Saturday, 23 November 2013

Curves and Leaves

It's been an eventful couple of weeks since I last posted although I have been trying to slow down a bit after our trip to Cornwall.  I had a bit of a reaction to the hectic time away and thought I'd better heed the warning and put the brakes on a bit.  Consequently I decided that I wouldn't go up to Harrogate for the Knitting and Stitching Show this weekend.  I'm hoping there will be some blog posts around so that I can enjoy it vicariously.  Don't worry, I'm back to my usual state of health so there's no problem just need to pace myself and not take on the world!

Happily after my blip I was able to take a Friday Fun workshop at Stitchcraft yesterday.  'Take' as in 'Teach'.  The workshop was concerned with free form curved piecing using a flat seam.  I had 7 ladies which was just enough and not too many to get round in the time.  After a bit of a chat and demo from me they set to and produced some great pieces.

Christine made this beautiful panel above which will become the centrepiece of a cushion.  Christine was fairly new to quilting and stitching so she did really well.

Elaine had some beautiful fabrics that she incorporated into this lovely piece above.  She got a good variety in her curves.

I discovered that I already 'knew' Jackie, who used these gorgeous African fabrics , through a mutual friend who I have been having playdays with.  It's a small world!  Jackie intends to take her cutter to this piece and insert some cross sections.  Give it some attitude!

Joan, who comes to the Sit and Stitch days at Stitchcraft usually makes very traditional quilts and wanted to free herself up.  She's certainly done that with this fabulous little landscape.  Joan, you're a natural! Look at the variety of curves and the movement she's achieved.

Maureen is a member of Wing Quilters and worked so quickly she was able to layer and quilt her piece ready for binding.  She used some beautiful batiks and has got some lovely movement through this scene.  Maureen said as she left it was the best fun she'd had in two hours in a long time.  I was delighted and also blushing.

Nichola, above, was not familiar with this way of working but produced a lovely seascape with a good use of fussy cutting some of the fabrics.

Last but not least Sue made this lively landscape with a mountain range.  I thought she was quite brave to include the fairly deep peaks and between us we decided one or two judicious clips would help the fabrics come together.  

I was so nervous at the start of this workshop and my mouth got so dry that I could hardly speak at one point but I think it went well. Everyone seemed pleased with what they had achieved in the time and there may be a chance to take this technique further in a future workshop.  

As I had decided not to go to Harrogate today I have been pottering around tidying up a little in my sewing room and finishing off a Linus quilt. (No picture yet).  I also took the weights (books) off a pressing of leaves I had set up a few days ago.

The paper is still very wet as it has been sandwiched between waxed paper to stop the books getting wet.  As you can see there were some subtle marks showing through which made me think it hadn't been particularly successful.

How wrong could I be?  The beech leaves didn't work very well but that may be because they need longer to break down but the (?)sycamore leaves have made some lovely marks.   I've still got some more leaves that I've managed to keep moist so I think I will set this up again with some fabric.  I may try some leaf hammering too! Oh and some Gelli Plate printing.  Watch this space!

(Just so you know, I soaked the Khadi paper in the bath for about an hour before I drained it off and set the leaves on it.) 

Have a good week and keep warm if winter is catching up with you.


Jackie said...

Lovely as always...
And, I want to encourage you to continue to take care of you. Don't over do. Glad to hear that you are rested and are feeling better.

sharon young said...

You must be a natural teacher, Julie, your students produced some lovely work. Hope you won't be so nervous next time.
Gorgeous result with the leaves.
Take care of yourself.

Heather said...

Beautiful results from your students - I love the little landscape in soft earth tones - you can be proud of them and yourself. Your leaf prints are great too - I must try that. Hope you are beginning to feel back on track.

Peneller said...

Well done you! It sounds as if the class was very successful and the work produced was just lovely. xx

Gina said...

Lovely results from your class Julie - you obviously taught them well. Take it easy!

ju-north said...

Great work by you and your students! How about a tutorial?

Annette Jeavons said...

Looks like you have had a very productive workshop, well done you. Pleased to hear you are taking things a little easier.

Corrine at said...

I love the versatility of what everone created, great stuff. xox

Maggi said...

Well done you. Your students have produced some great work. Lovely leaf prints.

pam said...

Oh they all sound as though they had a good time - they looked great. Glad you are feeling better

Nathaly said...

I love technique !

Emma said...

Isn't it terrifying but exhilarating giving a workshop? It's a bore having to give up the K&S show but they really do take it out of you as you just want to see everything! It's good to listen to your body.
Beautiful prints, did you add any vinegar at all or is that just needed when rusting? Plenty of leaves around my garden I could make use of, altho right now they're caught in a wild hoolie !