Monday, 30 March 2020

Corona Creative #5 updates...

I know that I "finished" the large daisy samples for the book bag in my previous post...

...but...

...me being me...

...can't leave it be...

...I simply HAD to do a little bit more!!

Here are the ABSOLUTELY FINISHED pieces!!

(Apart from the sewing up of course!)






I will have some more in the "Daisy" series soon...

Keep safe folks...

x C

Tuesday, 24 March 2020

Corona Creative #4 Daisy Book Bag Project ...embroidery finished

...and here is the final bit of embroidery done on my first Daisy Project!

(Yes. There will be more so stay tuned!)

I have used some sparkly threads to do straight stitches in and around the fly and arrow stitches...

...and filled up the centre with multi-coloured glass beads (size 11)






I now have to finish off the bag...


x C

Monday, 23 March 2020

Corona Creative #3 Daisy Project continues...

Ok

Hopefully by now you have your daisy design on your fabric...

...just put a bit of batting/wadding/extra fabric on the back...

...and put into an embroidery hoop if you prefer to work that way.

I have used some Perle 8 cotton. Just use what you have.





I have chosen to do a stem-stitch outline around my daisy...

...but it may be better for beginners to do a simple running stitch...

...or get someone to do a line around on a sewing machine...

...or simply leave it as it is!!




The next stage is to do long-legged "Fly Stitch" in between the petals...





...followed by an arrow of straight stitches at the top of each one...





...and, finally, some French knots around the bases of the petals.




You could do even more filling in....

...here's a diagram to follow...



Make use of sparkly threads and beads if you have them.

Bye for now...

x C

Saturday, 21 March 2020

Corona Creative #2

OK ladies and gentlemen...

...here begins a little ongoing project to keep you amused/occupied. :-)

This will be suitable for younger and older children (5-95)...

...it just depends on how "involved" with it you want to get.

First up is a jpeg of a daisy outline.



You can click on this to save/copy, then put it into a Word/Office document to re-size as you need.

Younger/new stitchers will be better off starting with a daisy that is about 4-5 inches across...

...so their stitches won't have to be too small.

Those who are a little more advanced can make their flowers smaller....and more intricate.

Print the pattern/outline onto copy paper and trace onto Bondaweb backed fabric.

Alternatively, cut out a stencil/template using a piece of thin card (cereal box).

I have cut mine on a Scan'n'Cut using stencil film (and if anyone needs to have one cut for them I am happy to do so if you send me a self-addressed & stamped envelope about 20x15cms and a large first class stamp to cover the cost of the stencil & template. Let me know what sizes. Message me on Facebook for address)

This first bunch of samples have all been cut and bonded to background fabric that is large enough to make a "Book Bag"....something useful for a child of any age!!

Use up any bits of cotton fabric that you have to hand. Mine are solid as the embroidery will need to be seen against a plain ground.




These are my stencils/templates...




I'll give you a few days to sort out the backgrounds....

...then I'll move on to the next stage.

Happy Weekend

x C

Friday, 20 March 2020

Corona Creative #1

This is the first of my "Corona Creative" Blog posts...

...just itty bitty bits...

...to keep you entertained...

...maybe inspired....

...and today, to provide a delicious dose of colour!

I've dug out my stepped coronne stick...

...found a ball of Katia Polaris...

...and started making loads and loads of buttonhole rings (for a specific purpose btw).






I have also been attacking some Empress Mills Egyptian Cotton...

...turning it from brilliant white...

...to THIS!!!






Such fun is waiting in the wings...

Keep safe.

x C

Thursday, 19 March 2020

More results...

...after a session with the iron!!

Here are some of the pieces of Egyptian Cotton that I concertina'd on the sewing machine.





If these aren't lovely enough as they are...

...I took one...

...and re-stitched it by hand...

...giving me THIS!!




Another piece was used to print onto...

...a page out of the Book of Llandaf...



I can see endless possibilities here!!

The two pieces that were "pole-wrapped" turned out beautifully too.

Such wonderful textural surfaces...







I am such a happy bunny!! :-D

And...

...my dear readers.....whoever you are....and wherever you may be...

...I hope that you can all keep safe, healthy....and SANE during these trying times.

Self-imposed isolation will free up a lot of creative time and I intend to make the most of it.

I will try my best to post a lot more often...

...so that it might entertain...or inspire you...

Have a good coming weekend.

x C

Sunday, 15 March 2020

Some results...

...from the previous experiments...

Here are the concertinas after dyeing...




...and another couple that had been pole-wrapped...




Very pleased with the results so far :-D

Have a great weekend/week...

...and keep safe dear readers...

x C