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Teach yourself a new skill – the next steps

I’m currently working on photographs for a new book for Juliet Robertson @Creativestar (Juliet’s blog is here.)

She introduced me to the idea of Hapa Zome and I have  written about  this in an earlier blog post here. However, having spent weeks working on different materials, different plants and leaves – even different hammers! I found myself with a pile of dyed fabric and not a lot of idea what to do with it! So I decided to teach myself free hand machine embroidery. Several hours on Pinterest, loads of you tube videos, numerous mistakes and I have finally managed to create a series of (very) abstract cards. I’m very much still learning but am loving experimenting!

Hapa Zome Craft Cards

If you look at the header you can see that I have used Photoshop to turn some of my images into templates and am working on these at the minute x

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A day for me

Following on from yesterday’s post about recharging batteries, I’ve had a day for me today. Tony is off  working as a  Ranger and walking the hills so I decided it was time to do lots of jobs that I have been thinking about. My printer has been playing up big style and had reached the point where it was wasting so much paper I knew I had to get a new one. I’ve always had HP printers and the last one was an A3 printer. I’ve decided it’s not cost effective to print A3 at home so now order these on line. I spent some time with the rep at PC world – he was an Epson rep and obviously had a job to do but what he explained made sense. I spend a fortune on printer ink – I think a huge chunk of my tax return last year said printer ink! My new printer was pricey but has an eco tank and the ink comes in bottles. The ink is cheaper and claims to last for more pages – I will let you know! The quality is impressive – I was concerned as I frame a lot of prints but so far it’s looking good. I can even print wireless from my phone – so that’s hundreds more photos of Tommy for the fridge then.

Epson printer

I’ve also been playing with ‘Hapa Zome’ and printing flowers! This is addictive so be warned! I wanted to use these images with textiles and mixed media so bought a sewing machine yesterday – it’s ages since I had one and I’ve only had a quick play . I’m hoping to make cards and gift tags to begin with.

JMH_9993      Playing with different flowers and materials produces different effects

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I’ve set up pinterest boards for textiles art and Hapa zome – Inspiration from nature.

Pinterest textiles art

Pinterest – hapa zome – painting with flowers

I’m now off for a coffee and a look through my button and bead box to see what I can add to these (admittedly amateur) first attempts x