Yes, it is a long time since my last post but one has to priorities.  Finally finding time to write a new post.  Here are more of my Paris project pieces.

The first three pieces were created using the distortion of an image of some doors on an upper floor of the Arab centre in Paris.

Arab centre doors elongated

I used the hue slider to change the colours.  The first piece is a bag.

Distoted Arab centre doors bag

The design was printed onto fabric, free machine quilted then over painted with metallic paints.  The handle was made using wool yarn which picked out the colours in the panel and then plaited.

Here is a close up of the panel.  You will see that I have added beads for effect.

Distorted Arab centre doors bag close up

I also made a book cover using the same design although the colours are slightly different.

Distorted Arab centre doors booklet

The design was mirrored so it is the same on the back .

I have been creating a number of 20cm x 20cm panels and one of them used this design yet again.

Distrorted Arab centre doors panel

I made the box frame and stretched the finish piece over the frame.

The next four pieces used the distorted windows design which was featured in the last post but again I changed the colour palette.

Distorted La Défence bag

The first is a purse/bag.  The design was printed onto fabric, free machine quilted and made up into a bag.  The handle was wrapped twisted yarns using colours from the printed design.

Distorted La Deefence note book A5

Once again I tweeked the colour palette and created this book front. I dyed the viscose ribbon to tone in with the purples and this fastened the front, back and inside pages together.

Distorted La Deefence pocket book

This is one of my favourite little pocket booklets which again used the same design.

Distorted La Défence note book pinks & purples

And the final piece using this design is a needle case.

As I have said, I have been creating numerous 20 x20cm panels.  I have just shown one above.

Here is another one –

Little fish panel 1

This is one of several panels of little fishes.  I used a photograph I took of some little fish carved on some wood.  I used filters in PS to create different effects.  Those that I liked were printed onto fabric and then free machine quilted.   As they were very intricate , I used a very fine black thread to draw the fish.  The wavy background was created using invisible thread so that only the texture was visible and not distracting coloured thread.

Sweet pea panel 1

This is another 20x20cm panel.  It used a photograph of some sweet peas.  The image was printed onto silk then free machine quilted. It was a difficult design and I am not totally happy with it although it looks better in reality than it does in this image. I used my Inktense pencils to enhance the colours a bit and metallic threads to give it some sparkle – still not totally happy.

Well that’s it for this post.  Back to an ambitious piece which is going to take ages to complete.



Not such a long gap this time so straight on with the post.

The first piece was inspired by a carved motif on a door not far from our hotel.


This is the motif itself.


I made a pattern of the motif.

Door-motif I used a lovely red satin weave fabric for the base to work the gold motif. The lid was for the main design. I padded the main motif shape and hand satin stitched the fan design. Another version of the design was created on the sides.  They were machine stitched and painted with gold metallic paint.


As always, I created a mobile using the text of Paris.  Each letter was stitched out by the machine and a digitised distorted Paris text stitched out for the header of the mobile.


Obviously, the tower itself would be the base of many designs including this one of a needle case. I wanted to use up some serendipity paper so I ironed vilene onto the back to give it body and strength. I made different sized stencils of the tower and stenciled them onto the paper. The largest and front tower was over-stitched with gold thread to represent the structure of the tower. I used one of my Eiffel tower charms to hang from the tie.


I distorted the text of Paris then digitised it to stitch out on the front of a needle case.  Dyed blue fibres were laid down on the front of the folder and held in place using vermicelli stitch and gold thread. The digitised name was machines and then outlined using gold Japanese thread.


The pyramids at the Louvre were a needed inclusion to the project.  I wanted to represent the glass panels of the pyramid.  I decided to use Irisé cellophane paper.  This was laid over painted pelmet vilene with machine pattern stitches for the framework.


They turned out better than I had hoped.

One of the entrances to a metro station used a contemporary design of circles and coloured glass.

Streets-&-Seine_2884I decided to create some jewellery using the circles as the design source.  I rarely throw anything away and the little metal or plastic rings from old bras were just the job. I covered them with buttonhole stitch using a silver fingering thread. When all were complete, I stitched them together into a pendant necklace and a bracelet.


Continuing with the tube station entrance design, I decided to make a design to stitch onto the front of a note book.

Underground-entrance-art-note-pad-bookletDifferent sized rings were covered with silver fingering and then joined together into a design for the front of a note book book.

Distorted-La-Défence-windows-needle-caseA further use of the distorted windows was to make the cover for a needle case.  the design was printed onto fabric, slightly padded and then machine quilted following the edges of the design.


A different distorted effect was printed onto fabric and once again machine quilted and made up into a make-up purse.  I used gold buttons filled with tiny beads to cover the stitches of the press fasteners.

That is it for this post.  More to come.

Cheers everyone.

Another long gap between posts but at last the time to post.

There are a number of what are known as ‘ponds’ around the pyramids outside the Louvre in Paris.  They have now become cracked and damaged and are now,  I understand, undergoing renovations. I took photographs of the tiled floor and through the water they were a lovely range of pastel blues, greens and yellows.


I took two slightly different photographs of these tiles and they inspired me to create two large painted and stitched panels.



One of my favourite buildings in Paris is the Grand Arch at La Défence.  It has many windows with lots of reflections in them.


I wanted to interpret this in some way and came up with the idea of having different iconic places in Paris in each of the windows. The windows were replicated in the sides and lid of a box.

Bx-Paris-locations-acetate-image-boxThe images in the windows were printed on clear acetate.  The cross members of the windows were made from button hole bars.

After creating the oak leaf vessel and bag tag, I continued with the oak leaf theme and made an oak leaf tassel. I made three oak leaves from pelmet vilene for the header of the tassel.


While I was on with making tassels, I decided to make an Eiffel Tower tassel using the same method.

Ts-Eiffel-tower-tasselThe tower is decked out with lights for  nightly light show so I used beads down the joins to represent this.

Following the theme of iconic places in Paris, I printed more of them on the acetate sheets and used them on the flap of a hand bag.

Iconic-places-in-paris-bagThe body of the bag was dark green acrylic velvet.  Not easy to work with and so very messy.  Bits everywhere!! However, it looks nice.

I have already used the Arab Institute building as inspiration for a number of pieces and this wall of tiles was used again to create another piece.

DSC_9110I used a distortion filter on this image of the tiles.

DSC_9110-curly-QTo create the fabric I used a mono printing method.  I spread a mixture of gold paints over a sheet of teflon and using my finger created the scrolls.  I pressed the fabric onto this paint to print it onto the fabric.  I added the black swirls with a brush.  The resulting fabric was made up into a purse and I used a swirly design to quilt the fabric.


Finally, from another iconic structure, the Moretti tower in La Defence, I created a panel.

DSC_9502The tower is very colourful with painted tubes of colour. Again, I applied a distortion filter to create a pattern.

DSC_9502-Displ-1I couched coloured yarns as close as possible to the colour of the tower and the design.

Moretti-tower-panelWell, that’s it for this post.  Hopefully it won’t be so long to the next one.

Cheers to everyone who visits.

My exhibition at the Scottish textile museum in Hawick, Scotland seems to be very successful with lots of positive feedback. I was very pleased with the way the pieces had been displayed. A lovely job.

The workshop too was very successful with everyone enjoying trying new things and some right out of their comfort zone.

The will be another workshop at the end of August.  I hope it will be as successful as this last one.

Back to my Paris project now.

On either side of the gates to the Tuileries garden which leads to the Louvre, are two towers which are decorated with oak leaves and acorns.


I used the design of the oak leave for a couple of pieces.


First I had to make a pattern.


As the original was a tower I decided to make a round  vessel. I used pelmet Vilene as the base material, painted it, added a mesh then using the traced pattern machined the acorns.  Once the machining was complete, I painted the leaves and acorns. The top edge was cut and the Vilene rolled and a base stitched to it.




I also made a bag tag of a single oak leaf.


The aperture metal windows of the Arab centre inspired a bracelet made from faux silver leather.

J-Arab-centre-silver-cuffThere are a lot of tiny silver beds on the centre of the star.

The internal tiled wall inspires another bracelet.



The architecture of La Défence inspired many pieces.  This wall of windows was first changed with a colour filter and then distorted.




This is the resulting art quilt.  I created a pattern and then traced it onto white calico.  I really enjoyed painting this piece before it was free machined.

Still in La Défence, the wonderful structure of the Grand Arch inspired this art quilt.



And that is it for now.



Time for another post.

There will be only three pieces from my Paris project this time.  One is of the jewellery I created using part of the image of the American embassy door panel.  I used the technique of printing onto transfer printer paper for dark colours and then applying this to navy blue felt.  The pieces were then hand stitched and beaded. There is a bracelet, a necklace and a pair of earrings.


The second Paris piece is also an example of the pocket booklets that I will be  teaching in my workshop at the Scottish textile museum in Hawick, Scotland in July.  I hope to cover a number of different techniques one of which can be used for decoration on the front of the booklet.  I have chosen to use the fluer de lis design to create the embossed metal shim motif for the front of this booklet.


At the end of August, I will be teaching another workshop and this time we will be making purses.  I have already made a number of samples to help the students create their own.

We will be recycling fabric stripped from skirts and dresses no longer in use.  We will be over-dying, stamping, stencilling, quilting etc.  The following images are all the little purses I made.

The first one was created to fit into my Paris project.  It uses the stencils I made of the Paris text and the Eiffel tower.


The next one – overdyed fabric from a skirt then quilted.


Over dyed fabric from an unused pillow case which was then stamped and hand embroidered.


Recycled over dyed fabric from a skirt then free machine quilted picking out the design of the original fabric.


This was once a long thin silk scarf. It was quilted and gold braid added.



Dyed pelmet vilene with bits of metallic sheer under a black sheer fabric which was then decorated with lines of machine patterns.


This next purse began as a ‘mop up’ wet wipe.


The last purse was another mop up.


As you can see, I have used a number of different mixed media techniques, all simple but effective.

I have already sent a selection of textile pieces which have been displayed to advertise the exhibition starting in July and runs through until September.  Fingers crossed it will all be successful.

Cheers for now

Another long lapse in my blogging. Lots of excuses but I won’t bore you with them.

I have been, however, completing lots of textile pieces for my Paris project.  In fact, rather a lot with many waiting to be photographed. They have been in dispersed with other work. 

The last of the refurbishments were completed in January with a beautiful new patio and terracing down to the pond.  We have also managed to do the replanting which I hope will be completed tomorrow – weather permitting – when we errect the hanging basket pole and hang the newly planted baskets.

The other distraction from the Paris project is my forthcoming exhibition at the Scottish Textile Museum in Hawick, Scotland.  This will take place between July and September.  I will also be giving two workshops during that time.  I have been busy dealing with the choice of pieces to be exhibited and making samples and preparing information for the two workshops.

That being said, on with this blog.

My first piece is a booklet.  It used the distorted text of the name Paris. Bk DSC_1293 The booklet is made using pelmet Vilene and the distorted Paris text is cut from the same Vilene and glued in place.  The whole booklet was then dyed and painted with purple and crimson metallic paint. The next is a collection of Paris bag tags using various different techniques.  Most of you will recognise the techniques from the images. Paris bag tags Cut out and mounted motifs, stencilled motifs, embossing powders, metallic transfer paper, stamping, printed transfer paper and canvass stitching – can you see which is which? The next piece was inspired by the fabulous sculpture of a blue head which was outside one of the office blocks in La Défence in Paris. It is huge and very impressive.  It took a while to decide on how to interpret this piece.  I eventually decided on using a goldwork technique. Blue head sculpture I stitched a pattern of the head onto blue fabric and then couched the gold Japanese thread using blue thread. The main defining lines were couched using blue cord. P DSC_1302 The next piece used the central flower design of the carved squares on the Arc de Triumph. Arc-de-Triumph-_3177-single-square I used the traditional canvaswork technique to make a clover for a book.  I kept to the colour palette of the carved panel as much as possible. Bk DSC_1296 I created a second book cover using the same flower design. This time I made a stamp from funky foam and stamped the design onto an even weave fabric. I hand stitched some defining lines on the stamped motifs.  I sponged the surrounding area with white paint and then hand stitched cross stitches over this area.  I hand stitched a border of leaves as per the carved square. Bk Ark de triumph motif stamped on evenweave book I stamped more white paint motifs on the inside of the pelmet Vilene lining. Bk Ark de Triumph stamped book inside I created some pieces which were not for the Paris project.  I have a beautiful new conservatory and wanted a couple of textile pieces for one of the walls. The first one was an abstract piece based on squares.  I used many different  open weave mediums such as canvas, scrim and mesh.  They were glued onto a canvas fabric in a design then painted and highlighted with gilding wax.  It is 50x50cm in size.Abstract squares panel                                                                       There was a circle to contrast the design. 

The final piece was stretched over a box frame.

The second piece was one that I had been intending to make for some time and this was the perfect place for it. Some years ago on a visit to Thorpe Perrow arboretum, I took an image up through the branches of a horsechestnut tree of some leaves which were back lit by the sun. In the computer, I applied a special effect which gave me the design I used for this piece.  It was printed onto fabric then sandwiched up for free art quilting. Once the stitching was completed, I added some sponged highlighting in gold.  The final piece was stretched over a box frame. The piece is 50x50cm in size. Horsechestnut skeleton leaves Before I tackled this larger piece, I made a small test piece – something I do not usually do. DSC_1304 The difference in colour is down to the photography conditions.  They should both look the same.

Well, this is it for this post. 

Hopefully it will not be as long to the next one.

Until then, cheers everyone.

It is a long time since my last post but I have good reason for that.  As I mentioned in my last post, we have been doing major refurbishment of our home.  It just keeps snowballing and we have added many more things to do.  This has meant that we are still not finished yet – hopefully sometime in January.

I have still been managing some textile work and can post some of it today. 

On the underside of the Arc de triumph are wonderful carved squares.  They look similar to those on the underside of a Roman ruin arch in Rome.


I used one of these squares –


for the next few pieces.

I loaded the image into Photoshop and played with the colours until I had one that I liked.  This was printed onto teeshirt printer paper for black/dark fabrics.  It was ironed onto pelmet vilene and then I used a fine line black pen to outline some of the detail.  I created a pocket book –

DSC_1291I added some gold machine stitching and some gold braid. 

DSC_1292On the inside I used the stamp I made of this square design.

and I made some bag tags –


I always use the text of the places of my projects and I have continued to do this using the text of Paris. It was distorted and made into a motif.  It is still obvious that it still says Paris.  This motif was then digitised in my machine software and stitched out onto black felt.

I make lots of serendipity paper when using up paint on my brushes and stamps.  It is better than washing it down the sink.  I use lots of different kinds of paper including hand-made paper.  I made this particular paper quite a long time ago.  It was time to use it.  I decided to use it for the front cover of a book.

DSC_1294This is a hard back book and I stitched the front to the spine with a left and right blanket stitch. The machined motif was stuck onto the front.

One incredible place I visited was Sainte Chapelle which is on the island in the middle of the Seine.  the same place as Notre Dame.  The windows of this church are spectacular.  I had to hand hold the camera but with its brilliant iso facility I was able to get pretty good images.  I used one of the windows as the basis for a long hanging.  I used sheer fabrics sandwiched between tulle.  I free machined all the black lines of the leaded window.


Stained-glass-windowIt is well over a metre long and although there is a definite best side, it is presentable on the back too.

That is it for this post.  I am attempting to keep them shorter than I usually do.

Cheers for now