Monthly Archives: September 2016

Enjoying My Textile Art Landscapes

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This Summer my Landscape Textile Art cards have been popular, especially on the cream card. These are available at my Etsy Shop Helen Moyes Designs

I have started to produce Card Kits so that others can get creative with (most) of the necessary materials to hand. These will be available in October.

I thought I would share with you here the process of making up the cards so that if, like me, you have lots of fabric scraps you could have a go yourself.

I love to produce sky effects with two of my favourite materials: tyvek and brusho paints.

Made from 100% polyethylene, Tyvek® can be used to create many unique surface effects. It shrinks and bubbles when heat is applied – which is another story I will save for another time. Tyvek produces interesting distressed/3D effects when used with a heat gun, can be moulded, overprinted and layered. I use different weights of Tyvek for different textile art. I cover  the different uses in my popular Paint and Stitch workshop. Future workshops can be seen on my facebook page.

Tyvek Paper

For the landscape sky,  I like the stability of Tyvek Heavy Weight Paper

You may have a tyvek envelope that has been sent to you that you can open up and upcycle!

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Brusho® is a non toxic,  water-based paint medium. It’s super-highly-pigmented, unpredictable and it’s bags of fun to paint with and you only need a small amount as it goes a long way. I use it on paper, fabric as well as on tyvek. It works really well on watercolour paper. It is made in Sheffield by Colourcraft.

I wet the tyvek paper and then sparingly sprinkle on some brusho powders. You can use a brush to alter the spontaneous design.

When dry, cut the painted tyvek the right size for a third of the card design. The size will depend on the size card you use and how much of the card front you want to have as textile. The card border really adds to the finished design so don’t make your textile too big!
I use a piece of calico as the base for the land and attach this to the tyvek sky with a row of stitch.

Another textile art material I love to use are silk carrier rods. Again I buy local

silk carrier rod

Silk carrier rods are a by-product produced during the silk reeling proces, They come in lots of different colours, including varigated, which I also use in my art and workshops. They contain the natural gum which makes them quite rigid, but they can be split down into thinner layers which are more pliable. Put the piece of natural silk carrier rod into water to soak.

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This will be used for clouds later.

Layer different textile pieces to create a landscape.

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Audition pieces until you are happy with the effect.
Choose appropriate threads. As a minimum use a green for the land and a whitish one for the sky. I love to use embroidery threads, especially varigated ones.

Sew along one of the layered fabric pieces, to join it to the calico base. I usually start at the horizon.
When you reach the side, turn around and come back, incorporating more pieces as you move down the picture.
You can stitch by hand or by machine.

 

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Trim the sides You can use the off cut to add depth in the foreground as shown

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Take the silk carrier rod from the water and gently tease it out to create wispy pieces that can be used for clouds.

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I also use some sheep wool that I collect from barbed wire when out on walks. Arrange these and stitch down.

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Add some details, such as trees, using small scraps of fabric and stitching. Variegated thread and different kinds of stitch can produce good details.

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When your design is finished, apply double sided tape or glue to the back and attach to the front of the card. Don’t forget to initial your design!

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I would really like to see your textile landscapes and to hear how you get on. Please comment below or email me.

Giveaway: What craft would you like to try?

Hello September

A quick post to offer two crafting giveaways:

  1. A free ticket for two to a crafting event next week.

EventEventCity, Manchester, 8-10 September 2016
OPENING TIMES 10AM – 4.30PM (5PM SAT)

2. A create a landscape card kit from Ecclesall Textile School, containing a card and matching envelope, a painted background and lots of textile pieces to design your own landscape (glue or stitch it’s up to you)

Ecclesall Textile Schoolthe card kit will enable you to produce a unique, original  art card similar to the ones I have in my etsy shop

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So what do you have to do?

Simply post below and answer the question: What craft would you like to try?
Also say which prize you would prefer.

The winner will be selected at 21:00 on Monday 5th September 2016. So look out for a reply to your comment in your inbox on Monday evening asking for the winners address to send the ticket/kit to! The winner of the ticket can choose which day to visit the show, Thursday to Saturday, and of course who to take with them.

Happy crafting x

Hard Decisions

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I am very rarely overwhelmed by food to taste, but came near during  judging the Cookery Section at the recent Bamford Annual Show. The above picture is just one of the many categories, the healthier cake section, where I had asked participants to make a healthier cake, for example, by adding vegetablesand reducing the sugar.

Thanks to my assistant, Sue Mitchell all were sampled and scored. Some lovely bread, biscuits, scones, preserves …and the winner is the Lime & Courgette Cake! Lovely, looks, texture and taste and easy to cut and eat.

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Here is the recipe:

Ingredients

  • For the Cake
  • 3 medium eggs
  • 125ml olive oil
  • 120g caster sugar
  • 225g self-raising flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 250g courgette, finely grated
  • For the icing
  • 400g cream cheese
  • 120g icing sugar
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 40g pistachio nuts (finely chopped)
  • 1 tablespoon lime zest

 

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 180 C / 160 C fan / Gas 4. Grease and line two 21cm sandwich tins.
  2. Beat together the eggs, oil and sugar in a large bowl until creamy. Sift in the flour, bicarbonate soda and baking powder and beat well. Stir in the grated courgettes until well combined. Divide the mixture into the cake tins.
  3. Bake in the middle of the oven for 25 to 30 minutes.
  4. Remove the cakes from the oven and carefully turn out onto a wire rack. Carefully peel off the paper lining and leave to cool.
  5. For the icing, beat the cream cheese in a bowl until smooth. Sift in the icing sugar and stir in the lime juice.
  6. Use a bread knife to level one of the cakes if necessary. Use 2/3 of the icing to sandwich the 2 cakes together, the levelled one on the bottom, and use the remaining icing to cover the top of the cake. Sprinkle with the pistachio nuts and lime zest.

I was then asked to judge the much smaller textile craft category and choose this lovely felted cushion cover.

Home Coaching Bamford Show Judging

So just when I thought my judging role was completed, I was asked to choose best in show! This set me thinking about all the many decisions we face each day, and how we can become overwhelmed. If we don’t get enough rest and know our own worth, making decisions can become really hard.

I was ill this last week and appreciated Nick looking after me, easpecially making me lots of drinks. There were times though, because I felt so rough, that the choice of what to drink seemed hard!

One of the most important choices we constantly have to make is how we spend our time, all 1440 minutes of each day. A new academic or calender year can be excellent times to consider our time management.

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Like so many things, there is a need for balance, to make sure we are looking after ourselves with enough rest, time to reflect, exercise, healthful food, time with loved ones … as well as choosing our goals and how best to reach them, challenging ourselves to step out of our comfort zone and grow.

Home Coaching Your CallToo often we think it is one or the other, but there really is the need for work (aka personal development), rest and play. If the balance is not right for us we can burn out or stand still!

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If you think your tendency is to stand still, make sure you schedule some time to consider goals and steps to achieving them. If you think your tendency is to go too fast, make sure you schedule time to play and rest. What recharges your batteries?

And if you are thinking but where on earth do I find the time, spend 30 minutes considering what is steeling your time and how you can better manage this.

Home Coaching Disappearing TimeIt may be  habits, struggling to say no, or be down to procrastination, three age old time stealers!
Sometimes we can move forward with these ourselves, sometimes it helps to talk to a coach. Please get in touch if you would like chat about how we can help.

We would love to hear what you do that recharges your batteries, please comment below.