Category Archives: textiles

Signed, Tealed and Delivered

 

I am thrilled and honoured to be part of a wonderful charity project.

Each year Kate of Talltalesfromchiconia designs a quilt to be auctioned in aid of Ovarian Cancer Australia. Back in April she put out a call for volunteers to create a block or two for the 2018 quilt.

If you would like to know more about the charity you can read this article, published in the Teal Times.

Tentatively I asked Kate if I could contribute. I am not a quilter, but I enjoy working with textiles and I love a creative collaboration. An internationally created quilt for such a worthy cause is such a fabulous idea.

Kate has been marvellous throughout, helping me along with my block.

The overall design is one of postcards and envelopes.

I used to live at White Horse Farm and at first I thought I would applique the White Horse on a teal background and that would be my postcard. I soon realised that the shape was far too detailed so I had to think again.

This vintage postcard gave me the final design. Once I saw that another contributor had transfered a design to fabric I was away!

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I took photographs and printed them in black and white to test the layout. I emailed this to Kate for her to comment. She suggested I made the cards smaller so that they were further from the edge.DSC_0251

I bought some transfer paper from W.H.Smith. The transfer paper goes through an ink jet printer and is ironed onto pre-washed, white cotton fabric, making sure you use a mirror image. You have to make sure you have a firm surface on which to iron as you have to apply lots of pressure. It was a bit nerve-wracking waiting to see if the picture had printed properly. I did the above practice piece just to make sure it worked.

To stitch the card to the backing fabric I chose a feather stitch on my sewing machine as there is such a thing as Dorset Feather Stitch, so it felt just right.

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So much detail in that little postmark.

The background looked too plain so found a doodle I liked in one of my sketchbooks and doodled a border with Permanent Pen, ironing it to fix it.DSC_0247

My little package has been posted and I’m having fun tracking it as it travels across the world. It left Heathrow at 9am yesterday on its way to Brisbane, Australia.StandDfin

I’m so excited to see it take its place in Kate’s quilt.

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Dark

Kaffe Fassett, quilt

patchwork, Kaffe Fassett

The Kaffe Fassett exhibition, currently on at Mottisfont, Hampshire is beautifully staged.

Some of the rooms are light and bright and some are dimly lit with rich and cosy colours – so dark it was difficult to take photos of the wonderful quilting.

My entry in our One-a-week Photo Challenge.

Please leave a link to your entry in the comments.

Comfortable

Kaffe Fassett at Mottisfont

Kaffe Fassett

Kaffe Fassett

Kaffe Fassett exhibition at Mottisfont.

His colours and cosy chunky sweaters say ‘Comfortable’ to me.

To join in with our Photo Challenge just leave a link to your Comfortable photos in the comments.

Also joining the Daily Post: Knit

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Cee’s FunFoto Challenge: Letter ‘O’

Must have the letter ‘O’ anywhere in the word.

 

Waste

teabag art, greetings card, re-usable greetings card, collage

lend me your ‘shell-like’

this girl dislikes pink

innovate for her

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Ronovan’s Haiku Prompt words this week are PINK and SHELL.

Yikes – how to marry that with what I had already planned for our Photo Challenge prompt of WASTE.

It is the extra creative challenge I like to give myself each week. Well Miss E does not like pink – I know that card does have a bit of pink on it but ……. hey! I did my best!

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Anyone who has been reading my blog for a while knows I’m an obsessive recycler AND like to try new crafty things, so this week’s Photo Prompt is right up my street!

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Life-cycle of a tea bag once it enters my house:

It sits in its box in a cupboard full of all manner of black, white, green, herb and fruit teas. I have at least 12 different varieties in there.

Then in it goes –  into my favourite mug

Nevis design from Dunoon

This is a mug from Dunoon. I wanted a big white bone china mug. I contacted Dunoon and asked if I could have the Nevis Design in plain white – I could! and for about £10 cheaper than the decorated ones – I got two. I LOVE them. ❤

After first use the tea bags sit in the little coloured dish to be used, three together, for another cup.

I told you – obsessive recycler!

And now, courtesy of Pinterest, I have discovered there is a whole new world of art materials to be explored – used Tea Bags! I was astonished to see how much amazing art has been created with used tea bags. You can see some examples on my Pinterest Page, ‘Art Tea’.

Of course I had to give it a go.

So instead of going into the compost after their second use, the tea bags are now emptied and dried. (The leaves still go in the compost) My bean-sprouter works well as a drying rack.

drying teabags for tea bag art

Cutting or tearing some and leaving others as two ply paper

prepared tea bags

Now ….. how to turn them into art ……

 

A bit of collage using some paper napkins and some hand and machine stitching.

The circular tea bag has a picture of a cup stuck on the inside with Modge Podge and  is re-stuffed with a little wadding. I downloaded the picture of the cup from this Education Site

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I’m wondering about this art form – it nudges towards the “just because you can, do you think you should”. I tried putting it on canvas to go with my ‘making art with found and discarded objects’ collection, adding and expanding on the Beach Clean Art theme. Using waste in art.

I’m not sure it stands up as an artwork so I turned it into a greetings card, with packaging paper put between the layers to stiffen the card so that it will stand upgreetings card of teabags with machine stitching

A little pocket for a gift (in this case a fresh teabag) or message. Then it can be recycled once more and re-used as a card with a different message in the pocket.

And then I realised there was a certain person about to have her 10th birthday – perfectre-usable greetings card, tea bag art

She was thrilled with it and her friends intrigued.

I’m really not sure if my experiments will produce ‘art’ that I feel worthy of exhibiting , but has been fun to try and I can’t throw a teabag away at the moment –  I’m amassing quite a collection, so I’ll have to come up with something arty to do with them.

Update

Coincidentally, I’ve just seen that there is a programme on BBC2 tonight about the making of tea bags: http://www.radiotimes.com/tv-programme/e/fsq8rq/inside-the-factory–s3-e1-tea-bags/

and here is the programme on BBC iPlayer:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b08ywhdn/inside-the-factory-series-3-1-tea-bags

The sheer scale of tea bag production is mind boggling – and I’m shocked to discover that 25% of the materials used to make tea bags is plastic – Yuck!

 

 

 

Recycle: trousers

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I have vowed via my 17 for 2017 Challenge not to buy any new clothes in 2017.

Part of this challenge is to recycle or upcycle existing clothes. These trousers were bought over 12 years ago and I haven’t worn them for at least 10 years. The colour is a bit startling all in one block, slightly darker and more purple in reality. We are in the middle of a heatwave here in the UK, I need some shorts, so …..

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The (long) shorts come just below my knobbly knees and I shall leave them to fray with wear. The colour is more bearable when there is less of it.

With the bonus of two pieces to play with …

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…. on the left an idea for a small shoulder bag, just right for a child to take to the beach and on the right, fabric for textile books or another piece of textile art – fun!

Have you revamped any clothes recently?

 

Happy Vase

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Erigeron or Fleabane, neither are names pretty enough to describe this little gem of a daisy that grows on my patio, interwoven with what I think is a type of campanula. Both seed themselves liberally and I love them together.DSC_0220

The vase is a pot I bought in Florence, Italy in 1987 when I went there with my Dad. We had a wonderful time together, I have such happy memories of that long weekend .

It was Father’s Day here in the UK yesterday and he has been much in my thoughts. He died in 1998 and would have been 96 this year. He worked hard and played hard, loved a party, had a huge sense of fun and was never happier than when playing with his Grandchildren.

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Teamed here with another of the textile pieces I’m working onDSC_0226

Title: “You are my happy”

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I have to have several on the go at the same time. I seem to need to be able to have a rest from each colour combination in order to see each piece of work afresh.

Joining Cathy and ‘In a Vase on Monday’.

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Cee’s Flower of the Day.

Sunshine

Textile Wall Hanging with hand embroidery

You are my sunshine

Matching the temperatures outside today.