Monday, 12 November 2018

Indigo Dyeing, Leaf Hammering, Bookmarks and Mug Mats !!!

12th November 2018

I have had a great weekend with my creative friend Jo, my first weekend visitor. The weather was mixed but we did manage two walks and create using some of the fantastic leaves that are all around us at the moment.....


Jo collected a variety of leaves, a length of washed cotton fabric, a cutting mat and hammer and produced this beautiful piece of fabric! 



First sample, the left image has some stitching.


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I made up a small Indigo Vat and dyed a couple of samples...

...washed cotton, folded and stitched over the fold using double thread...


....pulled tight...


....few minutes in the vat and I am pleased with the result!


....this pattern was made by concertina folding the fabric and securing tightly with 4 elastic bands...


....I am going to experiment with a variety of fabrics and resists this week.

Our craft group have also been making samples and these will be shared on Wednesday, hope I remember to take photos!

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Finished and mounted my beach scene...


....made Mug Mats using pieces of my eco/rusted fabrics..


....and some Bookmarks using embroidered ribbon from my stash....


...a very productive and enjoyable week.





Sunday, 4 November 2018

Making a pin cushion in a pewter find!

4th November 2018

Another week with lots of sunshine and only one or two showers,amazing for November!!



Also wonderful cloud formations.


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I bought this little cup and saucer pin cushion in March and last week accidentelly knocked it off my work table, so cross with myself!! 


Earlier this week I was mooching around charity shops and found a little pewter container, very dirty, for £3 and decided to make myself a new, unbreakable pin cushion...

....I cleaned the outside with soapy water and polished with a dry soft cloth, poured a little PVA glue in the base...


....wrapped a small ball of wire wool in fleece and needle felted...


....kept adding fleece and felting until the container was full...


.....I love it!!!


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Added more stitching to my beach scene but still think it needs more detail...


....stitched some flowers on organza and soluble film in metallic gold thread...


....cut them out with my soldering iron but haven't used them yet!!


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Made a card for my lovely daughter, printed on linen and stitched using back stitch..


....bought this great book earlier in the year and as I pre-ordered it had the felt free...


....guess what I am making!


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I have set up a craft group in my new community and was telling the group how exciting Indigo Shibori was and showed them these samples from a couple of years ago...


....this is my favourite and took longer to unpick than it did to stitch, decided to mount them on Khadi paper then a canvas frame to put on my wall. I really want to do a lot more and have been searching Pinterest for ideas.


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Lastly had a play with paints and my Gelli plate, great fun and have lots of bright coloured papers for any mixed media work I want to do!


This week is busy, eye tests, dentist for a broken back tooth, a trip to London Zoo with my gorgeous Alba and next weekend my crafting friend from Blackpool is coming to visit!


Sunday, 28 October 2018

Printing Fun!!

28th October 2018

I made use of the extra hour this morning and had a printing session.....

...loaded Gelli Plate..


...diluted acrylic paint...


....unfortunately too much water so started again and placed string into it...


....placed bubble wrap on Gelli to make an interesting background....


....string on Gelli...


...after the string has been pulled...


....print...












...printed on Khadi paper, like the texture...





....results of a fun hour!!!


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Made my Christmas cake yesterday and gave it the first feed this morning!!!


Saturday, 27 October 2018

Finished my Cushions!!!!

27th October 2018

My cushions began, in 2016, as calico, folded, clamped using a square/circle then dropped in the Indigo vat...





...these samples went into my stash until I started Homesitting when I decided to Kantha stitch in and around the shapes.

Earlier this week I printed calico to make the back of the cushions and today decided on an envelope fastening using some of my other indigo fabric/threads to make buttons and cord...


....so easy, a little fiddling, but worth it..

...circles of fabric are cut and stitched near the edge with small running stitches....


....drawn in around the button...


....then secured..


....voila!


Stitched the button on and hand stitched the cord for the fastening...


...inserted the cushion pad and am so pleased with the result!


I appliqued some of my other Shibori designs on the square design and then Kantha stitched....


... really pleased with the result.

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Yesterday placed my seed head collection in the hallway...


.....and bought new pots and plants for the living room....


....a very satisfying week!