Saturday, 4 May 2013

A successful workshop & a couple of finished pieces, oh my

I gave a workshop in my home for the very first time last week, called 'Functional Frivolity', making a notebook cover & one or 2 other things from  one piece of reconstructed fabric. I've given this w/s once before but not for 2 years so it was good to see an 'old friend'



My contribution  to my students - a notebook (that's my notebook in there, I meant to put a new one in!) a few pretties in a bag including a brooch back, ribbon loop &  button, a choice of organza, some Bondaweb & a handout with instructions.


 This was Kate's, above, before the organza & below, her book cover & spare pieces having used the burgundy organza & lots of delicious embellishments. She's enough to make a cuff & a brooch there.


 Here is Justine's before the organza

 & below with burgundy organza but don't the 2 look different. She had gridlike stitching one way & then wavy in the other direction to great effect. She'll make her book cover & some cards at home - she's a busy lady ;)
 Last but not least (oh, they were meant to be alphabetical order, I seem to have forgotten my alphabet!) are Tricia's, below before organza


 & here after covering her jewel colored strips with a bold purple organza, just lovely. Next to her book cover is a strip for a cuff. I was sent 3 lovely appreciative thank you emails so I think it went down well ;)

 I showed them ideas of what to make from the extra piece/s from my sketchbook - I've added in the book with the square of shiny fabric the purse & all the snippets that I can't throw away in my 'recycling jar' which end up neatly tucked under the organza.


 I have Jan Beany & Jean Littlejohn (Bonding & Beyond) & Fibrefusion (Beyond Boundaries) to thank for starting me on a journey of snippet collecting & fusing!


 Above is my piece which will be a couple of purses. I'm looking forward to making the Studio more workshop friendly because,  altho a nice number,  I can only fit 3 or 4 round my dining room table. We're working on improving the lighting for workshops during those dark winter days, & designing a table that will live on top of the permanent table but 'lift off' to use elsewhere when needed. But what we can do about the cold I don't know, short of insulating all over & installing under floor heating...but that's not in this year's budget ;)


 And finally above is my finished heron hanging, (well, bar the backing) about 6 1/2" x 14". I wrapped/couched down  machine cords with black embroidery thread - the mix of wool I made the cords out of reminded me of silver birch, perfect. I sweated over how to do the heron for months until I remembered Stephanie Redfern's Workshop on the Web artice a while ago on 'Slips'. What a revelation, it took me an hour or so, really,  to finalise a drawing (from my sketchbook) on the back of the pelmet vilene to which I fused a sort of black damask fabric, which I've truthfully only just found while sorting my cloth bins  - can you see the slight pattern follows the shape of the heron's underside.....  then I cut...carefully,  I used textile paint on the white 'sides' of the vilene, dried it over the Aga, initially  held it in place with 3 stitches &  traveled round the whole heron adding a few sparkly long stitches. Oh joy to have got him on there, finally. The same with the moon, two layers of different organza but it's blown out on the pic, sorry. What a relief to have done this, especially as it's one month till the exhibition.

This one, same size as above I just played with stitching & couching & had a lovely time over a few evenings - I could do more, we'll see. It does look vaguely nautical...... What shall I call it?

17 comments:

Nellie said...

Love the hanging! How exciting to teach this in your home!

Corrine at sparkledaysstudio.com said...

Marvelous Emma lucky students to have you to play with. Love what you all did. I think of you every time I see our heron! Xox

Corrine at sparkledaysstudio.com said...

Marvelous Emma lucky students to have you to play with. Love what you all did. I think of you every time I see our heron! Xox

Ro Bruhn said...

So glad the workshop went well. They are so much easier to conduct at home with everything on hand. Love the covers, I love being able to use even the smallest scrap.

Beverley Baird said...

What a fun workshop that must have been - and such lovely fabrics and notebooks created! Love your heron piece!

Suztats said...

Your heron piece is fantastic! We're waiting for the blue heron to show up on the lake. Lucky students. They've each done lovely work. Happy Sunday.

ju-north said...

Love your heron hanging! Pleased your workshop went well - can see this taking off and becoming well-known. You could even combine it with b and b holidays - a holiday with a difference!

Jill said...

Congrats on the successful workshop. Love the heron hanging too. Such a creative way to use all those snippets.

Linda Stokes said...

Love your heron hanging & it looks like a lovely workshop with good results for your students.
I've enjoyed catching up with your blog - always an enjoyable & inspiring read.

Robin Mac said...

Lovely hangings, both of them. I am glad the workshop was so much fun, sometimes small classes are much better than big ones. Are you counting the days till your son arrives home? Cheers.

Lesley Crawford, Gaia Art said...

Love the heron hanging, and your other bird pieces.

Maggi said...

Fantastic results from your students and the finished heron hanging is wonderful

underatopazsky said...

I would have loved to do that workshop with you! I think small groups are fantastic because you can give and get so much more from your participants.
The heron is utterly stunning. The silhouette effect against those sunset colours is wonderful and I like the second piece almost as much.

Heloise said...

Glad it all went well and that you enjoyed it. The hangings look good. The bottom one says urchins to me as in sea.

Julie said...

I like both of the hangings too. I'm never very good at thinking of titles. The workshop looks great fun and the ladies made some lovely pieces. You'll have me saving teensy bits now.

Jan said...

Glad your workshop was a success, great results you show in the photos. Love your heron piece it turned out wonderfully. Just had to put your thinking cap on and came up with the perfect solution. Your final piece to me looks like a Frigate bird over stormy seas.

Linda said...

Your workshop looks like a great success.....what a lovely thing to do! You were obviously very well-organised. xx