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Tuesday, 18 January 2022

Cards

18th January 2022


A belated New Year to you all. It is so long since I wrote a blog and I really don't know why !!

I needed some cards for birthdays coming up this year....

...using fabric from my stash I stitched a long strip, hand dyed fabrics layered 


....held down with machine stitching...


....cut up into squares.


Hand embroidered...




....this was some indigo fabric with simple flowers hand embroidered.


I have also made a jumper for my niece on circular needles from the neck down, a challenge but was pleased with the result. Unfortunately forgot to take a photo!!

Also made an aran jacket and hat to match for my grandson but again forgot to take a photo.

Hope to be back soon x


 

Sunday, 12 September 2021

Mixed Media

 12th September 2021


I started this in July, inspired by the beautiful wild flower meadows in the London Parks....

....I layered up various fabrics, some hand dyed/painted and different textures, pinned in place on cotton wadding, then used my embellisher..... 


....I changed the sky to some indigo dyed silk rather than have the dark blue in the previous photo!

Free machined some grasses in the background....



....added french knots, poppies and daises with hand stitching...


.....more hand-stitching, decided to leave it at that.


If I made something like this again I would do a lot more background stitching before adding the flowers, but it does bring back happy memories of park visits with the grandchildren!

The embellished background idea came from Emma Wigginton, textile artist, who gives free demos on You-tube


Saturday, 11 September 2021

Cards

11th September  2021


Lots of work in progress here, these are some cards I have made using items from my stash to raise funds for McMillan......

...Kantha stitched hearts for an anniversary...


....pressed flowers on hand made paper....





...little girl on velvet...



.....machine embroidered seed heads on hand dyed fabric...



....mixture of machine/hand stitching on a painted background...


....machine embroidered seed heads on hand dyed linen....


....bird on organza background...


.....hand made fabric heart on hessian....


....seed heads on organza background.



Monday, 12 July 2021

Another flower inspired by Wendy Dolan


 12th July 2021

I decided to make an iris with help from a book by Wendy Dolan...

....drew an outline on tracing paper with help from Google and copied onto 'stitch and tear' paper...


...the fabric background was made from a variety of torn strips and some hand embroidery for extra texture....



....painted with dyes...


...organza was tacked onto the front...


.....stitch and tear was stitched around the template from the reverse...


...stems were machine embroidered...


....more texture was added using layer of organza, fleece and french knots...


....I have really enjoyed the process and am planning at least 2 more so watch this space!


Saturday, 26 June 2021

Free machined seed heads

26th June 2021

It has been a while since I was here!

I have been spending time with my grandchildren which is always lots of fun.

I made this background in December, a winter background....


....I drew seed heads on a piece of 'stitch and tear'...


.....attached the right side to the back of the fabric....


....stitched and tore the paper away, this is the back.....


.....the front....


....more stitching for definition.



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I have really enjoyed walking in the parks with wonderful wild flower meadows...






...a field of buttercups...



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A card for my granddaughter made using hand dyed scraps of fabric.







 

Monday, 3 May 2021

3 hand dyed cushion covers

3rd May 2021

A friend asked me to make some cushion covers for a gift, one turmeric and 2 indigo.

This is the old french linen ready to be dyed in turmeric, unfortunately the elastic bands perished in the hot water!! There was hardly any pattern on the back pieces of the cushion!


Approval sought before making up the cushion...


....finished,


Linen prepare for dyeing, The centre piece is lots of small running stitches, 2 hours stitching...







....the result, the fabric came out very pale maybe because the indigo kit had been opened for a while!
All that stitching gives a lovely rippled effect and well worth the preparation....


....back, a simple envelope design.


Fabric prepare, cotton lace, pebbles wrapped then twisted and bound fabric for the back...



....cotton lace used for a button flap on this one.