Sunday, 8 September 2019

Two finished projects and another started!

8th September 2019

Details from my finished wall hanging made using experimental pieces of eco/rust dyeing fabric from my stash.......

....I have really enjoyed experimenting with stitches, also added tiny beads to the folded silk strip to add texture....


....added the rusty washer to this....


....appliqued eco dyed leaves...


....added seed stitch to this eco dyed wool using eucalyptus leaves....


....this design was made using pins then sprayed with vinegar/water and left for a couple of days, stitched over the pin marks...


....a piece of old linen with a variety of stitches and a hand made bead added....



...stitch and thread weaving detail....



...rusty nails and washers added to this piece



....the finished hanging in my hallway!



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Also finished the baby blanket ready for my new grandchild in November, so excited!!


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Made a template for the felt I made....


....cut out 3 glasses cases for the McMillan fundraiser...


....hand stitched in blanket stitch...



...just 2 more to stitch.

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My next project is a quilt for my granddaughter made using fabrics from my stash, waiting for the wadding to arrive then I can start the hand stitching.


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Thought I would share my quirky pot, was given a new plant for it for my birthday, just makes me smile!!!


A deer munching ferns in Richmond Park....


....view of the Thames from one of my walks....


I am so very lucky to live here!




Sunday, 18 August 2019

Seed heads, making felt and fund raising gifts....

18th August 2019

Already half way through August and the weather has been very mixed here in London.

I have enjoyed walks and watching amazing seed heads develop in the garden borders and beside paths, picking some to put in a vase at home.....


...a friend brought me these from her allotment, so delicate, I decided to weave them using a papery yarn, it is now on the wall in my hallway .....

...I am thinking of sticking these in a small oasis wreath as a door decoration...




....a small arrangement of some grasses, seed heads and feathers in a lovely charity shop find ceramic vase...


....shadow on my work table from my vase of seed heads.


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Finished 'Foxy', a gift for somebody special, made from Luna Lapin's Friends Book.


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I have been asked to have a craft table at a McMillan Fundraiser so a friend and I have been making some key rings and pendants using supplies from our stash...



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Made some felt using fleece from my stash, wove strips...


...then used the embellisher, a good solid felt to make a simple glasses case, again for the fundraiser....


....hand dyed fleece embellished on wool felt, more textured than the last piece...


....I thought the back was interesting!


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Last but not least my son took me out for lunch to celebrate my birthday and I ordered this AMAZING dessert! Chocolate bomb enclosing crunchy ice cream sitting in a mousse and salted caramel sauce poured over, it was soooo delicious, I savoured every mouthful! Also had lunch with my daughter the previous week in a lovely little fish restaurant and with my sister on my actual birthday where I had pancakes, crispy bacon, caramelised banana and maple syrup!!!

This photo shows my dessert in a large ceramic dish, a work of art!


I rarely eat out so it really has been special and great to spend quality time with family.



Saturday, 3 August 2019

Lovely walks and more stitching...

3rd August 2019

I have been enjoying walking in different parks in my area and the flowers are glorious......


...so tempted to pick some of these album seed heads...









.....thistles about 7ft high, colour and texture so beautiful...



....also collected more seed heads.....









...just need poppy heads now......

....went into Richmond Park for a picnic and discovered this amazing wild area.....



...bees and butterflies heaven...



.....complete with insect hotel!


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More stitching on my hanging, I added rusty screws and washers...


....beads and buttons and seed stitch.




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Also finished Mr Foxy as a gift.


Made a card for a special friend's 25th Wedding Anniversary.


 started a new project, as though I haven't enough!!!!

A while ago when I was house-sitting I made small squares to show how different embroidery stitches could be used and different effects using  simple stitches. Last week I bought an old french wooden reel to make a different sort of wall hanging. I saw this idea a long time ago and it really appealed, this is a project I can pick up anytime. 


I have also enjoyed special, precious hours with my beautiful granddaughter, I am blessed!!