I recently attended an excellent course called 'Textured
Surfaces for Stitch', with Carol McFee. She and Lynda Monk
wrote the book, 'Stitching The Textured Surface', which I
have in my hoard.
We used texture pastes and gels to create interesting surfaces
on a variety of backgrounds. Carol then demonstrated her
colouring methods, which give lovely, iridescent effects.
I don't want to give away too many details about the course, in fairness to Carol.
I would certainly recommend anyone who has the opportunity
to go on this course. I came away with my head buzzing with ideas.
Carol and Lynda have some free tutorials on their website at
A lot of these effects were quite ethereal and I could see them
being very useful for my theme, 'Churches, Chapels and Churchyards'.
Number 1 could convey the misty, eroded designs on some of
the gravestones I've seen.
Although we used mainly commercial stencils, I'd like to cut
my own to link in with my theme.
Some of the materials we used absorbed the colour and
others acted as resists. Using them both in the same piece
would give even more scope for experimentation.
As you can see, some of the colouring materials were very shiny.
The seahorses in this sample remind me of carved wood - another useful effect!
This surface suggests weathering and decay.
Again, that would fit in perfectly with my theme.
As I leave early for the Urchfont Summer School tomorrow,
I'm not going to be able to follow up these techniques until I get back.
Doubtless, I'll come back with my head full of bees again.
HOWEVER WILL I SLEEP TONIGHT?