I must be honest - I started to put my book together during the weekend, but it it wasn't going as planned, so I took it apart. Starting again, armed with my new techniques.
I used heat transfer ink to paint this sunflower, and then applied it to synthetic fabric. The design has now also made quite a nice foam stamp. I'd attempted to use foam in the past, but couldn't get the level of detail I wanted. Frances' expert knowledge has now set me on the right path! Stamp making is also highly addictive - I'm rationing myself.:) We also used abaca tissue, which I'm so in love with for painting and stitching now. The sketch is ink on fabric with a little stitching added.
And finally, tah da! Some embroidery. This is a bit of a different style for me, for two reasons, firstly 'cos I want to incorporate it into my work, but in a new way, and two, because I've got some beginner students who want to learn all the basic stitches. I felt I really should have some stitch variety in my sample folder, so I stitched these! I must give thanks to the wonderful Sharon Boggon of Pintangle and TAST for many of the stitches I've incorporated. Sadly I've never managed to keep up with TAST, but I do follow it, and always recommend my class to visit Pintangle for wonderful inspiration, eye candy and stitch tutorials.
This one is buttonhole stitches, just using a random variety of threads -
And this is chain stitch variations -
This was really fun to do. I surprised myself. Now I'm going to put all my new knowledge together........ What will happen next?...........