Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Looking Back 2 - City & Guilds Embroidery - Quilting

More City and Guilds samples, this time mainly patchwork and quilting

Log cabin

Somerset star

Shadow quilting


Sewing Machine Smocking

Suffolk puffs

Monday, 22 May 2017

Looking Back - C&G Embroidery

I'm still trying to have a good sort out and I came across another folder containing samples from my City and Guilds Embroidery course. Recycle somehow or bin?

One of the first things we had to do was collect white threads in different textures and thicknesses [I've still got some of these threads!] Above is a sampler of Cretan stitch

This one is chain stitch

And this one is straight stitch

The three samples on canvas are Florentine embroidery

Holbein Stitch

Greetings card with hand painted fabric and embroidery


Detached filling stitches
I've also got quilting samples which I'll show some other time.

Friday, 19 May 2017

More pages from Sketchbook 54

Vintage images as well as drawing and painting on the first two photos

An ink drawing of my friend's owl ornament

Sunday, 14 May 2017


This is a design for the Spoonflower fabric contest.
The contest is to create a watercolor design featuring insects.
Voting begins May 18th

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Painting and Drawing

Painted background with ink flowers, also real carnation.
More drawing practice below.

Getting some ideas from a book called Fancy Designs 1920

Friday, 5 May 2017

Miniature Sketchbook

When my friend Helen left the area she gave me and other members of our arty group a sketchbook challenge. She gave us a miniature book which measures 4" square and a box containing papers, fabric, pegs, beads, letters, tags and other bits and pieces. I used quite a bit of the stuff and also added bits of my own plus drawings and a bit of paint here and there. 
Helen started us off by giving us ideas on the first few pages.
I've now completed the book, I can't say it is my best effort so I will post half the pages today and the rest next time.

They are my efforts from now on