Tags 28-32

Tag 28-Spiders wheels

I enjoyed this tag, all about the stitch. The top one was a woven one, sadly I spotted a mistake, but never mine. I prefer the bottom one which is wrapped.

Tag 29-using the scraps

The idea if this tag was to create texture using the threads leftover in a needle and saved. I thought it looked messy on the video and could see bits falling off, so I trapped my threads under a piece of net. It lacks the texture so I added french knots. Quite like the result.

Tag 30-a wearable tag.

Brief was to make a tag to wear and take a picture wearing it. I knew I wouldn’t wear it so the safety pin is really just to show willing.
Showing willing.

Tag 31-Bling.

Adding more and more gold. Great fun to do but we have done a similar one before.

Tag 32-Lazy Daisy Stitch.

I loved this tag. I write something about the week that has gone by on the back of each tag, already I am enjoying reading them back. I wanted this one to be very pretty, as my grand daughter Baby P was born this week.

These tags are created following videos made by Anne Brookes. They are on you tube, #52hannemadetags, and on Instagram and Facebook.

The Stitchbook- Kunin Felt

I am still very much in catch up with the stitchbook project. Whilst others are putting the finishing touches to the covers, I am slowly working my way through the last boxes and having fun. The pressure to be done by October is off as is the Knitting and Sticthing Show in November where they were going to be displayed. 2021 here they come.

This is the next box I tackled.

It’s all about making flowers by melting felt over a tea light. First cut a circle then cut into it to create petals, hover over a flame, moving it all the time.

A mock up of how the page will be .

All melted.

You can also melt holes. Not sure what to do with those now. I tried to melt the off cuts, it didn’t work. And if by any chance you drop one into the flame all that happens is you get a piece of felt covered in wax and the flame goes out.

So that’s my first sample all ready to be stitched on the page.

Sample two is to make a collage

I saw a garden gate and a cottage garden.

Not quite sure what I make of this- I did enjoy it a lot, but the felt is hard to come by as it has apparently become very popular, so I won’t be using it gain for a while at least.

Stitching on rust dyed fabric.

The brief for the rust dyed fabric was to stitch into the surface of the fabric, remembering to let the fabric do the talking. Often I have found myself in the stitchbook imposing myself on the material with some pre-conceived ideas. This time I wanted the fabric and the rust marks to really speak to me.

The piece will be stitched onto a calico page , so my first thought was to find a backing fabric which complemented the rust dyed fabric. I had a piece of black denim left over from my single attempt to make dungarees for a grandson which did the trick. I frayed it a bit and trapped the pulled threads with some fabric and netting left over from the Texture box.

I choose some floss to stitch with.

I began to stitch with  simple running stitch around the marks. I loved the negative space  which I hadn’t noticed before.

As I stitched up the fabric I noticed that the rusty screws from our garage had left not vertical lines like the nails but horizontal ones, my stitching changed direction.

As I looked at my piece I began to think that the fabric looked like an industrial landscape,one that had been abandoned, left to rust and decay.

Big Pit in Wales- now a museum, once a thriving pit. I thought of the lost lives, the unfinished working lives, the forgotten dreams and aspirations, the broken communities.

All in tatters. I added the off cuts from the rust dyed fabric, and some gathers.

If we forget the past , we will repeat the mistakes, remembering the past is the key to the future.

When to stop stitching , when is a piece finished?  I don’t know if more stitches would be good or bad , so I stopped, just as the miners did at Big Pit. Unfinished? Maybe.

I call it Tattered Lives.


More on marks.

I borrowed this rather good book from the library.

It ties in very nicely with the mark making sketchbook I am stitching.

It includes where to find inspiration and examples of stitching. I love these parallel lines.

And spirals. One of the exercises it suggests is to analysise the things which draw you to them when you take photos.

I love the circles too.

This is free machine embroidery.

So I had a look at some of the photos I had taken in the last few weeks.

Look at the petals and how they radiate from the centre.

A simple buttercup

Undoubtably circles are important to me, but then so are lines

Burnt post spotted on a recent walk, I love the texture of the wood

And this jumble of items I walked past- it was the ladder and the fence which caught my attention.

Giving me food for thought. What I wonder gives others food for thought. Do please leave a comment, I would love to hear from you.

Making marks

The Stitchbook project organised by Helen at Untangled Threads starts in September. However there is starter kit to get us used to slow stitching and mark making.

Exercise one is in mark making, first to divide the calico into boxes, and then to start making marks, slowly, with thought, mindfully.

Using black thread of varying thicknesses.

It has led me to thinking of marks in the environment.

The neat furrows in a ploughed field.

Catkins and branches against clouds and blue sky.

This waterlogged track, the grass and trees.

I am looking forward to this journey to find my voice through stitch.