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Very pleased to say that our Embroiderer’s Guild / National Trust Bodnant Garden Project is going along well. It is early days, but all our design plans have been approved by the garden and have been given the go ahead to be made. The above image shows my design plan, with foxgloves in front of the Bodnant Garden’s Pin Mill. I hope to make this into a large textile banner made from a cotton sheet with a calico backing, hand painted with thickened dyes and free machine embroidery. More layers of flowers will be attached getting larger in scale, nearer to the front of the banner.

The final exhibition will be held throughout the garden the last week in August and first two weeks in September. Updates to come!

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christmas tree design

christmas tree design

Over the last few months I have been thinking of new designs that I could make into cushions and textile art. I have been invited to attend a Craft Fair in May called ‘Artisans in the Palm House’ located in Sefton Park, Liverpool, so this has given me the wonderful  incentive to get on with some work that at last has gone beyond the stage of masses of ideas swirling around in my head! I get a lot of inspiration from my own photography, where I like to take images of nature, especially flowers and scenery, so this has been the starting point for my new collection of cushions and artwork. As the weather is finally starting to get better, it has encouraged me to actually get on with the some work!My own photograph as inspiration for textile design

My own photograph as inspiration for textile design
work ready for painting with dyes

work ready for painting with dyes

Although I set up my work table in the Dining room, as the day went by, I decided to move to the Hall, in order to enjoy the beautiful weather at the front of our house!

Working in our hallway!!

Working in our hallway!!

Here is a couple of examples of my work so far, showing my the designs painted with thickened dyes.

Red and yellow cactus dahlia

Red and yellow cactus dahlia

Amaryllis

Amaryllis

The next process will be to add free machine embroidery, which I must admit is my favourite part. Before I can do this, I am going to paint a few more designs and get them to the same stage.

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Completed Penguin Cushion

As promised, here is a photograph of my finished Penguin Cushion which I made recently for a customer wanting a different type of wedding gift for her niece who absolutely adores penguins.

I loved making this, although it took me ages to complete, and I certainly used up a lot of thread! My customer wanted me to make a cushion showing a group of Fairy Penguins, with a beautiful sunset sky, as this is when the penguins naturally come up from the sea.

I decided to make the image in two parts, the background, then make and attach the group of Penguins on top. My starting point as per usual, was a thick white 100% cotton sheet, which is excellent for painting or printing with the Procion MX dyes. I always use ‘thickened’ dyes, (where the dyes are mixed with sodium alginate) to make excellent, manageable colours that are easily controlled from bleeding everywhere and can be applied like watercolours with an ordinary paintbrush . I added the dye, like painting a graduated wash,….and hoped that the colour would come out right! I then placed the wet fabric between two plastic sheets and left it over night to ‘mature’ before letting it dry naturally on the washing line. Pegs are excellent for keeping the fabric flat!

background to penguin cushion design

This image shows the painted cotton fabric with the background design, drying on my washing line. Had to check that it didn’t start raining, as all the colour would end up running in the wrong places.When it was completely dry, I then ironed over the complete surface constantly for five minutes on the hottest setting available on my iron to fix the colours, before rinsing it out in cold water. Then I left it to soak in very hot soapy water for at least twenty minutes. (Yes, it is a long process!) After checking to see if any more colour rinses out, I then was able to put it back on the washing line to dry!

The second part of making the cushion design was drawing the group of penguins onto another piece of cotton fabric that I then painted (repeating the same process as the background fabric.)

painted penguins                                                                                                         which were then dried on the washing line again!

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The next step was to cut around the penguins and iron them to the sunset background. (It is easier to keep the layers ‘stuck’ together by firstly ironing ‘bondaweb’ to the back of the fabric.)DSC04566Now comes my favourite part, the free machine embroidery! I love to ‘draw’ with the sewing machine needle using individual colours that eventually build up to make a dense covering. It takes a lot of time to do this, but I think brings the design ‘to life’ with the rich colours.

close up baby penguin partly stitched

close up baby penguin partly stitched

finished close up of stitching

finished close up of stitching

Very pleased to say that my client was extremely pleased with the finished cushion, and her niece had a very nice wedding day!

I am now looking forward to making further designs, especially where there is a lot of stitching added. It is a lovely, different way to present artwork.

Start of 'Wild Garlic' Textile Art

The first part of my artwork (before actually adding any colour), is to sketch with a soft pencil on the prepared cotton sheet. I have used two of my own photographs as reference.

shop banner

shop banner

As I’ve now decided on the name of my new Etsy shop, the next stage was to think of a shop banner and its appearance. As I already have my own website  – http://vickywilliams.net ,I wanted to keep their appearances similar to each other and also connect to the actual title of the shop. The ‘Hellebore’ artwork was one of the first pieces of textile art I originally carried out for my Degree Course at University, and also one of the first items that made me realise that I wanted to combine my love of art and textiles.

Now, I’m back to completing items for my shop….!!

 

 

My textile art

My textile art

View looking down from stairs

View looking down from stairs

Cone Flower Textile

Cone Flower Textile

 

Yellow Daisies Textile

Yellow Daisies Textile

Very proud to have my Textile Artwork displayed in my local library in Colwyn Bay! They have been displayed for the last month and I have had some very nice comments from people.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               I am now in the process of producing more work, on a similar subject matter and scale that EVENTUALLY (!!) I will be able to have an Exhibition just for myself!! As this work takes a long time, what with continuing my cushion designs, opening up an online shop on Etsy (very soon!!) and making commissions…..watch this space!! Must admit though, very much enjoying it!!

I’m also thinking of producing this type of art on a smaller scale, and reproducing them for prints.

Any thoughts welcome??

 

 

I’ve decided to set up an Etsy shop to sell my cushions to the wider world. 

At present, cannot think of a good name for my shop, that will be suitable for myself and my produce. 

Wondered whether to go with just – ‘Vicky’s Cushions and Textile Art’ or something completely unique. 

Any ideas???

New 'Three Baabaa' Cushion

New ‘Three Baabaa’ Cushion

 

Close up detail of one of the 3 baabaas

Close up detail of one of the 3 baabaas

little dogs cushion design

Little dogs cushion design

Little blue dog close up

Little blue dog close up

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The day has finally come for me to set up the Exhibition of my Cushions in Denbigh Library, in North Wales. I think the glass cases are just right to show off all my designs well.

Now, I hope that people will come in, have a look AND buy them!! 🙂