Wednesday, 21 October 2009

More Markal and some stitching

The other Markal paintstiks I ordered arrived so I did some more playing.

I taped some textured wallpaper to the worktable with a piece of black cotton on top and made some rubbings with various colours. Somehow it reminds me of the maps you used to see where the countries were in different colours.

This was another rubbing with different wallpaper and some Cosmic Shimmer sprays misted on top.

And this is an abstraction taken from a photograph of an old rowing boat on the river.

I bought Maggie Grey's newest book, 'Stitches, Straps and Layers' a while ago and made a strap by embellishing some wool roving and fancy yarn onto acrylic felt with added built in stitching patterns from the sewing machine. I may make this into a belt, or maybe cut it up; haven't decided yet.

And a close up.

The thread was from the Pommie Bag won from Dale at the Knitting and Stitching Show.

The online classes to accompany Maggie's book and the Lynda Monk/Carol McFee book 'Stitching the Textured Surface' started on Monday and I've already been having a go at the extra techniques. Sorry I can't show you what I've been doing - you have to buy the books to find out for yourself but lots of messy fun!

Off to Italy on Monday. I'm excited but also more than a little nervous at studying with these two behemoths of the textile world. We shall see........


The Weaver of Grass said...

Very impressive. I would never have thought of using Markal on wallpaper - like brass rubbing I suppose. I love Maggie Grey's books and am in the process of buying that last one so that I can do her on line class too. She is such an inspiration. Enjoy Italy.

ismilesalot said...

Lovely work. I especially love the top photo and the strap. Have a wonderful trip. Italy - WOW!

Anonymous said...

Saw a wonderful TV series last night called Talking Threads. Did you see it. If you Google the word Talking Threads, it comes up with all the details. This kind of programme is long overdue don't you think. So great to have something on the box for us stitchers.

Love reading you blog. Keep up the good work.

Sheilasembroidery said...

love the strap is it long enough to be a scarf.

Gina said...

All gorgeous! Such unique and beautiful rubbings.