Nature in progress

Have been working on some nature themed pieces lately…

here’s the pieces as they were developed.

Check out the pages on further techniques or post any queries.

Outlined in fabric marker lightly and then black merino was secured on outline

beginning filling in the main colours and a few highlights

main colours completely set out, and a few hints at detail, but many strands are still loose and need to be tidied up and secured.

Lots of it secured, tidied etc and the sewing machine has been applied in areas to add an alternative texture and point of interest.

close up of sewing and the blue fuschia, the blue was chosen to add contrast and a focus to the symetry of the piece.

Framed in a box frame

second fuschia piece.. developed as the first piece..

Online Pop Up Shop



How clever is this, a group of Crafters, based in Ireland that all chat online, have come up with a great idea. To make a pop up shop online for a limited time.
It's aimed at parents buying presents for their childrens' teachers. Good idea isn't it?
A few technical aspects that will be eckked out and a few
 things we will probably learn along the way.
The popup is being run through Facebook Events, so we can usee all our contacts.
We can just alter the date on cpmpletion, so we don't have to re-invite guests for a future event..back to school,
 Hallowe'en ..etc.
For simplicity, all prices include P&P for Ireland.
My two A3 noticeboards are here for 20euro incl/free P&P (Ireland)

Fingers crossed, it will be the start of more entrepreneunial genius 😉
Link to online pop up shop...
http://www.facebook.com/groups/348000191934151/

BATIK PINBOARD

I’ll be adding to this soon, but here’s the HOW TO on the first one

TO MAKE THIS 

YOU WILL NEED..

wax pot (insert)
 
(or double boil like chocolate but these pots will only be usefull for wax and EXTREME CAUTION is required)

hog hair (wax) and acrylic brushes (dye)

dyes (see how to make…https://ewesir.wordpress.com/tag/dye/ )

lots of newspaper / newsprint

iron

and all the materials for making a notice board in previous post https://ewesir.wordpress.com/2012/02/27/notice-board-easy-peesie/

ONE

TRACE IMAGE..you can see the drawing underneath in this image

CONSIDER WHERE YOUR LINES WOULD BE SO THEY CROSS OVER WHERE YOU WANT THEM

TWO

WAX EVERYTHING YOU WANT TO KEEP THE COLOUR OF THE FABRIC

CRACK THE WAX IF YOU WANT TO LEAVE DYE INTO THE CRACKS

THREE


I PAINTED IN THE DYE AS THERE IS SO LITTLE AREA TO BE DYED.

I BLED DIFFERENT DYES INTO THE PIECE.

I HAD USED NON-PERMANENT MARKER FOR THE OUTLINE WHICH BLED ALSO.

FOR THE CRACKS..I PAINTED THE DYE OVER THEM AND SCRUBBED INTO THEM WITH MY BRUSH

FOUR

sandwich the finished piece between newspaper

iron out until all the wax is gone..

keep changing the newspaper and use enough to protect your iron and board,

if the iron starts smoking..it’s because wax has transfered to the plate of the iron or it’s setting is releasing water.

FINALLY

staple all together as in earlier post.

PLACE RIBBON WHERE TELEPHONE WIRE WOULD BE.

Alternate Versions

excuse any bits and pieces sticking out..must add backing and secure tomorrow..

close up

“Lucy Homemaker”

8in embroidery round hoop

8inch embroidery hoop

“Converse”

“Blue Magpies”

6inch plastic embroidery hoop

FOUND A FANTASTIC TUTORIAL ON HOW TO MAKE THESE HOOPS SO HERE IS THE LINK

http://sunshineandcarousels.blogspot.com/2011/08/embroidery-hoop-pinboard-tutorial.html

Notice Board?….easy peesie

To Make This

YOU WILL NEED THESE..

1. cheap canvas frame  or an old frame from discount store

2. wadding/foam

3. fabric

4.ribbon

5. buttons/badges

6.needle & tread

7. scissors (fabric ones)

8. staple gun

9. nice cup of tea

First..

take the wadding..(that white foamy stuff) and fold over to make a bit thicker

 and cut so it is slightly smaller than whole canvas

Now…

Lay fabric(couple of inches larger on all sides that the canvas) face down on you work surface

lay wadding in the centre of this

line up canvas face down on top of this

You can see it here, waiting to be lined up.

STAPLE GUN TIME (my favourite bit)

That’s stanley the staple gun above.

Tip for using staple guns…wedge something simular height under it so it is even- needs less strength and ensures the staples go fully in.

 secure the fabric to the frame with a staple in the middle of each side..stretching the fabric as you go around so theres no wrinkles/ripples

keep working your way around like this except for the corners.

anyone as meticulous as me will know how to make “prison corners” named after how to fold the corners of the bed sheets.

pull one edge under the other. keep in place using a finger, and pull the other side over this

secure with staple gun

NOW …

Secure ribbon from behind using staple gun…ensure they are pulled tight across the front otherwise they won’t do their job of holding things in place…

Decorate with clips/badges etc….I also used pins to secure thing and sewed on a few buttons…you cud hang things from these buttons too!

Took me max 5minutes…and was a third of the price I saw in the shop!!

Watch out for my detailed fabric printing post comming soon..would look great to make a notice board out of a family photograph..quick guide

https://ewesir.wordpress.com/category/dylon-image-maker/


Lazy Alice

                                      New Project “Lazy Alice”

       (I’ve been up to mischief trying to add a new twist to the work)

                 This is the fabric laid out before its stitched.

I want to use the stitching, like sketch lines, rather than just securing

the fabric, I want it to add a 3D element to it also.

Ok so in these images you can see the background coming through,

which isn’t visable to the eye, the colour is also more vibrant.

I need to get some advice on photographing the works, The quality of

the camera picks up every stray fibre but that intensity of light flattens

the colour..hmmm will take advice..it’s a canon slr eos I have.

So I have included this (non flash) image, and although it’s a bit

blurred or has a yellow hue on the white, the other colours are more

accurate.

                                          Close up of stitching and fabric

                                         And finally, this is Henry.

Project is about 80% complete, I need to work on some contrast and

highlight and some free stitching over the branches I think too.

Watch this space. Oh any suggestions on Photographing very welcome,

I am more than aware after spending several hours working, I shouldn’t

put work on kitchen floor and hope for best!!

It’s Raining Molly

Started new piece today while waiting for wool to soak/dye.

It’s based on a dream and I’m partial to it.

Heres the starting points, you can see slight adjustments made to be more suitable for the felt process

The colours here are very different than the outcome.  I have learnt to apply darker colours before the lighter (of the face) to stop stray strands being worked into unwanted areas. Also using high intensity colours under areas leads to more expressive and vartied results.

I love doing the hair this way, it is only secured at the roots, like in real life, so I can tease it into place, and it flows more naturally.

When the piece is completed, I will add a little more.

The background looks white, but is actually very sparsely spread dyed blue, you can see it in the next pic, its part of the blue I’m dying for a previous project, but I took a sample out earlier to have a few tone variations and couldn’t resist using it.

Getting better at photographing these more accurate to the actual colours used, but in no way does it represent the texture and softness of the pieces, so I can only hope that the mood of the piece in some way comes across.

Face to face

I’ve been looking at the different ways I have been rendering the faces through these projects so I thought I’d write a small post on them.

The fibres used for the faces are all merino wool tops, it needs that delicacy and shine.

I had to dye some fleshy colours…outlined in previous post

https://ewesir.wordpress.com/tag/dye/

Whatever “look” ypou are going for heres a few things to consider…

1, Do the darker colours first, the cheeks, shadows and hair near the face first.

This will stop the darker fibres overlaying on the face, as you can see what happened here….

the legs are a good example of the different colours I used for skin tone.

2. Layering is the key, felt fine layers of lighter shades to build up face

It took alot of layering due to the way I started.

 

3. Tight needle felting. make sure you use the needle alot.

here i left part of the hair unfelted as a contrast to the face and as a more natural representation of hair!

Hope its helpful…maybe I might consider taking my own advice now!!