. Decorating an arm – highlighting a wrist, accessorising an outfit making a statement. Try out lots of techniques on a small canvas; consider scale - BIG and small. Play with strength - delicate and tough. Explore textures – rough and smooth. Different fabrics – rich and luxurious, plain and simple. Handmade wool felt and synthetic chiffons. A bunch of beads, paper, fabric, pasta, plastic, glass and metal, strung on thread, elastic and ribbon. Decorating with stitchery. Dissolvable fabric – trapping glitz and glamour; dissolving a lacy and delicate structure, creating a grid to weave and embellish. Manipulate fabric with folds, pleats, cutting and slashing. How to secure? Some fastenings hidden, some on show. Secure on your own or ask for some help. How to display? A totem pole to have them on show, a box to keep them safe. A folio to be opened with a flourish or a roll to hide away.