Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Playing with stitch and acrylic inks - little "thingy"

I don't often make things just for myself...

...but I came across a little "thingy" that I liked the look of....

...so...

...set about having a go!!

Fabric was sorted and printed with a wooden print block...




...then areas were coloured in with some Colourcraft Acrylic Inks....

...using a tiny amount on a tiny brush.





I really like how they dry so quickly...

...and clearly.

(There will be more play with these very soon methinks!!)






Then, I did my usual trick with some metallic thread and seed stitching...


.....so that three wee panels are now complete.



These inks come in boxes of 12 colours - 2 sets - clear and metallic...

...and are an absolute joy to use!!





The brush I've used is from a set designed for "Nail Art" - only a couple of pounds for a set of about 10 on Ebay!!





Any idea what the "thingy" is yet?

:-)

x C

Monday, 18 April 2016

Lavender & Lace with Gwent Embroiderers

Well!!  What a lovely day...

...with a lovely bunch of creative and clever ladies!!

Saturday morning started with me going out into the snowy white landscape that is my mountain-top...

...and driving down to Croesyceiliog for a day with Gwent Embroiderers.

They had chosen to do my Lavender & Lace tag set...

...so, after I'd covered two tables with goodies for them to play with...

...they set about creating beauty!! :-)

Work in Progress.....










...and the finished pieces....












Beautiful work Ladies!!

...and Thank You for a wonderful day :-)))))

x C

Thursday, 14 April 2016

Lavender and Lace book finished!!

It's been a while...

...but with Easter hols...

...and various lurgy-bugs in between...

....I've finally finished this Lavender and Lace sample...

...all ready to show the lovely ladies of the Gwent Embroiderers Guild on Saturday.

Hopefully they'll be inspired!! :-)

The two final panels were done...

(I'm making quite a lot of use of cutting dies lately...)



...and put in their own places...




It looks lovely...

...and is so nice to hold in the hand...

x C

Monday, 28 March 2016

Paint play...

I've had a lovely morning playing around with some Colourcraft "Aztec" metallic paint.





This one is not acrylic-based...so is not ideal for use on fabric...

...but WOW!! is it great on paper/card!!

Yes...I've used metallic paints before, but the depth of "bling" in this one is amazing!

(Sorry about all the exclamation marks!)

It shines and glimmers like nothing else...

...and is especially brilliant on dark backgrounds.

I used black 230gsm card...

...and sprayed it with "Shimmering Charcoal" and a bit of "Shimmering Blue" Brusho.

Let it dry...

...then sponged the "Aztec" paint through some stencils that I cut yesterday.

(Aztec paint called for Aztec designs...)








Finally, just for fun...

...I used a couple of Greek helmet stencils that were lurking in my stencil folder! :-)



Sunday, 27 March 2016

...a makeover...

I decided a little while ago ....

...that it was about time my blog had a bit of a "makeover".

It's been stuck with the same colours/fonts etc for quite some time now...

...and I liked the idea of a slightly "gentler" colour scheme.

So....

...here it is...

... more along the lines of my "Lavender & Lace" theme.


I'm pleased with it...

Happy Easter lovely people.

x C

Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Stitch Magazine Issue 100!!

What an achievement for the lovely Kathy Troup...

...editor extraordinary...

..and great friend!!

I am so sad to see here leave her post...

...but with a new grandchild...

...and lots of ideas to follow...

...she's earned her "rest". Ha!



I have an article included here...

...my punchneedle bag called "Dreamtime".

Design based (loosely) on Aboriginal patterns, hence the name.



Here's a close-up of the punchneedle panel...


It's done with a Cameo Needle Punch...

...available in my shop here.

I used Wonderfil "Razzle" for my sample..

(also available from Cotton Patch)

...but many other threads can be used too.

I'm going to be picking up my punchneedle again soon...

...as I have LOADS of pattern ideas going around in my head!!

Watch this space...

:-)

x C

Tuesday, 15 March 2016

...a little bit of red she said...

...never spoils anything!

Neither do some teeny tiny mother-of-pearl buttons.


My Sashiko samples are all done...

...for now at least...

...and all ready for the Cardiff Quilters AGM on Saturday.




See you there girls! :-)