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Wednesday, 30 October 2019

it's that time of year...

seedheads everywhere, and with a workshop to plan a few weeks ago, my head was full of them! I love running workshops for many reasons, one is that I have to make samples as part of my planning...and that is such a pleasure! And often, as in this case, it leads me to further explorations...


and it's always good to start with some sketching to get a feel for the subject, it feeds the creative process. I didn't always realise this...but now I do! For years at college when tutors went on about the importance of drawing, I just didn't get it...and now I totally understand and love it! Even if it's not directly connected to my fabric work, I just love to draw and paint and play with paper and print.



I uses the drawing to create simple seedhead shapes as a design, then the fun began of adding in fabrics to the mix, and beginning to compose a piece of seedhead stitchery. Because it was for a short workshop I needed a crisp easy-to-carry-out design, to work in stages and build it up on the fabric with ease...



I tried out seedheads in various colour ways and fabric types...loved the tweed!



isn't it funny how the reverse of the piece is often the bestand most exciting part? {perhaps because it's not really under your control??)




and then it led me onto some other work, getting ready for shows coming up...here I created a background by embellishing downsome lovely autumnal fabrics, then playing with shapes and colours of seedheads...


  
I loved the blues against the orange (colour wheel opposites, how neat is that?!)...


ta da! Another finished piece of textile art ready to frame, and more to do. And the workshop went well, so I'm very happy.

It's a beautiful sunny morning here, so many possiblilities of what to do...a walk, the hoovering, the dusting, the dishes...or maybe just get down to the studio while the light is so good and get making!

have a delicious week!




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