Wednesday, 30 December 2015

Beaded Trim

 
I decided to jazz up a red blouse with a beaded trim and there was no time to go and buy some. I improvised by painting some lace red with acrylic paint. Once dry I washed the lace to check that the paint did not wash out- acrylic paint is usually quite colour fast. I then stitched to the blouse and beaded in the spaces. It was so easy and relaxing to do.
 
 

Saturday, 26 December 2015

A few more cosy scarves

Even though I really don't need any more scarves I just love this pattern so I made a few more!
Road Trip Scarf - here


Thursday, 24 December 2015

Ava's Stocking

 
So this year it will be Ava's first Christmas and she needed a stocking of her own to hang up on Christmas Eve.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Wednesday, 23 December 2015

A Christmas Picture

 
 
I went on a fantastic one day workshop with Lynne Gilbert where we made these amazing box frames complete with Winter Scene and even a light. I love it!!
 
have a look here at her blog - Lynne's Things
 

Friday, 18 December 2015

A banner

I made a Frayed Round the Edges banner taking the design from my business card. I transferred the design to fabric and enhanced with embroidery and some sparkle.
 
 

Wednesday, 16 December 2015

A Tiny Owl

 
 
Then I wanted to see how small I could make something.......here is my tiny owl.
 

Saturday, 12 December 2015

Needle felted Angels

 
My first attempt at needle felting to create a set of Angel decorations. Needle felting is quite addictive even though I kept stabbing myself!!
 
 


Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Wrapped Candles

Experimenting with cutting Vinyl on my Cameo machine
 to create wraps for battery operated candles.
 
 
 
 
 
 


Sunday, 6 December 2015

Thursday, 3 December 2015

Giant Corsages

 
Lovely big corsages made form Organza fabrics with beaded centres.
 
 

Sunday, 29 November 2015

Tree Decorations

 
 
Making some cute little tree decorations from printed fabric.
 

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Down the street

Have been making some house shaped lavender bags from scraps of fabric and lace ready for Christmas gifts.
 
 


Saturday, 21 November 2015

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Saturday, 14 November 2015

Butterflies

 
 
Busy making more butterflies and adapting the process. Machine stitched fabric butterflies are hand painted and glazed with a sparkle finish.
They are then made into brooches.
 

 
 

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Friday, 23 October 2015

A Steampunk Bird Workshop


Teaching a bird workshop recently at Fantasia Textiles with some amazing results. Although some parts were fiddly to machine the students managed to produce a flock of birds by the end of the day. Now they just need lots of hand stitching and some metal embellishments.









Tuesday, 20 October 2015

A Collage Workshop

Another fast paced workshop produced great results. I am constantly amazed how the pieces evolve when I teach this workshop!





Friday, 16 October 2015

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Friday, 9 October 2015

Something for the Weekend

Finished this cardigan for myself, something snuggly and cosy for a winter weekend.
 
 

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Friday, 2 October 2015

Memories of Nanny G

 
 
Memories

Both my grandmothers gave me my first experiences of needlework and taught me to Knit, Crochet and Stitch. Nanny G was a dressmaker who made all her own clothes. She had a new-fangled Singer machine, but she preferred to stitch every seam by hand! She must have had only one dress pattern, a pinafore with patch pockets for hankies. She made this in every fabric available.

By contrast Nanny P was a bit of a rebel and was able to make something from nothing. Today she would have been at the forefront of the upcycling, re purposing community. We spent many days hunting out treasures in junk shops and at jumble sales. With her I cut buttons off shirts and unravelled jumpers. I still love to give something a new lease of life and search for treasures wherever I go.

 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 


Monday, 28 September 2015

Memories of Nanny P


Memories

Both my grandmothers gave me my first experiences of needlework and taught me to Knit, Crochet and Stitch. Nanny G was a dressmaker who made all her own clothes. She had a new-fangled Singer machine, but she preferred to stitch every seam by hand! She must have had only one dress pattern, a pinafore with patch pockets for hankies. She made this in every fabric available.

By contrast Nanny P was a bit of a rebel and was able to make something from nothing. Today she would have been at the forefront of the upcycling, re purposing community. We spent many days hunting out treasures in junk shops and at jumble sales. With her I cut buttons off shirts and unravelled jumpers. I still love to give something a new lease of life and search for treasures wherever I go.

 



Thursday, 24 September 2015

Monday, 21 September 2015

Fragile Garden

 
My Fragile Garden printers tray filled with miniature embroideries  partially hidden behind an embroidered veil.
 
 


Friday, 18 September 2015

Noteworthy

 
A subtle card using vintage papers and butterflies.....
 
 

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Friday, 11 September 2015

Baby Ripple...

 
 
Because I just have to share my gorgeous Granddaughter resting on my crochet baby blanket!!