Sunday, 24 April 2011

No eggs here

Firstly, happy Easter!
 Quite a lot of you are very 'quiet' at the moment, I hope it is because you are enjoying the holiday and sharing the glorious, if somewhat disquietening, weather we have been having, I haved to keep reminding myself it is still April, even though the garden seems to think it is the middle of May.  Today has been much fresher, but still warm enough to sit outside in short sleeves.

I have been busy this week, but don't have any photographs to show for it. However last week I did experiment more with different materials and the heat tool, (with plenty of fresh air) so I shall share these with you.

Each piece is postcard size and I was influenced by the layers of leaf debris found on woodland floors.

 This first piece is layers of felt, bond-a-web, mixed fibres (including grasses) and painted Lutrador blasted with the heat tool which melted it together, and then machine and hand stitched.

Wasn't sure about the hand stitches, so I stopped.

This second one is similar, but I included some sweet wrappers and angelina fibres. I also painted strips of bond-a-web. There is more colour showing through the layers.

I machine stitched round all the holes created when I heat blasted it and then added some hand stitched herringbone.

I like this one better.


This final one was built up on a piece of cotton velvet. I cut pieces of painted bond-a-web, felt, organza and painted Lutrador. I then added transfer foil when the bond-a-web was warm and tacky

I machined stiched the layers before heat blasting them so the effect was less dramatic.

This one looked very landscape-like and so I added some hand stitched grass.

Hopefully I shall have some more to share with you later in the week.
I am beginning to get ready for the open studio event in June -  more about that at a later date!
Have a good week.
Jill 


15 comments:

JP said...

some really interesting effects - will look good framed

ju-north said...

Like the experiments! good to see what can be done with a variety of materials

Joanna said...

Love the textures and layers you have achieved here.

Heavens2Betsy said...

These are totally amazing. I love the results you created. I particularly like the stitching around the holes. Penny

Leenie said...

Happy Easter to you, Jill. Interesting project you're working on.

Chrissie said...

oh particularly love the green landscape version!

Menopausal musing said...

Lovely experiments. Looks like fun

Heloise said...

Interesting experiments. Love the layers of hills in the last one.

Printed Material said...

Jill,
Are these experiments 'postcard sized' for a reason....? Whatever their final destination they are great. I love those yellow ochre types colours in the top one and the landscape one too. I bought some tyvek the other day to try. It will be a first for me and I shall need to zap it to achieve the effect I want. Have you tried it? If so, any tips gratefully received, otherwise I'll just be diving in.... as usual. Enjoy the rest of your Easter. Lesley x

thekathrynwheel said...

Wow, these look amazing. I love the way you experiment and constantly come up with new ideas :-)

Emma said...

Lovely postcards. I've never heard a price for a pc, what are you thinking? Surely they're equivelent to mini hangings & much more than a £3.50 card? £10, £15?

flutterbycrafter said...

These look amazing, such wonderful colours

Clare Wassermann said...

ahh yes quiet because of the gardening but it's all cogitating in there!!

Eileen said...

Inspiring work as always Jill. I'm on holiday and just catching up via my phone. I like the handstitching on the first picture - it gives me a sense of a path through the woods. Love the last image also - I think of layers of water and maybe reeds and marsh.

Open House sounds intriguing. I look forward to hearing more.

sea-blue-sky & abstracts said...

I like the colours and shapes in the final piece Jill - there's a certain sea like quality and movement about it. x