Wednesday, 23 October 2013

A Christmas banner design - with added sheep

Our Create group has started working on a banner to hang in the church over Christmas. We have a fun project going on at the moment where lots of people in the church have knitted sheep (there are 30) all from the same pattern. 24 sheep will be hidden around our town in the style of a treasure hunt and 6 will be in various churches. This is all happening around Christmas to encourage people to think about coming to church to celebrate Christmas.

I wanted to continue the sheep theme on our Christmas banner. This is the page in my sketchbook that I put together to show the members of the group what we are working towards. Using lots of squares of fabric to create the background is a great way to use up my fabric (I have quite a lot!).

The words on the actual banner will be in white not black.

I made the sheep using moulding paste and paint. The sheep on the finished banner will be made from felt pebbles.

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

My Friend - Wonder Woman!

I'm back! I am hoping to be blogging a lot more here now. I am entering a new stage in my life as my youngest child has just started school and it's a big adjustment. The photo above is of my lovely friend Claire and she has recently featured on The Salvation Army website in New Zealand. Here's the article. It gave me food for thought. I love Claire's phrase "holding things lightly". As I work out which way my artwork is going, in terms of work and church commitments, I am going to be giving serious thought as to what I will be holding onto lightly.

I have started a new creative group at church, called "Create". We will be meeting once a month and we will be working on church banners alongside anyone who wants to come along and bring along their own craft projects. I am hoping it will develop into a group that encourages, friendship, encouragement and inspiration (and some cake too!). We had our first meeting last night and we've made a start on our Christmas banner. It was a fun evening of chatting and cutting out fabric squares.