Today We Will Live In Colour

FEBRUARY

Mercifully short of days, February full of greys,

Grey cloud, grey sky, grey land, grey sea,

Grey birds, grey fish, grey you, grey me.

O whatever could be drearier!

How I long for something cheerier…


SO TODAY WE WILL LIVE IN COLOUR


TODAY WE WILL LIVE IN COLOUR!

Today is the Reveal Day for the Endeavourers Art Quilt Group and our theme for this quarter is ‘Texture’. I began with some textured fabrics and a couple of experiments with fabric manipulation (blogged here) and I soon decided that, rather than making an abstract textured piece, I would make a picture incorporating a wider than usual range of textural materials. I also wanted to make something lively and colourful to hang on the wall in the Makery to cheer the place up a bit during this drab time between New Year and Spring.


FABRICS

I began with a background of brown utility fabrics (middle) and a gold acrylic (top) and selected a variety quilting and dressmaking cottons and linens to make the circles/clamshells.

And, at the bottom I used an ochre cotton, upholstery check and some Kona solid for the sea. The grey band is something nylon that comes to put around the bottom of the legs of suit trousers to stop them fraying and I included the not-very-successful twisted pleats just because I’d made them. It was a joy to use so many odds and ends that I’ve kept for years for no good reason!

I also used a piece of embroidered linen and a band of music themed trimming. The dress, I know, is a touch ill-fitting but i was the best I could manage with my trial of honeycomb smocking :)


THREADS

To create surface texture, I used embroidery silks, sewing thread and a metallic gold which I had to couch because it had a tendency for the gold to shred away from an orange centre thread,

And to create a more quilted texture I used a combination of embroidery silks (using different numbers of thread sewn together) and some vintage stranded silk on the gold and three threads of a variegated stranded DMC skein for the sea. On the circles, I used a gold coloured silk, which is nicely luminous when the light catches it. I also did some straight line machine quilting but it is mostly obscured by buttons etc.


OTHER

Apart from that I used padded applique for the people, fish and birds and buttons (which have different textures to each other and create a textured effect en masse) and a knitted hat.


This was a continually evolving project. There was a lot of handwork and as I worked on one thing I thought about what to do next and I added elements just because they involved a ‘new’ texture and happened to come to mind. It was a very enjoyable way of working and, although if I were to remake it I can see design changes that might improve it, I think it’s turned out to be much livelier than pictures I’ve sewn before and it’s certainly converted me to the idea of adding a lot more texture and variety to my quilts.

I’m very grateful to my fellow Endeavourers. Without the encouragement and enthusiasm of this lovely group, let alone the Themes and Deadlines, I should never find the time or inspiration to embark on such adventures and I hope you will visit The Endeavourers blog to see what they have all made for this challenge.

Janine @ Rainbow Hare


I am linking this post with: TGIFF at Devoted Quilter

And, as it comprises virtually all my sewing and photos during January – which was not a great month! – with: Wandering Camera

And Helen’s new linky party:

Archie The Wonder Dog

About Time – A Story

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Here, at last, is my Summer Stitching book. First the story, then some notes.

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THE STORY

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ABOUT TIME

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2018

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A story’s worth of stitching and suchlike.

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A house with roots is a home.

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To knit against cold in the wintertime.

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To tend the good earth during swallow time.

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And day follows day and the years roll on and all goes well. And yet…

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Don’t you remember when we were young and nothing was impossible?

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But now there is no time.

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There is no time – like the present!

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In the present, of course, you will find an Adventure! And there’s no time to lose so snatch up your fabrics, threads, yarns, pen – whatever you have to hand…

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Keep to the road and follow wherever it leads step after step, word after word, stitch after stitch.

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Not the end – time to embark on a new adventure…

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NOTES

For the pages in this book I used a selection of utility fabrics interlined with with Vilene Fusible Low Loft Fleece. For the cover I also used a layer of hobbs wadding.

For the stitching, I used a wide variety of stranded embroidery threads (including Anchor, DMC and unbranded) and ordinary sewing threads (including Guterman, Vintage Silko and unbranded).

I also used a wide selection of new and vintage fabric scraps, lace, tapes, yarn, buttons and notions.

For the transfers I used Lesley Riley’s Tap Transfer Paper and the transfer pictures are public domain images from The Graphics Fairy.

I gave myself two rules – 1. No frogging and 2. Using only materials that I had already.

It has been an interesting experiment, which I’ve enjoyed. It has given me lots of stitching practice and ideas for future projects :)

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Janine @ Rainbow Hare

 

I am linking this post with Soma at Whims and Fancies for Wandering Camera.

 

About Time – Finished at last!

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At last I have finished my Summer Stitching book and I’m sure you’ll agree it’s about time! The whole thing has been very experimental and I gave myself a no frogging rule so it’s a million miles from perfect but I’m very, very happy with how it has turned out and even more so with the fact that I’ve really made a book, which is something that I’ve been wanting to do for a long time

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We are, currently, in the middle of having some ceilings taken down and re-plastered so our house is full of dust and, outside, gales are blowing so proper photos of this book will have to wait for another post but I’m sharing a few photos now as this was my One Monthly Goal and I would like to link it up with Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal – November Finish Link-up

Also, although I have been stitching the pages since about May, this was the month when I finally turned the whole thing into a book and, having finally accomplished my dream of becoming a bookmaker, I am linking up with Fiona at Celtic Thistle Stitches for New to Me!

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Happy Sewing!

Janine @ Rainbow Hare