Thursday, 26 July 2012

The view from my studio

 One of the views from my studio is of the vast tiled roof of a 14th C. tithe barn. There is moss growing between every tile and lichen growing everywhere. I am very fond of the moss as it looks like little islands especially when it flowers.Making lichen in stumpwork is a bit of a challenge, not least because it is black underneath and raises up when wet then flattens out when dry. I went for the wet version and took a tip from the 17thC. ladies and coloured the underside with conte pastel.  This piece, together with the dead leaves, will be on show in a couple of places soon ( 'will update this post with details).

Sunday, 15 July 2012

Some Shape of Beauty

 Somehow I forgot to mention this one.....

black satin corset , eyes and feathers. 2011

Saturday, 14 July 2012

little lichen

It is time to attempt some 3D,or is it 4D?, stumpwork. I am facinated by hyperbolic crochet and since needlelace and crochet are related I thought it was worth a go. What I actually wanted to make was lichen  and so here is the first part of my new piece. I have found some normal embroidery cotton that has a very subtle change in colour which is perfect for this project. growing here !

Sunday, 8 July 2012

The quick and the dead

....that is to say this dead leaf was quicker to make than the others !!! Here it is flat and then as it curls up and is blown away...

 ..finally to come to rest on an old milk bottle

It has now blown here !

Saturday, 7 July 2012


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