Catching up

Actually working with textiles has been taking place – I just haven’t blogged about it!

surface design with Ineke BerlynI recently went to a class at The Bramble Patch taught by Ineke Berlyn.  This was a real treat. Ineke provided a vast array of Thermofax screens for us to experiment with, using discharge paste and then fabric paints on black fabric (though the techniques can be worked on colour with unpredictable, but fascinating, results). We all used our chosen images in line with our personal taste so the group’s finished works spanned the spectrum from isolated motifs to intensely layered work.  I was in a layering mood so my fabric lengths reflected this.

surface design with Ineke Berlyn 2

 This work all took place in the morning and then the afternoon would be for embellishment with machine and hand stitch. Unfortunately I was called away at lunchtime and so my fabric is still unstitched.  I have ideas though, and hopefully will find time to take these further in the near future.

Seminole patchwork sample

Patchwork for the City and Guilds course I’m taking has been progressing.  Learning these techniques is fun even when I get frustrated at not having my seams meet up precisely!  More practice is clearly needed.

Here you see my Seminole and Log Cabin samples.

Log cabin sample