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Officially handing over my completed textile art to Charlotte Stretton at Bodnant Garden

After over six months work preparing my textile art impression of ‘Penjerrick Walk in thirty years time’, I am so pleased to say that my work is finally in National Trust Bodnant Garden’s hands!!

My picture represents an avenue of white Rhododendrons called ‘Penjerrick’ in Furnace Wood, Bodnant and how it will hopefully look in maturity in thirty years time. The original rhododendrons were planted by the garden’ owner Henry McLaren, the second Lord Aberconwy in the 1920’s, but sadly this area died back over the years and only slightly now remains. Furnace Wood is the most recent part of Bodnant Garden to be opened to the general public in Spring 2017 and already there is evidence of restoration of the walkway, with young plants growing that have been cloned from the existing rhododendrons still growing elsewhere in the garden.

 

I felt honoured to have the chance to make a piece of textile art that will be on show in the Garden for a number of years. An artist impression had already been produced, but this was felt to be unsuitable for exhibiting being too small. After showing Bodnant my drawing (see below), my textile started out from my usual method of painting on a cotton sheet using thickened dyes. I could have carried on adding extra areas of painted flowers to the sheet, but as one of the criterion of the Commission Brief was to have a 3d effect, I decided to add natural felt which I discovered could be dyed!

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My pencil drawing of Penjerrick Walk. I wanted the viewer to feel like they could walk into the drawing, having less detail in the distance.

 

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Sheet painted with thickened dyes

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Experiment to see if natural felt could be dyed with thickened dyes

Felt also had the advantage of being able to be cut out without the fabric fraying, which would be particularly good for cutting detail on the ‘3d’ areas.

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I then set about painting the natural felt shapes with the idea of applying them to the individual areas on my design..this did not turn out quite how I expected as when washing and drying the felt they stretched out of shape and I ended up applying them by cutting them up and moving bits around like a strange shaped jigsaw to get the right effects!! Talk about a learning curve!! After finally adding each piece, I also applied free machine and hand embroidery for extra details.

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Cutting out and applying the painted felt to fit in the right shape!!

My plan for the overall finished piece of work was to have plenty of perspective and depth, like you were actually walking into the image, so the final piece of felt to be added needed to have more detailed larger and closer flowers.

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I painted this area onto a single piece of natural felt hoping to apply this to the background, but like the other pieces, I ended up cutting it up to fit right stitching pieces on top of each other!

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Close up of the creamy white Penjerrick Rhododendrons with added stitch to emphasise the shapes and depths of flowers.

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The finished piece of work before being framed.

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Textile art in frame.

As said before, it was an honour to do this piece of work and I feel my legacy to the Garden…it was also a very big learning curve for me too, which I hope will help me with future pieces of work!

 

 

 

 

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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!

Close up of work so far

Close up of work

As you can see I have added a lot of new colour to my picture, making it very colourful compared to my other Blog!

I hope to add even more layers of colour using dye, to finally get the colours I want. This is relatively easy to do as I will add more dye thickener to the powdered dye, making the colour very pale. This affect would be the same as in water colour painting, using a wash, which covers up the layer of colour below, but changes the colour slightly to the shade added.

Easier said than done!!

Work in progress

Work in progress

Lizard Poppies

Lizard Poppies

As you can remember, I’ve recently been on a very lovely holiday down to Cornwall at the beginning of July. I’m always on the outlook for inspiration for new textile art and took this photograph whilst on a walk in the Lizard. I love the colours and composition, although will probably get rid of the buildings in the background when I start drawing out the base drawing.

base drawing on silk with HB pencil

base drawing on silk with HB pencil

I’ve decided to use a thick silk for my base fabric instead of the usual vintage 100% cotton sheets to see if I can get brighter colours when painting with the dyes. (silk is still suitable for dyeing.) The drawing was very difficult to do as I realise now the complexity of all the stems and different shades of colours!!

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base colour

This image shows the base colours added. I hand painted the thickened Procion MX dyes onto the areas where I need the colour, thinking ahead to what extra dye will need to be added to give extra depth and shades. I really love the colours made, but in this case, have decided to add more colour to show the beautiful bright colours that I found in Cornwall.

This is only the first part of the process to make my textile art….more to follow.

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.

Lizard Poppies

Lizard Poppies

Sorry for being quiet for so long! I could make plenty of excuses but really, I’ve been enjoying the summer here in Great Britain and celebrating events with my family! Very proud to say that both my twins Katy and Jack passed their Honours Degrees this summer and we have already enjoyed Katy’s Graduation.

Now it’s back to business as I must start a new Textile Art picture in readiness for showing at my Open Studio Event, over the weekend of 5th/6th September. (www.helfagelf.co.uk).

I am very interested with using one of the images I took whilst holidaying in lovely Cornwall. At the beginning of a beautiful walk from Lizard to Kynance Cove, on the look out for interesting flowers, I found these lovely poppies growing in a hedge.(see image above) I think they will give me plenty of colour, detail and layers as a starting point to produce another picture.

I am going to experiment with using a beautiful cream thick silk as my base fabric, which I will draw my image then paint it with thickened dyes.

I’ll show you the processes as I go on.

finished picture

finished picture

The above picture shows my Helenium textile art finally finished, before being taken to the framers. Most of the stitching is free machine embroidery but there is also hand embroidery including french knots and running stitch where needed.

Sorry that I haven’t written any blogs recently but I have started the year off very positively by getting on with fresh, new work!

January is always a very quiet time  for orders and commissions so I have started on a new Textile Art picture using my favourite technique of free hand drawing onto a 100% cotton sheet that one of my friends had donated to me, and then hand painting the design with thickened dyes. To then be followed by free machine embroidery.

Drawing on a cotton sheet

Drawing on a cotton sheet

The photograph above shows the original photo (taken by my friend Debbie Moore), that greatly inspired me to start this work. The image below shows a close up of my drawing, which is carried out using a 3B pencil.

Close up of Drawing

Close up of Drawing

The next stage of my work is to gradually add the lightest coloured dyes to the picture. In the image below, I have added the pale lemon base on the flowers. Then add all the other colours, waiting so that the colours do not run into each other.

Adding palest colour

Adding palest colour

Adding stems and background

Adding stems and background

Adding orange petals

Adding orange petals

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flower head colour

picture before being 'set'

picture before being ‘set’

The above image shows my picture before it was allowed to dry. I usually keep the work damp in a plastic bag for over 24 hours, so the dye can ‘mature’ then finally allow the dye to dry before actually setting the colour using an iron.

The final image shows the picture drying on the washing line! Once it is dry, I will then decide whether to add extra dye on top of the existing colour, to get more depth, and go through the same procedure of setting the dye.

Blowing in the wind to dry!

Blowing in the wind to dry!

Part 2 will show the next stage!

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

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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