Thursday, 31 July 2008

Inspired by Angela!

I was practising drawing small faces for the on-line course I'm taking (Windows with Angela Jarecki, check it out, it's fun) and I got carried away with inspiration and made the faces up into tags and pindolls. I drew around a large cotton reel, coloured the faces then cut them out with pinking shears. Then inspiration struck and I applied them to scraps of collage and embellisher fabric from the 'might come in useful' bin. Some wadding, backing fabric and a few stitches and beads and here's the result:

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I'm hoping to sell some of these at our Llammas Fair this weekend.

With the Llammas Fair in mind, I also made up this batch of 'Fish-face Merbabes' (that's where some of the scraps came from!):

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Saturday, 19 July 2008

Making Faces

I've been doing an internet course at Doll Street Dreamers - Windows with Angela Jarecki. The course is to produce an embroidered 'mini-quilt' with a face showing through a 'window' in the centre. The first part concentrates on drawing the face, and I signed on in the hope that working through it would improve my portrait work. I'm currently working on the first week. The first step was to follow Angela's instructions to draw a graphite sketch of a photograph of a model, that was supplied as part of the course, so I haven't reproduced it here. The next step was to draw a face of your choice on fabric in colour, again following Angela's instructions. I decided to try mine out on paper first, here's the result: