Monday, 31 August 2009
Sunday, 30 August 2009
Not Nice. If it had better definition, I might be able to pretend I did it in Paint Shop Pro.
However, My son recently got himself a posh camera and left his other one here when he went to uni. He has been trying to get me to get one with more mega pixels. My husband has been using it a little. So, I have pinched it off his desk to use. It has a few more advantages, 1 - the view area is much bigger. This is great, since I need reading glasses to see close, and I am likely to have better photos if I can see better what I am taking the photo of and then what it looks like. 2 - It is lighter, so when I take it places to take photos, I won't be struggling with the weight of my bag so much. 3 - It only uses 2 batteries rather than 4. So, it will be easier to make sure they don't run out when I am trying to upload something late at night.
I have got the outline quilting done in the "border" area of the Letter piece. I will wait till I cover the edges of the silk and do the border before I show more photos.
Saturday, 29 August 2009
Here are the journals from the other members of EquilARTeral. Jane Glennie and Merete Hawkins. Jane likes to work with felting. Merete is very good with colour.
Friday, 28 August 2009
Thursday, 27 August 2009
They are basically coloured in with metallic colours. I did copper with gold on top...it made more of an antique gold.
Wednesday, 26 August 2009
Tuesday, 25 August 2009
I don't normally post 2 times in one day, but I thought I would tell you about a voting going on for a sweet little mouse in a pumpkin made by Fairyfolk from one of my Featured blogs - Magic Onions. I have borrowed the photo from her blog so you could see it.
To vote for Pumpkin Mouse in the Etsy Kids Halloween Challenge pop on over HERE and cast your vote. Scroll down to the bottom of the page for the VOTE button. Voting will be open through midnight EST on Thursday, 27th August .
I don't normally do the voting sort of thing, and I don't go overboard with the Halloween thing, but this little mouse in a pumkin would just be a very special little thing to start a story for a wee one, wouldn't he?
I have been thinking of all sorts of ideas for challenges for various things I saw at the Festival of Quilts. I have no idea how I can do those AND the college courses. Maybe I can, maybe not. but I have a few good ideas.
The Contemporary Quilt Group is having a selection of this year's journal quilts at a stand at the Creative Stitches and Hobbycrafts Show at Exeter, 24th - 27th September 2009. Those participating are sending 4 of the journals. So, now to decide which ones to send.
Monday, 24 August 2009
Just a bit of a notice: to vijayanand who seemed to think they could use my blog as a news commentary on certain cricket players and umpires... You are wrong. This blog is not the place for your attempts at reporting items concerning your own agenda. Therefore, I have removed your notices. I may have viewed things differently if you had actually commented on my post. I also refuse to get embroiled in controversy or speculation. I merely wished to write about my enjoyment of the game itself.
Sunday, 23 August 2009
This summer I have been glued to the telly and radio listening to the Ashes Series Cricket Test Matches. In the evening on the telly in the bar/restaurant on Friday I was sooo exited to see England had managed to get Australia out all in one day. But I started to worry they would be finished before I got home!! And then to hear the score on Saturday as the Festival of Quilts was closing...so close to a hope. Could they carry it off?
So, today I sat and listened as Australia seemed to be making a comeback. But not to worry, England won! And a day early as well. WOOO HOOO! So, here's a snapshot of one of the wickets from the telly in order to mark the occasion!
I think this may have to get into some textile work in some way. :)
Thursday, 20 August 2009
The first prompt was Foxgloves. My reply was to do a quick little bit with Easter egg foil. Here is a link to the Foxglove posts.This gave me the idea to use the prompts to practice some 3D ideas. I want to explore 3D a bit, possibly next year. So, if I can do a little 3D treasure in reply to the prompt...without stretching it too much...I am going to do so.
And so the next prompt was Distortion of Memory. Comnplicated...but finally, I did a piece of pumpkin pie with pepper on it. Why? read here.
And the new prompt? Monotone. Okay, these are possibly not going to be easy. But I like a challenge.
While I am away at the Festival of Quilts tomorrow and Saturday, perhaps I will come up with A Bright Idea.If you are going to be at the Festival of Quilts (Birmingham, UK) stop and see me. I am on the Contemporary Quilt stand Friday 3-4pm. And I am at the SAQA stand on Saturday, 2:30-4 pm. I am also going to the Regina Benson and the Jenny Bowker lectures on Saturday.
Wednesday, 19 August 2009
Tuesday, 18 August 2009
Monday, 17 August 2009
Here is a detail. I will sew the butterfly on after I finish the cover so I can centre it better.
Sunday, 16 August 2009
Saturday, 15 August 2009
Friday, 14 August 2009
Thursday, 13 August 2009
However, I have also ended up with pieces that DIDn't work. So, I have stretched the brain a bit to use those pieces and come up with something I like even better. Here is the start. The square has been cut in quarters on the diagonal, and then turned to match the corners. I already had covered the inside cushion on one side with a piece of olive green silk from a charity shop shirt sleeve! When I sew the print fabric together, I can insert the cushion through the diamond aperture. I am thinking of sewing the green ribbon along the stitch lines for hemming those long edges.
I think the olive green wants some sort of black motif, but I haven't worked out just what yet. I need to go to the market tomorrow for thread, so, perhaps I will find something that will work to show in the opening.
Wednesday, 12 August 2009
The ruched panel is habotai silk which I tie dyed. It is laid over a leftover piece from Cushion 1, which I showed you yesterday. I am thinking about catching the ruches down with beads, but at present the bumps are just flattened with the iron.
I am actually quite pleased with this cushion. I actually think I do better with things I make up in my head from the available scraps I can find! And maybe because of that, I find it easier to show someone else how to do it. Maybe it is the practice from doing City and Guilds and the work we did about giving construction information for the things we made.
Tuesday, 11 August 2009
I won't be teaching this one. I had heard about a Japanese cover technique which involved simple folding and just a few seams. In theory, you should have to unstitch the long seam, should you wish to wash the cover. I thought I would try it out, but of course tried adapting it to see if I could make the back seam into something which could contain a fastener. Although it looks pretty good. It needs more work. I ended up stitching the seam anyway and decided to just leave it for a trial piece. It can work for an example of surface decoration though.
The folding of the corners on the ends of the long seam need some adaptation which I may try to get right sometime in the future. My adjustments also meant that the short seams didn't meet. So, that needs worked on before I feel confident about showing someone else how to do it. Maybe I will come across an article which shows the concept a bit better than what I invisioned from the description.
Monday, 10 August 2009
The bottom piece will become an envelope cushion cover. I am using green as it will work in my lounge and so I can replace the worn cushion covers I have while having samples.
the one above is a bit posh for my lounge, but perhaps it will be alright when I get the other green ones done.
Sunday, 9 August 2009
Saturday, 8 August 2009
Friday, 7 August 2009
I am starting to plan the Designer Cushions course. Quite a bit of research, digging out fabrics for making samples...But nothing to show yet.
Instead, you can see what I got at Craft Basics in York. After I delivered my Little Gems in the pouring rain, I trudged across town...stopping in shoe shops as that was also on my list...and eventually arrived at what I consider to be the best shop ever for beads. It isn't a very big shop and the bits and pieces there have changed somewhat over the years, now reflecting the knitting and card making trends a bit more. However, they still have the big wooden former printer trays with all sorts of unique beads.
You may recall I was thinking about getting some brass ones for the latest Connect-Disconnect piece for EquilARTeral. I started out with just a few, but there were so many interesting ones, I got quite a selection, and then double the number of the one I think I might use. I also got a few more brass pins. I used up all the others I had, and the law of averages means that I will want to use more in other pieces, so I thought I better refill the stash. And of course, I had to go for the pack with copper ones, which also prompted a selection of copper beads as well. I have a drawer full of copper bits and pieces and a section of my head is dedicated to copper...one of these days I will actually make something from it all. The subconscious is still working on it.
As you can see, I also got a pack of felting needles. I tried it once at my friend's house, and although I do not intend to get into felting, there was something I made recently that I thought would have been easier to do if I could have felted the little pieces into the background. Can't remember what it was at the minute! But anyway, these weren't too dear and now I will have some if I need to attach something small or fluffy again.
On Sunday, we were in Leeds. So, I have some interesting photos from the church my sis-in-law is connected with. So stay tuned for a few select photos on Inspiration Tuesdays. I also got to see some of the embroidered vestments, which was rather interesting. I have made some stoles for my sis-in-law in the past.
What have you been up to lately? I do appreciate the comments now and again!