Thursday, 17 December 2015

Preparing for Christmas and Experimenting.....

17th December 2015

I have been busy for the last few weeks but mainly with surprises so haven't been able to blog!

I made most of my own cards this year but forgot to take photos of all of them......

....I used all sorts from my stash of many years....












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Made 3 cushions using fabric I had left after I made a throw.....



......decorated some candles and charity shop glasses.


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We usually travel to London to spend Christmas with the family but this year they are coming to us....

....a lovely fabric tree made by my niece a few years ago, have to keep it out of Jacks way!!!


So many memories attached to decorating the tree with decorations collected over many years...

.....and this lovely hand carved nativity set which was always in my parents hallway, they bought it in Bethlehem....



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Last Christmas I was given a Stitch magazine subscription and today I used an idea from it....

....this was just experimenting before I make a cushion or two...

....wadding, felt. organza, net and a selection of circles in different fabrics....


....circles arranged on top...


....covered in net...


....free machined around the circles using variegated/metallic threads.....


.....cut away the net from the circles to reveal the textures of velvet, silk, satin and cotton.

Some free machining between the circles in silver thread.


I enjoyed this process and was pleased with the result.

Next time I would only use velvet, silk and shiny fabrics, think I might make my own felt and will cut away all the net or not use it at all.

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Must ice my cake now to use the egg whites left over from my marzipan....