Wheal Coates

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This is Wheal Coates tin mine, which is near to St. Agnes in North Cornwall.  Images of the tin mines appear a lot in pictures, pottery and souvenirs in the area. During a ‘Sense Of Place’ workshop in November I made a demonstration sample and used a simple image of a tin mine, cut out of textured wallpaper.  This was laid onto a vintage map background, tissue was layered over and then coloured first with brusho and then oil pastels over the raised areas.  I usually make demonstration samples for classes and they never get worked on or finished but I thought I would spend a couple of hours (while watching a film!) putting some stitching into this one.  Simple stitching too, straight stitch and fly stitch, with a few sequins added for good measure. It will be stuck into one of my sketchbooks.

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In the photograph below the vintage map can be seen underneath the tissue layers and stitching.  This technique makes a lovely book cover and could always be coated with acrylic wax or another medium to make it more durable.

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