Saturday, 24 March 2012

Little Treasures with Christine Plummer

I also attended Christine Plummer's Little Treasures workshop, which was a fun session experimenting with lovely coloured papers and tags (painted with brusho), organza, buttons and machine stitching.

While I was aware that you could stitch on paper, I'd not experimented with the technique, and so it was good for getting ideas flowing. I also think I could modify this technique to use with my 7 and 5 year old nieces.

Silk Shaded Mushroom with Katie Pirson

Still having a marvellous time here at the Fashion, Embroidery and Stitch show. This afternoon I was lucky enough to be able to take part in a silk shading workshop with Katie Pirson, who I happen to know from my teenage years as a lighting techie, but hadn't seen since.

The workshop was excellent, and Katie is a brilliant teacher, very understanding and gives marvellous explanations.

We had a kit containing lovely linen with a mushroom design drawn on it, Madeira thread and very clear instructions. Katie took us through building up the layers in soft shading, with the very important point that your stitches need to be longer than you think, to allow for later rows of stitches to be fully incorporated.

I'm really looking forward to finishing my mushroom -thanks Katie!

(the picture of the finished mushroom is Katie's one -I'm not that good/speedy)

Friday, 23 March 2012

Newspaper brooches with Kim Thittichai

Having a lovely time with mum at the Fashion, Embroidery and Stitch, Hobbycrafts and Sewing for Pleasure shows.
I went to a workshop with Kim Thittichai, where she taught us to layer painted newspaper, bondaweb and Mica flakes to make gorgeous pieces, which we backed onto heavyweight pelmet Vilene, and cut into shapes, ready to make brooches. Inexpensive supplies, a great outcome, and fun. Recipe for success!