Not this – this year’s Christmas cake. The fact that it is so level is pure fluke, believe me.
Nor this – the faggotted piece from yesterday. The stabiliser did turn out to be heat removable, which reminded me once again why I don’t like heat removable stabilisers – difficult to remove from heavy stitching, and you can’t just leave it to soak like you can with wash-away.
Nor is this silly – the design for which I tore paper yesterday and then had to postpone while the page dried. Of course you can't actually see the page – but I know it’s there … So maybe it’s a bit silly.
I used my line to make a more or less symmetrical shape, cut out 4 of them from wallpaper and stapled them together.
And then the points insisted on being rolled over.
Since then I've been trying to reproduce it in the fabric/paper I made yesterday. Which is a lot more difficult than doing it in paper, believe me. I think I've got to stage C – take it apart and start again.
That tissue box isn’t just a stage prop – or rather it is – take it away and the thing falls over.
This is nothing like what I had intended to do for Contemporary Textiles, but I am really enjoying myself. Perhaps working open-ended is better for me than telling myself I'm going to do some tiles, or an alphabet, or some graffiti?
Today’s sketchbook page is, amazingly, another sketch. I have been using water-soluble crayons a lot because you can blur out a lot of the less successful bits with a nice atmospheric wash …