A Daily Blog on Textile and Garden Adventures

18. Jun, 2021

Here is row of kahawai gyotaku prints some of these ended up in my Hoffman challenge quilt for this year which i am just beginning to quilt now. I have till the end of July but the time goes so quickly that it will be time to send the entry off before I know it!!!

17. Jun, 2021

I am finding this a very relaxing way to spend the evening. You can see where i have overstitched the mark making in this photo. I still have about 4 inches (100mm) to complete the strip before I add the wire to the edges and try to wind it on a spool which I will have to custom make. I have a sturdy cardboard roll that I will cut to the right width and then I will add a top and bottom from some cardboard disks I have. The wire down the edges will enable me to either keep it easily on the spool or bend it into interesting shapes as it comes off the spool. I hope I can get it completed before the next Stitchclub workshop

16. Jun, 2021

I saw on a Youtube video embossing foil images so I had to try it. Maybe it will springboard me back into working on the junk journals I have in progress. These are strips from my coffee packets . The top one is just as it came out of the embossing folder. The bottom one I have darkened with printing ink - probably need to have a bit of a play around with what works the best but pretty pleased with a few minutes test trials

15. Jun, 2021
14. Jun, 2021

Blurring borders is a good name for this challenge as it keeps you focused on stitching over the edges of the cut up cloth. I am considering adding in some embellishments. Meditative stitching like this is fairly slow but very contemplative and definitely keeps one in the present. So far so good. I do still have a problem with fraying edges so I cheated a bit and did a figure of eight scribble stitch free motion on the sewing machine down the joining length of the fabric to hold the pieces firmly while i stitched and keep those edges from fraying. It is more difficult to hand stitch through those areas where I have used gel medium to laminate text to the piece but all in all it is progressing. That could have something to do with the thickness of the paper as I don't remember this problem when stitching through painted newspaper with layers of laminated paper. I have made it quite long as I want to wind it onto a spool - which I will have to make - when it is finished