Metal Thread work : Autumn

As the current project has to be one involving metal threads, I thought I would share the work I have done so far on techniques involving these threads. This sample is using goldwork techniques but I decided to use copper tones instead. I painted the background using purple silk paints on the same night that…

Work In Progress

I am currently working on my first finished piece for my course.  This is part of my design work for the item I am going to produce. The chief requirement for this piece is to execute the design in metallic thread. This includes traditional goldwork methods or less traditional machine embroidery using metallic thread. It…

Shibori Results : Stitched

This took a very long time to stitch. If I remember correctly it took the entire length of the film Stigmata which was on the beeb at the time. This particular design is named Karamatsu ‘larch’, it is composed of alternating rows of consecutive circles. I marked the design onto folds in my sample cloth…

Shibori Results : Tied resist

Ne-maki shibori, thread tied resist, I used small washers to tie into the cloth. Before tie-ing I marked a grid to create an even patterm. This was placed in an immersion dye bath, one of my favourite colour blends – yellow dye with a splosh of blue creating a fresh lime green. This took me…

A quickie

I was hard at work this weekend catching up with my pile of college work. Whilst I haven’t managed to clear any of the (considerable) back log, I am no longer falling behind. I was just finishing the velvet workshop samples I was working on in Thursday evening’s lesson (like the rest of the dyeing…

Shibori Results : Itajime

This was folded using, what I call unofficially, a quilt fold. I think others refer to this as a flag fold. I clamped the fabric with some useful plastic clips which I got from the local DIY store and then placed the bundle in a dye bath. What you can see is the centre of…

Happy Birthday

Before Christmas I had a small sumi-e session, I was pleased with one or two of my efforts and saved this one for a card.  This time I believe I have the kanji symbols for my name the correct way up. The artist’s finishing mark is usually made by a small printing block personal to the…