Stitch Club: Notman

Wednesday, November 9, 2022

Since this week’s TextileArtist.org‘s Stitch Club workshop requires supplies I do not have (transfer paint), and I’m still waiting for some leaves I collected to dry for another, I dug out my list of older workshops I’d like to complete. In 2021, Emily Notman led a workshop having us design a wrap for a jar in her mixed media style. I am waiting for the day art historians appreciate fiber art just as much as painting, so we can speak of textile artists in styles such as Impressionism. This is where I’d place her; she uses color and texture to allude to cheery landscapes, and I fell in love instantly! And this bring to my attention the style of textile art I am always most drawn to, the ones that are impressions of beautiful worlds with rich texture and lovely color combinations. This style is also the hardest for me to work in, wah wah.

I began with a white palette, mixing little snippets of fabrics and trims. I was not in love with my piece at this stage, but I have learned that doesn’t matter! Sometime along the way, I learned that in most instances, whatever I don’t like about a piece can easily be remedied later if I feel it is worthy of salvaging. Thus, I continued undaunted with paint.

I am new to adding paint to cloth. My first real trial was through my Ruth Norbury project, and it was a struggle. Of course, I used calligraphy ink on that one, while here I used more familiar acrylic paints. I recalled something important Ruth taught me – that paint is afraid of water. That seemed so counter-intuitive to me for some reason. (Wouldn’t the paint want to spread into the water? But, no!) So, when the purple started mixing into the yellow where I didn’t want it, I simply dabbed a bit of water there and got the results I wanted. I had a color vision in mind, and while the real life results don’t match it well, I was happy enough with them to proceed to the next step. And, you can see I became dissatisfied with the sun and added some vintage hand-knotted trim that I painted.

I needle felted a bit of color and texture into the sky. Then, I needed to add something to the other side of the wrap, but I hemmed and hawed because I wasn’t sure what. My original intent was to create a ferris wheel, black against a sunset with maybe some fun colored squares to be buildings along a beach front. I abandoned this idea though; it isn’t the right project for it. Finally, I determined that I was not on a beach near a pier, but instead near a lake shore. One with cattails!

I followed the next steps of the workshop to stiffen it up a little, then decided to add a leather join, with a little loop at the top. It provided a really nice stability to the jar wrap.

While I had originally picked a small jam jar to wrap around, I embellished almost all the way to the ends of my cut ground so when time came to wrap, I actually left it a little larger than the jar rather than cover anything up. It still fits in there, of course, and still holds things like pencils without them leaning against the cloth. That’s a win!

Overall, I really enjoyed Emily’s techniques. It pushed me out of my comfort zone for sure, being more messy and intuition-based than designed, but I like the softness of it and learned a lot. Thanks, Emily! (And can I get a congrats for veering away from my normal colors? Wow!)

 

See more posts related to:

0 Comments

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Looking for more cases of the Crafties?
#52tagshannemade 41

#52tagshannemade 41

I am participating in Anne Brooke’s #52tagshannemade #sew4thesoul slow stitch challenge for 2021. Week 41’s theme is a stitching theme, using “beautiful bullions”.

read more
#52tagshannemade 40

#52tagshannemade 40

I am participating in Anne Brooke’s #52tagshannemade #sew4thesoul slow stitch challenge for 2021. Week 40’s theme is “something yummy”, which I didn’t strictly follow this time.

read more
Hexie Dreams 9

Hexie Dreams 9

Fifty-seven more hexies to add to my Hexie Dreams fussy-cut paper peicing quilt, adding up to just over 600!

read more
Hexie Dreams 8

Hexie Dreams 8

Fifty-four more hexies to add to my Hexie Dreams fussy-cut paper peicing quilt!

read more
#52tagshannemade 39

#52tagshannemade 39

I am participating in Anne Brooke’s #52tagshannemade #sew4thesoul slow stitch challenge for 2021. Week 39’s theme is applique, using the bits from last week’s tag.

read more
#52tagshannemade 38

#52tagshannemade 38

I am participating in Anne Brooke’s #52tagshannemade #sew4thesoul slow stitch challenge for 2021. Week 38’s theme is reverse applique, saving the bits for next week’s tag.

read more
#52tagshannemade 37

#52tagshannemade 37

I am participating in Anne Brooke’s #52tagshannemade #sew4thesoul slow stitch challenge for 2021. Week 37’s theme is weaving with fabric strips.

read more
#52tagshannemade 36

#52tagshannemade 36

I am participating in Anne Brooke’s #52tagshannemade #sew4thesoul slow stitch challenge for 2021. Week 36’s theme is slow stitching, which was needed for the hectic week I had!

read more
#52tagshannemade 35

#52tagshannemade 35

I am participating in Anne Brooke’s #52tagshannemade #sew4thesoul slow stitch challenge for 2021. Week 35’s theme is to use 3 buttons (though I used beads) and a scrap of special fabric.

read more
#52tagshannemade 34

#52tagshannemade 34

I am participating in Anne Brooke’s #52tagshannemade #sew4thesoul slow stitch challenge for 2021. Week 34’s theme is to “grab a cuppa” and I happened to have the perfectly sized stamped piece of fabric!

read more
#52tagshannemade 33

#52tagshannemade 33

I am participating in Anne Brooke’s #52tagshannemade #sew4thesoul slow stitch challenge for 2021. Week 33’s theme is celebrating with “flags”.

read more
#52tagshannemade 32

#52tagshannemade 32

I am participating in Anne Brooke’s #52tagshannemade #sew4thesoul slow stitch challenge for 2021. Week 32’s theme is another stitch technique, the “lazy daisy”.

read more
#52tagshannemade 31

#52tagshannemade 31

I am participating in Anne Brooke’s #52tagshannemade #sew4thesoul slow stitch challenge for 2021. Week 31’s theme is using “bling”, so I pulled out some metallic threads and embellishments.

read more
Hexie Dreams 7

Hexie Dreams 7

My Hexie Dreams fussy-cut paper-piecing quilt now has 500 hexies to choose from!

read more
#52tagshannemade 30

#52tagshannemade 30

I am participating in Anne Brooke’s #52tagshannemade #sew4thesoul slow stitch challenge for 2021. Week 30’s theme is “a brooch” and I’m using this tag to raise awareness about the plight in Tigray.

read more
#52tagshannemade 29

#52tagshannemade 29

I am participating in Anne Brooke’s #52tagshannemade #sew4thesoul slow stitch challenge for 2021. Week 29’s theme is “orts”, as in all those old ratty threads that pile up from sewing projects.

read more
Hexie Dreams 6

Hexie Dreams 6

My Hexie Dreams fussy-cut paper-piecing quilt now has another 40 added hexies!

read more
#52tagshannemade 28

#52tagshannemade 28

I am participating in Anne Brooke’s #52tagshannemade #sew4thesoul slow stitch challenge for 2021. Week 28’s theme is the “spider wheel” stitch and I added a paper doily embellishment.

read more
#52tagshannemade 27

#52tagshannemade 27

I am participating in Anne Brooke’s #52tagshannemade #sew4thesoul slow stitch challenge for 2021. Week 27’s theme is “bead tassels” and I chose a basic black and white palette.

read more
Hexie Dreams 5

Hexie Dreams 5

I’ve made now over 430 hexies for my Hexie Dreams fussy-cut paper-piecing quilt.

read more