Thursday, 9 August 2012

Quickstep with my needle


Not Slow cloth.
Slow-sew-quick-quick-slow-cloth.

 I love the idea of slow cloth but I am always anxious to know where I'm going quickly and using the sewing machine makes that happen.
 I slowly when I make the felt.
It dries very slowly and slowly slowly I work out where I'm going to machine.
 Then I have a quick quick time on my machine.
Outlining , defining laying down the structure.
Then finally I have a slow slow slow time which is most enjoyable, adding hand stitch. I have to restrain myself from doing too much.
 And here's a piece I'm making slow progress with.
Work in progress.
 I've done more since this picture..and there's more to do.


36 comments:

Angie said...

These pieces are GORGEOUS!!! Maybe I will try my hand at this one of these days. Thank you for sharing your lovelies with us. They motivate me. :)

Lorraine said...

this is just beautiful and very inspiring

karen said...

lovely colours in the piece with red...well lovely colours in all of them but that's my favourite. and pretty please will you update my blog link....pretty pretty please...xxx

jinxxxygirl said...

Just beautiful! LOve the colors! You make me want to pick up a needle! I just posted a finished sketch if you'd like to pop over for a peek!Hugs! deb

vintagerockchick said...

Long time no comment, I've not been a good blogger recently.
Beautiful stitching on fab felt. Holiday looked good too, I'm sure the colours in the Indian style drapes will inspire you x

Pam said...

Oh Jackie those pieces are fantastic! I love, love free sewing and find it quite therapeutic(but I may have mentioned this many times already!!) so wondered if you do as well? Just wish I could find time to do more of it! Mind you mine definitely doesn't match up to yours in any way!
The colours in the last image are amazing!
I'm quickly knowing I love your work while I slowly, slowly take in every detail! ;D ♥x♥

Kathleen said...

More beauties! Wonderful and enchanting.

Jeanette, Mistress of Longears said...

You have found the perfect balance - and the best of both worlds!

sharon young said...

These pieces are really beautiful, the colours are stunning, I love your combination of hand and machine stitch.

marigold jam said...

I just adore the colours in that first piece. It's so unique the way you design and create your work - love it and truth to tell I am envious!!

Karen said...

Hi Jackie, Love the colours in your work and the organic shapes. Hope you'll show the WIP again later.

Maggi said...

Lovely pieces. It's so good to be able to combine speed with the slow relaxation of hand stitching

Twiglet said...

I wish you could be here - I just quickly read your post and looked at all your lovely work and then let out a long slow sigh!! Wonderful. Long may you enjoy your quick quick slow sew. x Jo

deemallon said...

gorgeous as usual... I, too, sometimes alternate machine to hand and back again. Your machine stitching is so lovely and expressive!

chocolatefrog said...

Fab. I love how the different techniques each add something special but also work together so well.

Chloe said...

Such beautiful colours in your work :)

arlee said...

Nothing wrong with using the machine with intent :) Combining hand and machine still leaves marks of *your* hand. The colours and shapes of these remind me of peeks under the forest and mountain canopies here, very beautiful,peaceful.

Heather said...

You get the best of both worlds with your technique - or perhaps that should be three worlds counting the felting process. I love these two pieces - every part of the design complements the other parts and the colours are, as always, beautiful.

Rachel said...

There's something almost flamelike about that last photo - lovely!

Marga said...

It's artwork, very very beautiful! gr,
Marga

ferinn said...

Simply stunning! Your felt pieces are so beautifully put together even before you add stitch.

Annie said...

I had a sympathetic smile at your slow-sew-quick-quick-slow. Making the felt can be frustratingly slow (although satisfying) and the machining is 'all go' but the hand-stitching is a lovely, relaxing time.

Lovely examples of your beautiful work.

menopausalmusing said...

Another bad blogger here........ what a stunning Indian canopy in your previous post! As for this one: so very, very you in the colours, stitching and textures. Beautiful!

JP said...

this is just so beautiful - glad you had a good holiday - have you been listening to Archers extra - Harry is gay!!!!!!!!!

lazyhill said...

fascinating to see the last piece partly done - transforming from a pretty but unremarkable piece of felt into a beautiful jewel-like tapestry. Lovely

Magpie's Mumblings said...

Quick or slow, what you do is such a delight to see!

Rosie said...

You know I love all your work, but blues and greens together are my all time favourite .... yummy.

Sarah Anderson said...

These are all beautiful pieces. They remind me if Angie Lewin's prints, which I also love :)

Mrs Pixie said...

These are stunning!

Kim Henkel said...

Love these pieces... the colours are so beautiful...love them all!

Margaret Applin said...

Jackie, these pieces are simply amazing!!!!!!

Kat Campau said...

These are beautiful. I love the slow, slow, quick, quick aspect too.

Marie Wright said...

I just discovered your blog and your pieces aregorgeous! They inspire me to drag out my boxes of roving and begin creating. Thank you so much for sharing!

Marie Wright said...

I just discovered your blog and your pieces aregorgeous! They inspire me to drag out my boxes of roving and begin creating. Thank you so much for sharing!

Marie Wright said...

I just discovered your blog and your pieces aregorgeous! They inspire me to drag out my boxes of roving and begin creating. Thank you so much for sharing!

jenga83 said...

Really lovely, thank you for sharing :)



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