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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.

 

 

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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.

As you know, I love producing textile art by painting with thickened dyes and adding machine embroidery where needed, to produce beautiful realistic textile flower paintings. I have already finished two pictures, but hope to do a lot more. 

Have already looked through a lot of my own existing favourite flower photographs, in readiness for the first stages of design ideas for the new textile art. I have already prepared my base…recycled pieces of white cotton sheets, that have been pre- treated with soda solution, (therefore enabling me to keep the thickened dyes in use longer. If soda solution is mixed directly to the dye, it can only be suitable to use for over a few hours.)

Hopeful contender for new textile art, fairy glen garlic.

Hopeful contender for new textile art, fairy glen garlic.

Will take photographs of each stage of work as I do them!!

 

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I absolutely love Hellebores and have found them wonderful inspiration for my textile art, so feel very lucky to have some actually growing in my garden. It’s lovely to see some flowers blooming now that Spring time is nearly here.
They are rather difficult to photograph as the flower heads droop downwards, so I literally had to lie down on the floor to take these photos!!

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