Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Another book

Finished another book off and added an image to the cover from a print block I carved from an eraser some time ago. Have started a couple more. Perhaps they will become presents for people?

Last week's printing was based on, yet again, an old print block which needs modifying but I have not got round to sorting it out yet. Perhaps I will just start again.



Sunday, 7 October 2018

Sewn Boards Binding


I learnt a new bookbinding structure on Saturday at a workshop with the lovely Lesley Crawley. It was similar to French Link, but with a covered spine and soft covers. I have finished a second one since then and might make some more if I have some free time.

A lovely variation of covers - wrapping paper, marbled paper, double sided paper and mixed media.
All had book cloth spines

We all produced one complete book on the day with a second book as work in progress.  I am sure everyone will have gone home and completed them.


Friday, 5 October 2018

Peared Up

Back to Solo Printing again in Cheltenham this Thursday. Was so sad to miss it last week when I went instead with DH on a River Cruise up the Severn for 3 hours.  Know where I would rather have been!!


Sue Brown was beavering away on her own work in the other room, piecing fabrics and then printing onto them using the Gum Arabic method. There were only 3 of us "Solo's" this week and strangely two of us were using old printing plates with pears on them ….

Margaret's
My effort



Sunday, 30 September 2018

A Little Bit of a Diversion

As if I do not have enough unfinished projects already? Sometimes I just need to do something else, anything else, rather than what I am meant to be doing so I started to make a small quilt from some fabric I had left over from a cot quilt I made some years ago.  It has taken me two weeks so far and it is still far from finished.  I seem to end up unpicking almost as much as I stitch because I am not happy with the way the pieces line up. I try so hard to be really accurate with the seams and cutting and still they are never quite right.


Stitched squares awaiting assembly. I have now changed the layout around and added another column of patches.


2 replacement squares to be added as I am not happy with the original ones I made … guess I will have enough bits left for a Lap Quilt after this!!



Some of the stitched pieces laid on the ironing board awaiting the next step ….





Thursday, 20 September 2018

What are Friends For?

Whilst I was up in Yorkshire several of my friends got together to play with their Gelli Plates.  We all moan about what to do with the pile of papers we produce on these occasions, but true to form one of the group gave us plenty of inspiration when she was persuaded to show us the sketchbook she has been working in daily since she recently retired ….

Scraps of paper enhanced with doodles


Themed doodles



Wednesday, 19 September 2018

My Kind of Bike


Found my kind of bike at the weekend. DH and I went to Shelsley Walsh Hillclimb and there was this wonderous bike conversion selling nice coffee. Perfect.  Also had a friend to stay for 3 nights last week and we went out to some of the H-Art open studios (Herefordshire Art Week).


Found these dolls a bit disturbing …. but loved the plate of apples


Thursday, 6 September 2018

Birmingham Exhibition


On the day I drove up to Yorkshire to spend some time with friends I fitted in a visit to the Birmingham MAC to see the 62 Group Ctrl/Shift exhibition there. It was well worth the effort with lots of lovely and inspiring textile art on show. This piece was by Eszter Bornemisza, someone who's work I have admired for a long while.


I think the following piece was the work of Sian Martin and her exhibits was formed from seedheads, thorns and other interesting natural objects.


and finally detail from the edge of one of the panels displayed by Joanna Kinnersly-Taylor