Tuesday, 24 August 2010

From Sketchbook to Stitch

Having explored the poppy seedhead motif in my sketchbook, I decided it would translate well into stitch using layers of sheer fabrics.

So I decided to try it out by making a book jacket for my sketchbook.

As well as the red and blue sheer fabrics I used a sparkly type of iron-on transfer material* that I've been trying out for Angela

I confess I wasn't too excited by the glittery sparkly stuff when I first tried it but I think it works quite well here layered up under some black chiffon and I quite like it.

I also confess that the colour scheme was largely dictated by the materials I had to hand but I actually quite like that too.

And I feel encouraged to experiment a bit more with these shapes

And possibly even the sparkly stuff!

I might remove the book jacket until I've finished working in my sketchbook though as knowing me it will be covered in paint in no time.

*Tissue Glitter Thermocollant

28 comments:

  1. How many hours are there in your day Gina? I'm sure you must have more than me!

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  2. Gina that is lovely - you could come and teach that at Art & Stitch for us please please.

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  3. Gina,
    It is absolutely stunning. I wish I could come have a lesson in your studio. I'd love to be able to make something like that. Can you recommend any good books to walk me through the steps?

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  4. Oh Gina, this is just stunning. I agree with Fiona - do you have a wormhole for bending time?

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  5. Wow. Thats lovely, so arty. The glittery fabric has worked very well.
    It has been nice to see you work through this process. You have set a fine example of what should be done and how to do it.

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  6. Gina, all those fabric work perfectly together ... I have loved seeing how this project evolved. It's fun to see how playful you are ... how you can continue to let a notion develop.

    I agree with earlier commenters in wondering how many extra hours must be included in your average day. Wow! xo

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  7. I think they are right you do have more hours in your day! I bet you've baked and cake as well today, come on be honest, you have haven't you? ;-)

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  8. OOoops that was me......Forgot to change my hat!

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  9. New sketch book bought and ready to go! Going to visit Hyde Hall on Friday for some inspiration.

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  10. What you have achieved from a simple poppy seed head is fantastic Gina - your sketchbook cover is gorgeous.

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  11. all i can say is WOW!!!! - can't believe you were so restrained at FOQ!! - it was lovely to see your sketchbook on The Julia CAPRARA stand - you muct be proud to have had yours chosen as a representative of good work achieved on the course

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  12. what a fantastic finale - they ahve worked out wonderfully - i just wish i had the time and patience to learn machine embroidery (well any embroidery).
    thanks so much for another great sketchbook tutorial

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  13. Hoping to find time for more play soon. Love that cover.
    Wish I wasnt oceans away but this has been such fun.

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  14. I now feel quite ashamed of the little I've achieved recently! The cover is beautiful - could your sketchbook be used anywhere in your degree?

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  15. It's beautiful!(although I am a sucker for sparkly stuff...)

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  16. That cover is beautiful Gina. I often use what I have to hand, especially when experimenting. Sometimes I wish I'd chosen differently, but your colour choice has turned out really well.

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  17. oohh that is just gorgeous, sparkle and poppy heads - what a fab combination!

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  18. Oh gosh I really love these sheer shapes. You have inspired me - thank you x

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  19. Your work looks absolutely stunning! and you gave fantastic step by step details, well done:)

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  20. Beautiful book - gorgeous colours. Have linked to you in my latest blog post :-)

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  21. I love it Gina, and the sparkly stuff just gives it that bit of excitement, brilliant!

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  22. This turned out so beautifully and I loved reading the whole back story to this piece. I took lots of macro photos of poppy heads in my parents garden this year...I was captivated by their shape!

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  23. This turned out so beautifully and I loved reading the whole back story to this piece. I took lots of macro photos of poppy heads in my parents garden this year...I was captivated by their shape!

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  24. I love the way you pulled all of the glitter and colors together with the black chiffon. Very interesting. Your blog is very intersting for sure. I look forward to reading more of your postings.
    Analisa

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