Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Severn Vale Art Trail

Ira Wood 
Ira is exhibiting as part of a group this year at ;

The Elms,Earthcott,Alveston BS35 3TD
Directions: Travelling north on A38, turn right at Rudgeway onto B4427 to Yate. After 1.5 miles turn right to Hambrook. The Elms is 0.3 miles on the right. 
There will be;
Textiles, pastel and graphite drawings,paint,print.
Open 28th April- 7th May
Daily 10am-1.30pm and 1.30pm-5pm

Rust and walnut.

Liz had been in Cornwall 

 and as usual had made good use of her time beach-combing for rusted pieces ,as well as making use of the sea to soak her fabrics.

Above is a close up of the seeding stitch  she has been adding to the piece.

She talked about tin mining and the scars left on the Cornish landscape by it.She is wondering whether to add words to this piece,interestingly "cousin jack' is the local parlance for tin miner.

We loved the colours within the piece,Liz explained that when eco dyeing the blacks and greys are caused by the Tannin in tea.She also said her fabrics 'take' much quicker in Cornwall as it has  softer water than Bristol.

Rusted strip cloth pieces beginning to be stitched.

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Jenn had just spent the weekend with Stitch Textile Artists at Ammerdown with Sian Martin.The group were challenged to make brushes out of anything and then to use them to make marks and then write with them.Walnut ink,emulsion paint and Quink ink were used.

They worked on paper ,then fabric choosing a word that related to their current theme.

Jenn chose GROW,for her seedpods.

Eventually pieces were chosen,arranged and stitch added.

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Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Birds and interiors.

Kirsten brought along more of her birds

she had applied them to some acid dyed wool.

We liked the way the colour was not one solid added to their charm.

She had also recently taken a two day workshop with Gladys Paulus,creating seedpods.The one above was made flat and used alpaca.They are amazing !There is still some work to do on them according to Kirsten so we may see them in future posts.

Sally has also been working on birds,namely the ones from the NiA dish.She has done a great deal of research and may well produce something to display with her piece.Here are some she has stitched below.

She was thinking of creating a book from them,we favoured mounting them in small frames to hang together as they are individual little gems.We thought they deserved to be looked at as individual pieces,there is such a lot in each.

She has also been pursuing a Drawing Interiors course with Hannah Murgatroyd at the RWA over three weeks.This has involved visiting the Holborne Museum and Victoria Gallery in Bath ,Bristol Cathedral and King's Weston in Bristol

Exercises included using focal point,looking through,use of negative space 

using tone to rather than line to show an object 

and use of pattern.She has really enjoyed this and will continue into May at the Suspension bridge,Red Lodge and Bristol Museum.We look forward to her sharing what she produces as she hopes it will sparks ideas into textiles.

Monday, 1 May 2017


Viv brought along her 'Skies' as it is at the stage when it needs to be finished she  had decided on a soft hanging rather than a frame. We liked the way she had extended the stitching into the backing fabric.  

She was unsure about the wadding she was thinking of using.It seemed too 'bouncy' so the quilt makers among us thought she should reduce the bulk by separating into a single layer and then perhaps stitching through to incorporate the piece with the wadding  .It is going to look stunning and really captures the colours of her inspiration.

She then brought out this little box of hexagons.They are TINY !

She is piecing them by hand from little scraps of Liberty lawn.The finished patchwork will be a quilt for an antique doll's bed .A future heirloom.Any tiny scraps of Liberty lawn would be welcomed by Viv.

Friday, 28 April 2017

Shrivel up and dye !

First, Carol showed her 'Subsoil' piece she had entered for the recent Bristol Embroiderers' Guild exhibition.

It had been a challenge to incorporate a hessian sack as part of the piece.Carol had used the sack as the base adding in all manner of embroidered and appliqu├ęd items you would normally see below soil.It was an inspired piece of divergent thinking ,beautifully executed.It will probably put in an appearance at Nature in Art in November.

Next she brought along the results of a recent Quilters Guild workshop with Mary Mackintosh

The fabric above was used to back the stitched piece below,Arctic wool fleece from Whaleys I think.

Lots of different fabrics were stitched to the backing ,using cotton threads ,before dyeing with procion dyes.The fabrics take up the dye differently.

Below you can see the intensive stitching before the whole piece is washed 

which causes it to shrink and distort .

Here another piece already dyed but not yet washed.

We welcomed back Deryll this month who is recovering from a hip replacement operation.She is doing very well but understandably has not been using her creative muscles .However ,her contribution was instructions she had unearthed about Exchange dyeing.

We were interested to know how it worked.The idea is to have two dye baths in Primary colours ,yellow.The first  fabrics are dyed the original colour, yellow,then you'd add say a yoghurt pot of blue to the yellow dye pot and dye more fabric.You keep doing this until the dye is used .You should get fabrics in tones of the Secondary colour as you see above in Deryll's sample sheet .Looks like an interesting exercise.

Sunday, 23 April 2017

You may well ask ?

Can you identify these?

Aren't they other worldly?

Viv discovered them in her garden when having a post Winter tidy up.

Jenn was interested enough to take them home with her ......does that give you an inkling?

She had taken a piece of bark cloth and begun to stitch marks she had observed on a Poppy seed head she has.There is a lot more to add as she wants to build up the layers of stitch and close the gaps between the areas of different stitches.

The using up of scraps of samples continues to grow slowly.This will be on display in NiA in the Autumn .There was some comment that  it could be a hanging or one or two pieces might fit well in a frame.

At the beginning of April Jenn spent the weekend at Ammerdown working with Stitch Textile Artist mentored by Sian Martin.They had to make 'brushes ' from found items and use them to create words associated with their work story.

Jenn used a variety from the garden but the most successful brush was one hastily put together from dry rose hips bound with masking tape.

The word written was GROW.The pieces above are created with layers and then the 'O'
Has been stitched,or cut out and offset.More work to do,but looks promising.

And the answer to the question at the start is ............Mouli.......radish left in the garden and desiccated over the Winter.!

And this is what Jenn did with them using her Pen and ink drawing app on her I-pad.


In March Marilyn brought along several pieces ,first this long blue and white piece .The weft had been dyed blue but only half had been put in the dyepot, but had come out bluer than she intended .This is a deflected double weave.

This next piece was fascinating consisted of a grey wool and a silk/cotton with neps.This is a before shot when taken off the loom.

And this is an after shot when it has been through the wash

The grey wool has shrunk and created these 'flowers' 

This was another try out in a different colour way.

Marilyn went away and came back with in April with the fruits of her labours

No ,not the coat !

but this glorious length 

of space dyed 


It was achieved  over four days ,dyeing in lengths of guttering in her garden

to get fast colour ,as the eventual weaving has to be washed, she used Procyon not her usual Direct dyes.

and the coat ...............a charity shop find.It is so typically Marilyn with its vibrant colour and pattern.