I’ve been doing a different kind of art today – textile art:
In the hub-bub of life I sometimes hatch a little idea which I don’t have time to pay attention to right away and it has to be quickly drawn into my sketch book so I can remember it for later.
This was one of those ideas, and it was born in September of last year whilst up on the Northumberland coast.
One very early (and particularly beautiful) morning, I was the first one up in our little holiday abode, and whilst enjoying a hot coffee I had a trawl through the rather fascinating book case that the owner had thoughtfully crammed full of fabulous reading material and discovered a very old bird book.
I wish I could tell you what the title of it was but I’m afraid I can’t. It was one of those little books bound in soft navy blue leather, and all the wording had been rubbed off. The pages were well worn and yellowed with age on the edges, and did I just fall in love with those black and white illustrations? You bet I did, and I hastily scribbled in my sketch book that morning as the ideas ran riot.
My idea was to create a journal type sketch book piece using mixed media mounted onto a small box canvas.
Using creamy white calico as a base to work from, I drew a lined journal background and my oyster catcher in pencil and then coloured it in with acrylics, adding a couple of smooth round pebbles he could nose about in and a bit of turquoise for the shoreline.
When the paint had dried, I ironed the calico and began my freestyle embroidery. I used two contrasting colours of thread throughout as I like the fact you can see both colours if you look carefully. It’s also a nice way to shade.
I really love the freedom of this kind of sewing, it’s a very organic process and I enjoy the occasional serendiptious mishaps that end up enhancing the work!
To give it more of a page-like feel, I sewed in the lines and added text using a vintage typewriter alphabet stamp, and also a bit of my own hand writing.
To finish, the work was mounted on a painted box canvas. What do you think?
You will be able to find this in my Folksy Shop.
So onto other stuff: I’ve been doing a bit more work on my shawl this week, in between looking after a poorly Small. It’s slow progress but it’s coming on a treat. I’m looking forward to sharing some new pictures of my current WIP with you very soon.
Talking of crochet…Oh my goodness did I go weak at the knees with the Wanties or what!?! Being pretty much housebound this week playing nurse to Small, I decided to treat myself to a magazine – the ones I promised not to spend oodles of cash on anymore, except as a treat (but I reckon being a nurse qualifies to a bit of self indulgence).
Anyhow! Flicking through the pages of a rather colourful and splendid Country Living I saw this:
Can you see it?
Look closer…sorry to behead the poor woman in the picture but check out that crocheted waistcoat!!! Squeeeeeeeeeeeeeeals of delight, just LoOk!! LOOK!!!
Sorry the picture is slightly blurred – but you get the idea! Apparently it’s a CK one although I can’t find it anywhere online to look at in more detail. It’s worth £68 squideroonies and you know what I thought when I saw it don’t you?
I could make that.
It looks like a granny stitch affair to me – and it is ever so likely that this will be my next project once the shawl is finished. I’m already choosing colours for it – the other half raised an eyebrow and indicated with a slight nod of his head the rather full to bursting wool basket in Crochet Corner…’What about that lot in there?’ Well what about it? It’s all odds and sods, suitable for blankets and cushions, this is going to need New Wool!! And that for me is half the pleasure of it all – picking new wool!
If any of you has a link to a better picture of this waistcoat, would you be a dear and send it to me please?
Sending you love ~ thank you for dropping in today, have a wonderful weekend!