Daily Make (17)

This week I’ve started a new commission for Harefield Hospital

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and made some dye bundles at the first community workshop

 

The patchwork continues to grow (on the cat, as usual!)

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Puss & patchwork. My usual evening. #dailymake2015 #missmayacat

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I rarely get a day just stitching, so attending a workshop on Indian embroidery was a real treat this week.

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My first ever shisha mirror! #embroidery #dailymake2015

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Some preparation for my artist residency day

 

and some stitching stains during the residency day

Daily Make (15 & 16)

I reworked The Beauty of Stains, making the stains permanent through stitch.

 

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Stitching stains. #narrativethreads #dailymake2015

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I’ve made a lot of paper pieced patchwork for Narrative Threads.

 

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Patchwork on the train #dailymake2015

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I’ve started a birthday present for my mum but I’m not going to show it here in case she looks. I know she doesn’t look at Instagram.

 

I even made a fascinator for a workshop sample.

 

I’ve started my research visits to museums to inspire new work for my solo exhibition Narrative Threads.

Daily Make (14)

This week’s creative endeavours include decorating, curtain-making, skirt-making, patchwork and embroidery. Its been good to be making, almost every day.

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Hexagon stack. #dailymake2015

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Stitching day on the studio. #narrativethreads #dailymake2015

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Daily Make (13)

Yet more hexagon patchwork, whilst hiding upstairs during building work at home.

 

The work at home involved the installation of this:

 

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Fire! 🙂

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and dealing with the preparatory and subsequent chaos of furniture and dust everywhere.. then the inevitability of this:

 

 

Its not been the most creative of weeks but it has been worth it!

Daily Make (11 & 12)

Week 11 was a complete whirlwind of final works and installation of Interlace exhibition which is now up and looking fabulous!

 

I was also hurtling through finishing a quilt for a big birthday present at the same time as opening the exhibition. It was more than a little close to the wire getting it done but it was nice to have lots of sewing to do.

 

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Trimming down gorgeous quilt blocks.

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Stripy quilt binding in gorgeous organic cotton. #dailymake2015

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Pretty pleased with this mitred corner. #dailymake2015

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As an aside, I am teaching this type of improv(ised) patchwork later in the year, along with the paper pieced type too. Find out more here.
Since the exhibition opened, things have been somewhat different and the pace of life changed completely with a few sunny, chilly days on a canal boat. There’s a lot of work to do on a boat, and lots of walking and exploring, but there was time for some simple making too. I’m slowly working on a very time-consuming piece for my Narrative Threads exhibition and making hexagon patchwork with antique fabrics, also for the exhibition.

 

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Hexagon stack. #dailymake2015

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A little stitching at the end of the day #dailymake2015

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I’m also working on the easiest bit of knitting ever – yards and yards of icord made from scrap yarn to make into long, loop necklaces.

 

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Knitted worms. To be a necklace, eventually. #dailymake2015

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Daily Make (10)

The last few weeks have had a lot of the petal-making for Interlace. We’re now into the final days before the exhibition so mounting and finishing is the order of the day. I’m lucky to have had two work experience students working with me in March, who have been invaluable in the exhibition preparations.

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Making mounts. Unglamorous but very necessary. #dailymake2015

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The students and I have also started transferring textile memories onto cloth.

In between all this I have made a little progress on my two patchwork projects, and finished knitting a cowl on the last day I was off sick last week.

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Tiny bit of patchwork before bed #dailymake2015

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Daily Make (8 & 9)

Owing to a foul illness over the last week or so, recent daily makes have just been knitting and more knitting. Both the scarf and the illness are done now, I’m pleased to say.

These #dailymake2015s also overlap with an artist in residence day so proper making has taken place too.

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Stitch ghosts. Pondering loss. #dailymake2015 #narrativethreads

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Working on ochre and yellow today #dailymake2015 #interlace

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