Thursday, 9 February 2017

Been a busy few months


Quilts for Project Linus - Lighthouses and Owls




Thistle for Travelling books


Felt rabbit - male version of Luna Lupin




Travelling books needle weaving


Peg Bag - red work birds on a washing line


Sample fabric swatch with bullion knots and needle weaving




close up of the Rabbit

Wednesday, 28 December 2016

Nearly 2017!

It has been a busy few weeks, sewing wise, finishing Xmas gifts, quilting for Linus, doing work for Travelling Books and playing with ideas.

As soon as New Year is over, I will be busy again - always seem to have lots of ideas of things to do!!!

Travelling book

Quilt for Linus

Playing with threads, beads and sequins

Quilted free motion table top mat


Better photos of the Hunters Star Quilt


Been designing a quilt for boys.

 A gift done for a Christmas gift


A quilt - again a gift


  Been designing an overarm sewing tidy

Friday, 25 November 2016

Not updated for ages!

I seem to have been very busy textile wise, but not so much to show for it!

Visited Harrogate Knit and Stitch yesterday and have lots of inspirational ideas floating around in my brain - so I will see which one floats to the surface for my next embroidery! Been to three other shows recently, Duxford Quilt Show - where I spent loads of money, but stocked up on lots of things I was running out of - like wadding and 30m of bondaweb!!!! Also visited the NEC in Birmingham, for the Stitching, Sewing and Hobbycraft exhibition and Crafting Live at Peterborough!

I made a bag, blanket stitched strips of Kaffe Fasset fabric on black canvas with fabric my daughter gave me to play with, already cut into very thin, but uneven strips.

I finished the stumpwork with felted acorn shapes, over embroidered, with threads and added to real acorn cups to fill in the gaps under the snail. Plus added an embroidered mossy stone.




I think it came out well, I have decided I like doing stumpwork - will try and do more!!

 Finished my needle painted hedgehog, on 5" hoop, he came out well and had a cute face.
 The flowers were needle woven and a request for a Travelling Book.
 Hand and machine doodle for another travelling book.


 Knocked up a Hunters Star quilt, the centre using pieces cut on a Accuquilt Go machine at a quilting demo but about to be thrown away - managed to find the same fabric for the sashing and binding.
 More needle weaving.
I mounted and framed a piece I did at a workshop, using a heat puffed plastic type stuff on lutrador that was burnt through with holes, dyed behind with a fabric dye, mounted on darker green cotton and embroidered with feather stitch and hundreds of French knots! It is supposed to look like an old garden gate overgrown with climbers.

Currently working on 3 quilts and a piece of Redwork - so still busy with my needle.

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Sold an embroidery!

I have been very busy lately, knocked u a couple of quilts and competed a very complected Stumpwork. I even sold a small hooped embroidery of a blossom tree, hundreds of little french knots!


 This was a right old mix for the Travelling books




Finished Quilt




Something to do while stewarding Embroiderers Guild, Capability Brown Exhibition


Linus Quilt


Table runner - a gift done in a morning!


Yet more french knots - done in silk on silk, Birthday card


Gift for a friends birthday


Work in progress - now has 2 acorns as well and is mounted in a box frame.


Feeling autumnal - done in an evening

Saturday, 6 August 2016

Embroidery fun and dyeing day

I have been having fun with lots of different embroidery lately, made lots of little sample brooches, each with a bit of stitching, either mini hardanger, bullion knot roses and flowers, gathered ric-rac flowers etc. to work up ideas for mini workshops. Also did a lily type flower on a 5 inch hoop and several pieces for Embroiderers Guild travelling books. My most difficult item in the last month was just a little sampler from the book Crewel Intentions, the patterned needle weaving was very taxing!!!!



Currently have several things on the go, still doing a needle painted hedgehog, a stumpwork mushroom and oak leaf picture.

I did a load of natural dyeing with friends at the beginning of the week, lots of lovely coloured fabric and space dyed threads to use over the next few years!!!!

Thursday, 14 July 2016

More recent work

I have been fiddling with a few other bits for travelling books and gifts.






I had fun working out how to securely mount hoops for exhibition. Found malleable mirror plates that could bend in the hoop, then screwed to a board, fixed to the wall with normal mirror plates - a bit messy but as I normally display these embroideries in the hoops I could not think of any other way.