Saturday, 12 October 2019

A scissor-keeper and some little books.....

I've given myself a bit of "playtime"...

...and made a scissor-keeper (that doubles as a small pin-cushion)...

....plus a couple of small books made with my "leather paper" trimmings.





The scissor-keeper is on black felt with embroidery around a small piece of printed fabric. I used the same felt on the back and lightly stuffed it so it can double as a pin-cushion.





The two small books are made out of off-cuts of "leather paper" distressed with walnut stain. Just a simple three-hole bind with waxed linen makes them perfect to pop in my travel bag ready to be filled with......who-knows-what!!

I did the "leather paper" in the laundry machine with a very light dose of brown dye and when it had dried I sprayed it with some bistre powder that I had found in France.
I think the distressed edges set it off.

Have a great weekend peeps......

x C

Wednesday, 25 September 2019

Mandala...mandala......mandala...

I've gone through 4 full bobbins and a whole spool of metallic thread over the last few days...

...having fun machining the printed areas on these mandala pieces.

I got these beautiful print blocks from Jaime at Colouricious...

...who kindly gave them to me and told me to "have fun" with them.

Well.....I have...and THANK YOU!! :-) xxxxx








They are all printed onto a Moda batik fabric...

...and stitched with Madeira thread.

I have a load of Oliver Twists silk threads to do the hand stitching. Yum Yum

Have a great week

x C

Sunday, 8 September 2019

Inspired by Japan

....in Wensleydale!

I had an email today from one of the participants in my workshop at Harmby.

All I can say is WOW!!!









Well done Norma....so proud of you!!

x C

Monday, 26 August 2019

Belle d'Alsace

I've named her "Belle"...

...simply because she is beautiful!!

I found her lying, discarded in a basket at an Emmaus...

...and bought her, along with a few others, for 2 Euros.

She was looking a bit "down-at-heel" bless her...





Her clothes were stiff and shoddy.

Her hair was.....

....having a "bad-hair-day".

So...

....I set to work with some sparkly hexies...

...and turned her into "Belle".







She is my little darling from Alsace...

...and doubles as a place to keep my embroidery scissors, pins and needles. :-)

Very pleased I am.

(...and I think she is too!)

x C

Sunday, 25 August 2019

Sparkly Hexies!!

Here's a small project that I'm currently working on.....

.....lovely William Morris patterns on luscious gold-printed fabrics!

Hopefully...

..."She" will be finished later this week......  :-)






Enjoy your Bank Holiday weekend...

X     C

Monday, 19 August 2019

Holiday supplies in the post

Just to give you a clue...... :-)





Bags full of bits....

...who can resist bits??!!

These will be used in some scenery textile minis......

x C

Sunday, 18 August 2019

Rekindling a love of hexies

So...

...back from this year's workshops and shows...

...and now for the beginning of some well-deserved "me-time"!!

I really feel like I've been running a constant marathon for the last 3-4 years.

I want to have a couple of sloooooow looooong-term projects on the go...

...and hexies fit the bill beautifully!

These are for a wall quilt...

...that requires over 2,950 mini-hexagons. Mini as in sides being half an inch (12mm). :-)

It has begun....


 Many have been marked-out and cut...




Loads and loads of papers pieces pile up....




Some were done at Cardiff Quilters yesterday :-) (Nice to be back)




And.....to give you an idea of the size.....





Not only is a wall quilt being planned...

...but some holiday hexies too.

Just drool over these fabrics ready for an eagerly anticipated trip to somewhere utterly beautiful!!







Getting excited now...

x C