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Sunflowers I, II, III and IV

BrendaP

Sunflowers I, II, III and IV
« on: September 12, 2021, 17:43:08 PM »
I am enrolled on the  Fibre Arts Take Two course Making Connections tutored by Cas Holmes.  FATT is an Australian company, I paid the course fee in US dollars, but Cas lives just a few miles away in Maidstone!

The course is really about how the tutor works; and exercises to try for ourselves.  Sketchbook work every day is encouraged and then a disparate mix of fabrics and papers, often printed or drawn on are collaged onto fabric and held together with a mix of machine and hand embroidery

I found the hardest part was laying out the collages, and despite watching it through twice I didn't see that the samples she was making were small, maybe 6"x6" or 8"x8" at most.  I jumped in and cut substrate (backing fabric) 15"x11" for two and similarly big pieces for the other two. ><  I also kept everything neatly within the 'frame' and haven't let bits overlap.

But, I have now have the makings of four small wallhangings which just need to be backed and finished; I'm going to do traditional quilt bindings and I'll have something a bit different to offer for this year's art group exhibition in November.  Then I'll go back and watch the course videos again and have a go at doing some samples more like the ones demonstrated.

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Brenda.  My machines are: Corona, a 1953 Singer 201K-3, Caroline, a 1940 Singer 201K-3, Thirza, 1949 Singer 221K, Azilia, 1957 Singer 201K-MK2 and Vera, a Husqvarna 350 SewEasy about 20 years old. Also Bernina 1150 overlocker and Elna 444 Coverstitcher.
http://paternoster.orpheusweb.co.

BrendaP

Re: Sunflowers I, II, III and IV
« Reply #1 on: September 12, 2021, 17:50:38 PM »
I chose the theme of sunflowers because we have a spectacular crop in the garden this year, I've done several sketches of them, and then I found some sunflower printed fabric (left over from a skirt) bought from Doughty's several years ago.  There's a bit of that fabric, fussy cut, in each piece.

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Brenda.  My machines are: Corona, a 1953 Singer 201K-3, Caroline, a 1940 Singer 201K-3, Thirza, 1949 Singer 221K, Azilia, 1957 Singer 201K-MK2 and Vera, a Husqvarna 350 SewEasy about 20 years old. Also Bernina 1150 overlocker and Elna 444 Coverstitcher.
http://paternoster.orpheusweb.co.

Ellabella

Re: Sunflowers I, II, III and IV
« Reply #2 on: September 12, 2021, 18:41:27 PM »
Beautiful @BrendaP , you have such a good eye.  :thumbsup:

Lilian

Re: Sunflowers I, II, III and IV
« Reply #3 on: September 12, 2021, 18:51:57 PM »
What a wonderful display  :flower: and I love your skirt!
Willing but not always able :)

realale

Re: Sunflowers I, II, III and IV
« Reply #4 on: September 12, 2021, 20:13:58 PM »
I was introduced to Cas Holmes  on a textile art course I went on and fell in love with her work. You are so blessed to be doing a course with her. I have done some projects in her style and really enjoyed doing them.
Your sunflower hangings are a delight. Well done.
So many beers, so little time. 🍻

Stash sewing 2021 19m used

Silver Rose

Re: Sunflowers I, II, III and IV
« Reply #5 on: September 12, 2021, 21:12:00 PM »
The wall hangings are splendid, so colourful and original, beautiful work BrendaP .
Still learning

Lilian

Re: Sunflowers I, II, III and IV
« Reply #6 on: September 12, 2021, 23:09:30 PM »
I missed the wall hangings.  They are beautiful and very creative  :loveit:
Willing but not always able :)

Esme866

Re: Sunflowers I, II, III and IV
« Reply #7 on: September 13, 2021, 00:10:05 AM »
The wall hangings are wonderful.

Can you imagine if someone had explained how we would be learning and taking classes like we do, 40 years ago? It's incredible when you really think about it.

Cazlyn

Re: Sunflowers I, II, III and IV
« Reply #8 on: September 13, 2021, 07:28:18 AM »
Wow love your wall hangings.  It looks like a great course to do, enjoy.
Crafting is my happy place 🙃

BrendaP

Re: Sunflowers I, II, III and IV
« Reply #9 on: September 13, 2021, 09:08:25 AM »
Thank you for all the nice comments.   @Cazlyn Cas Holmes lives in Maidstone, with Mote Park as her back yard, and occasionally teaches at the Adult Ed centre there.  My friend and her daughter did a one day course with her and thoroughly enjoyed it.
Brenda.  My machines are: Corona, a 1953 Singer 201K-3, Caroline, a 1940 Singer 201K-3, Thirza, 1949 Singer 221K, Azilia, 1957 Singer 201K-MK2 and Vera, a Husqvarna 350 SewEasy about 20 years old. Also Bernina 1150 overlocker and Elna 444 Coverstitcher.
http://paternoster.orpheusweb.co.

Cazlyn

Re: Sunflowers I, II, III and IV
« Reply #10 on: September 13, 2021, 11:03:03 AM »
@BrendaP I’ll keep an eye out.
Crafting is my happy place 🙃

Flobear

Re: Sunflowers I, II, III and IV
« Reply #11 on: September 15, 2021, 08:49:18 AM »
Lovely work @BrendaP  :perfect10:
A sewing room now painted!

Lachica

Re: Sunflowers I, II, III and IV
« Reply #12 on: September 15, 2021, 08:56:27 AM »
They're lovely wall hangings @BrendaP I'd be proud to have those on my wall.
Mary
2020 stash: not gonna count, not gonna feel guilty.

Catllar

Re: Sunflowers I, II, III and IV
« Reply #13 on: October 06, 2021, 14:36:56 PM »
Why have I only just found this thread then? Where have you been hiding it?? Those wall hangings are stunning!
If life gives you lemons, add to gin and tonic !

BrendaP

Re: Sunflowers I, II, III and IV
« Reply #14 on: October 06, 2021, 23:01:31 PM »
Why have I only just found this thread then?

Probably because you have had other more important things to think about. :hug:
Brenda.  My machines are: Corona, a 1953 Singer 201K-3, Caroline, a 1940 Singer 201K-3, Thirza, 1949 Singer 221K, Azilia, 1957 Singer 201K-MK2 and Vera, a Husqvarna 350 SewEasy about 20 years old. Also Bernina 1150 overlocker and Elna 444 Coverstitcher.
http://paternoster.orpheusweb.co.