9 Nov 2014

November 8th 2014 customs house felt hat masterclass

Brilliant day yesterday at customs house; where everyone got to design and make their own artisan wet felted hat. Students were shown how to measure their heads and make a hat mold to work from that was unique to them.

Beautiful unusual hats were made by the end of the day.

Next up on December 13th at customs house.....Felty Day. Your choice;come and make a hat; scarf; bag....or decorations....a fun day!  Book your places now as it's getting busy....

11 Oct 2014

Customs house Art Cloth Doll Masterclass

Brilliant day at customs house. All students worked towards making their very own beautiful cloth doll. Faces were hand embroidered or hand drawn. Clothes designed.

A fun day!

Thanks everyone for coming along ;)

New workshop opportunity.....Hobbycraft

Hello everyone

Hobbycraft on the Team valley in Gateshead have asked if I would like to start up workshops...maybe even once a month. On a night through the week...5-7 or 6-8pm.  Maybe a Friday?

Would appreciate anyone interested to get in touch with me.

There will be a fee on the night for the two hour lesson. Each time on a new technique. All materials will be provided.

Learn things like:

Felt making...bags..hats..jewellery...!

Hand embroidery

Sketchbook design

Doll making.....

Contact me via email...flounderingfish@googlemail.com

Or 07943803849


21 Sep 2014

Hobbycraft 27th September 2014 11 am......

I will be demonstrating felt making at gateshead hobby craft on the team valley ...at the back of the store I will have tables so that you can have a go for a small fee; to make a piece of felt using wet methods. Also a chance to buy my artisan pieces.....share this please!

11 am till 3 pm.

Ask in the shop if you can't see me...


3 Sep 2014

Vegetable sketchbook work.....

Watercolour and mixed media...including stitch. All based on my veg patch produce.

Vegetable inspired pieces....i love carrots!

Hand felted and knotted carrots. Some also made from recycled fabrics. All stitched and dyed too.

All based on my own home grown carrots.

Assignment 5 watercolour. Textiles BA

For my last BA Assigned for the Watercolour module; I went down the path of Self Portraiture.  Here are a few images taken from my Assignment work....

29 Aug 2014

Bee bottle top jewelry!

Another trial. Had this bottle cap for a long time stashed away. Knew I would do something with it!

New ideas...embroidered lace jewelry

Beautiful pieces of lace, embroidered with silk and embroidery threads.
A bee theme here!

8 Aug 2014

New work for my BA...1st August onwards

Mood boards and mixed media work for my Textiles BA.

New hand dyed silk scarves...

These are ready for teaching Nuno felting at The Customs House on 30th of August. Google The Customs House to visit their website. Or call in to book at box office!

A great fun day....you will learn how to use fibres in both silk and wool to felt into a silk scarf. You should leave with an artisan piece!

31 Jul 2014

New watercolour work for BA Textiles

Random musings from last week in South west france. Fields full of sun flowers. Just beautiful. All will go towards assignment 5 watercolour for my BA in textiles.

Veggie patch musings....

Due to having acquired a garden 5 his year.....i now have a vegetable patch. Let's just say the veg produce is rather characterful! Thus I am finding it very inspirational. I began with some simple sketches...and then converted these into fabric...All based on a fabric manipulation theme. I used cottons to make a book to hold my finished pieces. And attached my drawings to the front of the book. As seen.

Heat distressable materials...such as voiles were used to create the veg; as I wanted to blast areas with my heat gun. This was to show off layers and create frilly edges.

I think I'm addicted to this veg theme!

As you can see in the pictures; onions, tomatoes, carrots and lettace all seen.

Customs house workshop....letters survived in stitch. 26th July 2014

Interesting workshop today. During this season of memory; students gathered together precious letters and photos that were personal to them. We then worked towards printing these onto fabric and creating stitched pieces.

Lots of prints created; and plenty for students to try at home too!

More workshops coming up at customs house...next one:

30th August 2014 Nuno felting.

Pop into the Customs house in South Shields to book your place!