Sometimes small things can make a delightful difference to your holiday. Here are a few suggestions from our recent beach holiday that I’d recommend.
If you’re using hotel beach towels it can be nice to take a small towel for your face/head at the top of your sunbed.
I chose this beautiful Collier Campbell towel. The bright design was stunning in the sun, the fabric soft and easy to spot when returning from a swim in the sea.
It’s important to stay hydrated and it’s possible to stop using trillions of plastic cups on holiday by using a flask. This one is by Life’s a Beach. It kept my water cold all day, saved single use plastic and looks fabulous. Good for the environment and good to use.
Tidy towel – when the sea breeze is buffeting your beach towel these clips keep your towel secure whatever the sunbed design. They can also be used to hang clothes and, as I was here, to secure fabric around Balinese beds.
I love to carry watercolours when on holiday. Painting a scene is an opportunity to really observe and take in the detail, which is great for recalling the holiday feel-good factor when you’re back home. There’s also something magical about the feeling of painting with salt water.
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It’s a year this week since my Heat Press machine arrived and made it possible for me to press my painted designs from paper onto fabric.
I’ve been reflecting on the work and continue to enjoy exploring the potentials of this colourful science of heat sensitive dyes.
Here are the highlights of the work using these fabric design techniques.
Most recently this colourful doll. All the fabric was white when I began the work. I added colour and stitch inspired by my favourite things.
One of the first things I made with my machine was this miniature bunting.
As I wanted flowers to always be at our Juliet balcony I created this tulip box draught excluder.
To help me relax and snooze whilst travelling I made this pretty eye mask, printing the fabric and the bias binding with my hand painted designs.
In a campaign to raise awareness of bell pepper allergies and intolerances I created this piece by painting then free motion embroidery.
I collaged pieces of painted paper to create this portrait.
My latest make was tennis themed bunting, joined with heat pressed ribbon, as part of promotion work for a tennis club.
In February I created samples to show different techniques and shared these at a half day workshop. Thanks so much to the workshop attendees, it was wonderful to see how you enjoyed putting your designs onto fabric. I can’t wait to see your creations with the fabrics you designed and made.
One of my favourite creations was the miniature cheese plant. Using hand painted leaves I pressed them onto satin, and using wire I stitched them and arranged them into this pretty home decor gem which doesn’t need watering or tending.
There’s the opportunity to play with these techniques and design your fabric for a craft, fashion or home decor project at my next workshop.
I’ll be demonstrating and teaching these techniques at a one day workshop in Sheffield on Sunday June 2nd. The workshop is at Stitched Up and Fleeced studio from 10 – 4pm, £60.
The one day workshop will bring stitch techniques into the process to explore how stitch can be used before and/or after pressing the designs onto fabric, to achieve some beautiful effects.
Now there will always be flowers 🌷 by my window. Started with plain white fabric and hand painted the design before printing it onto the white fabric.
From my initial marker drawing to being in use, my designer draught excluder, here’s the story in a less than 40 seconds video.
Painted designs ready for pressing into the fabric.
I reused filling from the previous draught excluder, which the fabric had worn through.
I’m delighted with the end result it’s practical and pretty at our juliet balcony.
I like the immediacy of these fabric design techniques. It takes just 30 seconds to transfer the painted design from paper to fabric. I only use the fabric I print, not having to buy patterned fabric by measurement and trying to match up the patterns, with lots left over. I can just work with white fabrics and print the panels to the size and scale for whatever I am making. This can be reusing and repurposing fabric, anything from clothing to pillowcases. The designs are entirely my own and are unique and unrepeatable. This uniqueness and bespoke nature of these techniques is the magic that I’ve found, and that I enjoy sharing through workshop sessions.
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I was asked to make a colourful cushion featuring a bird and flowers with this drawing from a lovely customer:
I thought about whether I might seek such a fabric design, but I didn’t have the desire to go hunting for a fabric, so I designed my own.
Having found painted designs that the dye colours can mush together I decided to try a collage technique, as developed in some of my favourite work, my paper cut pictures.
I firstly prepared papers by carefully painting them with transfer dyes then cut and assembled pieces to build a design. I liked the composition on a cute practice design (above), but felt that the colours lacked texture and depth. So I tried wax relief frottage techniques learned at UAL Chelsea and also hand-painted my favourite flowers inspired by our own garden and a visit to the wonderful tulip gardens of Keukenhof and the Botanical Garden in Leiden earlier this year. I challenged myself to limit colours to the wine red, golden yellow and turquoise Colourcraft Transfer Dyes.
I cut shapes and enjoyed assembling these to form the design for the main panel of the cushion.
“Before I sew I’m wondering which bear has the most endearing face, from these digital mock-ups.”
I was shocked that the post had over 300 comments. The preferred face was 1, followed by 5 and then 3. The poll demonstrated how people respond differently to expressions.
The next was: Screen printing time with pink and yellow on satin and calico. (See the picture of the outcome lower down this post…)
We enjoyed a beautiful afternoon in the Peak District:
Enjoying feeling like flying – Curbar Edge, Derbyshire, UK.
I’m proud to introduce the completed Inspire by Kim bear. Made from fabrics I designed created using batik, sublimation, tie dye and dry point printing. http://bit.ly/2nfw0jv
I was afraid to see the face for fear of messing it up, but I’m relieved that he looks happy with my work. Phew!
Inspired by the exquisite bleeding hearts growing in my garden (inset) I created this repeat pattern. I took an online course last Autumn, which is running again now, I can recommend it – Pattern Camp.
From the screen printing onto calico I made a tote bag, with machine embroidery of my design.
I hope you’ve enjoyed these latest creations. To see more you can enjoy the many art exploration posts on my website, at my Facebook page or Instagram.
I love creating in sunlight as it makes the colours so rich on the paper.
Whilst on holiday in Costa De La Luz, Spain I drew shapes and patterns from the pool environment on A3 paper, then painted in watercolours.i chose my favourite hues and built layers of paint, which dried so quickly in the sun.
I’m pleased with the final overall effect, it is quite different from my past work and I enjoyed creating it. 😊