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From sketch to stretch.

I don’t have much time home in my studio so I need to work through the new ideas that have taken shape during the past year of travel.

I do a number of drawings in my sketch book as I travel, mainly on the plane to be honest.

Scan 18

This is one I did when I was in Tuscany a few years ago. The narrow, tall buildings hung precariously onto top of the sculptured hills.

Scan 21 copy

So I decided to do something with the drawings this year.


“Have you been to Tuscany?”  came about.

I drew it first.


Then I began stitching free motion with the sewing machine.


The important thing in this image s to stitch the background quite intensively and you can see in this image how the quilt begins to shrink as the quilting is done.


But hours of experience tells me all will be flat once the stitching is complete.

OK, there are lots of tips and tricks to go through to get the quilt to this stage… but you could leave the quilt at this stage once you’ve done this.


However I wanted a particular look and I coloured the image permanently with 4 different genres of illustration.

But I don’t give those techniques away …….. sorry. You need to come to class to learn that.



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