Thursday, March 3

Gold - An Artist's book

At the end of 2021 I saw the prompt - Gold for # creativevaccine_gold hosted by @jackravi , on Instagram and decided to give it a shot. 
I'm a hoarder of gold foil which chocolates come wrapped in. I have quite a stash.The cover is made of card paper wrapped with foil and decorated with squares of light gold foil and the whole thing is stitched which imparts a texture to the book cover.    
  The pages are strips of foil woven into the cream card.
Four pages with different woven patterns in gold foil and cream card paper.
Strips of a light gold foil are woven in at random like extra warp.

The back cover.
This was one of the last projects I did in 2021.
Very satisfying and it was great to be able to use my some of my stash of gold foil.

Friday, January 21

Fusion - Mini Quilt for the Modern meets Modern Challenge

In October 2020 The International Quilt Museum,Nebraska announced a mini quilt challenge, open to all. The challenge was to do with the Modern Meets Modern exhibition of  selected  Modern Quilt Movement quilts from the Museum's  collection representing the past 15+ years to be juxtaposed with groups of quilts made over 150 years ago. These antique quilts display cutting edge qualities for their time and can still look modern in the present day.
The museum chose four quilts to serve as catalysts for new work. I chose the four patch quilt as the catalyst for my  mini quilt which I called Fusion. It has elements of quilt making taken from the western tradition of quilt making such as the Engish Paper Piecing technique and the four patch block as well.
I then used techniques such as the Kantha technique of quilting ,the use of embroidery in the quilts made in India and like the quilts  made in India, the mini quilt was not bound but I used a faggoting stitch to hold the top of the quilt and the back of the quilt together.  
The tradition of making quilts was a thrift craft, whether in the east or the west. So all the fabric used to make the quilt top are garment off cuts. Layering two pieces of an old bed sheet made the batting for the quilt, inspiration for this came from the Kanthas of West Bengal which are made by stitching together layers of old cotton sarees.    
The kantha style of quilting which I did on the white patches give the surface a soft dimpled texture.    
The finished mini quilt - Fusion - 16 inches x 16 inches. Handmade and handquilted.

There were 116 entries for this challenge. Ten finalists which I didn't make it to, but it was an interesting challenge.
To see the ten finalists' quilts and all the mini quilts submitted click here.   

Tuesday, January 18

1 Year of Stitches 2018 no longer a UFO

Had to work on the UFO's and complete them. 1 Year of Stitches started in 2018 would be the simplest to get done so I set to work in October, adding a line every other day and I'm happy it's done.

I wanted to explore the creation of circular motifs using a single embroidery stitch or multiple stitches.

It's a sampler of sorts.
Texture and pattern that's possible with embroidery stitches.

If you would like to see how it all started click here and to see the slow progress I made before putting it aside, click here .

What I did with bullion stitch.
Do you have UFO's lurking in your cupboards and work baskets?
How do you go about completing them?

Friday, November 5

Upcycled origami bag

In my stash was bits and pieces of jeans. I had salvaged them from a bin at the fashion institiute I used to teach at in another lifetime. 
I found a pattern for an origami bag which I could hand sew and decided to use the bits of denim and make an applique and patchwork bag. 
Blanket stitch all around and a whip stitch for the parts which had to be joined. 
The pieces of denim have been appliqued onto part of the king size bed sheet which I still have pieces of .
It's a very large and roomy bag. 
I've appliqued some rust dyed circles onto the bag.

I rediscovered sorbello stitch and couldn't stop doing rows of it as a form of embellishment all over the bag.
Will keep this bag for shopping. I need something smaller that will work like a handbag.

Wednesday, October 27

Senbazuru for a young boy

There's a young boy who is very dear to me. This senbazuru is made specially for him from pages of Tupperware flyers.

He's at a cross road in his life when important decisions have to be made.
“Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”
― Steve Jobs

With love, prayers and, support of his family, the anxiety should soon be a thing in the past.  

While folding these 1000 origami cranes I was sending him positive thoughts, wishing him well and praying he can make choices and be excited about the journey ahead. 
The 1000th crane. Wishing you happiness and enchantment sweetheart. It will all work out
“You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future.” ― Steve Jobs
Like  colourful streamers the senbazuru are hung around the verandah, the gazebo and car park and   they sway in the breeze sending the young boy positive energy.
Wishing he gets back his mojo and his smile <3 

Wednesday, September 22

New York Textile Month 2021

I'll be giving a talk about my work on the 24th of September.
Nervous and excited, I hope the internet doesn't play up. Last time it was my laptop.
Wish me luck.

Sunday, August 29

90th birthday present for twin sisters

 I'm always surprised when someone contacts me via social media about a commission.  
The request was for a poem to be embroidered.                                    
I was taken by surprise when I was told I would have to embroider the poem  twice because it was to be given to twin sisters for their birthday 🎂 in July.
This was a first.                                    
The twin sisters are creative. One a poet and the other a designer.
The poem I was requested to embroider has been written by the poet.
The embroidered poem - Hometown Blackpool by Naomi Beth Wakan.
A frame for the embroidered poem was created with strips of shibori fabric.
The two copies of the embroidered poem.

The finished piece.

I have an account on Instagram @giftablewords for the express purpose of commissioning unique embroidered poems, quotes, birth samplers and wedding samplers, which one can gift 🎁 to friends and family.
Do take a look. I'll be delighted to work with you to create something special.

Have a great week.