I meant to blog about the week I had at Urchfont ages ago but the summer is slipping away and I don’t know where it’s gone! I went with a group of textiley internet pals.
Urchfont is a manor house in Wiltshire owned by Wiltshire County Council and is very grand:
While I was there, Sara taught me to spin:
Here she is teaching Gill:
I’ve had my drop spindle for a few years now, so I was glad to use it at last!
I also had a go on the embellisher. I decided it wasn’t for me, but I was glad to have a play. This was the first thing I made. It is roughly the size of an ACEO.
And the next:
Paulene also brought her pasta maker so that we could have a go at printing with it. I printed a leaf – you roll printing ink on to an acrylic sheet, lay the leaf on to it with some paper on top, and run the whole thing through the machine. So you get three prints – the first is the one on the right. The next time you run it through, you take the leaf off and print the impression left by the leaf – that is the middle one. Then you put the original leaf ink side up on to the acrylic sheet, put another sheet of paper on top and print that and the ink transferred on to the leaf from the first print then transfers on to the paper. I hope I’ve remembered it correctly! Now I want to get a pasta maker to try it again!
This is the second attempt using a ginkgo leaf that I found in the gardens. I think I used too much ink but I like the abstract result!
More pics to come!