Archives for posts with tag: free machine embroidery

 

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Background details painted with dyes sewn and finished…now to the rest!

I have been progressing with my work for our local Embroiderer’s Guild Project that will be exhibited within the beautiful National Trust Bodnant Garden at the end of August and start of September. I am working on a massive 8 ft long sheet that will be hung inside the Pin mill, using my usual technique of painting with thickened Procion MX dyes and adding extra stitching for emphasis. I have found it easier to use smaller pieces of cotton sheet to actually paint on before cutting out the foxgloves and sewing them to the main sheet with the Pin Mill on.

 

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Foxgloves painted with thickened dyes before being cut out and added to the main picture.

Watch this space for further development….only have 3 weeks to get it all done!!

 

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I arrived for the final day of the ‘Artisans in the Palm House Christmas Fair’ in Sefton Park, Liverpool with great trepidation after spending quite a few weeks working very hard, to finish off making a lot of cushions and pictures. We had managed to get there from North Wales in a gale force storm, but were just pleased to be a part of the event, inside this beautiful building full of tropical plants and trees.

I’d finished a number of items including my Christmas tree cushion, with thousands of free machine embroidered stitches and added beads and crocheted gold ‘tinsel’…IMGP5794 and a number of small pictures, including this little oystercatcher one made from navy and white free machine embroidered stitching….DSC07065

Glad to say that I had a very successful but unfortunately rather brief time, as in the afternoon, the gale force wind was causing havoc outside in the park surrounding the Palm House and could have caused great danger to the general public, including the many shoppers who had to be turned away at the door.

I’d like to say thanks to all the crowds, Organisers and artisans who made it a very happy …but rather short day!

Hope to be back selling there next year.

Studio view

Studio view

One of my Textile Art pictures with cards and commission work.

One of my Textile Art pictures with cards and commission work.

My Helenium Textile Art and cushion designs.

My Helenium Textile Art and cushion designs.

Helenium Textile Art

Helenium Textile Art

Dahlia, Echinaecea and Wild Garlic Cushion

Dahlia, Echinaecea and Wild Garlic Cushion

Blue Geranium, Sunflower and Cornish Wild flower Cushions.

Blue Geranium, Sunflower and Cornish Wild flower Cushions.

Badger and White rose cushions

Badger and White rose cushions

Other cushions including Amarylis, Artichoke and Pink Geranium.

Other cushions including Amarylis, Artichoke and Pink Geranium.

Spent a very enjoyable weekend meeting the general public who visited my own ‘Helfa Gelf’ Open Studio Event. This was part of the annual event held all over North Wales, which has now been running for ten years. It gives the public a wonderful insight into where the artists do their work and to meet them personally. (for more information – Helfa Gelf Open Studios)

I have been involved in the Open Studio Event now for four years and thoroughly enjoy showing people my textile art and cushion designs, as well as explaining the processes involved with painting with thickened dyes onto fabric and adding free machine embroidery. Much of my inspiration is from nature and especially my own photography where I love taking pictures of flowers and landscape.

You can see more of my work at www.vickywilliams.net

My cushions and textile art can be purchased at present by contacting me personally and I also welcome commission work.                       Email : vicky.williams@tesco.net

Finished doggy textile art

Finished doggy textile art

Glad to say that the two Yorkshire terrier textile art images on a calico bag have been completed and very pleased to say that the new owner loves it!

Close up of one of the dogs

Close up of one of the dogs

As you can see, I painted the base colour with my usual thickened dyes, then added further texture with free machine embroidery using MANY different colour threads.

On to my next project which is the Poppy Textile Art picture, hopefully ready for my Open Studio Day over two days with Helfa Gelf, here in North Wales.

I will be opening on September 5th and 6th.

Paddington cushion finished

Finished Paddington Cushion

I was very pleased to be asked by my friend Rachel (who works with the NW Branch of the NSPCC) to produce a special cushion commission that will be auctioned at their Child Line Charity Ball in Manchester on March 7th. And here is the finished product!!

I drew the figure onto a cotton sheet, then painted it with dye, before adding free machine embroidery all over the design. It was then appliquéd to the front of the cushion with stuffing added for a 3d effect..

Due to the ‘Paddington Bear’ Copyright, this cushion is unique and I will not be making any other similar cushions for financial gain.

I hope it manages to bring the NSPCC plenty of money towards their excellent cause.

Paddington Cushion close up

Paddington Cushion close up

Purple Geranium Cushion

Purple Geranium Cushion

Red poppy cushion

Red poppy cushion

Close up of geranium centre

Close up of geranium centre

close up of poppy centre

Close up of poppy centre

Black labrador cushion

Black labrador cushion

Close up of black labrador cushion

Close up of black labrador cushion

Very pleased to have finished these three commissions before Christmas, so the new owners could open them on the big day.

I’m looking forward to 2015, and hope to develop more designs for new cushions and especially my textile art. If you are interested in commissions, please get in touch with me –

email -vicky.williams@tesco.net

Facebook Page -https://www.facebook.com/vickywilliamshelleboretextile

christmas tree design

christmas tree design

Christmas tree cushion

Christmas tree cushion

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Finished my Christmas Tree Design Cushion today and delivered it to the new owner who I’m glad to say loves it!

Due to my printer not allowing me to print onto fabric, I ended up drawing the design by hand and machine embroidered the design onto a separate cotton fabric, which was then finally appliquéd to my final fabric. I added a crocheted ‘tinsel’ and little bells for extra glitter.

Now, only three more cushions to finish before Christmas!!

five of the eight cushions

Five of the eight cushions

Dahlia Cushion

Dahlia Cushion

Cosmos Cushion

Cosmos Cushion

Echinaecea Cushion

Echinaecea Cushion

Pink Dahlia Cushion

Pink Dahlia Cushion

Sunflower Cushion

Sunflower Cushion

Very pleased to say that I have now completed five of the eight cushions that I am making to take to the Artisans in the Park Fair in Sefton Park on Sunday 16th November.

All my cushions have been hand made and are quite unique! The designs have been hand painted onto silk then free machine and hand embroidered before adding to a cushion front….even make the button on the back!

Three more to go……

flower head cushions.

Work in progress – flower head cushions.

cosmos flower close up

cosmos flower close up.

Close up of echinaecea flower head (centre to be added).

Close up of echinaecea flower head (centre to be added).

I have so far created six individual flower heads that have been hand painted using thickened dyes onto silk fabric (having a couple of extra flowers to add extra work too). The two close up photographs above, show that I have added extra free machine embroidery  to emphasise the veins and shape of the petals.

My next stage will be adding the flower heads to round cushion fronts and decorating the centres of the flowers, before making the actual cushion.

These will be for sale, (along with other cushion designs and textile art) at The Artisans in the Palm House in Sefton Park, Liverpool on November 16th.