Thursday, 29 September 2016
Wednesday, 21 September 2016
A sparkly pound sign seemed to fit the design theme. And "mint" is quite apt to go with it... groan.
I applied green (it is though you can't tell) metallic mesh by machine, then couched a thick thread round the edge by hand. Then I tried to sparkle it up with green star sequins and tiny metallic beads. My stash of shiny stuff is meagre, and I'm fine with that.
So, a tacky tick, but it's done and I'm moving on!
Friday, 16 September 2016
Mesh? A great excuse to dig out the dissolvable fabric! I laid down a grid of white pearl cotton and silver metallic thread first, with big hand stitches. Then I machine stitched some of the diagonals with shiny white rayon 40 on top and blue metallic on the bobbin.
After dissolving I pinned it out to dry - tedious but always well worth it.
Then as usual I couldn't resist photographing the finished sample raised on pins to get the shadows!
Friday, 9 September 2016
All the toys are out again! Great fun to play with the embellisher and the Bernina - it's been too long.
So I flung everything on this - starting with blue commercial felt I added dyed nepps, assorted yarns and merino tops. Those were all attached by whizzing the embellisher all over. Then I meandered around with free zigzag and straight stitch.
I really liked the fabric I ended up with, so I took its picture to remind me to come back to this for jewellery or art. But then I cut it up into "cobbles" and embellished them onto navy felt.
Tuesday, 6 September 2016
After a relocation of nearly 400 miles from Ilkley (Yorkshire) to the Isle of Skye, I'm now all set up in my new studio - fancy a peek?
Sorry the photos are a bit dark - there's too much light streaming in the window, reflected off the sea! Because this is the best bit, the view from my desk:
Now my machines are set up and most of my boxes are unpacked. I'm itching to stitch! What shall I tackle first? Um... curtains. The rest of the house isn't quite as complete.
Feeling very lucky... I'll leave you with a closer view from the window: