Saturday, 12 August 2017

Last week's workshop

Last week I mentioned that I was lucky enough to attend a workshop with Lin Brown after Lin, Emma Lesley and I had badgered her for ages to do a fabric workshop...  Totally out of my comfort zone (needles and sewing was involved)  but great fun!

We travelled on the Saturday and had dinner in the hotel which was opposite what is apparently one of the largest gay/bisexual/transgender clubs in the country... some of the guests at dinner were obviously heading there....

 Day one started with us preparing our fabric pages, we'd been asked to decide on a colour and theme in advance to save time.... like that worked!!

 essentials on the go early... chocolate, sweets and tea!
also my first go at the gelli plate - two firsts, fabric and gelli plates!
 despite having a table and chair (as opposed to my customary floor crafting) I still spent most of the time standing up... as did Lesley and Lin!
 my first gelli printed pages drying


 stencilling paste onto fabrics to use in our books

 starting to get the pages roughly laid out
day one ended with us adding some colour to our stencilled paste embellishments...
leaving them to dry..


 Day two... more prep work on the embellishments for the pages, deciding what to include on the page, (we'd brought some of our own lace/trims/bits and bobs we thought might be useful too)

 I did get some beading done.... may have made a passing reference to this on my WOYWW this week, HOW small are the eyes in beading needles... Lin B had to thread my needle for me, I couldn't see to do it even with my glasses on!
but there are teeny tiny beads along the lace trim at the bottom....



Didn't take many photos on day two, we were too hard at work...
 however, I had made myself at home spreading out around my chair...
 Lin and Emma hard at work...
yikes!! look at the mess we made...



We didn't get very far with our books, I have no pictures at all of what the others started (but love love love the colours Emma was working with)  and hopefully I will get some more of my book done soon....
watch this space!



Once again Lin thanks for letting us invade your house and for this fabulous workshop.


10 comments:

craftimamma said...

It was a brilliant 2 days (always goes far too fast). I can't imagine how long it's going to take to make something remotely as intricate as Lin's stunning book. I've been working on a butterfly all week, lol, but I'm thoroughly enjoying every stitch. I'd forgotten how much I enjoy embroidery and beading. Lin is so talented and generous sharing her expertise and such a pleasure to spend time with.

Hugs
Lesley Xx

pearshapedcrafting said...

How fabulous! I was surprised at one thing though! How come you have got to now without using a gelli plate??!! Everything so far looks great so looking forward to seeing more! Hugs, Chrisx

craftytrog said...

Looks like an amazing 2 days Helen! Looking forward to seeing more.
Alison

Chris Cresswell said...

Oh it does look great Helen. Very full on too. I'm sure you learned lots of new things during the weekend. I can't wait to see how you put your books together. I'm surprised you haven't played with a gelli plate until this weekend too. Anyway, no doubt you're addicted! Great photos Helen. So pleased you all had a great weekend!

butterfly said...

Looks like a wonderful creative time was had by all. The gelli printed fabric pages look so lovely, and I love the stencilled texture too. Already looking pretty amazing - hope we'll get to see more soon.
Alison x

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

This is fabulous. Wish I could have joined you. Now you see why I always stand to work. Of course, since I'm so much shorter than you, I don't hunch over the table like you and your friends did. I'm SO glad you shared this two days with us, because it's got me wanting to get back into making art with fabric. LOVE this and the tiny beads in the lace.

Angela Radford said...

Nearly missed this Helen, what fun! Happy crafty week, Angela xXx

Virginia said...

Wow that looks great and it looks like you had a fun time making it!

Linda Brown said...

So sorry Helen, I've only just found this post. So glad that you enjoyed your creative weekend with me and that we finally got you using a Gelli plate. Thank you all for coming, it was such a fun weekend. I'll look forward to seeing your finished book.
Lin x

roth phallyka said...

Lin is so talented and generous sharing her expertise and such a pleasure to spend time with.


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