A bit of textile art.
I had some ‘me time’ today, I’ve been dying to do some textile work as I received some lovely books for Christmas, they have me feeling very inspired indeed. I absolutely adore Wendy Dolan’s book ‘Layer, Paint, and Stitch’ as it combines so many elements that I love, and I feel I’m returning to my roots as I was sewing on my mother’s machine from a very early age, probably about 5 years of age. My machine is rather old, it was my Gran’s, she left it to me so I’m quite attached to it.
I had a rummage through my sewing box, the blanket chest and drawers looking for old linens and bits of lace, even the medicine chest yielded a crepe bandage and I went out into the rain and nabbed a bit of horticultural fleece from my planters.
I did a quick sketch of what I thought I was going to do but when I started cutting the fabric I liked the folds in a corner of a piece of sheeting, they reminded me of the Fells so there was a slight change of plan.
I cut pieces and arranged them in a pleasing textural way. I put a mount over as this helps give an idea of how things are looking without the distraction of all the ragged edges.
Once the pieces were stitched into place I gave the piece a good pressing, then it was time to start painting. I used acrylics as I don’t have any fabric paints. The piece was pressed again. I felt a bit dubious that it was going in the right direction, so I laid over the mount again and moved it about until I found a part I liked. Sorry about the picture, it was starting to get dark.
Here’s my finished picture, there are areas that I wish I’d done differently but on the whole I’m rather pleased with it, so much so I’ve framed it up and now I need to find a bit of wall space to hang it.