The new WOWbook (number 5) is going down well and the members’ Facebook page is already showing some of the lovely work they have been making. This piece by Wendy Burgess is based on the section by Mary McIntosh. The title Life’s a Bleach will give you a hint of the fact that it is based on discharge techniques. Wendy Burgess used one of the techniques for this super piece, shown on the members’ page.
Also on the theme of WOWbooks, my Beyond Stitch group have been working through some of the ideas from Marian Jazmik’s piece in WOWbook 2. We all have the books so it seemed like a fun idea to work as a group, although choosing a workshop was not easy. I hadn’t tried Marian’s technique, with a fabric called Dipryl, before and it was good fun. I’ve trapped sisal (in my case, a piece of deconstructed rope) between layers and then stitched lightly before tearing it into strips and layering. The pic shows the result, with the addition of some water-soluble paper stamps and a motif stitched on soluble film. Quite how I am going to stitch it all together without flattening it will be a challenge.
I am very excited about the Brockenhurst Show (in the village of Brockenhurst, New Forest, Hampshire) this year as we are featuring The Great Brockenhurst Bits Swap. I expect that many of you have got lots of technique samples, experiments, failed backgrounds, and our idea is that these can be brought along and swapped for other people’s treasures. The photo below shows some of the bits I will be using to demo at the show. These come under the ‘borders and motifs’ heading.
In this pic, I am starting to put together a background and some borders.
I am really hoping to be able to make this little icon sample into a bigger piece with the use of a background and some borders.
Betty Ruffell and I will demonstrate ideas for putting the bits together to make new work. We will be dividing all the offerings into focal points, borders, bits and backgrounds and so on. We will also be showing ideas for making new focal points and borders (these are usually needed) and building up the piece. Motifs are also useful, so we will look at those, too. The piece below is one of my own ‘bit-building’ efforts. Here I picked two stitched samples – the tree and the apples – and combined them with some paper printouts that were crumpled and then stitched to make strips and edgings.
We will also be showing ideas for making new focal points and borders (these are usually needed) and building up the piece. Motifs are also useful, so we will look at those, too. If you have recently had a workroom clear out and would like to send us some of you ‘bits’ (we will be hoping for some charity donations for swaps) contact Fiona and she will tell you how. firstname.lastname@example.org
Find out more about the show on http://www.brockenhurstfiesta.co.uk/ Come and join us – bring out your bits!
Saturday 25th April, 10am to 5pm Sunday 26th April, 10am to 3.30pm