Saturday, 2 September 2017


Making your wall hanging

Below is the paper image of my chosen design followed by a variety of photos of the different stages of the construction of my wall hanging.

 11.1 Background


11.6 water soluble work added to background

 11.8 cutback pieces added to background

11.9 white zigzags pinned.  I really do not like this so I am cutting back the white to make it narrower.
11.10 background folded forward to add an edging.  No additions

11.11 green focus squares added

11.12 all white zigzags cut back to show just the silk and dark green squares

11.13 current situation.  All the various sections have been stitched to the background including the white zigzag.  The paler green squares are to be stitched into position, edges to be stitched and backing with sleeve to be stitched into position.  I am leaving this until the last job in case I need to add or alter anything.

11.14  I am still concerned that the white zigzags are too dominant so I have experimented by weaving some interesting threads through the running stitches on my sample.  Quite like this as it tones the white down - could use the brown/green threads and possibly some blue against the rain section (water soluble)

I have spent a number of very enjoyable hours on this wall hanging and I am pleased with the result so far.  There is still some work to do but I feel it is coming together well.

Monday, 24 July 2017

Chapter Ten

Converting Hanging Design into Embroidery
Chosen design for hanging   Chosen design for hanging with feature
Chosen design and design with addition of feature squares – Siân suggested these squares and I think they bring the design together.  Lime green is a colour I have only discovered recently and one which I will certainly use in the future.
A1 design   A1 pattern before cutting
Design enlarged to A1 and design pattern ready for cutting
Images 10.1, 10.2 and 10.3 for area 1 the rain.
Images 10.4, 10.5 & 10.6 – fabric manipulation
Images 10.7, 10.8 & 10.9 – soil effect
Images 10.10, 10.11 and 10.12 – feature squares in silk
Images 10.13, 10.14, 10.15 & 10.16 – white zigzag in varying lengths and widths.

10 choice

My chosen samples for hanging.  After discussion this may well change!

Threads for hangingPossible wools for hanging
Threads and fancy wools
Machine threads for hangingBrowns for hanging
Machine threads and brown materials
Blues for hangingScrim for hanging
Blue materials and hand dyed scrim
Green silks for hanging
Silk for feature square
10 text 110 text 210 text 3
Text for Chapter Ten

Sunday, 11 June 2017

Chapter Nine

Decorative Papers
Henna – browns
9.4, 9.5, 9.6
9.7, 9.8, 9.9
9.10, 9.11, 9.12
9.13, 9.14, 9.15
9.169 text 1

Indigo - blue
9.17, 9.18,9.19
9.20, 9.21, 9.22
9.23, 9.24, 9.25
9.26, 9.27, 9.28
9.299 text 2
9 blocks9 RL
My blocks for printing.  Having fun with decorating papers.
I am pleased with my papers.  The only ones that were disappointing were the ones which I added the diluted PVC to.  The cartridge paper did not turn out as shiny as I hoped and I backed the tissue paper samples with cartridge paper to support it but when I tried to lift it the paper tore.  I then had to leave it and as the PVC dried the tissue stuck to the cartridge paper.  Learning curve!
I have now looked at my various black and white designs from Chapter 8 and chosen two to work with.
I have cut patterns so when I have finally decided which one to choose for my final  hanging I have the design ready.  Only by accident did I end up with these white strips  when cutting the patterns and I then realised that they joined some of the designs together so I have experimented with adding them to each design.
9.30.1     9.30.2
Images 9.30.1 and 9.30.2
9.31.1     9.31.2
Images 9.31.1 and 9.31.2
9.32.1     9.32.2
Images 9.32.1 and 9.32.2
9.33.1     9.33.2
Images 9.33.1 and 9.33.2
It is interesting to see the various designs images together.  I am undecided as to which one to choose but I am not that keen on the last one so that is a start!  I think it is the mixture of the circular design with the angular that does not work.