Tuesday, 14 January 2020

A layered, textured picture

14th January 2020

WISHING YOU ALL A VERY HAPPY AND HEALTHY 2020!

I haven't posted for a long time due to illness but am feeling much better now and slowly being creative again....


My photos look a little hazy, not sure why, maybe the poor light at the moment!!

I began by layering ribbons, fabrics, netting on wadding and then covered with organza...


....began stitching circle/oval shapes and cut away fabric....



....eventually arrived at this but felt it needed 'something more'....


....added a hand made bead, layered rounds of fabric and hand embroidery....






...the final result, LOTS OF TEXTURE!


I really enjoyed the whole process and glad I added the texture.

I also have a new grandson, a brother for Alba, who is gorgeous.

Thursday, 24 October 2019

A Black and White Fabric Book

24th October 2019

Laid up with Shingles at the moment and couldn't believe it is a month since I posted on my blog!

My new grandchild is due next month and I decided to make a soft, washable fabric book in black and white ......

...simple shapes were cut out of Bondaweb backed fabric and stitched onto the contrasting background fabric backed with cotton wadding....




...finished concertina book...



...detail on shapes machined...







...it can also be attached to the cot sides!

My granddaughter comes to stay over usually once a week and if the weather is wet and we are unable to visit the park we have fun creating in my craft room....

....here she is threading beads to make a bracelet, I was very impressed with her concentration and threading skills....


A magic wand from a twig we found, a bracelet and necklace!


Another day she made a hedgehog, she loves to feel paint on her hands!!




Last week we made scones




...they were delicious!

Inspired by Sue Nicholls machine embroidery I made this, free machining on cotton wadding!


I started this in Cornwall in March, painted silk organza and I was going to make separate hand dyed pieces for a collage but didn't like the effect so am now going to embroider it, it will take a while!!


A little jumper for the new arrival....


and finished the Aran hat to match the cardigan for Alba!






Sunday, 22 September 2019

A Creative Couple of Weeks....

22nd September 2019

Had a little sort out of one of my storage baskets and found a mixed media piece I started a while ago and forgot about!! Strips of silk, netting, organza and ribbons stitched onto calico and a fine wadding.


I then covered this with a piece of organza...


....yesterday I decided to play and experiment. Free machined shapes and cut back some fabrics....



....close up, rather like the textures.


Continued in this way, such fun....

....the result!

I love the colours, wondered whether to hand stitch the background but think I will leave it.

Think I will make another using similar technique but placing fabrics randomly instead of in strips, incorporating some of my dissolvable fabric made with recycled threads for added texture!


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The weather has been lovely the past couple of weeks and I have been out and about with my granddaughter generally having fun, ice cream and collecting signs of autumn for her nursery project....

Kensington Gardens children's play area complete with Pirate Ship....



....grandma having fun!!









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Kew Gardens, one of my favourite places...


....a carpet of copper leaves...


...just LOVE these grasses.


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Made some Blueberry Gin, I usually make Damson but haven't seen any this year, fingers crossed it tastes okay.


A friend and I spent a couple of hours making hangings for our McMillan fundraising stall. We tried a recipe using cornflour, bicarb and air drying. Unfortunately some cracked but we intend to have another try and not make the patterns so deep!


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Finished a matinee coat for my grandchild, due in November, a Sirdar pattern and very easy, I do like a yoke.


Also finished, just a pompom to add, an aran hat to match the shawl collar aran cardigan I made for my granddaughter.


I am now hand stitching the quilt and really enjoying the slow stitching.

Until next time......