Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Toronto Townscape by the Lake

Always a favourite city since my first visit in 1980. A very stylized representation all stitched onto black felt for impact. Stitched in blocks of colours, brights at the front and pales at the rear helping to add a feeling of depth.
Sorry to have been missing for such a long time but family illness can be very time consuming and the months fly by without realisation. Hopefully back in the swing of things now.

Monday, 6 October 2014

Townscape Reflections

"Townscape Reflections" by Hilary.

This is Hilary's piece on the subject of "Townscape". It is an applique panel under painted Lutrador. Hilary tells me it was "based on a photograph I took in Chester. I am looking into a shop window at a display with the black and white buildings across the street reflected in the glass."

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

October theme

The theme for the coming month is: Townscape. Good luck everybody.

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Carpenter's Tools are in the bag. Irene MacWilliam

I bought some narrow striped black and white fabric at FOQ after much searching. However when I got it back to the hotel I discovered it was navy and white. Although the tools look to be a different fabric it is an illusion, it is due to the black and red vertical lines of quilting. The stripes are so narrow that I am not sure I could make a large hanging with this fabric. 

It's in the bag.

"It's in the bag" by Hilary Martin

This is Hilary's piece. It is appliqué, machine stitched and quilted.

Monday, 22 September 2014


I did this one first because it was more inspiring for me which is the line of least resistance.
You might wonder how this can be considered 'In the bag' and on the face of it you might well be right. However, it can be justified as it was literally lying in the bag.  Additionally, as the original was from an
unfinished series on liberty and the effect on the individual the prisoner or prisoners behind bars are also 'in the bag'.  No-one can censor or control their thoughts though as 'Stone walls doth not a prison make' (Richard Lovelace).
It was interesting to observe that a quilt made by prisoners through the efforts of Fine Cell were predominantly displaying their great longing for freedom.
Techniques are printing and machine embroidery.

Friday, 29 August 2014

Irene MacWilliam - Sticks and stones may break my bones.

Been somewhat preoccupied by family matters so took the easy way out for this theme. I just played so that I felt I was being creative.
I took some old sheeting and immersed it in some dilute dylon silk paint to give a blue haze to fabric, I was hoping for more mottling. I then used a new thermofax screen to give a feeling of small stones, another screen gave the stick pattern. I then used a home made screen and stencil I cut to make the 3 figures. I tried out nozzle bottles for the text but they were not suitable for this size writing as the uneven blobs are too intrusive.
Text ---- Sticks and Stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me.
I used blue dyed fabric with another abstract line design for the backing. Line quilting in short lines to represent more sticks.
An unexciting piece but it was fun just using so many different screens. I used to think screen printing was so messy that one needed to be doing a lot of it to warrant the preparation of an area for it but I actually find it is easy to just do 2 or 3 prints without making any mess.