Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Found Objects

Today is the first day that I have come home from work and done some stitching :-), well I used the embellishing machine!!! Over the weekend I had finished hand stitching the background for my 'Found Object'
And tonight I decided to see what it would look like if I put it under the emblellisher - was worried that it might break all the stitching, but all was well, and was pleased with the result
And with 'Found Object" strategically placed....
Am thinking that I might like to drill some holes into it and secure it with stitched bars????

Thursday, 17 November 2016

Guess if I concentrated on one think I would get more of that done!

Not only am I crocheting two blankets, and hand quilting my watercolour quilt I am working on three projects My Plum project is progressing VERY slowly, have started stitching the tissue to the background, it is a slow process as you can only do one stitch at a time because if you rock the needle you tear the tissue, but am liking the results.
Am also liking the stitched background that I am making for the larger found seaside objects, drift wood, shells ....
And also had fun filling some bottles with the smaller found objects, these eventually will be put in a case on the wall with the 3 stitched pieces beside it.

Saturday, 5 November 2016

Background on its way

Fabric cut and placed on felt background, this has a net placed over it so that I can use my embellishing machine to give the background a texture
Machine embellished background
I have then cut the waxed tissue into random squares and oblongs. I put a piece of heavy duty plastic over my embellished background to protect it and placed the tissue in a pleasing order. this I then joined with matte medium. once the piece was dry I lightly covered the back with matte medium and lightly pressed it onto the background. This will help it stay in place whilst stitching it and hopefully give it a little more strength.

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Fabric and Tissue

New fabric washed out and pressed Tissue painted and ready for printing
Used matte medium to stick tissue images on reverse
Printed random images on tissue
Painted front of tissue with acrylic wax, hopefully this will increase its strength

Monday, 17 October 2016

Dying new fabric

Selection of fabrics in pots, ready for some graduation dying, silks and cottons, various weights I have used 1/2 tsp of lemon yellow and 1/2 tsp of cerulean blue, the mix I used was increments of 3 units. 3-9, 6-6, 9-3
The finished the day off with the last piece of chocolate roulade that I made yesterday

Tuesday, 11 October 2016


The tissue you that I was strengthening with matt medium, became stuck on the plastic - so that was not a good idea. Stitched the other piece to the background and then painted it with acrylic wax, then painted the Plums and Leaves with diluted Golden acrylic. Then stitched around design with cotton thread. Removed white tissue easily (this was the tissue bought for gift wrapping. Tried to stitch around the design again but this started to cut both the top and bottom layers of tissue. Quite happy with it, if I decide to make this piece I will need to dye more fabric and paint tissue with same coloured dyes.