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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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Start of a new year but as well as starting new work from scratch, I thought it would be a good idea to move some existing work along to reach its next stage, free machine and hand embroidery.

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I had the inspiration for my Daisy Textile Art from my photographs that I’d taken in a beautiful garden we had visited during the ‘Open Gardens’ Event in Llangernyw, North Wales during the summer of 2014.

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I lied the idea of combining both photographs together to be my starting point of my artwork. I firstly drew the design using pencil onto a ‘prepared’ vintage 100% cotton sheet. (fabric had been rinsed in a sodawash solution, so the dyes will develop). I then added my first layers of colour, by painting thickened ‘Procion MX’ dyes onto the sheet, similar to painting with watercolours or thin acrylics or fabric paint. I use dye, as I find it has beautiful translucent colour that when ‘layered’ with other colours where needed, make new shades or depth of colour. I also find that using dyes on fabric when set does not stiffen the fabric, unlike fabric paint (which sits on the top of the fabric), so they make the fabric much more suitable for further embellishment.

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This final stage of painting has taken a long time to do, as I have been working on other pieces of work in between. I am now in the process of setting the dyes by heat. As I haven’t got a steamer to do this, I usually let the fabric dry after it has been standing for 24 hours or more between plastic sheets, then steam iron the work for 5 minutes. I then will rinse the fabric in cold water removing extra dye.

I’ll show you further progress once I’ve started the free machine and hand embroidery.

 

 

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.

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

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……

white daisy textile art

white daisy textile art

Been extremely busy today painting with thickened dyes onto a recycled cotton sheet, in readiness for another one of my textile art pictures. The picture needs to be ‘fixed’ and washed and dried before I can add my final touches with free machine embroidery.

I’m preparing a lot of different work including art and cushions ready for my Open Studio weekend on 6th / 7th September.

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.