Saturday, 20 July 2019

Slow Stitching on my Wallhanging

20th July 2019

I pinned a selection of my eco and rust dyed fabric experiments onto a soft cotton wadding as I wanted to make a wallhanging for my hallway. I also wanted to hand stitch in a variety of ways, something I love to do while listening to an audio book. My granddaughter has been away on holiday so I had extra time to indulge myself, but I have missed her and will be glad to have her for a sleepover next week!



This was linen which had been rust dyed and I enjoyed experimenting with straight stitch....




....muslin with some needle weaving...


....a very fine cotton rusted with small metal plates, again experimenting with straight stitch!


Lots more to do and I also need more threads!

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The parks are looking spectacular at the moment, so many rich, vibrant colours and shapes...



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Last week I went to an Indian themed garden party, my neighbours decided to dress up so some of us went to Southall looking for items to decorate the marquee and something to wear. We had such a fun afternoon choosing....

....my outfit, just couldn't resist these colours, scarf, dress and trousers all for £10 !!!


The tables in the marquee...


....a beautiful day...


....set in lovely gardens...


...it was a great afternoon enjoyed by all.

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Lastly not sure whether I showed you this eco dyed piece with small eucalyptus leaves.....


...leaves wrapped in wool, bound and steamed, much lighter than my previous piece!






Wednesday, 10 July 2019

Up-Cycling!!

10th July 2019

I have been busy up-cycling clothing and an old French linen bed sheet......

....this bundling is ready for my indigo vat, made from an old French linen bed sheet, I managed to make a large tablecloth and 8 napkins from the undamaged fabric...


....one of the napkins to match the tablecloth, it took a while to hem!!


Charity shop finds in white cotton and linen.....



...this was only 50p as it had a small mark on it, perfect for my granddaughter....




....so good to up-cycle!

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Made a 40th anniversary card for friends, hand embroidered french knots on silk....


...picked up some more eucalyptus leaves on a walk....


...result of eco dyeing by steaming on wool, not sure what I will do with it yet!!


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Another visit to Kew Gardens and the beds were fabulous...




Another busy week ahead, thank you for visiting.....






Thursday, 27 June 2019

Craft Stall and Eco Dyeing

27th June 2019

Goodness it has been ages since I posted on my blog, really don't know where the time has gone!!

I had a craft stall in the local craft fair.....








...sold some cards and indigo dyed tea towels and met some lovely people.
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As I was walking home last week all these leaves were lying on the pavement beneath a huge eucalyptus tree, just had to pick up a few, was hoping they would eco dye orange. 


I usually just steam a bundle whenever I have dyed this way before but thought I would investigate on Google. This person boiled the bundle in a mixture of white vinegar /water and a small amount of rust water. so thought I would have a go. 


Could not believe my eyes when I took the bundle out of the pan, I rinsed in cold water then left to almost dry in the bundle. When unwrapped after it had completely dried this was the result!


Close up, rather a sludgy colour but might look better with a hand stitched outline.


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One of my neighbours has an allotment and I offered to weed and water while they are away.....





....found this beautiful dandelion seed head, 9cm diameter, so brought it home for my vase of seed heads, don't know how long it will last.....






Monday, 17 June 2019

More from Chihully at Kew...

17th June 2019

Friends came to visit and we had a brilliant time at Kew despite the showers!

STUNNING CREATIONS IN BLOWN GLASS....













....large installations in the gardens and Temperate House....







....view from the balcony...









...this exhibition is on until October and well worth a visit.

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I bought this kit in Ally Pally last year...


...really enjoyed making it.


Sketch book samples ....



....my next slow stitch project using rust and eco dyed fabrics from my stash, I always like to have something I can pick up when the mood takes me!


....another wip, it still needs something, maybe seed stitch and another tree.


Had a lovely day with my granddaughter yesterday celebrating her 3rd Birthday, how time flies!