Tuesday, 28 November 2017

A Bracing Promenade Walk....

28th November 2017

Woke up to a blue sky and sunshine, wonderful after the last very grey wet days!!

Decided to walk along the promenade into Blackpool....

.....my eyes were watering and my face was numb as I walked north into the icy wind, but it was great!!!
 My legs are quite short in reality...


.....so quiet, only a few dog walkers on the beach....


...love the patterns the sea and wind have made in the sand.



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A strip of crochet for tree wrapping for the park yarnbombing event in January..


....squares for my blanket with a border ready for stitching together...


....piles of squares waiting for a border!!


I LOVE knitting aran patterns...



..also been doing more sorting , found these sketch/notebooks....


....lined note book cover in my own dyed fabric and stitching...


.....original print on hand dyed background...



....hand made fabric using recycled sari silk, ribbons and threads....


...album/sketch book covered in my indigo dyed fabric and old lace


.....have also been preparing some more cards, hope to finish tomorrow....


Tuesday, 21 November 2017

More cards and experiment results....

21st November 2017

Another grey, drizzly day here in Blackpool so have continued my 'playing'.....

.....eucalyptus leaves collected from Kew Gardens.....


.....bundled and steamed...


....the result, I was hoping for orange leaves but still quite pleased with the result.


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Small scraps of painted Bondaweb ironed onto cotton wadding....


....stitched and made into a small square cards...






...more A6 cards..



and 4" x 4" square.


I have also prepared some funky robin cards but will finish them another day!

Must tidy up my mess now and make my meal.



Monday, 20 November 2017

A Creative Play Weekend....

20th November 2017

I have been using 'various bits' from my stash and just playing while listening to the radio....

4"x 4" Christmas cards..


....I used a piece of 'sari silk' handmade fabric and hessian, as you know by now I love textures...


....the red fabric was some I made about 4 years ago and is made from layered ribbons covered in organza...


....beautiful embroidered ribbon scraps on hessian....





...APOLOGIES for photos, no real natural light!!

These are my own dyed fabrics backed with Shrink Polyester...


....free machined...



....ironed using baking parchment, lovely textures....



...programmed zig zag stitch...


....rather pleased with this pattern...


....this is cotton fabric used as a 'cleaning cloth' after dyeing...


....wavy straight stitch...


.....this reminds me of a bathing costume I had as a child...




.....not sure what I will do with these pieces, maybe free machine seed heads on them and make into cards.

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An experiment using fabric I was given, think it is wool but not sure! I washed, rinsed and soaked in distilled vinegar water before placing these eucalyptus leaves, collected from Kew, on the top....


...rolled, tied and steamed for 4hours....


....I am waiting before I open the bundle, I was hoping for a lovely orange leaf print but think I am going to be disappointed, but we shall see!!

Come back tomorrow to see the result....