Wednesday, March 6, 2013
INTRODUCING MYSELF - Personal Background Information
7:48 pm gmt
I initially trained as a Clinical Scientist where I worked in several
London based Medical Schools and Hospital Research Departments for 20 years. My spare time has always been filled with creative
pursuits including painting, dressmaking, knitting, crochet, paper making, silk painting and fabric dyeing, embroidery and
beading. I love creating ‘one of a kind’ clothing, accessories and soft furnishings, and particularly love to
use recycled materials; giving a new lease of life to old clothing and textiles, transforming them into something new. I also
like to use scrap papers, plastics, metals and foils, broken jewellery and beads in my work – all ‘rubbish’
I have just started a City
and Guilds Embroidery Course and will be using this blog to showcase my work. I
also love beadwork including jewellery making and beaded embroidery; silk and fabric painting including shibori and tie dye;
felting using both wet and needle felting methods; weaving, knitting, crochet and basket work, and more recently I have got
into spinning too! Basically I love anything to do with textiles, fabrics, threads, or beads and wish that there were more
hours in the day to create and play.
Initially I trained as a Clinical Scientist. My spare time has always
been filled with creative pursuits including painting, dressmaking, knitting, crochet, paper making, silk painting and fabric
dyeing, embroidery and beading. I am now self-employed and will soon be re-opening my EBay shop (http://stores.ebay.co.uk/heatherwelljewelleryandtextiles)
selling patterns and kits to encourage others with their own creative pursuits.
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you might like to see the bag I made. I used beautiful embroidered upholstery fabric offcuts for the main, contrasting
with striped remnants for the handles and inside bag facings. I applied some die cut felt flowers and birds - and secured
with free machine embroidery.
I really enjoyed making it but I need to service my heavier duty
sewing machine - my Janome just would not cooperate with stitching through the thick fabric areas!
is the first proper sewing that I have done for a while so progress was very slow - but pleased with the final results.