Work done for City and Guilds Level 3 Certificate in Embroidery with Distant Stitch.

Sunday, 21 July 2013

Certificate Module 3 - a bit more to add to Chapter 2 and a start on Chapter 3

Chapter 2 

I received as a birthday present a wonderful book, Collage, Stitch, Print by Val Holmes (Batsford 2012, ISBN 978 1 84994 014 6) which inspired me to give the technique a try.  It would take many months to fully experiment with all the ideas in the book, but I thought the relief in some of my collages for Chapter 2 might be deep enough to make a collagraph plate.  I sealed the surface with pva and rolled acrylic paint on with a brayer.  I mixed various combinations of my chosen colour scheme and produced a series of prints as shown below.






 Below is a photograph of the plate used after making the prints.  It makes an interesting example on its own.
I was so pleased with this technique that I tried the same method with another collage I had made.



3.2.c11 the plate after the prints had been made

I was doing these prints literally as I was packing the materials I needed for Summer School.  I took them with me to show Sian, but hadn't time until now to post them on my blog.  I look forward to exploring this technique further, in particular, using stitch to make texture on the plate, as demonstrated by Val Holmes in her book.

Chapter 3

Here is work that I have done since coming home from Summer School.  I began on Chapter 3 of Module 3 by colouring some fabrics.  I used fabric paints (Dye-na-Flow) and acrylic paint mixed with fabric medium.  This gave good results, much quicker and easier than using dye.  I intend to re-visit this exercise in the future, since I had only a limited range of fabrics at home and because I'd like to try again some of the shibori techniques from Module 2.  However, my fingers are itching to get stitching so I went for speedy results.  Here are my coloured fabrics, hanging on the line to dry and then dried, ironed and folded.

To add to them, I had some shibori fabrics left over from Module 2 as well as dyed and printed fabrics from other projects.  I also bought some dyed fabric while in Malvern on holiday from a lovely shop called Stitch 45. 

Someone mentioned at Summer School that if you mix fabric paint with aloe vera gel then it does not spread on fabric and you get a clean line.  I tried it with Dye-na-Flow on a sheer, metallic polyester with quite pleasing results.
3.3.aloe 1

3.3.aloe 2

I am becoming hooked on monoprinting.  I love it.  I had fun monoprinting some of my fabrics.

3.3.m1 on a left over piece of printed fabric

3.3.m2 on acrylic felt

3.3.m3 on acrylic felt

3.3.m4 on polyester sheer metallic fabric

3.3.m5 on polyester sheer

3.3.m6 on dyed cheesecloth

3.3.m7 on cotton muslin

I also had some fabrics I had printed at Summer School with Sue Dove.
3.3.m8 on previously shibori dyed and block printed cotton

3.3.m9 on a digital print on cotton that didn't work out.  It does now I think.

 Three of the summer school monoprints were a bit pale, being on plain white cotton and so I mixed up some dilute acrylic paint with fabric medium and brushed it over the monoprint.  It worked well, the print easily showing up through the transparent wash.
3.3.m10 on cotton
3.3.m11 on cotton

3.3.m12 on cotton


What a wonderfully rich creative time I am having.  More riches to look forward to with a two-day workshop with Alison King on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week.  My cup runneth over.


  1. You really are in the groove Catherine - long may it continue!!

  2. Looks like you will have enough fabric for another item of clothing! Enjoy your workshop this week, Alison is always inspiring so wait to see your results.

  3. C5 is definitely my favourite Catherine. I also have that book haven't tried the technique out yet, your post is very inspiring

  4. Yes I too have this book, though I haven't tried any of the ideas yet. Collograph is one of the techniques covered in my printing course starting in September. Lots of super work on your blog, Catherine.