LET’S START WITH MARKS
Use different mark making tools first on paper then on fabric with stitch suggestions, finally begin to transfer this skill taking colour out of cloth with made marks and adding with stitch.
Lemon juice is used to remove the colour on fabric dyed with Potassium Permanganate.
The Colours of India
Assemble colourful sari silk ribbons and using some simple (or more complicated) stitches in bright cotton threads, make a square, which can be used to make an abstract picture, a book cover, a needle case or an item of your choice
WORKING THE BACKGROUND
Many wonderful textile art pieces are started with needlefelted wool tops into fabric to make a background.
In this workshop alternatives are used, muslin, scrim and fibres create a versatile beginning to your piece.
If time allows foreground detail can be added with hand stitch.
I CAN’T DRAW – STARTING A SKETCHBOOK
“I can’t draw”
That’s what I used to say. The more you do the better and, more importantly, the more confident you will become. I use my drawings for ideas, they are not photographic interpretation of what I’m looking at but loose and ragged representations.
Let’s start a sketchbook for textile work. The ideas can lead in all sorts of directions. Some of these uploaded images are pure sketches and have gone no further, others have become completed textile pieces.
Who says a sketchbook has to be drawings…