Friday, 22 July 2016

Samples 2016: Week 29, Spotty/Biscuits

Sometimes my random sample suggester makes life easy! Spotty design, biscuit colours - Jammy Dodger anyone? 
I dug out felt in biscuit, jam, cream and pink icing colours, and cut circles. These were embellished onto a creamy felt base, then freely hand embroidered with stranded cottons. Layered felt like this makes a lovely base for embroidery, a real treat to stitch into and thick enough to hide the thread ends easily.  

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Samples 2016: Week 28, Twirl/Forest

Bit homespun? For this week's random combo, I crocheted twirly shapes in foresty colours of fine wool. Then used the embellisher to needle them onto a felt background.

Sunday, 17 July 2016

Samples 2016: Week 27, Distortion/Tropical

Hand dyed scrims, stretched in a hoop then free machine stitched with a wide zigzag to distort the weave.

Sunday, 10 July 2016

Samples 2016: Week 26, Flow/Ocean

Decided to interpret this one as water flow around obstacles. So I started by embellishing hand-dyed (by me! once upon a time) felt "stones" onto Kunin felt. Then I found a lovely hand dyed (by Oliver Twists) fine cotton for the running stitch. It might've worked better with more planning, but... tick.

Thursday, 7 July 2016

Samples 2016: Week 25, Calm/Ochres

Ooh I'm slipping behind... these simple samples are the only stitch I'm managing at the moment and even those are a struggle. Moving house is a full time job!

So for "calm" I settled on soothing rhythmic darning, with stranded cottons on hessian.