Tuesday, 12 December 2017

A Completed Experiment...

12th December 2017

Remember I made this fabric by layering ribbons on felt....


....brainstorming my ideas.....


.....made the face but didn't like it.....


....made wings by layering lacy silver fabric under soluble film, traced templates and free machined using silver metallic thread. Took a while as the thread kept breaking!


My finished angel for a special little girl to put on her tree....


...I used a natural colour felt for the face and embroidered a much simpler detail on the face, small lace flowers for the hair and bells for shoes!

Such a grey day today for photos, this is more silver than it looks.

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Tried bubble writing for a project I have in mind for the new year...

1st attempt....


....after watching you tube...


....I want to make this using machine embroidery!

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Lastly made a couple of A6 cards using items from my stash.



I really need to find an outlet for my creations, any ideas welcome!!


Sunday, 10 December 2017

Quick Catch Up

10th December 2017


There are 160 completed squares here, I need about 80 more and have managed 20 this week. I have so enjoyed making these, they measure 8 cm. Today I ordered more of the grey to join them all up to complete my throw.


Found this deep 4" x4" frame in 'the Range', ideal for this shell weaving on my indigo, potassium dyed shibori linen fabric....


....used white felt and assorted white/silver fabrics/ribbons...


...to make a fabric, think I am going to make a bird decoration and angel tree hanging with it.


I buy books from the charity shops and found these good ones, similar to Dan Brown...





....and a thriller.


Will be taking them back this week and choose more for over Christmas.

Also been baking, chocolate iced buns,  never last long in this house...


...and a new ginger cake recipe from River Cottage, I love how gingery it is and don't think this will be in the cake tin long either!!


I have also finished the back and 2 sleeves of the aran jacket, so many things 'on the go' and so little time as I am going to London on Friday to see the family then am 'house sitting' over Christmas, a new experience for me but am looking forward to it!

Hope to post again later in the week with some finished items......



Sunday, 3 December 2017

Sample from Eco Dyed Fabric and more playing!!

3rd December 2017

I have been fairly busy this week, some good sunshine days but a cold north wind....

.....I have caught up with friends in the park, litter picking this week, a walk and chat with my creative friend and a yarn bombing coffee afternoon...




....the wool fabric I eco dyed, using these threads to stitch around the outline of the leaves, on a cotton  wadding...


....just added extra stitch to one leaf...


....decided to outline shape with hand dyed threads and Kantha stitch...


....used only the left textured cotton thread and pleased with the result...


...this is going in my sample sketchbook.

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More cards...




....decided to make a new 'fabric' using felt for the base...


....used my embellisher to add chiffon and gold yarn...


....ribbons and sari silk stitched on...


....quite pleased with these baubles, might make them into cards...


.....please feel free to add other suggestions!

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These are my crochet circle/squares with a border ready for joining...


....lots more waiting for a border....


...really enjoyed making these while watching I-player....

.....hope you all have a good week x





Tuesday, 28 November 2017

A Bracing Promenade Walk....

28th November 2017

Woke up to a blue sky and sunshine, wonderful after the last very grey wet days!!

Decided to walk along the promenade into Blackpool....

.....my eyes were watering and my face was numb as I walked north into the icy wind, but it was great!!!
 My legs are quite short in reality...


.....so quiet, only a few dog walkers on the beach....


...love the patterns the sea and wind have made in the sand.



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A strip of crochet for tree wrapping for the park yarnbombing event in January..


....squares for my blanket with a border ready for stitching together...


....piles of squares waiting for a border!!


I LOVE knitting aran patterns...



..also been doing more sorting , found these sketch/notebooks....


....lined note book cover in my own dyed fabric and stitching...


.....original print on hand dyed background...



....hand made fabric using recycled sari silk, ribbons and threads....


...album/sketch book covered in my indigo dyed fabric and old lace


.....have also been preparing some more cards, hope to finish tomorrow....


Tuesday, 21 November 2017

More cards and experiment results....

21st November 2017

Another grey, drizzly day here in Blackpool so have continued my 'playing'.....

.....eucalyptus leaves collected from Kew Gardens.....


.....bundled and steamed...


....the result, I was hoping for orange leaves but still quite pleased with the result.


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Small scraps of painted Bondaweb ironed onto cotton wadding....


....stitched and made into a small square cards...






...more A6 cards..



and 4" x 4" square.


I have also prepared some funky robin cards but will finish them another day!

Must tidy up my mess now and make my meal.