Saturday, 3 February 2007

I have probably spent too much time at the computer these last couple of weeks playing with paint programs, for the UK Online Guild workshop for January on Computer designing. It has been a lot of fun to take a photo and play in these programs, even switching from one program to another, to use the different effects each has. There are several web based programs, some that you can download free and of course we have Paint shop Pro, and Photoshop. These are just a couple of effects with the one photo. This is the oriainal photo I started with.

Then I:
liquefied it in Adobe Photoshop

After a few more effects I then used the mosaic antique effect

and then the weave effect

and then I liquified it again

This has been so much fun, I'm not sure what or how I am going to use these in my designing. I can see end products in patchwork, tapestry weaving, dyeing, maybe even some batik or gutta resist on silk. And even just printing up the photos. The change of colours after the first liquify came about when I used the foil effect.

My weaving is going slowly, my knitted neck warmer is also going slowly, this is my second one. I am now doing some crochet weaving as this months’ UK Online guild workshop is on Crochet, including – this week – weaving, then Tunisian, I decided to order myself a loom for this: (I hope this will hotshoe) broomstick and Hairpin lace. I have done a little bit of this before, so this should be an interesting workshop. Other workshops for the year include Summer and Winter weaving, fleece challenge – Bowmont, may not be able to take part as there may not be enough fleece, spindle spinning, I think this would be a challenge over the internet! Hedgerow dyeing, spinning yarn for embroidery, nalbinding, advanced twill weaving, and a stash exchange at Christmas time. This is a very informative guild to belong to, and you also receive their Journal monthly.

It is going to be in the mid to high 30sC/80s-90sF over the next couple of days. I HATE the heat! I may quietly melt. We are in the middle of a very severe drought, the worst in all our history! We are not allowed to water our garden with fresh water, so we are recycling all our used water. All our laundry and downstairs bathroom is going into an old bath under our back decking and we pump that out on to the garden using our normal hoses. It takes a bit of running around and slows down our washing somewhat. Derek has put soaker hoses on the kitchen outlet and the downstairs shower. Unfortunately we can’t do much with our upstairs bathroom as it runs in the wall and floor/ceiling cavities. But Derek is looking to see what he can do. Anyway I try and do our laundry when it is going to be very hot. (I do do it regulary at other times gggg)

Here are my babies


and Samson

Spread your wings and SOAR


AR said...

Hi, I just popped over from Zippiknits! Your pics are so pretty, and the kitties are adorable! Welcome to blogging.

Anonymous said...

Hi Judy

Enjoyed your blog, but am wondering wher ethe new bead shop is - I'd love to visit when I'm down that way in June. C