Dale at the Thread Studio is having an Embellisher Textile Challenge which will be touring with her this year to places where they will be attending Craft shows in Australia and Alexandra Palace in England.
The theme of the challenge is "Connections" and the entries were not to be bigger than 20cm x 20cm and had to be made on the embellisher.
I have sent in two entries --the first one is called "Rainbow Connections" mainly because of the colours that I have used.
The base is made from "Colour Streams" Silk Fibers from Robin Alexander called Marrakesh (which I have had for a very long time)that I embellished onto felt.
I added 3 slips that I had left over from my Cyber Fyber wall hanging and I connected them with a cord that I had made on my sewing machine and 3 buttons.
I then used running stitch in the same colour silk threads and also some perle cottons to add texture.
The second entry I have called "Broken Threads re-Connected".
The base is wool tops which I lightly embellished onto some flannelette and then added a piece of my own hand dyed scrim which was embellished to the base.
I then placed some fibers over this and embellished them in.
Next I cut the piece into different width strips and rejoined them onto another piece of flannelette-- sometimes I turned the strips upside down.
I wanted the joins to be slightly noticable in keeping with the theme.
Next I used 3 different coloured perle cottons-(green -mauve and raspberry pink) to re-connect the broken thread lines.
I edged the piece in buttonhole stitch but it wasn't until after I had sent the pieces to Dale that I realised that I hadn't taken a photo of the finished piece with the borders done.
So you will just have to imagine the lovely even blanket stitches in green perle cotton around the edge :-}
I quite enjoyed doing these pieces -it made me think about the theme and how I would go about interpreting it.
These pieces will be on tour for 12 months and then they will be returned to me.