A couple of weeks ago I collected quite a lot of work from Search Press in Kent, which was there to be photographed and included in my book, Stitched Textiles: Nature. This is due out this year, sometime in May, no less.
It’s been a while since I finished writing it [ November 2016 ] and also since the step by step and so on photographic sessions last summer, but hopefully, and I always say hopefully, it will soon be here in person. I’ve seen the flat sheets and they look very good, mainly due to the amazing work done by my editor, Beth Harwood. How she does that job I don’t know, it would drive me crazy!
So, the returned work has required a lot of attention, re-mounting, framing and so on. I was going to send some to the framers, but I was lucky enough to buy a small selection of large gold frames at the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists annual sale. I’ve been fancying a move away from the pale Scandi look frames I have favoured over the last few years, so now I have this rather grander, richer looking group of frames for some of the work. They are not new, and although I’ve done a little retouching, they do look as if they have some history. I like this, and I like reusing and repurposing as much as possible these days. It’s a minor and enjoyable obsession. It’s a pity there weren’t more, but I found a couple more larger frames in a local charity shop too. I did have to supplement these with a couple from Habitat but there we are.
Some of the pieces featured in the book will be at the Festival of Quilts, in the Art Textiles: Made in Britain gallery in August.
So, with just one more piece of framing to finish, which I must do, I enjoyed myself yesterday with a bit of free form composition, using some fabrics I have been holding onto for a while. I need a throw, and in the spirit of using what you already own, thought it was time to use them, and make one.
So having made card templates for a leaf, a spiral and a cross, and with a lot of free snipping, I made a collection of appliquéd fabrics ready to stitch. I will wad and finish them separately and construct the whole thing afterward.
I do love design with the emphasis on the use of scissors, it’s a really free way to work, and I often like the results as much as if I’d have drawn, designed and agonised for ages over the work. There is also the freedom of knowing the throw is just for us, and it occurred to me that most projects benefit from being approached in this way.
Anyway, waffle over, here’s some images.
I used a mix of fabrics, included some I had printed and painted, scraps from my old kimono and a top I had during the 1990s, some African dyed indigo, some vintage curtain fabric, and some plain pieces of variously coloured cottons. I think I’ll go for hand stitch, using some off white thicker thread rather than lots of different colours.