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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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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.

Helenium Textile Art work in progress.

Helenium Textile Art work in progress.

As promised a couple of months ago, here is further progress showing my Helenium Textile Art work which I hand painted with the thickened dyes, now adding hand and free machine embroidery.

close up of helenium at the side of my textile art

close up of helenium at the side of my textile art

To complete this work, I will have to add less stitching to the flowers further back, especially the heavier hand stitching. I want to add more emphasis though on the flower stems.

Hope to get this work done, a long with other pieces for the Artisans in the Palm House Fair that I will be attending this year…dates to come nearer the time.

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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I am a member of the’Helfa Gelf’ Open Studio Project (http://www.helfagelf.co.uk) here in North Wales, which every September offers the general public the unique insight into artists and craft peoples working environments and a chance to see their work in close up.  

This is my second year of participating and I have just exhibited for my first full weekend. I’ve worked very hard towards completing new textile art pictures and more cushions, as well as designs on bags and covers for diaries etc. which I am showing in my ‘studio’ (which is my conservatory). I paint the designs using thickened dyes, then free machine embroider over the top.

So far, I’ve had some very interested people coming around to my home, and am going be opening next weekend as well.

Thanks to all who visited as it was lovely to hear all the lovely, inspiring comments but hopefully the weather will be a lot friendlier next week!

Have a look at my website to see more of my work. http://www.vickywilliams.net. I am always interested in taking on `Commission work.