My contribution was a workshop called 'Silvered Bark' and derived from one of the projects in 'Stitch, Fibre, Metal and Mixed Media'.
|Silvered Bark by Alysn Midgelow-Marsden|
We had about half of the class who had never tried free motion machine embroidery before. It is always such a pleasure to watch a face light up with the realisation that there is a whole new world of possibilities. The exclamations of surprise and delight are fabulous. Well done to everyone who thought they were going to take the hand stitch option but were brave enough to have a go at something new. Never say never!
Though not finished, these images give a good idea of what the pieces will look like after the addition of a small amount more stitching, some beads and knitted wires.
|Hard at work in the Silvered Bark class at ANZEG 2016 Conference|
|Bark like patterns applied to silk for the backgrounds|
|First time free machining ...|
|With the bark texture laid over. More stitching and removing the soluble film later.|
|The camera shy Tricia!|
|Detail showing the variations in metal cloths and stitching|
|Silver birch - obviously!|
|Sue working on an image of the bark from the Plane tree|
|Plane bark textures|
|All laid out to get an impression of the finished article|
|Recreating an image of a partially stripped trunk of a Canadian pine tree|
|Detail to see the textured stitch being added|
|Then after stitching and laid on the backing|
|This from the professed non-machine stitcher!|
|And with a little more stitch, it will be there. Well done.|
|And there is always one who goes their own way! Mentioning no names.|
|Still going to be great Betty.|