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Cheerful Clown

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I created this image an an antidote to feeling very stressed. Whilst trawling through art therapy videos on YouTube I came across a video about clown therapy as a profession. The video talked about using clowns to help children in hospitals. The idea of using friendly looking clowns therapeutically stayed with me and inspired this image.

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Dance in the Dark

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Whilst very stressed I decided to create this simple doll picture as a distraction. This image was influenced by therapeutic doll making videos that I found on YouTube. The idea is that you make the dolls simply, not worrying about lots of neat sewing, and using whatever materials you have to hand. Although I felt in darkness, I still had some sparkle and the energy to keep going.

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Sashiko Sewing and Brazilian Themed Embroidery

Yesterday I travelled to the ICHF Stitching, Sewing & Hobbycraft show and I wanted to share a couple of things from my visit.

Firstly I joined a workshop where we learned about Japanese Sashiko sewing. The basic idea is that you sew lines of running stitch to create a pattern or design. An evenweave fabric is used, such as linen. You can get the fabrics with the pattern printed onto the fabric. You sew the design and then when you wash it, the pattern washes off leaving your sewing. This style of sewing has it’s own specialist thread, needle and thimble. It’s one of those hobbies which can be quite relaxing. Below is the sample I worked on during the workshop. I don’t intend finishing it because this design doesn’t appeal to me, but I like the idea of sewing in lines.

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Here is another example. Image source http://www.embroidery.rocksea.org/hand-embroidery/sashiko/sashiko-lesson-3/

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The second thing I wanted to share was some work from an exhibition of embroidery on a Brazilian theme. They were a mixture of hand and machine embroidered pieces and were beautiful.

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Unicorn Suncatcher

I started out with a white silk sun catcher. The original plan was to create a peaceful picture of a tree. I first used silk paints to create the background. I applied the green and blue paint, and then put salt on to create the effects. Larger granules were used for the middle section of the sky, smaller granules for the edges of the sky and the grass.

I thought the sky had a mystical feel to it and would be wasted on a tree, and so I changed the design to picture a unicorn instead.

The water marks weren’t part of the plan and I decided they needed to be covered up. I used two tones of felt wool to create bushes to cover up the water marks. These were attached to the sun catcher using Bondaweb.

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I decided to sew over the top of the bushes to add interest. I then created the unicorn from felt, attached it using Bondaweb, and machine sewed the lines on the unicorn.

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I decided I didn’t like the machine stitching on the buses so removed it. I instead hand sewed a few beads onto the buses to add interest as well as to better secure the felt wool to the sun catcher. Then the final details were added using a mixture of hand and machine sewing.

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I Love You

After using a guided meditation where you spent time with your inner child, I decided to create this expression of love for my inner child. 

 

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Sequin Bottle

This piece was just for fun and see how sticking sequins onto glass turned out. I think that sticking sequins onto a glass beaker would make a great tea light holder.

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Sequin Crocus

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This picture is based on a photograph taken in the park close to where I used to work. I used to go walking there every lunchtime and so very much associate the park with my former job. I find reminders of my old job difficult.  The intention of this piece was to deliberately spend some time in contact with the difficult feelings, in a manageable way, in order to help me to accept the redundancy and move forward. 

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