These are the things I made at Ken Smith's "Into the Woods! - interpreting bark, lichen and fungi in machine embroidery" http://www.bennett-smith.com/WorkshopsCourses.htm This is the link.
I thoroughly enjoyed the four days spent with like minded people. Robyn at Sewknit was our fabulous host for the workshop.
I especially liked making the bark ...well all of the bits really.The techniques are quite interesting and I can see how I can utilise them in applications for my art quilts and my soft sculptured dolls.
And it made me upgrade my three week old sewing machine to a Bernina! "The things we do" (that was my husband speaking, so read it with some rolling of the eyes!) LOL!
This is the sum total of my work after 4 days - need to make some more bits and mould the bark, add the bits onto it and then mount it on something so it can be hung up. I am quite happy with my effort really.
This is a box of real lichens that Petah bought into class - it was great to compare with what we were doing.
This is how my bark piece looked after about 6 hours work - would you believe - I hope I get faster with practise.
And on a quilty note - this is the back of a customer's quilt - a beautiful dusty rose pink cotton sateen - with an all over butterfly pattern which is very popular at the moment. It is hard for people to pick patterns as I have over 80 to choose from at the moment and always on the lookout for more. I have recently had a slew of custom quilts to do before Christmas - I wouldn't mind being on the receiving end of some of these quilts. I see some beautiful work every day and am really enjoying the challenge of quilting them.
Of course the quilting actually looks better in the flesh - my camera skills are very limited - point and shoot!
Cheers for now and happy quilting