Well once again inspired and bamboozled by more loveliness at the Knitting and Stitching Exhibition. Started the day with Margaret Beale's workshop on heat bonding fabrics. For this we were givena selection of coloured organza squares, a glass square to work on, a fine tipped soldering iron and a metal ruler. We were shown how a slow drag of the soldering iron would cut the fabrics and a quicker one would bond them. The picture at the top shows how one can form a sort of patchwork piece with no stitching or gluing and the seond picture shows what I made in a sort of overlapping mosaic style.
The marks in the second sample were made by touching the soldering iron in different ways on to the fabric to make marks. I'm really looking forward to stitching both now and maybe adding some beads.
I was so thrilled with this that I bought Margaret's book and a soldering iron! It's quick, fun and liberating. These samples were completed in an hour!
Unfortunately my sewing machine packed up in the middle of a quilt today and it's gone to hospital for a week! It's been healthy for 13 years , never been serviced and never oiled so I suppose it deserves a rest!
So to cheer myself up tonight I got out a selection of bits and bobs which I bought off 21st Century Yarns stall at the show and laid them out and shuffled them around. They smell great! Anyway there are some pieces of felt, silk yarns and ribbon that I have an idea for, again inspired by the wet Wales holiday.
Watch this space to see where I go with this...it looks like hand stitching or use of the embellisher for now!