Textiles in many forms
From an introduction to free motion embroidery in 2001, I have been pushing the boundaries with textiles ever since. Most of the images in the galleries below are the result of pieces for various exhibitions over the years.
Being a member of the 84 contemporary textile group provides many opportunities to learn a variety of techniques for textiles. Mixing some of these processes produces interesting results and I hope to incorporate them more in my felting explorations.
I own a very old Pfaff sewing machine (from the early 80’s) which despite it’s age, continues to survive the abuse it gets. Free motion embroidery really puts a machine through its paces and it is amazing what one can create with 2 basic stitches. A zig-zag and straight stitch is quite adequate to create anything I make. I have not missed not having a modern machine with all the bells and whistles.
Using water soluble materials, various manipulation techniques such as Shibori and dyeing with a variety of dyes are favourite techniques.