Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Hand Stitching Continued: Fabric Manipulation Fun

Susan S.: Combining needle weaving stitches with fabric manipulation. Detail.

Back to blogging! I just finished my last scheduled workshop this past weekend (will be posting about it this week). I am determined to get blog posts I can share the incredible work of my students. I admit to a recent addiction to Instagram...I finally got on it and I can't stop! Okay...back to blogging...

The pieces that follow are from the Hand Stitching Continued: Surface and Structure class (The Art League School in Alexandria, VA) that ended a week ago. This is the second of two installments of work from that class. If you want to see the other post...please go here.

The second half of the class focused on a number of fabric manipulation techniques. First, we played with what Running, Back and Ladder stitches could do to change the shape of fabric.

Kate M: Playing with random gathering and raw-edge reverse applique.
Mary M.: Gathering with Running stitch.
Mary M.: Random gathering with Running stitch, reverse applique, couching and stitching.
Susan S.: Random "smocking" using a variation of Back stitch.
Susan S.: Scrunching fabric and tacking with Seeding stitch.
Susan S.: Gathering with Running stitch.
Susan S.: Needle weaving and gathering with Ladder stitch.

There is really so much potential in just these few stitches! I'm looking forward to spending more time exploring over the summer...especially the Ladder stitch.

We also played with creating dimension with stuffed shapes. The techniques included: Cording (threading cord or yarn through stitched channels), Trapunto (slitting and stuffing from the back) and some techniques for stuffing shapes appliqued to a fabric base.

Kate M.: Cording and Trapunto.
Susan S.: Cording with the addition of Japanese cloth-covered buttons.
Susan S.: Cording and Trapunto. Trapunto center decorated with crocheted doily, beads and button.
Susan S.: Trapunto piece in process.
Mary M.: Appliqued and padded shapes.
In the second to last class, I showed students how to create small sculptures using a craft felt base.

Mary M.: Sculpture beginnings.
Kate M.: Sculpture in process.
Susan S.: Sculpture in process.
Susan S. took it one step further and turned her sculpture into an angel!

Susan S.: Angel in process.
Susan S.: Pleated and stitched detail.
Susan S.: Stitched detail on back of cape/wings.

The last class was an open studio. Students could continue working on their sculptures or choose to start a new project.

Annie G.: Layers and stitching.
Annie G.: Opened flat.
Mary M.: Boro stitching on indigo-dyed shibori.
Mary M.: Darning/weaving on indigo-dyed shibori.
Mary M.: Rolled and "whipped" fabric, couching.
Mary M.: Rolled and "whipped" fabric.
Thanks for a great class, students! Enjoy your summer!

If you live in the Washington, DC area and are interested in this class, I will be teaching it again in the winter and again in the spring. Prerequisite is Hand Stitching or Jumpstart in Hand Stitching. Please feel free to leave a comment if you would like more information.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Stitch-In April 2017

Beautiful shibori-dyed and hand stitch cloth that Ann Z. purchased in Massachusetts.
Still in catch-up mode. Here's what folks were working on at the April Stitch-In...such a variety!

We had two doll makers at the Stitch-In this month, Erika C. and Sandra O.
Erika is continuing work on her Conant Grant project: Re-Imagining Flip Dolls. She brought in a number of dolls, including these beautiful subtle ones in neutrals and white.

Flip dolls by Erika C.
Flip dolls by Erika C.
She also brought in the prototype for her Flip Doll Challenge using sticks as an armature. Erika is looking for people to take part in the Challenge which will become part of a gallery exhibit in early 2018. For more information about taking part go here.

Erika C.: Flip Doll Challenge prototype side one.
Erika C.: Flip Doll Challenge prototype side two.

Sandra brought in a "bottle" doll...worked around an empty soda bottle. Sorry that I didn't get a great photo of the was exquisite!

Sandra O.: Bottle doll.

Here is a detail that will be appliqued to the doll.

Sandra and I met almost 20 years ago when she took my Fiber Sculpture workshop. Here is the doll that she made during that workshop (now owned by a student in my Hand Stitching Continued class...small world!).

Sandra O.: Wire armature doll.
And here is a chair piece that she started in the same class.

Sandra O.: Wire armature chair
Ann Z. brought in a book that she made in a class...combining paper, cloth, printing, and stitching.

Ann Z.

Ann Z.
She also brought in a few of her healing cloths...that she is making with Peggy G. as part of a church project. You can see some of  Peggy's cloths in this post.

Ann Z.

Ann Z.

Ann Z.
Cheryl C.was working on a piece for the Jumpstart in Hand Stitching workshop (The Art League School). You can see the final piece here.

Cheryl C.

Diana G. brought along some of her pieces started in the Boro and Beyond workshop that I taught at Artistic Artifacts this spring. I just love the subtle palette!

Diana G.: From Boro and Beyond workshop

Diana G.: From Boro and Beyond workshop
Holly C. was working on a large piece using a black table runner that she purchased at Ikea (she's found linen yardage there too!). Great experimenting with simple stitches!

Holly C.
Some amazing purchased textiles made there way to the Stitch-In. Ann Z brought the piece at the top of this post (I'm coveting this!!)'s shibori-dyed and then completely stitched with Running stitch.

Cheryl brought in two embroidered pieces that caught her eye at an auction.

Cheryl C.: Purchased stitched piece
Cheryl C.: Purchased stitch piece.

As usual...lots of great discussions and sharing! I so enjoy this get together every month!

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Hand Stitching Continued: Surface and Structure...Beginnings Recap

Annie G.: Detail from Muse-inspired piece. Annie's Muse was a flowering cactus.

The Hand Stitching Continued: Surface and Structure evening class (The Art League School in Alexandria, VA) is now in it's fifth week...time for a recap!

This class picked up where the Jumpstart in Hand Stitching left off. Hand Stitching Continued shifted into working in color, playing with more dimensional stitches, fabric manipulation and finally the creation of a free-standing sculpture.

This post covers work from the first three sessions: Combining and layering stitches from Jumpstart; Color Backgrounds and Choose Your Muse; and Dimensional Stitches.

The first night we played a little game...sticking the names of stitches covered in Jumpstart into a cup and pulling out pairs of stitches. Each student had there own stitch combinations to work with.

Mary M.: Combining stitches from Jumpstart.
Melanie H.: Combining stitches from Jumpstart.
Susan S.: Combining stitches from Jumpstart.
Susan S.: Combining stitches from Jumpstart
The second class focused on Color. For homework students were asked to Choose a Muse from Nature and answer a number of questions. Color choices were based on those found in each student's Muse.

Mary M.: Journal page about Muse. Mary's Muse was a photo of tree bark.
Mary M. Journal page about Muse.
Susan S.: Journal page about Muse. Susan's Muse was colorful stone.
After painting and printing a selection of fabrics, students then had the chance to create work inspired by their Muse.

Annie G. : Piece inspired by her flowering cactus Muse. With the exception of the burlap, all of these fabrics were painted and printed by Annie.
Annie G.: Edging detail.
Annie G.: Additional pieces inspired by the hand painted fabrics and stitch combinations.
Annie G.: Stitch details.
Susan S.: Susan's Muse and Muse-inspired piece.
In the third class, students learned a selection of dimensional stitches and had the opportunity to play and combine them.

Kate M.: Dimensional stitches sampler.
Mary M.: Dimensional stitches sampler
Susan S.: Dimensional stitches sampler.

The next post will focus on fabric manipulation techniques using stitch.