Wednesday, 30 December 2009
Tuesday, 29 December 2009
As this is my first quilt, I chose to quilt diagonally across the quilt in red:
Dad sporting a very fetching moustache! My 5 year old nephew saw this picture and wanted to know why I looked like a boy - thanks James!!:
Wednesday, 23 December 2009
Any excuse to get out my button jars and have a jolly good rummage is not to be missed. So I layered the buttons and threaded them together rather than wiring them around a central chain, and I think the effect is rather fetching:
I always give my necklaces a 'test run' by wearing them for a day to check the hang and that they are sturdy and not in any way uncomfortable. I must say I loved wearing this one - and it drew a few comments during the short time I wore it. I think that I shall make myself one once I have replenished by button stock!
Now I am on a roll with this Christmas pressie making... so what is the next one on the list??
Tuesday, 22 December 2009
Being so close to Christmas it was a perfect opportunity to make her some special Christmas decorations. All three are made from silk and here are the results.
The first is a heart is worked with goldwork leaves and ribbon roses on front and stuffed with fluff:
This is also decorated with goldwork leaves and roses.
I wrapped them first in black tissue followed by red sparkly netting (because you always need a little sparkle on a birthday!)
I used wired ribbon to tie a bow, but decided that this was still not enough so had to go a step further - and make a ribbon flower to go on the front:
This is the brooch off of the gift, though I don't think the picture really does it justice.
Sarah seemed to love it and that is what really counts!
Sunday, 20 December 2009
Anyway, today has been the day for the big co-ordinated Christmas Drop for the Toy Society and I have rustled up a couple of toys to join in. I had so much fun dropping BeeJay that I just had to do it again. For those of you that haven't heard of the Toy Society, it is well worth taking a look at and getting involved with 'random acts of craft'.
He is a simple felt 'funny', very cute and simple to make.
Emily was left outside Clarks Shoe shop, also in Serpentine Green Shopping centre (it seemed the best bet as it was inside and therefore warm!!)
She is made out of some of the leftover scraps from my fabric elephants:
Saturday, 7 November 2009
This meant that for my homework I had to read lots and lots of quilting blogs. What a hardship!!!! I had a great time, read some fab stories, and chatted with some very nice people.
So for a change, the hard work of studying really wasn't hard work at all!
The results can be found here! Feel free to take a look (and a laugh!!!).
Friday, 6 November 2009
They did a great job and I really enjoyed teaching them.
Friday, 30 October 2009
Well here is another completed beaded button that I tantalised you with on the previous blog:
Well I have to disappear now to pack up my kit for my class tomorrow.
Sunday, 18 October 2009
I had a lovely big hematite cabochon and some hematite beads of mixed shapes and sizes which perfectly fit the bill. So here is the result of an evenings beading the night before the wedding!
Here is the detail - I added a little asymmetrical fringe to add drama to such a lovely stone:
It worked very well and I had quite a few nice comments from people. I have worn it on quite a few occasions since - including when I am out on site wearing a suit and it looks great.
Another item that I have started is an addition to my beaded buttons collection for the course I am teaching at Art & Stitch next weekend. This is still underway but you get the idea...
I wanted to do something a little different from the 'randoms' and the definite patterned beads that I have done so far, as well as move away from the duel colourways that I have used to date. This one uses a mix of colours with no pretence at coordination - simply a 'joy' of colours! It is still a work in progress, and getting the eyes level will be a challenge, but I always love trying something new!
Well tomorrow I am attending a class at Art & Stitch with the talented Gina as tutor, so I will probably come back immensely inspired and shut myself away for days! I can't wait!
Wednesday, 30 September 2009
they look so cute in the grass!
I think I might try a giraffe next - possibly with 4 legs this time!
Tuesday, 22 September 2009
My 'Midnight Dreams' necklace. I was a finalist out of 1,700 entries which still stuns me to silence!
The winner in my category of 'cabochons'.
The overall winner.
What amazing work!!!
Monday, 14 September 2009
It doesn't use a bobbin, just some ingenious twiddling with the top thread underneath.
Friday, 4 September 2009
This one is called Use the Muse and sounds brilliant. You purchase a bundle of beads (including the Muse focal bead) and away you go, creating a wearble piece. You can do exactly as you like, using as much or a little of the bundle as you want - though you MUST use the Muse! The results for the previous 2 contests where amazing, and I love seeing th different work produced from the same set of beads. So I have sent my $30 for the beads, and I await the parcel with baited breath!
As the main rule of Use the Muse is that you don't reveal the Muse until the results are published, so I would not be able to share any pics until it is done, but I think I can manage. Winners are announced mid November so it is not too long to keep schtum!!!
Thursday, 3 September 2009
It is called ' I Miss My Garden' because my new house only has lawn, and I miss flowers!
I quilted it with free style leaves around the edge.
I am delighted with the results and will find some sunny spot in the house to hang it!
Wednesday, 2 September 2009
I am glad I finally got around to putting it together, and it looks great on my bed!
Tuesday, 1 September 2009
Thanks to all of those who wished me luck on entering Midnight Dreams. Being a finalist on my first 'go' will be a hard act to follow. I will have to think hard on my effort for 2010!
Monday, 24 August 2009
I find that this is one of the problems with these shows. You begin to suffer from sensory overload by halfway through the afternoon because there is just too much to see. I swear that I was colour blind by 4.30pm!
Here are some of the highlights that I managed to get pics of! I loved this Scottie quilt - so much personality and humour:
It was a great day and I came home buzzing with ideas and enthusiasm - so off to the sewing machine I shall go! See you at Christmas :)
Saturday, 22 August 2009
This has been today's project:
Friday, 24 July 2009
Being new to quilting and applique I have simplified the flowers a bit, but this is the basic design.
As it turns out I not to put in the leaves because it confuses things a bit and makes it more fussy than I would like.
I have not started quilting yet (and as this is my first go I am not sure which direction to take yet) and I may find it hard to resist embellishing it but we shall see where it takes me. I can feel this one 'growing' as I work on it. Just like the garden I am missing!