After a myriad of computer problems during which I probably deleted some vital element that I shouldn’t have – which consequently stopped me being able to download photos onto my blog – I’m back. A little slower than I was (only in a technological sense of course!) but definitely here.
I’ve been working on some new embroideries and, since I very recently sold my over-engineered Bernina 830 embroidery machine, doing them all on a Bernina 230. This is a base level machine which has proved to be a very dependable free-arm embroidery tool. I don’t know why I ever bought the 830. I’ve never been that interested in programmed embroidery or fancy stitches but I do have a weakness for gadgets – that is until I realise their limitations and get fed up with them!
Anyway enough of the technology. Back to the embroidery…
I am still currently practising, using pen-and-ink drawings from books and the internet as inspiration for the embroidered line, but would really like to be using my own photographs. But therein lies the problem. Buildings in photographs do not have that hard line around them and adding it in the right place to bring the scene to life – in textiles – is proving a little challenging. I have considered joining an art course to learn pen-and-ink techniques but am not sure if this is really the solution. I would be interested in hearing if any of you have encountered these problems and how you got round them.
Here are a few of the pieces I have been working on lately:
Will be spending some time over the weekend trying to turn some of my seafront photos into pen-and-ink images and subsequently embroideries. Wish me luck!