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Drawing Skulls

Have a look at the drawings Laura’s been working on this week.

Event – Festival of Quilts 2022

We’ll be exhibiting at Festival of Quilts in August. Come and see our work in a gallery hosted by Madeira threads.

Quilting Arts Magazine – Summer Issue 2022

Linda’s written an article for the Summer 2022 issue of Quilting Arts Magazine on the topic of combining digital stitch with fabric painting.

Making it Belong

Linda talks about how you can integrate elements into your sketchbook or altered book and make them look like they belong.

Composing with Photos

Using photographs in design compositions can be exciting, but also tricky. Join Laura to see lots of examples and discover tips for success.

To access this post, you must purchase Composing with Photos.

Digital Quilting with Sketch

Laura demonstrates the Sketch module of Premier+ embroidery software to show how it can be perfect for creative quilting.

Textured Ground for Watercolour

Many manufacturers of watercolour paints also make a range of mediums to extend the possibilities of their product. Join Linda to discover how she’s been experimenting with watercolour ground to allow her to paint on a box canvas surface.

To access this post, you must purchase Textured Ground for Watercolour.

Sketchbook to Stitch: Eye of the Beholder

Laura talks about her recent digitising project and shares a few tips on how to translate a sketchbook design into stitch using software.

Portrait Artist of the Year: The Exhibition

Take a look at some of the highlights from the Portrait Artist of the Year exhibition at Compton Verney.

Fashion and Embroidery in Art

Take a look at some paintings from the British Portraits room at Compton Verney and explore how the artists represent the garments of the sitters with a particular focus on embroidery.

Printed Patchwork Details

Join Linda in this set of two videos where she demonstrates how basic block printing techniques can be combined with traditional patchwork to simplify the piecing and create visually complex designs. We think these ideas can be applied to lots of different designs and will appeal to anyone who would like to add a really individual touch to their traditional quilt making.

Mixed Up Media

The medium that you use has such a huge effect on the look of the work that you create. In this video Linda shows you how she explores different media in her sketchbook from pencil, to pen and wash and oil pastel resist with watercolour. 

To access this post, you must purchase Mixed up Media.

Tyvek Embellishments and Beads

Join Linda in two videos where she demonstrates how to make useful and attractive embellishments for textile based mixed media work using a packaging material which is often simply discarded. You will probably already have most of the bits and pieces you’ll need to make the beads she uses for jewellery or to attach to hand made books as a decorative bookmark. Finally she distresses Tyvek to make fernlike appliqué motifs to upcycle an empty chocolate box.

Tonal Tracing

Laura will show you how you can use a tracing method to quickly record a tonal study, both with crosshatching and wash. This is a great technique for developing a drawing as an end in itself, or as a preliminary study for something more.

To access this post, you must purchase Tonal Tracing.

Embroidered Kingfisher

Working from a photographic or sketchbook study as your inspiration, join Linda to use free applique to create a bird panel. Build layers with raw edged fabric scraps before using machine and hand stitch to add texture and detail.

Rubbing Transfer

We love making rubbings, they’re a great way to draw without really drawing. But have you ever considered how you can make transfers from your rubbings? In this video workshop Laura shows you how.

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