I do have something to show for all the time I haven’t been blogging. It just isn’t easy for me to get on the computer and start writing. It looks like I left off with the Anne Brooke Tag Challenge a year ago, and at times, that certainly was a challenge. But I got a lot out of it and really enjoyed slow stitching. Since then, I’ve done other challenges for fun, travelled a bit, continued knitting and I’m always enjoying time with friends and my expanding family.
I think I’ll work backwards, beginning with the most recent pieces. I can’t seem to get enough of collaging, making little books, journals, tags and such. Too bad I’m not a writer for all the journals I’ve accumulated! These are some of the tags I’ve been making from old book pages, vintage bits of ephemera, images from old garden catalogues and books, photographs, sheet music, labels. Pretty much anything that has to do with paper I will glue down.
Just to catch up to where we are in the challenge…past the half-way mark in the year already! Sometimes it took a couple of tries before I felt I got it right. That was the case with Weaving; it took three versions before I sort of liked the results.
ABOVE: A. Seed Stitch, B. Pistil Stitch, C. Daisy Chain Stitch, D. Fly Stitch, E. Couching with Cross Stitch, F. French Knots, G. Tatting, H. Blanket Stitch, and I. Bullion Stitch.
Anne asked the group to re-do one of the previous tags and send it off to her so she can post them on a map to show where everyone is from. I think she’s going to be overwhelmed with tags! I thought it would be fun to make a Stitch Sampler highlighting what I have learned so far. Some stitches, like bullion and pistil, I thought I would NEVER use again, but they’ve become two of my favorites now. On Instagram, Anne is @hannemadebyanne and her website is annebrooke.co.uk, if you’d like to check out her work.
Having a project like the #52tagshannemade to work on has become such an enjoyable habit this year. Each week, on Friday, we get a prompt and demonstration from Anne for the next week’s challenge. Anne Brooke is an artist and teacher living in West Yorkshire, England who posts on YouTube. I don’t remember now how I found out about her, but I’m happy I did!
It’s been a ridiculously long time that I’ve been away from this blog, but I’m going to give it another go. I’m still loving collage art, but I’ve also started doing some stitching. At the moment, I’m taking part in textile artist Anne Brooke’s #52tagshannemade challenge, which has been fun. Each week, Anne posts a theme as a prompt and we interpret it in our own way using fabric and notions that we already have at hand. And I have loads, mostly from my two grandmothers! These are my first 10 pieces.
Tag No. 1:ALL WHITE…Tag No. 2:HEART…Tag No. 3:SCRAPPY…Tag No. 4:FLY STITCH…Tag No. 5: KISSES… Tag No. 6: BUTTONS…Tag No. 7:HEXIS…Tag No. 8:KNOTS…Tag No. 9:BITS, PIECES and A GIFT… Tag No. 10:SUFFOLK PUFFS and LACE
The assignment for Week 5 of the online course was to make abstracts with tissue paper, either hand painted, or already colored. I used both, since I had a stash of colored tissue already at hand. I love making abstract art, mostly non-representational, so this was an enjoyable project. These are the four that I posted.