Tuesday, 12 January 2021

Hand embroidery on Khadi paper

 12th January 2021


A short update, my yarnbombing was up for only four days, one person complained and I had to take it down!! On the second day a little girl ran to the tree and hugged it, made my day!!


I have been following Karin Lunds on Instagram and love her work, stitching on paper. This was my inspiration this week....

...using Khadi paper from my stash...


...very simply stitched...


...and another....



....on a roll now...


...final piece, not quite sure what to do with them but I loved the process, this has been woven in the centre!


I listen to story tapes while I am stitching, so enjoyable.

Also joining in with Anne Brookes Textiles making 52 tags this year..

...the theme for the 1st was white, buttons, embroidery and lace....



...also made another winter scene for a card....


....also a few people in my block of flats, 75+ have either had their vaccines or have been given an appointment for this week, great morale booster!






Saturday, 2 January 2021

New Years Day Yarn bombing!

 HAPPY  2021  TO  YOU  ALL


I think I have told you during lockdowns I have been using all spare and donated yarn to prepare for a yarn bomb in the new year. I decided to do it on the 1st and as I was finishing the final tree......





...a lady came striding across the road to ask what I was doing! I replied that I was yarn bombing, the lady wanted to know why and I said to make people smile. Her reply was that it didn't make her smile and she furiously told me to remove it!! I explained pleasantly that I had permission. Apparently she hadn't given me permission but she was just another resident in the close. Her departing words were,''I am organising a petition!"

Not quite the response I had in mind, I did wonder if said lady might remove the tree coverings overnight but they are still in place.

I will inform you of any updates but haven't received the petition as yet, watch this space.....


Wednesday, 30 December 2020

Creating a winter landscape

 30th December 2020


My last post of the year!! 

Think we are all very glad to see the end of 2020 and look forward to a better 2021.


I am sure I have mentioned the textile artist Emma Wigginton who has been making videos on You Tube, this work was inspired by her....

I collected as many white and silvery fabrics as I could from my stash including silk velvet, silk organza, linen, cotton, scarf oddments and netting. These were then cut into landscape shaped strips and pinned on  cotton wadding after trying different arrangements! I made a long strip as I thought I might make a picture and some cards.....





...selected threads including metallic...


...free machined in place...





...as yet I have only produced 2 cards, thought they would be good for winter birthdays.



I still have a lot of base landscape to play with in the new year!

Wishing you all a very happy, healthy and peaceful 2021x


Thursday, 26 November 2020

Christmas cards and tree hangers

26th November 2020


Hello everyone, do hope you are all keeping well. My magazine project 'kick started' me into a few creative days  which I will now share with you....

....I used a red felt base and stitched on a variety of ribbons from my stash and discovered how easy it was to use the automatic stitches on my fairly new machine, had such fun playing and would highly recommend! 

This was using red and silver...



...enjoyed the procedure so much I made a gold and red!


Made card templates and made a selection of cards.






Again using felt and ribbons from my stash made these.









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I think I have mentioned Emma Wigginton before and this is another of her free projects on u-tube....

...layer fabric strips onto a calico base to form a landscape, first attempt, but was not happy!!


2nd attempt, ready for my embellisher...


...after embellisher and ready for machine/hand embroidery, I love the way the embellisher brings out the texture of the fabrics.


Will continue this project this week so watch this space!













Friday, 6 November 2020

Christmas Bunting and a visit to Kew

 6th November 2020


Just started another lockdown but feel much better about it this time!!

The community where I live have asked if I would write an article for the magazine on a Christmas Craft which spurred me to make something! Looked on Pinterest and found a tutorial for Christmas Tree bunting and this is my version...


...made a card template...


...traced around to make a paper template...


...sandwich of fabric, backing, wadding and front....


....pin to sandwich and machine around....





...cut out with pinking shears....



....attach to ribbon/tape with a button ....



...think I will put it up in our entrance hall, other shapes could be star, bell, robin or heart or even a mixture!!

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Last week I took my daughter and granddaughter to Kew for the Gruffalo Trail, the colours were magnificent and my photos don't do them justice as it was a grey day but here is a flavour.....














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Also made 2 Christmas cakes ...


.....these will be 'fed' weekly with brandy!!

Stay safe x