Posts Tagged ‘sandlines’

Sandlace – First Samples

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

sandlace sample 1

Well, although I could go on for a long time in PSE, drawing lines on photos of sand ripples to explore the idea of holes making a lace pattern based on the brights and darks, once I began to think of it as ‘sandlace’,  it seemed time to pick up needle and thread and start working with the idea !!

My first sample, the grey and cream in the upper right corner, below, was of the cream, bonded on one side, holes cut out and the edge shaped, then ironed on to the grey background.  Although I did a little stitching, and I liked it, it also seemed too flat, too ‘neat and careful’, I felt.

sandlace 5_samples

The grey and brown on the left is also heat bonded, and really, the small cut-outs feel too small to do much about – so I am just leaving that as is.  Which is what making samples is all about – its certainly not about finishing anything off, unless you specially want to, of course.

The third sample I did was cream, sewn to grey and then cut out after the orange stitches, which worked well – can you tell I’m keen on the florescent thread?  And, the dark grey stitching is actually attaching the whole thing to one of those painted stretched canvases I have around, its 20cm sq. – and I have several 30cm sq, so I will mount them as I do them, because that worked well, too.  On larger pieces there will be room for several French knots or other textural stitches if I want them.




Patterns Of Holes – Current Exploration

Monday, October 28th, 2013

These couple of beach photos show why I find patterns on the sand inspiring – although I have only just connected them to my current ‘holes’ focus.  They are of sand ripples and drainage lines of course; but to each photo I have added some sketch lines to highlight the potential of such patterns as ‘holes’, which to me mean ‘lace’ of a freeform kind.

In this first one,  I sketched in some lines to show how I see irregularly edged fabric with cut holes, and stitch on patterns suggested by the drainage lines, and knotty things of some kind like the little lumpy bits on the sand.

sand lace 2 web


And in the second, I have quickly sketched around shapes to show you why I am thinking ‘free form lace ‘ of a kind.

sand lace 3 web

And, if I made some holes with a crochet hook or knitting needles,  both those would provide additional textures …hmm, possibilities.

I’ve already hacked various sized and shaped holes into a variety of fabrics this morning, and now they and some of the cutout bits (these in a mesh bag) are all  swirling around in the long wash cycle.  After a spell in the dryer I hope some interestingly frayed and inspiring pieces of fabric will take me to another step in what I have in mind.



Sand Pattern and Other Beach Stuff

Friday, October 25th, 2013

I guess you can say sunrise is the grand finale of the dawn – but I missed it this morning by about 1o minutes.  At 6-45 it was rather cold on the beach, with a slight wind blowing.  The cleaners had been along late yesterday, and the little hut up on stilts that shelters the lifeguard has been delivered and put in place.  These huts are collected up and put into storage from mid April to October.  In the summer the lifeguard begins duty at 8am -and I’m wondering if it will be the same one who’s been there the past previous 2 summers.

As I walked along,  I saw only one offering, and at first thought it was just rubbish (Uruguayans are pretty awful with rubbish) but the pigeons returned to continue eating something up there once the dog moved on, so I wandered from the water’s edge up to the top of the beach, where I took photos of this offering.  I haven’t seen one laid out on newsprint before, and forgot to check which paper it was …  and now wonder, is the major metro daily or a lesser one favoured for this kind of thing?

Beach patterns oct 2013


And a really nice sand pattern down on the firm damp sand.  There were few footprints at that hour so I was able to choose a nice section.  As you know I photograph sand patterns frequently.  I’ve been thinking of collaging ‘holes’ (see previous post)  and lines (as usual) with other textures for which the potential of ‘stitch’ is never far away  (see recent posts on the glorious straight stitch, and some of my pre-1988 mixed media works )    In the last week or so I’ve discovered the inspiring mixed media work of Debbie Lyddon  whose treatment of coastal landscape in fabric, paint and stitch is truly fabulous.

SAQA 2013 Auction – 12″ Square Completed

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

I often get back into the swing of creating after the holidays by tackling my piece for the annual SAQA Benefit Auction – the 12″ squares that are auctioned online later in the year.

This year for the first time, pieces submitted by Oceania SAQA members are being shown together as a collection once or twice before the actual auction.  So there’s that deadline anyway for us tall to get them done and in good and early.  But a few days ago. Lisa,  SAQA Rep for the Oceania region,  called for images of any finished squares for this year’s SAQA auction to submit to magazines as promotion for the organisation in the region and the auction in particular.  And that really galvanised me.  On monday morning I got out the stencil I’d  made some time ago – sprayed some of the shiny black with gold, machine embroidered with gold, then layered, machine quilted, bound and photographed it; and sent the image off before breakfast today  – its wednesday.

Sandlines - small

I’m calling this one ‘Sandlines’ – based of course on sand ripple patterns on the beach.


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