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My fourth year of being in the North Wales Helfa Gelf Open Studio. Was open last week and had a lot of very nice people visiting my studio.

Studio Open tomorrow 11am – 5pm.

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Pink Geranium Cushion

Hand painted with thickened dyes on silk…machine and hand embroidery.

Hand painted with thickened dyes on silk…machine and hand embroidery.                                                                             

Blue Geranium Cushion

Hand painted with thickened dyes on silk…machine and hand embroidery.

Hand painted with thickened dyes on silk…machine and hand embroidery.

Sunflower Cushion

Hand painted with thickened dyes on silk…machine and hand embroidery.

Hand painted with thickened dyes on silk…machine and hand embroidery.

Cosmos Flower Cushion

Hand painted with thickened dyes on silk…machine and hand embroidery.

Hand painted with thickened dyes on silk…machine and hand embroidery.

Pink Geranium Cushion

Hand painted with thickened dyes on silk…machine and hand embroidery.

Hand painted with thickened dyes on silk…machine and hand embroidery.

Orange Dahlia Cushion

Hand painted with thickened dyes on silk…machine and hand embroidery.

Hand painted with thickened dyes on silk…machine and hand embroidery.

Hypericum Cushion

Hand painted with thickened dyes on silk…machine and hand embroidery.

Hand painted with thickened dyes on silk…machine and hand embroidery.

Pink Dahlia Cushion

Hand painted with thickened dyes on silk…machine and hand embroidery.

Hand painted with thickened dyes on silk…machine and hand embroidery.

After all the very hard work over these last few months, I am very pleased to say that six of the eight flower cushions have now been sold!! I have just a couple of new flower commissions to finish before Christmas, then I think I will start on some new and different flowers and more textile art.

Work in progress

Work in progress

This is one of the textile art pictures I am working on at the moment. I paint with thickened dyes (Procion MX dyes mixed with Manutex)) onto cotton and silk fabric. 

Still quite a long way to go yet as want to add extra dye to different parts of the picture, then when I’m satisfied that I’ve got the right effect, will add extra free machine embroidery mostly on the nearest flowers to give the picture more perspective and depth.

Have a look on my Facebook page – Vicky Williams – Hellebore Textiles  and my website also called Vicky Williams – Hellebore Textiles.

 

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As many of you know, I am a textile artist with my own business designing and making textile art and cushions that are influenced and inspired by my own photographs. I have been extremely busy preparing for the ‘Artisan’s in the Palm House’ Market in Sefton Park, Liverpool, which took place last weekend. I’m very pleased to say that I had a very successful day, selling a picture and four cushions!

The Palm House is a beautiful setting for all the artisans to exhibit their work, although ended up literally being a very hot house!ImageImageImage

The last photograph shows my table layout, with the benefit of the palm trees for shade and a great contrast for my colourful wares.

I met some lovely people there and am glad to say that I have been invited back for the November 16th Market.Image

 

More Work in progress - bluebell wood cushion

Bluebell wood cushion – still wet from painting

Work in Progress

I am still in the process of painting a number of designs ready to make into fronts of cushions etc. Want to get all this work done, before I start on any free machine embroidery.
Here you can see my hollyhock design, which idea started off when I took photographs of the beautiful flowers in our garden last year.

HAPPY CHRISTMAS TO YOU ALL!!

‘While shepherds watch their flocks by night!’ Illustration from a recent Christmas card I made with machine embroidery.

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I am a member of the’Helfa Gelf’ Open Studio Project (http://www.helfagelf.co.uk) here in North Wales, which every September offers the general public the unique insight into artists and craft peoples working environments and a chance to see their work in close up.  

This is my second year of participating and I have just exhibited for my first full weekend. I’ve worked very hard towards completing new textile art pictures and more cushions, as well as designs on bags and covers for diaries etc. which I am showing in my ‘studio’ (which is my conservatory). I paint the designs using thickened dyes, then free machine embroider over the top.

So far, I’ve had some very interested people coming around to my home, and am going be opening next weekend as well.

Thanks to all who visited as it was lovely to hear all the lovely, inspiring comments but hopefully the weather will be a lot friendlier next week!

Have a look at my website to see more of my work. http://www.vickywilliams.net. I am always interested in taking on `Commission work.

 

 

FINALLY COMPLETED THE FELTED CUSHION!!!!

After many months of hard work, I finally finished my first felted item. This was a commission for a friend of mine of her pet dog, who I thought would be an excellent example for felting. I ended up wet felting the back ground before needle felting the dog on top, then added machine embroidery and a lot of hand stitching.
Glad to say my friend was delighted with the results.
I do commissions of pets and all sorts..get in touch if you would like a cushion or textile art.

Recently completed Wedding Cushion Commission

Recently completed Wedding Cushion Commission

Cushion made for Chloe and Craig’s recent wedding. I made this mostly by hand, making the ‘tulips’ from felt and adding the lettering by free machine embroidery.