I really enjoy teaching and recently had an enjoyable day sharing with workshop attendees how to work with different Resist Feltingprocesses.
Felt Trapunto (hand dyed and stitched)
The day was an opportunity to learn how to achieve a range of textured surface effects by applying resist processes with wet felting. During the day we examined the Nuno, Cracked Mud and Trapunto techniques, how they are created and the ways they can be applied in our creative work. After looking at samples, the group made samples, applying the processes discussed and demonstrated.
Students Nuno resist samples
Nuno Resist (detail)
Many of the samples were started by hand, then put into the Gentle Roller machine to continue to roll the samples whilst we continued to layout the other samplers. It certainly helped take the strain, especially on such an unusually hot July day in the UK!
The Cracked Mud samplers.
The Felt Trapunto Resist Samplers
Felt Trapunto – machine embroidered (detail)
Students Trapunto work
If you are interested in attending a Resist Workshop or any of the other workshops I offer, please get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org and further details can be found on the website.
I recently worked with three wonderful students sharing how to make cobweb felt and transforming it into framed bags.
Stitching the felt and fabric
We worked over two days, initally laying out the wool and making it into cobweb felt. The group then learnt how to measure, draw up and create their chosen bag patterns.
Securing the glued in bag frames
On the second day, once the felt had been washed and dried, we backed the felt by stitching it with velvet. The felt fabric and gorgeous linings were cut and then stitched to make up the bags. Once the bodies of the bags were sewn they were glued in to their metal frames.
These are the wonderful finished bags made by Janet, Pam and Jane. If you would like to take part in a bag making workshop or an alternative feltmaking course please contact me on 07753366795 or email via email@example.com
A number of people ask how and where I sell my work, so I thought I would write a short blog on one of the ways I do this. As well as selling directly at retail and craft fairs, online and from open studio events, I also attend trade fairs.
This April I made my annual visit north to Harrogate, to attend the British Craft Trade Fair. This is a three day event where I display current work and share my new collections as Silversoles. The event gives me an opportunity to meet buyers (from retail outlets, museum representatives and gallery owners), who are looking for work to show in their exhibition programmes or stock in their outlets.
It’s a wonderful event, organized by Margeret Bunn and her team with attendance by selection. Only UK makers can take part with all work having to be made in Britian. It has been an honour and privilege to exhibit my work at BCTF along some of the best makers in the UK, producing exceptionally skilled work of such a high standard.
We arrived on Saturday morning to set up and transform the bare shell scheme, ( see below). Initially the walls have a clean, then we start installing furniture, electric cabling and lighting ( thanks Dad), before beginning the process of displaying the work.
Starting with an empty shell scheme and in boxes…
Beginning with the empty shell scheme…
Transformed to this…..
The space transformed and ready for the show to open on Sunday
I am very excited to announce that Silversoles will be exhibiting at the wonderful MADE London Design and Craft Fairon the design Gap stand. You can find us on Stand C2 in the Crypt Pods from Friday 24th to Sunday 26th October 2014.
Coral Wave Scarf
Spiki Caterpillar Scarf
MADE London, Sir John Soanes Church, 1 Marylebone, London, NW1 4AQ, opposite Great Portland Street tube station.