Contact Me

If you want to contact me, my e-mail address is:

celia.darbyshire@gmail.com

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4 thoughts on “Contact Me

  1. Dear Celia – Thank you so much for replying. You may not be an expert, but your knowledge and ideas are very useful. I think trying some of your suggestions will help a lot. Some of the products you mention have the same name here, so it shouldn’t be too hard to track them down. And no, I didn’t know any of this stuff so it will help. Like you said, just do it. Sometimes all it takes is a bit of encouragement to try! As soon as I’ve finished my current projects I intend to do just that!
    Thanks again
    Raeann

  2. Hi – I came across your website by accident when looking at other people’s coiled baskets and I really like your work. I am an artist/crafts person in Tasmania, Australia. The course you’ve done sounds really interesting and I’m quite envious!
    As well as painting and various other stuff, I also make coiled baskets – and I notice you use a similar technique. But I just want to ask you about embroidering photographs – that is an idea I’ve thought about before but never tried. I have some pictures to try this on but (embarrassingly) admit to feeling quite daunted by it! Wondering if you would you be able to give me any advice or tips? If not, I’ll understand – I know a lot of artists who don’t like sharing their secrets! Thanks in advance for reading this,
    Raeann

    1. Thank you for your kind comments. I am no expert on anything, but I’m happy to share what little I know!

      I’ve embroidered on both paper and fabric, printed on an inkjet. I usually back paper with iron-on interfacing – called Vilene in the UK, not sure what it is called down under. I feel it helps to strengthen the paper and prevent tearing. Another problem with paper is that needle holes made by mistake will show, so I usually either mark where I want to stitch on the back, for example if I’m stitching a grid, or make the holes from the front before stitching from the back.

      Fabric is easier to sew but harder to print on. One tip I came across was to use A4 sized self adhesive labels as carrier sheets to put the fabric through the printer. The Avery brand ones are repositionable, so it is easier to get the fabric smooth on them that I expected, and with care one label can be reused a couple of times. They were a little hard to find but eventually I got some from Staples, but obviously I don’t know about stockists in Oz! If you do decide to use fabric there are is stuff you can use to prepare the fabric for printing – Bubblejetset, Inkaid and one made by Golden, the name of which escapes me. Or you can buy pre-prepared fabric sheets, or T-shirt transfer sheets – I’ve tried most of them, and they all have strengths and weaknesses. You can also print direct onto fabric but it tends to come out paler, and will not be washable.

      One person who does very exciting things with inkjet prints is Dorothy Krause

      http://www.dotkrause.com/

      She doesn’t stitch on them, I think, but she does all sorts of other things! They are several other people embroidering on photos, too, if you haven’t already Googled for them.

      I hope I’m not just telling you what you already know. If anything is not clear, please get in touch. And apologies for any typos, autocorrect on my iPad has a mind of its own, and I don’t always spot them.

      My main bit of advice is just do it. Even if you want to use irreplaceable ‘real’ photos, you can scan them and try out your ideas on the scans before committing yourself.

      Celia

  3. Celia, your website is looking AWESOME. The photos are stunning. I love ‘Cellophane”. I love all of them, really, and I have admired ALL of the detail shots.

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