A busy week creating and learning

Hi , just a short blog this week. I have managed to sort out  issues with the website so you should now be able to book any of the thread classes or the crochet course. More to come soon.

I've had a busy week exploring ideas for various projects and I thought you might like to see what I have been up to. I am hoping to bring you details of some of these techniques at a later date.

I've always been quite bad at linocut so I went  and had a one to one lesson with the lovely Mog at https://www.eightfivepress.co.uk/ 


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I have also been exploring  Laidwork as part of the embroidery  challenge I am doing for 2018 Beyond Tast with Pintangle. Here is a little bird I designed made in Bayeux stitch..well a creative variation on this famous stitch. It is also the kind of stitching I would like to use for the dockside tapestry.


I've been working on ideas for a new project that I will be announcing soon. Lots of transfer printing  and I even turned some of it into embroidery. The designs come from some drawings i did last summer. 


That's all  for now. I am off to   repair the  crochet for the giant buoyble as it goes on display at the end of this week at the SS Great Britain. Have a creative week Vic x

News from Crafting The City - dates for your diary

Bristol crocodile at Wonderwool Wales  http://www.wonderwoolwales.co.uk

Next month The Crocodile will be visiting Wales and going on display on 27th and 28th April at Wonderwool. He is really excited and hopes to see some of you there. He is a huge beastie all covered in beautiful glistening crochet motifs inspired by  Underfall boatyard in Bristol.  

The picture below is the day we took him for a trip around the docks on a ferry . He is inspired by the fun story of a crocodile seen in bristol docks 

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Buoy to Buoyble

This was the project we did before christmas  converting a huge Buoy into a giant Buoyble. The weather over christmas was really bad so we  are now  reshowing our work outside Brunel's SS Great Britain on the Bristol docks  from 26th March.  Please note  it may not be on display if its raining ..it just gets too soggy


The Gull project

Lots of gulls are underway and we hope to get some finished in the next few weeks and even get some of them installed. The first gulls will appear in Under fall yard in the pumphouse. There is still time to get involved  and the dates for workshops are on the website  under the gull project


THREAD - a fun way to learn new embroidery stitches

This group takes place at   Southville Centre. All the details and what to bring  are on the website. We have held our first two sessions in the new venue and its great. Afterwards some of us stayed for lunch . The sessions are currently once a month but I may increase this to twice a month   so look out for that. The next session is on April 6th 11am - 1pm and its just £10 a session


Learn to crochet

The next 6 week beginners crochet course starts on May 9th  and there are still places .  . The 5th week we  have make a monster week to help people learn to do spiral crochet and design their own  creatures. The homework is then to make a monster and look what some people made


Intermediate Crochet . This is a two session class at Margot May for anyone who has already  learnt to crochet with me . There are two dates and the total cost is £30 . The dates are April 18th ( bobbles, puff stitches and popcorns) and  25th ( waves and chevrons) . These cannot be booked on website, instead you will need to email me vic.harrison@blueyonder.co.uk

More crochet courses coming soon

Other  stuff

There is a fabric bead workshop on website  and various other things coming soon.  I am doing lots of work on the new projects and there will  soon be an announcement about a public embroidery that you  can go and contribute your bit to over the summer..right I am off for a cup of tea and to work on some embroidery 



Completing Embroidery Challenges

At the moment I am taking part in Beyond TAST  2018 run by Sharon Boggon over at Pintangle.com

So since January I have been   experimenting, first with all kinds of running stitches and now  with isolated stitches. The idea is to play with them and take them further. I have been experimenting with stitches on transparent fabric,  manipulating stitches to turn them into  a new stitch, padding behind stitches and layering stitches. Here is the first piece I have done for the isolated stitches challenge. Incidentally I always keep lots of little doodle cloths and experiment as I go along and none of these pieces are finished pieces as such, rather experimental samplers. This one was inspired by a collection of beautiful trinkets I saw on a stall on holiday last year. I did a blind drawing and then made the ground fabric out of pieces. After tacking them in place I began work , gradually layering. Ill probably come back to it at some point .



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Here are some details. Not sure what I will do next . I am waiting for some transfer paints to arrive so maybe today Ill just do some drawing 

New exhibition details for the Bristol Crocodile and the Buoy to Buoyble

I am pleased to tell you that the crocodile has been invited to Wales  for Wonderwool  2018 from 27th to 29th April. We will be bundling him in a van  and taking him on a short road trip. It a very exciting opportunity  and I hope some of you will drop by to say hello. Wonderwool have a website with all the details. See http://www.wonderwoolwales.co.uk

The Buoy to Buoyble is going to go on display outside Brunel's SS Great Britain on dry days from 26th March 2018  for two weeks

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Freestyling crochet hexagon shapes and bling

I really like projects  that have  clear parameters. By setting rules you make the  game more fun and more creative. The Buoy to Buoyble crochet  project has given participants a chance to play with inventing and crocheting all kinds of hexagons.  There are 8 colours  and  I've told peeps we can use a bit of gold bling too. This allows  hundreds of combinations.

For several months my creativity has been directed towards producing things for other people to make, parts of things, whereas this gives me a chance to just have a really good play.

So yesterday I decided to combine two elements. The idea of cables that sit on top of the work achieved  by using round the front post crochet  and  then adding in different kinds of bling ..well it is a christmas bauble after all !

Here are some of the results. I used  Lion Brand Vanna's Glamour Gold, King Cole Cosmos Orbit. Rico Gold Bubble and some gold ribbon . They are very three dimensional

A new start and a brand new blog

Welcome to my new website and my  new blog. This is very exciting as its the first time I have had a blog. I am hoping that this website will develop into a really useful resource for all the different projects I create as well as a great place to share news and my thoughts on making . 

Soon I will be sharing pictures of the Bristol Crocodile, a project created over the last 8 months  and news of some of the newer projects.

I hope to share with you some of the processes that go into making and thoughts on and photos of the things that inspire me. I want to share my creative journey and find out all about yours.