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......





Sunday, 8 September 2019

Two finished projects and another started!

8th September 2019

Details from my finished wall hanging made using experimental pieces of eco/rust dyeing fabric from my stash.......

....I have really enjoyed experimenting with stitches, also added tiny beads to the folded silk strip to add texture....


....added the rusty washer to this....


....appliqued eco dyed leaves...


....added seed stitch to this eco dyed wool using eucalyptus leaves....


....this design was made using pins then sprayed with vinegar/water and left for a couple of days, stitched over the pin marks...


....a piece of old linen with a variety of stitches and a hand made bead added....



...stitch and thread weaving detail....



...rusty nails and washers added to this piece



....the finished hanging in my hallway!



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Also finished the baby blanket ready for my new grandchild in November, so excited!!


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Made a template for the felt I made....


....cut out 3 glasses cases for the McMillan fundraiser...


....hand stitched in blanket stitch...



...just 2 more to stitch.

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My next project is a quilt for my granddaughter made using fabrics from my stash, waiting for the wadding to arrive then I can start the hand stitching.


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Thought I would share my quirky pot, was given a new plant for it for my birthday, just makes me smile!!!


A deer munching ferns in Richmond Park....


....view of the Thames from one of my walks....


I am so very lucky to live here!




Sunday, 18 August 2019

Seed heads, making felt and fund raising gifts....

18th August 2019

Already half way through August and the weather has been very mixed here in London.

I have enjoyed walks and watching amazing seed heads develop in the garden borders and beside paths, picking some to put in a vase at home.....


...a friend brought me these from her allotment, so delicate, I decided to weave them using a papery yarn, it is now on the wall in my hallway .....

...I am thinking of sticking these in a small oasis wreath as a door decoration...




....a small arrangement of some grasses, seed heads and feathers in a lovely charity shop find ceramic vase...


....shadow on my work table from my vase of seed heads.


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Finished 'Foxy', a gift for somebody special, made from Luna Lapin's Friends Book.


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I have been asked to have a craft table at a McMillan Fundraiser so a friend and I have been making some key rings and pendants using supplies from our stash...



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Made some felt using fleece from my stash, wove strips...


...then used the embellisher, a good solid felt to make a simple glasses case, again for the fundraiser....


....hand dyed fleece embellished on wool felt, more textured than the last piece...


....I thought the back was interesting!


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Last but not least my son took me out for lunch to celebrate my birthday and I ordered this AMAZING dessert! Chocolate bomb enclosing crunchy ice cream sitting in a mousse and salted caramel sauce poured over, it was soooo delicious, I savoured every mouthful! Also had lunch with my daughter the previous week in a lovely little fish restaurant and with my sister on my actual birthday where I had pancakes, crispy bacon, caramelised banana and maple syrup!!!

This photo shows my dessert in a large ceramic dish, a work of art!


I rarely eat out so it really has been special and great to spend quality time with family.