Experimental wednesday

July 15, 2020

Experimenting to Learn is the way I love to find out what works and what does not.

Experimental Wednesday is a day of experimenting with fabric, colour and stitch. This week at Eau Brink Studio, we are looking at what we can do with a cross stitch. Starting with making the stitch in different sizes and then seeing how we can change it to create something different but without changing the basic formula.

This may appear a strange thing to do but with Textile Art exploring and experimenting is the way to create the most amazing pieces.

As we work through the process failure is not a consideration. If something does not work out how you want it to then re-evaluate  look at the positives and see if it fits into the piece you are working on. If not keep it for another piece.

Cross Stitch Samples

As you can see from these pictures the Cross Stitch can be used for adding pattern to work, for filling in spaces and to create movement.

Would you consider using it for your work? This piece shows how it can be used for filling but still create movement.

At Experimental Wednesday we are going to be exploring stitch over the next few months. Looking at what we can do with them to change how they look.

Learning through trial. Looking at how we can change the stitch but keep it true to its basics. Also looking at changing the fabrics, threads, and using papers.

The emphasis is in “What if” this will change your thinking from “this is the way it should be done”.

Cross stitch can be changed in many ways and as you can see this square does not resemble the original stitch at all but it was still working from left to right and the crosses remain they are just no longer even.

I love the fluid effect it creates.

 

And this one shows you how you can use the stitch to create wholes and change the look of the fabric through working one complete stitch at a time and pulling the stitches tight so that the holes move the fabric.

By experimenting to learn you create your own style with your work and not have to rely on others techniques. Thus giving you freedom.

Add a Little Colour

When you put all these elements together and add a little dye you get amazing results.

This process is perfect for creating landscapes as well as pattern.

Interestingly some of the threads have not taken on the colour of the Procion dyes. This is will be  due to no mordant being used. I will work another sample and pre soak it before the dye bath to see how it changes again.


April 28, 2019
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Whats happening in the studio now then? A big spring clean.

I have spent some time looking at all of the stuff in the studio and shed and thinking about how a great deal of it is not used. Some has never been used and some has not been used for some time. So why keep it?

Today I sorted out all  old sketch books , took out the pages I wanted to keep, then burnt the rest. What a difference that has made to one of the shelves in the studio. I then moved onto the massive pile of papers and card and did the same thing.

Guess what is next? Fabric. I have a huge amount of furniture and curtain fabric that keeps coming into the studio and I will probably never use it. I cannot bring myself to burn it so will be using some for inspiration packs and maybe some for the school clubs. The rest will be up for grabs or going into the recycling centre.

Why the big spring clean I hear you ask. Well there is far too much stuff in this studio and the shed is so full, when looking for something I knocked over a huge basket of glass which is now behind a load of chairs probably broken. At this time I cannot get to it to clear it up.

The paint cupboard is done and all old paints have gone. Same with old dyes. When I say old I do mean over 10 years old. It is quite liberating.

Whats been happening otherwise?

The Easter weekend was a great one at the Barn. We took our sheep for a day out and the visitors loved seeing them. I demonstrated how to clean the fleece and card it using the drum carder. Children in particular were interested to see where wool comes from.

 

Also the West Norfolk Artists had an exhibition at Thornham. It was great to see everyone’s work.

Then came the Doughty Road Show this weekend. Thank you all for coming to look at my stall and for stopping by for a chat. I was amazed to find that it only took 1.5 hours for the Bosal rolls to sell. I will be trying to get more in for the Makit fair at Peterborough. Remember if you bought any to make jelly roll rugs that you must work on a flat surface and keep stopping to iron it if need be. Otherwise they make a lovely pet bed.

Coming up

We do have space this coming week for Experimental Wednesday. We will be working on a technique of layering to make items using machine embroidery. Based on Nikki Parmeters work from the Wow series. Pictures will be taken of the work and sent to Maggie Grey to see how we progress. Sewing machine is required on Wednesday.

 

We only have four spaces available for the Pauline Wrighton workshop this month “Finding your Feet”. This is a workshop for anyone who would like to know what the different feet are for on their sewing machine and how they can be used for more creative sewing as well as the more traditional.

 

This year we have sold our lambs on to lovely new homes. One is going to a vicarage and the other to the Barn as part of their petting animals. the other is staying with us.  Mums are being sheared in the next couple of weeks so more fleece to process.

I hope you all enjoy the warmer days and longer evenings.

Anita