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I've decided to blog about some of my makes - maybe inspire some more people!

By Deborah Richardson, Aug 18 2018 06:00PM

so - I haven't attempted to paint in watercolours for probably 45 years or so. At classes where I need to paint on sllk, I notice that the best practitioners have some watercolour experience, so I took the plunge and went to a class at my local Tindalls shop. Hele Clarke ran the class and we learndd some tecnniques o mixing and shading the colour on the paper in order to paint some colourful feathers. I had great fun and really liked my final efforts. I'm looking forward to experimenting more, but boy are some of these paints expensive!

By Deborah Richardson, Aug 15 2018 02:35PM

We recently acquired a motorhome and it has pretty boring, beige seating. I surmised that the lovely Boxy dog would make them pretty dirty pretty quickly, and even though they come off to wash the fabric is a very loose weave and I was concerned about it standing up to lots of washing. Soooo ... when I recently visited the gorgeous Warner Textile Archive I spotted this lovely French- inspired fabric in a light upholstery weight and I gave it a bash - 8m later and lots of velcro - ta-dah! and we are off in it again to visit a Roman dig near Cheltenham very soon.

the side seat
the side seat
work in prgress
work in prgress
the rear seat
the rear seat

By Deborah Richardson, Jul 23 2018 02:46PM

On Saturday 21st of July I had the privilege of visiting the Mr Finch exhibition at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. I've admired his work since coming across it on Pinterest and was very keen to see some of the amazingly intricate detail in the flesh. These are just a few of the images I took of the dozens of fantastical, fabulous creations on display. The talent of this man is staggering, and the breacth of his imagination boundless. It was emotional for me to see this incredible work first hand. Every single piece sold out shortly after the exhibition opened, and many visitors had come specifically to see this work, as had I. The 3 hour journey and the crummy campsite we stayed at were well worth it!

By Deborah Richardson, Jul 19 2018 10:41AM

Recently a very dear friend of mine had to have emergency surgery following catastophic problems with her large intestine. This resulted in her having to wear a colostomy bag. To cheer her up I designed a simple pattern for a cover in the shape of a cat, along the lines of Pusheen, a cute anime Japanese kitty. Here are the pattern pieces I made up, with rough instructions for sewists to follow. The dotted lines on the outline of the actual colostomy bag show the difference between the colostomy bag and ileostomy bag, which has a little fold-out extension on the bottom, so for an ileostomy you need to leave the bottom open. Excuse my scrappy pencil drawing!

By Deborah Richardson, Jul 16 2018 11:26AM

So for my first blog post ever, I'll just say a few words about how this threadpainting was made. I selected a photograph that pleased me and chose which elements to stitch. The background is a piece of Habotai 8mm silk, lightly stretched onto a wooden frame, and then the basic outlines of the design that I had drawn onto tracing paper were traced onto the sil with an air-erasible pen. Those lines are then quickly drawn on with gutta, a water-soluble resist material, and allowed to dry. The main elements of the flowers are then painted with as much detail as possible, in silk paints diluted to give subtle shading. The background is painted lsat in this case as it's the darkest. The piece is ironed to set the colours then washed and dried and ironed again.

The silk is then stretched very tightly into an embroidery hoop and the colours of threads are selected and bobbins needed are wound or selected from my store as possible.

Then I start to stitch on my machine with the foot removed and feed dogs lowered. I select an order of work that reflects the depth of the design, with the furthest back stitched first. In this case that's the petals, blending the colours towards the edges, then the fluffy stamens, then the centre.

Last of all the piece is stiched stretched onto a piece of backing board, a mount to complement the colouring is cut and the whole piece placed into the frame... took me about 20 hours over 2 weeks.

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