Friday, August 31, 2007
The first card is my entry in the Monthly card challenge..we purchase a kit which has all the bits and pieces in it ..card stock- fancy papers- ribbons- brads and embellishments..and the idea is to produce a card using these things.
It is amazing to see how many different designs that are achieved from the same kit.
On Wednesday they had a "Make and Take" night .....
These are lots of fun and you all get to make a simple card ...this months cards were for Father's Day(This weekend in Oz) ..everyone made the same card with a few slight changes if you were so inclined.
We also made a small tag in the same colours as an added bonus.
The whole process took about an hour...and there were about 25 people there participating.
As I am a member of the W.I.P. club these Make and Take nights are free so I can't complain about that can I.
I love making cards ..I find it very relaxing and rewarding as well because in about 15 minutes you have something that is finished and hopefully it will be admired by the recipient as well.
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
The reason I am mentioning this is because when I took the card out of the bag the stamp was as new--the franking was on the cello bag--good trick Maureen I will use the stamp to send something else back to you one day maybe in a cello bag and we will try to see how many times we can get it through the post.
This is the card that I sent to Maureen. Both postcards are needlefelted.
Thanks ladies I am chuffed with the swap.
Sunday, August 26, 2007
I made the piece of fabric and then I had to clean up and put all the "stuff" away and several days later when I was going to make a Padfolio with the fabric--it was nowhere to be seen,
I have searched the room high and low --zilch--I know it's in there somewhere- but where only the Pixies know.
I suspect it is caught up with something else.
So I decided to do something different and got out an A4 sized canvas and proceeded to paint it as per the book --except that in the book they used watercolours on watercolour paper and I used watered down Acrylics on canvas.
I must admit I felt a bit like Jackson Pollock but on a much smaller scale.
First I had to mask off some areas and then I had to "splosh the paint onto the canvas"--Not hard-- I could handle that.
When it was dry I removed the masks and then I used a foam floral stamp and some black acrylic paint to further enhance it.All in all I rather like how it turned out.
Probably tomorrow I will more than likely find the fabric and I will make the Padfolio and show you.
Saturday, August 25, 2007
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Thanks Sharon for all the work that you do for us.
Thursday, August 23, 2007
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
We made 3 great items --all will make good gifts for Christmas.
Everything was provided to make all three items -we only had to take the usual things like -double sided tape and ink pads -rulers etc.
The other thing that they provided was morning and afternoon tea (home made slices and cakes- yummy) and lunch (fantastic sandwiches) plus gifts.
We made a calendar for things like birthdays -Anniversaries and all the other important dates (not your every day things like Dr. appts etc).
The 2 monthly tags on the front are swapped each month.
The back has a pocket to hold the monthly tags that you are not using and it has a grosgrain ribbon to hang from.
All the papers - eyelets-brads- ribbons etc were in the kit plus the board that we had to attach every thing to.
We also made a memo book-again every thing was in the kit--the book was not bound in the beginning--we did that after we had finished all the other "stuff".
Lastly we made this circle card--I changed my card from the instructions--(Yes I'm a rebel)---No seriouslyI just wanted to be different.
Lastly --today I received 2 ATC's from Marie--we had exchanged 2 cards each.
All in all I have had a couple of good days.
I have heard of this stitch before but I don't think I have ever used it in any of my work.
I found it an easy stitch to do but with my sore thumbs I found it painful--
I experimented with size--colour and movement - but there is no real design just a lot of stitches.
This is not one of my better samples but at least I tried.
Lets see what tomorrow brings for week 34
Saturday, August 18, 2007
I first saw one on Sue B's blog and you can now get the pattern free from the Fibre and Stitch web site (just click on the logo below)
I made it from fabric that I created on my Embellisher (another first) and the wool was purchased from the Thread Studio. I did some hand stitching in running stitch to add some extra texture and I used a variegated thread in the same colours as the wool.
I used a 100% cotton homespun for the lining.
Thursday, August 16, 2007
The first ATC was from Anne in France who doesn't have a blog -but she has made the most beautiful ATC in cross stitch.
Because I am doing the weekly TAST Challenge I really do appreciate the amount of work that has gone into this card.
Thank You Anne.
This postcard is from Val-I had admired it on her blog and I am not dissapointed with it Val I think it is wonderful--so much texture.
Lastly--I was given these lace making bobbins ------
That included this little treasure--which has the complete version of the Lord's Prayer burned into it.
If you click on the picture it will enlarge.
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Anna has also machine embroidered words between the frayed edges.
Very clever Anna
This week I received an ATC from Alison who is is new to making ATC's -- in fact I am the first person she has swapped with and I have the first one she has ever made --how lucky is that.
Alison hand embroiders all her ATC's and they are just devine.
If you would like to swap with her- drop over and leave a comment and have a look at what she has been doing.
Thanks to both ladies for these treasures.
I will show the cards that I sent them after I know that they have arrived.
Sunday, August 12, 2007
I have to pass it on to 7 others who I feel deserve this award.
How do I choose 7 people from all my special blogger friends besides all the people that I would have chosen have already been nominated--so in saying that I will just cop out and say-if you want to participate in this award please feel free to do so.
Thank you Susan for thinking of me.
Saturday, August 11, 2007
I have not attempted to do my sample until today because of my sore thumb and I have been trying not to use it a lot which is very hard when you need your thumb to grip hold of everything.
Anyway- today I went to the Craft show and I had to be on duty at the Embroiderers Guild Stand.
Every year we have a stand to show the patrons just what happens at our guild and to encourage the public to come and see all the wonderful "stuff" that our members do.
I decided to do my sample whilst I was on duty but first I went and found a stall that sold the Handeze Therapeutic gloves- and I am so glad that I did because I was able to stitch without much pain.
I found this stitch very enjoyable to do but I really don't know where I would use it to it's best advantage.
I have used a linen fabric again and variegated Perle 8 cotton.
I didn't try to create a fancy pattern with curves etc. I just let the stitch grow and I used several different colourways of the thread.
Another week finished --can't wait to see what next Tuesday brings.
Thursday, August 9, 2007
Back on July 21st I showed a piece of fabric that I made for the Artist Muse challenge and said that I would also use it for a challenge at the Embroiderers Guild with the Machine Embroidery group.
Here are the pieces that I received(inc. mine) and the challenge was to make something from them.
We were allowed to add 2 other fabrics to complete the task.
I decided to use black as one fabric because nothing else seemed to be able to blend them all together.
Then I added more strips of black between the 3 strips I had made---
I then cut the piece into 4 sections vertically---
Joined them together again---
Both quilts has a piece of all of the 11 fabrics in them.
The fabric I used for the binding is one that I had hand dyed about 7 years ago and the muted colours seemed to combine well with all the other colours.
This is a close up of the stitching and how I added the "odd" fabrics
Tuesday, August 7, 2007
I made this fairy picture for Ebony and I'm quite pleased with it and so is Ebony which is what really matters in the end. I started with an artists board and created texture with the crumpled up tissue paper and laces. I then painted it over with black background paint -added some irridescent paints to hilite in places -next came the webbing spray-then the fairy-some "goldfinger" was rubbed on to hilite the ridges that had formed then the word was added and finally a couple of coats of matt sealer and "bingo "---all finished.
I haven't been doing a lot of hand stitching this week as I have a slight case of tendonitis in the thumb of my right hand which makes it very hard to hold anything.
You don't realise how much you need your thumbs until you can't use them properly.
Thursday, August 2, 2007
I have done this stitch before- a long time ago- but I don't do it very often - the reason for this is even though I like it my hands don't or should I say my fingers don't.
It is great to use variegated thread for this stitch as it gives great colour variations to the "flower" or whatever it is that you are doing with it. The pink/mauve flower is a silk thread as is the pale green - the yellow flower and the one in the top right hand corner are cotton stitched on a Linen fabric.
I'm all up to date again thank goodness.
I again used the Valdani variegated threads on a Linen fabric-I hope I never have to name all the Linens that I have used in my samples because I haven't got a clue what half of them are- all I know is that they are Linens.
I think these look like a bunch of Nasturtiums