Friday, 16 October 2009

Fragile Carpets - Creative Embroidery

report by Kit Calladine - Textile and Print Coordinator
Now you see it, now you don't! Using soluble and distortable fabric as a base for stitched textiles is just MAGIC! - and Jean Littlejohn is one of the chief magicians!
She arrived at BAC this week with a whole new raft of ideas using gorgeous threads and yarns, paints and textiles. Under expert guidance, peppered with anecdotes, the group have made designs with huge stitches which have then been merged and softened on the embellishing machine.
Once the soluble fabric has been washed away these become flexible and will take futher stitching. Beautiful pieces.
And on day two...
Flimsy fabric stitched with fine, ephemeral patterns and then heated to make them even more ethereal. Now for the hand stitching, and possible beading...

Jean's visit coincides with the publication of two new books, jointly written with Jan Beaney - see their website Double Trouble.

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