Saturday, 18 February 2012

Book cover and Goodies.

I have made a start on the cover for my book by roughly stitching bits of lace and scrim to pelmet vilene to hold them in place before painting them with gesso. The lace motifs are on the spine of the book. This is as far as I have got, and now have to trim off the edges, paint the surface and work out how to attach the pages.

Yesterday I received a parcel of lovely goodies from The Thread Studio in Australia run by Dale Rollerson. I have always wanted to go to the Knitting and Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace as I know that Dale has a stand there each year. However, I also know that my feet and legs would never last the day so solved my problem by shopping on line. Above, you can see a Pot Luck packet of silk fibres which I plan to use with my embellisher.

These are Slushies - a blend of merino wool and silk, also great for use with the embellisher among other things. I think I should have taken them out of their perspex sleeve as the colours are so much more vibrant than they appear here.

Again the colours are washed out - those greens are lovely in reality and will be just the thing for creating embellished landscapes. These fibres are unbelievably soft and lustrous and come in one long continuous length - the colour gently graduated throughout. I can't wait to play with them.

I also stocked up on Kunin felt. I have bought several lots of this felt from other suppliers and two or three times found that it doesn't do what it is supposed to, but this is the good stuff so I can have fun with the heat gun too.

The arrival of this parcel is very timely as I shall feel bereft once my book and next course module are finished. I haven't used the embellisher for ages and hope I can remember all the things I discovered with it. If I'd been organised I'd have kept a notebook of samples, wouldn't I? No such luck!


Julie said...

Oooh! Some gorgeous lovliness from Dale! I know you will have lots of fun with all this.

Carol Q said...

looks like the book cover's coming on strong Heather. what a lovely lot of retail therapy you've had there. I haven't been to the Knit & Stitch show in years. I keep meaning to go again!

The Weaver of Grass said...

I found that unless I did a technique regularly Heather, I almost forgot how to do it - or when thinking of something to do I forgot about it. I think you are right - a notebook is essential.

Youi have certainly got plenty of stuff there to go at. I used to go to the Knitting and Stitching Show when it came to Harrogate but as you say, it is very tiring and I don't go any more. It was always so inspiring, but I have decided to give up doing my embroidery and craft work and have now given all my stuff away.