Niki Cotton Art

Posted 8th September 2014 in blog

a little bit of digital printing with a dash of stitch

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During the hols we went to Car Fest North. Organised by the fabulous Chris Evans from BBC Radio 2’s Breakfast Show to help raise money for the charity Children In Need. Whilst there I took some pictures of the fun fair that was entertaining the kids.

material and bondaweb - prep for stitching photos. #nikicottonartdotcom #art #prep#bondaweb

When I got home I did some editing on the old computer and printed the images that worked the best onto card. Then I stitched into the pictures but it seemed I had chosen card that was too thick as the thread disappeared completely leaving just a series of holes….not what I wanted at all, so I had a play around with different thicknesses until I got the right one.

all the fun of the fair prep - bondawebbed to fabric - #nikicottonartdotcom #art #allthefunofhtefair #art #digitalprint

I then cut some plain fabric to use to back the work and then bondawebbed (is that even a word?!) the image to the fabric. The best way to do this is to make a sandwich from baking paper (NOT grease proof!) lay the fabric down and place the bondaweb, glue side to the fabric, fold the top layer of baking paper over and iron on a hot setting for a few seconds.

iron the image onto the fabric- #nikicottonartdotcom #art #digitalprint #stitch #bondaweb

Peel the paper layer off from the glue and then place the image (picture up) onto the fabric, again make a sandwich with the baking paper and iron on a hot setting for a few seconds until the glue has done its job and the picture is now stuck nicely to the fabric.

bondawebbed images to backing fabric ready for stitching - #nikicottonartdotcom #art #digitalprint #allthefunofthefair #stitch #bondaweb #fabric

There is no final say on heat or amount of time to iron for as each iron is different, it’s just a simple case of experimenting. Err on the side of caution I would say and then build up time and heat as you need.

Stitch away! - #nikicottonartdotcom #digitalprint #stitch #bondaweb

Now you can stitch away til your heart’s content! Which is what I did with these three pictures. Playing about with different threads and areas that I wanted to stitch. After many different attempts and deciding which areas worked and which didn’t I have ended up with a few small areas added to the images but I rather love the simplicity.

all the fun of the fair - digital print with stitch. #nikicottonartdotcom #digital #art #stitch #funfair

I think the structures and colours speak for themselves especially against those stunning blue skies.

All the Fun of the Fair - digital print with stitch - insatgram @nikicottonartist #nikicottonartdotcom #digital #art #stitch


Posted by cathy at 7:55 on the 10.09.14

These are amazing! found your blog from the gelli print post…and no – it did not need white : )

Posted by niki at 12:49 on the 10.09.14

Lol Cathy! Hi, glad you’ve found me. Glad you also like my work. These images remind me of the summer holiday so I have really fond memories whilst working into them. x Ps I added white and a few other colours…..:0

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