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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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my table of goodies

my table of goodies

Sea Holly Textile Art

Sea Holly Textile Art

Finally finished my ‘Sea Holly Textile Art’ after many months painting  with thickened dyes and adding stitching. This picture has now been framed and is showing at my Open Studio today and tomorrow…11am till 5pm.

You can also see my other work on http://www.vickywilliams.net.

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.

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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

 

Work in Progress

I am still in the process of painting a number of designs ready to make into fronts of cushions etc. Want to get all this work done, before I start on any free machine embroidery.
Here you can see my hollyhock design, which idea started off when I took photographs of the beautiful flowers in our garden last year.

starting new work on dining room table

All set up to start new textile art on my dining room table.  You can see where I have already added thickened dye to the cotton sheet, using my own photograph of one of the hollyhocks in our garden from last summer. I am using my own photographs as inspiration as well as colour advice.

 

close up of drawing on cotton sheet before adding the thickened dye.

close up of drawing on cotton sheet before adding the thickened dye.

colour wash effect using dyes

colour wash effect using dyes

ImageVintage car design painted with thickened dyes and free machine embroidery added for detail.

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                                                         Another vintage car design, completed as for the other cushion.

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Another version of my ‘Baabaa Cushion’ this time made for a rugby fan, showing Baabaa knitting a Castleford Tiger Rugby scarf!!

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A very unusual cushion design produced for someone on their 21st Birthday, who plays the double bass and loves Wolves football club!!

As you can see, I have had to produce some varied designs on my cushions ready for christmas!! I thoroughly enjoyed making them all, because they were all SO different from each other.

NEXT TIME THOUGH….make note to myself…give myself MORE time to complete them, as felt I missed out on some of the pre- christmas celebrations due to sitting in my work room sewing ALL DAY AND NIGHT!!!

If you are interested in asking me to produce a cushion for yourselves, please email me – vicky.williams@tesco.net.

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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.

FINALLY COMPLETED THE FELTED CUSHION!!!!

After many months of hard work, I finally finished my first felted item. This was a commission for a friend of mine of her pet dog, who I thought would be an excellent example for felting. I ended up wet felting the back ground before needle felting the dog on top, then added machine embroidery and a lot of hand stitching.
Glad to say my friend was delighted with the results.
I do commissions of pets and all sorts..get in touch if you would like a cushion or textile art.