Monday, 26 October 2015

Large balls and fun with tea bags.

The discussions that we have during workshops often seem to take a turn for the physical, if not smutty. Does anyone else find this, or is it just my groups??
Having had several chats about the appearance and suggestive nature of seedpods in Geelong, followed by conversations about the size and shape of the balls being created at Wolverhampton on Saturday (alysn-midgelow-marsden-hanging-pods), it was a rather more refined discussion yesterday during the 'Time for Tea' course at Living Threads in Derbyshire concerning the nature and quality of different tea bags, coffee bags and so on. This is a new course, not yet on the workshop list, so if you like the sound of it, get in touch with me to find out more. We used the idea that tea bags, other papers and inclusions treated with gel medium create a fabulous surface to stitch into.
Sometimes keeping it simple is the best.
Here are some of the tea bag surfaces from the workshop:

Work made on 'Time for Tea' with Alysn Midgelow-Marsden
Gill's piece, includes teabags, reindeer moss and printed Chinese papers

Time for tea workshop by Alysn Midgelow-Marsden
Sarah used teabag papers, painted packaging and printed papers

Time for tea workshop by Alysn Midgelow-Marsden
Delicate offering with Hydrangeas and lace

Time for tea workshop by Alysn Midgelow-Marsden
Lace and leaves from outside the room.

Sheer fabrics with gilding worked really well here added to decorated teabags and printed Indian papers

Time for tea workshop by Alysn Midgelow-Marsden
Margaret has begun stitching and beading to complement her round teabags.

Time for tea workshop by Alysn Midgelow-Marsden
Gold embossing powder to decorate the teabags, serviettes and leaves

Time for tea workshop by Alysn Midgelow-Marsden
Papers, fabric, skeleton leaves, autumn leaves, stenciling and stitching just starting

Time for tea workshop by Alysn Midgelow-Marsden
Teabags, lace and ribbon with rose petals, then printing with acrylic paints and gold stitching starting to grow around the motifs.


Margaret's exclamation part way through the day that 'I never knew that tea bags could be so amazing', summed up the general feeling of the group.


A few of my examples where I have had the chance to work further into the surface:

Time for tea workshop by Alysn Midgelow-Marsden
A little bit of hand work and embellished with buttons and ribbon.

Time for tea workshop by Alysn Midgelow-Marsden
Backed onto cocoon strippings, printed teabags, metal, stitch and sequins.

Time for tea workshop by Alysn Midgelow-Marsden
Adding bold stitching across the surface.

Time for tea workshop by Alysn Midgelow-Marsden
Machine stitching into the tea bags with 'Heat and Gone' backing, allows machine lace when working into papers which would be unsuitable for soluble film methods.

Time for tea workshop by Alysn Midgelow-Marsden
Why stick to the vintage look? A combination of teabags, papers, serviettes, lace, feathers, stitch and beads used with abandon!




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