Monday, September 21, 2009

Welcome


I thought it was about time to get back on board... So I have hung out the Welcome sign... I did this on my blogging break - a simple little stitchery - which I bought at one of the first Quilt Convention which are held in Melbourne each year for the last five years... It was designed by Sonya Cormaux-Jones from Patch 'n' Daisies. I didn't realise until I checked the thread list that it was in fact two blues -DMC 3750 & 931. I have also started a little cat from Browyn Hayes which was in one of the magazines - I have also done him in the same two thread colours - after all what house is complete unless it has a cat in a basket... He will be finished by the weekend all things being equal...

A little while ago if you remember I tried out some Derwent Inktense coloured pencils - I had seen the idea on Helen Stubbings site
'Hugs 'n' Kisses.. I enjoyed what I did but like a lot of other things it got shelved - or in my case - bottom drawered... I had full intentions of getting back to what I had done but in P's words - 'you make plans - you hear God laugh' - more than true here unfortunately... However on the weekend when I was browsing through the magazines at the newsagents I came across a copy of Australian Quilter's Companion magazine with a project featuring Helen with a DVD on her technique called Colourque - pronounced like applique... Later, much later on Saturday night I sat mesmerized as I watched as she walked through the technique with I believe the Editor of the above mentioned magazine... The bottom line is that Helen partly colours parts of her work with various Derwent coloured pencils then sets the colour with textile fixative... They look like beautiful pieces of applique and they add just that different dimension to your work... On the DVD she used the Derwent Studio and Artist - but she also mentioned ColourSoft and of course Inktense... If you are interested in having a go I would recommend investing in the magazine first. Me??? I am hooked and yesterday bought the fabric for the tablerunner which was the project highlighting the Colourque technique... Derwent pencils??? I have a few so I'm going to make do with what I have got although I wouldn't knock back some of the Studio or Coloursoft Derwents if I got them for Christmas...

Well enjoy the rest of your week and I will 'see' you soon...

Sharon xx

3 comments:

Gina E. said...

Hooray!!! You're back! I love your blue stitchery (you already know that) and I'm dying to see what you're doing with the Derwents. I bought a pack of water colour paint tubes at the $2 shop today, to attempt something Val showed me last week. Simple but effective. I'll post details on Patra's Other Place (it's not stitching so it doesn't qualify for Patra's Place)..

Barbara said...

Glad to see you back, and hope you will be sharing the results of playing with color pencils with some photos. I just recently purchased colored pencils and the paintstiks to try with some of my embroidery but haven't got around to it yet, sound familar???
Barb in WNC

Gina E. said...

Would you like the Wattle Babies? I just bought them because I couldn't bear to leave them, but I haven't planned to do anything with them!