Tuesday, 27 October 2020

Finished my seascape wallhanging!!!

 27th October 2020

Hope this finds you well and coping in these very strange times....


...yesterday I managed to finish my wall hanging that I actually started in March!!! Kept doing a little then putting on one side, mainly because I lost my creative mojo so am really pleased it is now ready to go on the wall. Most of the fabrics have been hand dyed and it has been great to use up some of my stash. A mixture of hand, machine embroidery with bead embellishment.



Some close ups...





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My lovely friend from our Cornwall course sent me these limpet shells which she had drilled...


...enjoyed embroidering them...





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Spent an enjoyable day at Kew with the grandchildren, just love these grasses...



...fantastic colours on these eucalyptus trees in the children's garden...



...so many seed heads.


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I have been mask making as I think we will be wearing them for quite a while. This pattern was recommended to me as good for use with glasses, I was able to walk around the supermarket without my glasses on top of my head for the first time!!!


After testing the sample I made a few more.


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This morning I was looking for a piece of indigo dyed fabric which of course made me have a sort out and found 2 projects to complete...

...this is hand made felt made on my embellisher with silk threads , rods and cocoons added, think I will do lots of hand stitch to complete...


.....think I will add lots of kanthan and maybe coloured circles, maybe even a shell or two.....



...as I look through my craft room window the rain and leaves are falling steadily, such a shame it is wet for half term, hope it is fine on Friday for another trip to Kew to follow the Gruffalo Trail.

Until the next time, keep safe x












Friday, 11 September 2020

Card Making

11th September 2020

I decided to make poppy cards as I haven't any left in my box.


Began by cutting a strip of calico and backing with wadding and 'stitch and tear' for stability while free machining.....

....I painted with Ko in Or dye....


....these colours faded when dry.

Used my variegated threads for a background...






...Lastly free machined some red poppy shapes, added fabric circles secured with a tiny black bead and finished with some small french knots. Cut the strip into 3 and overstitched the edges....


....produced 3 cards!




It is ages since I did any free machining and I thoroughly enjoyed myself.

Still working on my sea wall hanging, might do some free machining on that....

 

Sunday, 6 September 2020

W i P...

6th September 2020

A wall hanging which has been in my workroom since the beginning of lockdown!!! My creative juices have been affected severely!

I have used my own dyed fabrics, indigo and tea, the middle is silk and the top is muslin.


Adding various strips of assorted fabric to create texture...


...some free machine stitching but mostly hand stitching which I love doing while listening to an audio book, escapism!!

Still lots more to do, watch this space, I may even complete it by Christmas!!


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I have made a little rope bowl with a tutorial from Pinterest....

...cotton rope is wound round and secured with pins then machined using zigzag stitch...


....I cut some indigo dyed silk strips to wind round the rope and continued to stitch in place, quite fiddly, need more practise!


The thread is to illustrate size, a small ring bowl, think I might stitch a button on the edge to decorate, not bad for a first attempt.


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Again U Tube tutorials helped me to crochet these flowers...


...and this Granny Square...


....I have used them to decorate a crochet strip for yarn bombing a tree.


Took quite a while to complete but I can crochet while watching TV.

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Last but not least I have up-cycled a coffee tin using hessian, the container can be used for seed heads, pens, pencils or paint brushes.



All for now x






 

Friday, 14 August 2020

A visit to the Kimono Exhibition at the V&A

 14th August 2020


A birthday treat for me, very quiet in the V&A and very safe....



...where the old meets the new...


































...beautiful embroidery on these sashes...




















































...close up of embroidery...





...modern designs...







..love the design and colours...









...a wedding dress for the ceremony...


....over Kimono for the celebrations...





























...close up of embroidery....



...modern padded Kimono Jacket.


I am afraid my photos do not do these garments justice, the colours, designs and embroidery were soooo beautiful!