Monday, 28 November 2011

home sweet home in Welsh!

Made with Japanese/Moda fabrics 100% cotton on calico, machine embroideried, hand finished with seed beads, sequin and mother of pearl button.

Saturday, 19 November 2011

Felt making

For the last few weeks, I have embarked on a felt making course at my local education centre.  Ever wondered how to make felt? Here goes...
Using merino tops wool, pull small tufts and layer them onto a piece of bubblewrap - horizontally, then vertically, then horizontally again. 

Place a piece of net on top.  Wet slightly and rub on household soap.  Move hands gently in a circular motion.  After a few minutes, the wool will begin to felt. You may need to continue, or turn the wool over.  Rinse the felt.  Then dip into hot then cold water.

Roll in a sushi mat for 1 minute, then rotate 90 degrees and repeat - the felt will shrink. Rinse again, repeat as necessary until happy with size.

 a few wonky attempts with:

felt balls and a bracelet

a flower and a leaf

a purse

an owl, which was going to be a bag...

but will now become a cushion

with a patchwork back

and a bag

with a rose

Saturday, 15 October 2011

Craft fair

at the Riverfront, Newport, South Wales

Boutique market and Open Mic Sessions - it was Comedy Week

home sweet home

My selection of appliqued goods..

herbie hens...and just in shot..little Red Riding Hood, Gocco cards

upcycled tablecloth with 4 matching napkins, appliqued with Cath Kidston fabrics..

I'll have to take a better says....'mmm...tea and cakes'

tablerunner and tray cloth/placemats

owl bag

tray cloth with Laura Ashley fabric

gingerbread house card

Owl and the pussycat

more bags


Actually, here in Wales there is a ban on bags - plastic and paper from shops, so you have to pay 5p for a bag- it's chaos in Mcdonalds!!  So many angry's 5p guys!

But my bags were featured on this youtube video by the clever 49 seconds..haha


Gocco business cards

 Gocco - it's kind of fun, but slightly annoying...

the registration isn't great on this model...

and I wasted 2 bulbs...

I squeezed the design onto 1 screen, and moved the tag around between passes, using masking tape

finished product...

for my first craft fair.

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Gocco Wedding - Save the Date

Save the Date cards for a special couple....

I've used my trusty Sizzix Big Shot to cut the tags, then printed them on my Gocco......go go gadgets!!

I've made the envelopes with handmade paper that I bought in Ikea at Easter, and added a magnet to stick on the fridge.

Hessian string and Playbill font adds the 'kitchiness'

Thursday, 29 September 2011

Noah's Ark bunting

I've made 2 sets - 1 as a gift and 1 to sell

I've been busy this week, using up some fabric remnants, including Laura Ashley, to make this bunting.

2 by 2

I think I like the cows the best..this 'free' stitch worked well here.

I love this newspaper fabric.

Just getting used to machine embroidery.....

I bought a darning foot for my machine, although it didn't fit...luckily, it fitted my old machine that was in the attic.