Monday, August 23, 2010


Dear friends
Hoping this Sunday evening finds everyone well and happy.
Here are a few pics of the finished Underwater Felt installation. All seperate items were made by children from Prep to Grade 6. Many hours have been spent stitching everything into position which has enhanced everything quite beaitfully I think.

I hope I don't make this sound as if it was an arduous task - it cetainly wasn't, far from it!
I really loved watching it become more detailed. I was quite disappointed to have to return it -
although I am really quite pleased to have my tables back!

It now travels to the framer who will have the fun job of box framing it ready to be hung.
I could not get a good shot in of the whole piece sorry! When it is vertical I will be able to get a better shot at it and will post them when it gets back from the framer.

Have wonderful week everyone.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

The lovely straight stitch

Hi dear friends,
Thankyou to everyone for your comments in the last post! I always let the children know that people are interested in their artwork and although we are accustomed to informing each other about our own artwork, children are just thrilled to bits to know that there are poeple out there in the world that are keen to see what they have achieved. They are so surprised that anyone would be interested. So thankyou!

Meanwhile I am working on a small piece that has yet to reveal its purpose to me, so am stitching whilst I wait. The lovely straight stitch is just so effective for outlining and light quilting effects.

Once again I am doing the simple straight stitch and am really enjoying it. My favourite threads are perle 3 and perle 5. The sheen is just so beguiling.

Now usually I am a purist for using natural fibres. Wool, silk, soy, bamboo, linen etc. Now and then I break out and use something entirely SYNTHETIC!!!!!!!!!

The white spotty fabric was such an instance and you can see they are a flocked circle on a very fine bridal tulle. Just gorgeous really! I love the way the net almost disappears and leaves the white spots floating above the wool.

There is still quite a way to go. Some machine stitching next I think!
See you soon

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Still stitching........................

Dear friends,
Well the Watery World continues with the felting having taken place. It was so large that it was felted by walking on it for about 4 hours, then lots of rolling another half day and then some massaging and rubbing. Lots of little feet walked up and down and back and forth and because we kept rotating with new people every 10 minutes, nobody became bored!

Here you can see many of the 3D items in place and it really is just lovely.
These photos were taken today, standing on a chair and reaching my arms out as far as they would go to get the whole work in! It measures 2.2 metres by about 1.7 metres. It will be easier when it is vertical and I can get a better angle on it.

Everyone loves the octopus and I must confess that he is one of me faves as well.

Crabs clinging to rocks

and a little of school of fish in the background - travelling in a very purposeful way. Eventually it is going to be hung in a new part of the school still under construction. At least the art will be ready on time!

This is my only piece of work this week - using odds and ends of merino and some throwsters silk. When I am tired I find that making something with no purpose is really quite restful. No end result to worry about, no measurements to consider, no shapes or colours to plan.
Just making for the joy of it.
It is an attitude and state of mind that can yeild great results. Not every time of course, but certainly unexpected and quite removed from what one would normally achieve.
Hoping everyone has time to make a little something this week, simply for the joy of creating.