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Lino Loveliness

3 Dec

I’ve been spending a few days in the bosom of the Monster family as we enjoy an early Christmas. My brother and his girlfriend will be in Oz over Christmas so we decided to bring it all forward by a few weeks, more on that another time…

Today my Dad and I had the day to ourselves as everyone else headed home last night, so I took the opportunity to pick his arty brain and learn a bit about lino-printing. He’s been print-making for many years but recently started getting serious and has been creating some fabulous images.

I love to learn new things, so over a mince-pie and a cup of tea he showed me the basics. One minor injury and some dramatic bleeding later, I had produced my first lino-printed image. Drawing has never been my strong point, but I managed to sketch a design I was reasonably happy with onto the lino as a starting point.

Lino printThe process of carving out the design was both totally confusing and thoroughly absorbing. I found it pretty tricky to work out what I should leave and what I should take away, but once I got going I started to get the hang of it.

Lino printThe time slipped by un-noticed and three hours later I was ready to get inky.

Lino printExciting! I find that so much in the world now is instant, that I enjoy the anticipation of waiting to see how something will turn out. Carefully placing the paper, giving it a good old rub with a wooden spoon, and then the reveal…

Lino printYay! For a first attempt I’m pretty happy with that. Any new skill is a learning curve and were I to do it again I would have left some fur detail in on the fox. All in all though, I enjoyed the process and am being packed off home with some basic supplies to do some more when I get home, so watch this space!

 

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New Year – New Skill?

13 Jan

For me, 2012 is the year that I focus HARD on improving my technical sewing skills. I want to start dressmaking, both following patterns and learning to make patterns of my own to create one of a kind designs. I figure that clothing could be a whole new direction for me and will also translate to my monster making to broaden the scope of what I can come up with.

It’s pretty exciting being on the brink of learning something new and I keep finding myself daydreaming about what I might be capable of after a few lessons and a bit of practice.

So what about you lot fabric fans? I’d love to hear about what you are planning for the year ahead and what you dream of creating.

If you find yourself stuck for ideas, why not find a workshop to attend? It’s a great way of getting a taster of a skill to see if it is something you want to pursue, and an excellent way to make links with like-minded people. For you Bristol based lovelies, Cox and Baloney run regular craft workshops with unlimited tea and cake in their beautiful vintage teashop. Have a bash at cross stitch on Jan 25th with Purple Thread Designs. Forget those stuffy old images of flowers and teddy bears, cross stitch has moved on and you might find yourself stitching Star Wars characters and VW campervans!