Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Creative stitch with paint, thread and wax

It may be cold at this time of the year, but there's lots to inspire the creative mind, 

especially when Debbie Lyddon comes to teach in the studio, as she did last week!  Following on from her very successful exhibition at The Knit & Stitch show we asked Debbie to come and explore paint, thread and waxed collages with us for a couple of days.

She brought lots of her own work to inspire us

and some objects to give us focus.

 We were encouraged to paint on paper and fabric,

we didn't need much encouragement it has to be said.  We all were in our element very quickly!

Debbie was always on hand to offer advice as well as provide a challenge or two.  It's often good to be made to think the unexpected, don't you agree?

Cutting, auditioning, folding and pulling threads until we were satisfied with our compositions before

moving on to sew, by machine or by hand.  Both were encouraged, as was liberal use of the wax pot.  Now that's something to try!

And here are the (nearly) finished results, pretty amazing don't you agree?:

Apparently Joan's inspiration was trifle...

and Gill likes seed heads.

Sarah's was full of colour

whilst Valerie's was blue.

Birds feature again

and again, here on Terry's sea themed piece.

But Japan was Teresa's inspiration perhaps

whilst Nina chose a winter landscape.

Goodness only knows what inspired Hazel, but the loops look effective.

Joan tried the loops too, and

Jane produced a peaceful summer's day.  Now, isn't that something to look forward too?

Debbie is a fantastic and inspirational teacher and we all thoroughly enjoyed our two days with her.  She'll be back in the autumn to teach this workshop again however it is already fully booked .  BUT we have asked her to come and explore 'Sculptural forms' with us in the summer - all the details and booking details can be found here: http://www.institchestextilecourses.co.uk/debbie-lyddon---sculptural-forms.html

Inspired by Debbie's work and want to see more?  Visit her web site here: http://debbielyddon.co.uk/