Wednesday, 27 May 2015

A new look.

Hello to all my faithful followers. I am still working hard towards my degree. you can find me here in future.
xxx to you all.

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Shades of Indigo.

Phew!!  We certainly hit the ground running in the second year of my degree course…..

Our module brief  'Shades of Indigo' asked us to create designs for fashion textiles using 'indigo' as our colour palette.

Well, everything has turned blue, not only paper and fabric, but my hands( no gloves) and  several white shirts (oh.. where did I put my apron) .

I needed to produce thirty paper designs and fifteen fabric designs using print, stitch and manipulation.

Heres a selection of my work.

My inspiration came from my summer sketchbook. I had experimented with Oriental brush painting.

I also looked at Japanese textiles especially 'Boro' with is now considered an art form although it was initially a utilitarian way of preserving clothes and other textiles.

During my further research I looked at the work of 'Yayoi Kusama' who lives and works in Japan and works with repeated 'Polka Dots.


I worked on my own piece of 'Boro' and did some darning too. Both are ways of making fabric last longer as well as being decorative.

 These are some of my paper designs.

and a selection of my fabric designs...

 printed on hand dyed Thai silk..

hand and machine stitched appliqu├ęd polka dots on hand dyed Thai silk...

printed and machine stitched on hand dyed Cambric…

 reverse applique with machine couching and hand stitched french knots on a hand dyed wool mix…

I have some of my dyed fabric left over and am working on a short tutorial on Boro. I hope to add some kits to my Etsy shop over the weekend.

It"s been a whirlwind over the last six weeks, our new module starts on Monday, so now to clean my house, buy some food to stock my cupboards and enjoy catching up before I start again. 

Guess what? I love it!!

XOX Angela.

Wednesday, 10 September 2014


I love the look and feel of cloth dolls and the quirkier the better. There is a real pleasure in searching through the internet and looking at American Primitive dolls, there appeal is endless.

My friend Joan had a birthday recently so I made "Maddy" as a gift for her. This happy little soul now sits on a chair in her sitting room.

One doll is never enough, so along came 'Adeline'. I am very fond of her as she dares to be different. She looks at life from all directions and is a proud individual.

Her hair is wild, although she tries hard to tame it somehow it always has a windswept look. Her necklace is made from boot buttons from her grandmothers button box. She always has a wry smile on her face thinking about the scrapes she gets in to. We would all love her as a friend!!

Coffee time now, off to meet another friend.

Have fun.
xox Angela.

Sunday, 7 September 2014

A Summer of Design.

At the end of our last term we were set a summer project to keep us busy during the holiday.

We were asked to fill an A3 sketchbook with a documentation of our summer and to look for design opportunities in the every day.

The trees in my last post are part of this sketchbook and were inspired by the artist David Hockney and his wonderful "Yorkshire Sketchbook".

My work is a random look at places and events of the summer, Chelsea flower show,  The Tour De France in the UK, walks along the coast and various other ramblings.

On a visit to the beach in Devon I came across a wonderful bed of alliums. Such lovely shapes and colours.


So many ways to draw and paint these majestic flowers. It would be great to develop this theme further

 I couldn't resist a little play today, green fabric, bleach as a discharge, stitch over the top and making myself stop there.

It's just over a week until term starts, our first brief will be emailed in the next couple of days and the work begins. I just love it!!

Thanks for all your lovely comments, it's great to hear from old friends.

Enjoy your week.
xox Angela.

Friday, 29 August 2014

Hello, I'm still around…..

Hello to all my lovely followers and apologies for my long absence.

As you may know I started a BAHons degree in design last September. I have to say it has filled every waking moment (and often given me sleepless nights,) but I am loving every minute.

I have been pushed way out of my comfort zone more times than I can count, learning new techniques and developing ones that I already knew.

I have spent the summer break working on my sketchbook, visiting galleries, and researching many artists and designers. What a treat it's been.

This is a piece of work on trees that I've been working on, the medium is ink on paper.

I've also worked the piece on linen fabric using procion dyes and bleach the finishing with hand stitching.

In between I've allowed myself the luxury of a little hand stitching inspired the Kantha work of the women in Bangladesh and Bengal. Some of these have added to my Etsy shop.

I've really missed my blog friends and I'm busy catching up with all your news. Please say Hello and leave me a comment.

I'm back for my second year soon, can't wait.

xox Angela.

Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Little stitcheries.

I love little things to stitch and spent a pleasant afternoon stitching these little brooches.

The back is some beautiful Irish tweed that I bought at
The Festival Quilts back in the summer. I've built up the layers with different fabrics
then added buttons and bits.
A quick and easy project and
It,s a fun way to brighten up my coat!!

xox Angela

Sunday, 29 December 2013

A new look.

I've given my blog a new simpler look and hope you like it. I've been 'awol' for so long so it's good to say Hello…

I'm loving my course at Somerset College of Art and Design, it's hard work and very time consuming but it's wonderful to be part of such a inspiring and creative environment.

My stitching has taken a back seat to painting and drawing but as it's the holidays I gave myself a little treat .
I designed and embroidered this little Etui.

 It took a while to decide on how to work on the construction, but then came the real pleasure of  stitching the design.

The pearls make the edges look pretty too

The pockets are to hold your stitching needs and the centre is a little pincushion.

2014 will be busy for me but I'm looking forward to it.

Happy New year to you all too.
xox Angela.