Marianne Mohandes
Marianne Mohandes

Textiles and Tastings Blog

This is a copy of my blog which may be found at www.textilesandtastings.blogspot.co.uk.

15.10.2017
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I knitted this shawl at the end of last winter from a pattern called "Fortingall" by Louisa Harding. The wool used was Amitola Grande which was variegated and very soft to the touch. Detail of the bottom edge. The pattern was taken from Louisa Harding's book "Aberfeldy".
10.10.2017
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The Golden Dragonfly Lets Celebrate 11 Dancing Dragonflies Blue Dragonfly Lets celebrate 1 The Dragonfly Going to Seed in Style Jungle Daisy Dancing Seed heads Geraldine Priest Dancing  Dragonflies - Geraldine Priest Some more pieces from our exhibition which we are happy to say was a great success. Lets Celebrate 11 Geraldine Priest On the Way to a Celebration - Valerie Carter Small Elephant facing Left - Valerie Carter A Coat for my Elephant - Valerie Carter Its Time to Celebrate - Sonia Clifton Textured Turquoise "10" - Ann Beer (detail)
10.10.2017
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Some more pieces of work from our exhibition. I'm so excited - Sonia Clifton Power of Ten IV Power of Ten II Rachel Knight 10 3D bowls each with 10 petals - Rita Maton Celebrate 10 in Words Celebrate 10 in Numbers Sue Crook Joie de Vivre 1 - Rachel Knight Textured Turquoise '10' - Ann Beer Its Time to Celebrate - Sonia Clifton
07.10.2017
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TextileArt07 group which was started at the end of City and Guild machine embroidery courses  run by Sandra Hardy, has now been together for 10 years. The members created work that was inspired with the celebration theme, or their favourite techniques learnt over the period. My photography was restricted by the angles of the work and the reflections from the hall windows on framed pieces.  I apologise to the artists. An overall view. Meandering Lines - June Withers Leather Anniversary Cloth Anniversary Paper Anniversary Pottery Anniversary Willow Anniversary Tin Anniversary Gail Winter Fireworks - Marianne Mohandes Jeyons Tree - Wendy Lloyd My Spirits Fly - Wendy Lloyd Meditation - Wendy Lloyd Joie de Vivre - Rachel Knight
06.10.2017
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01.10.2017
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My wall hanging is really coming together now. The last corner to be attached. The hanging is now assembled and ready to layer and quilt.  I am going to machine quilt first and then add some hand embroidery and embellishments for extra interest.
13.09.2017
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The wall hanging is really coming together as small areas are being completed and sown together. The area above shows the cut pieces ready to sew for a section  and below they are stitched and placed into position.
06.09.2017
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After the embroideries were sown out on my sewing machine,  I added them to the design wall and my chart informed me how many inches I still had to fill with squares. Some more embroideries.
23.08.2017
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I have an area in my hall on which I like to hang a wall hanging for each season and I was missing one for Winter.  At the Festival of Quilts I bought a Scandinavian Folk panel which I thought I could customise.  I could have made the whole hanging from scratch but I am very short of time. I cut out the blocks and placed them on my design wall for inspiration. I cut out a few small squares to test them for colour. Each panel was  10 inches square and so after I measured the size of the finished hanging, I cut out some 10  inch squares and did a rough plan of where they would positioned. I rearranged the panel blocks  and then started working in the spaces with small squares.  I wanted to keep the colour palette simple with grey, white, red and pink. I wanted some of the blocks to look like red work and so I searched through my embroidery patterns on my embroidery unit for any that might be suitable.  I didn't want any Christmas ones as I would like to have the option of hanging the quilt all Winter. Some designs were sown out with red thread, some with grey and others in white to add variety.
27.06.2017
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Last year I went on an excellent workshop on making fairy shoes at Newbury Embroiderers Guild. The teachers name was Annette Emms and we all had such an enjoyable time. You could make pixie boots and fairy shoes and I made both. These are the boots I made with silk, felt wire, chiffon and beads. It was a bit fiddly at times but very absorbing. The fairy shoes are smaller but are made in a similar way. I became quite addicted to making the shoes and couldn't wait to make some more.

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