Wednesday, 11 November 2015
Sunday, 25 October 2015
A new set of buttons now on the shop.... I wanted to do some raised embroidery on the buttons which was not too expensive so I looked at various raised stitches and have started this new range of stumpwork buttons. These come in two colourways and sizes.
Friday, 23 October 2015
Whilst away last year in Cumbria I was lucky enough to see some Ruskin pottery .This Arts and Crafts pottery has lovely blended colours but my favourites were the little brooches made from the same ceramic simply known as 'Ruskins'. These turn up in expensive antique jewellers now so I thought I'd see how they might be in embroidery ! My Etsy shop has five in various colours.......
Wednesday, 21 October 2015
Tuesday, 13 October 2015
This show is a bit like Christmas, you spend so long getting ready and then it's all over again before you know it...Thankyou to everyone for shopping and being supportive!
I went shopping too, of course, and found two new lovely yarn/thread dyers to recommend.
Bizi Bee Embroidery have the most lovely dyed silks I have used yet. The test for me is always the bullion knot stitch as it is invariably my nemesis especially when teaching ! This stuff was like a dream, no snagging, no knotting back just smooth and effortless. I sat and made a button with it , trying out various raised stitches ,all worked perfectly and under bad lighting with people watching!!(They are a new company so if you have difficulty ordering the details on the business card are firstname.lastname@example.org) The other company was Renaissance Dyeing who I found on the last day.Their fine wools are natural dyed with Elizabethan methods and are so soft !! A lovely colour range too so I got a few to try out.
Mab had quite a lot to say for herself over the week and raised some money for my local hospice too.She is the second of four that I have planned so maybe next year they will all be there !
I have a few small projects planned now plus a Christmas open studio day which I will write about soon. There will be also be one day course at West Dean college for needlelace Christmas decorations on the 2nd of December, booking here.
Thursday, 1 October 2015
Alongside the moss growing in the book I have found some growing on a brooch and a ring...
...both of these will be at the Knit and Stitch Show from 7-11th October on stand TGi7 Fleur Oakes (as that is my name when not being 'epingle' !) Remember if you book online to add code EX15 to get a discount on the ticket price.
Saturday, 26 September 2015
This piece is ready to go to the show, finally. It has a leaf missing but after two years making all the different parts I think it needs to get out ! Obviously it didn't literally take two years to make but there have been other things to do and the moths took so long..... It has a lovely dome to live under now so you can get very close to it and will be at the front of the stand.
Like most of my work it has its' roots in ideas about transience and fragility. The moths are in a state of evolution from flat lace to full bodied flight whilst the book grows moss along its' spine. One of the pages in another book has embroidered clover with dew and a sycamore key sits with a real but rusting key and escutcheon. Eventually there will be some ivy too....
Lachrimae rerum translates as 'the tears of things'. I have always been drawn to things in a state of passing or decay be it old books or textiles or autumn leaves and so it seemed appropriate to show my work like this now. It is difficult to give modern textile work context outside of either domestic use or just being in a frame so I decided to stage my tiny little pieces to give them meaning.I must admit to being secretly pleased when people ask me why I'm just showing some dead leaves!