For the last couple of months I have been working to design and execute a large collaborative embroidery piece for Bristol Museum and Art Gallery.
I have called it BIRDGARDEN. The images were drawn during a visit to Eden project last September
The piece is 11 count eventweave fabric about 1.5 metres by 1 metre that has been heat transfer printed. I described this method in an earlier blog but the stages are: Design Stencils, paint lots of paper, heat press or iron the images through the stencils or directly onto the fabric..its a very hot process !
I have created images that can be interpreted with simple stitches such as arrowhead stitch. More images will be available in the next week or two of some of the stitches we will be using and instructions on how to do the stitches will be provided
The work will be available for you to add your stitches in July and August during the Woman's Hour Craft Prize exhibition. There will be a basket of materials in colours that have been chosen to work with the background and a table for you to sit and stitch with your friends. Its a free fun activity !
The exact details of how and when you can access the embroidery are to follow but I wanted to give everyone a sneak preview so you can start to think about getting involved. I can promise it will be fun
In other news
The first gulls to go along the dockside are being finished and the first one will appear in the bakery just behind the M Shed - I am about to go and photograph him
The next THREAD group to experiment with embroidery is 25th May - see details on this website under THREAD
BRISWOOL - our giant knitted city of Bristol is going to go on display in the Autumn along with the crocodile and some gulls and a stand of Maisie Cats - more on this next week
We are starting a new free monthly social knitting and crochet group called knit hook and natter at Southville Centre Cafe probably on Thursday morning, details to follow.
If you work in or are friendly with a local business on the dockside , particularly a small business such as a shop or ice cream parlour then you can rent a gull for the summer and i will add you to our gallery for people to hunt down !