Wednesday, 26 April 2017

A birthday card

May is the start of our family's birthday season and this is the first one. I used a double-sided 250gsm paper and decorated it with some rose die-cuts, a couple of wooden flowers and some glitterywashi tape.

I'll be back on Friday.


Monday, 24 April 2017

#our52weekproject - week 16


For my next few circles, I'm going to do some fabric manipulation samples. 

For this first one, I cut a piece of white cotton into a rough square. Next I created little fold and pleats and secured each one down with a stab stitch. Once I was satisfied with the way it looked, I attached it to a circle drawn onto a piece of linen with irregular cross-stitch.
I then embellished the manipulated cloth with french knots and buttonhole stitched threads to create little bridges across the fabric. I love the slightly hidden places that the folds create and I'm wonder how bigger folds, with a larger hidden areas would look and whether I could 'hide' something in there. I'll explore that in me next #our52weekproject post.

Please don't forget that you can still get 10% off everything in my Etsy store till the end of tomorrow, Tuesday 25th April. Just use the code SPRING2017 at the checkout when prompted.

I'll be back on Wednesday.


Saturday, 22 April 2017

Nearly finished!

This little collage will be finished by the end of today. There's just a few bits (the items pinned and the button) that need stitching to the piece. I'll then mount it onto mountboard ready for it to be added to my Etsy store.

In celebration of that, plus it's such a lovely sunny day I'm offering 10% off everything in my Etsy store from now until the end of next Tuesday. Just add the code SPRING2017 when prompted.

I'll be back on Sunday with this week's #our52weekproject post.


Thursday, 20 April 2017

Covered button tutorial

First of all, apologies for being late with today's post.

Here's how I do my covered buttons.

You can use any old button, such as those on the left in the photo above, though it can be a very fiddly with a very small one.

When you've chosen your button and fabric, you'll need to cut out to rough circles of fabric - one about double the diameter of  your button and another circle just a bit bigger than the button. You'll also need a couple of circles of batting the same size as the button.

With your larger circle, create a small hem by just folding the edge over to the inside using running stitch - you'll need to leave a tail at the start as you'll use this to help gather your circle up around the button.

Once you've stitched all the way around gather it up a little and place the button inside with the two pieces of batting underneath the button. Pull the gathers up tight with the two ends of your thread and tie a not to keep it closed. 

This is the stage when you can add decoration, like the beads that I've used above or stitch (I've done chain stitch and buttonhole stitch) and woven threads. Use the underneath of your brooch for your thread ends etc.   

Once you've finished decorating your button attach the smaller circle of fabric to the back of the button by folding over small hem and slip stitching in place.

These buttons are really for ornamental purposes, but you may get away with using a plain one on a garment, otherwise I'd use a self-cover button rather than this method. Attach the button by stitching the button down through the back of the button.

I hope your week is going well and I'll be back on Saturday.


Tuesday, 18 April 2017

A bit of a stroll and adding to the wip* pile!

It was lovely and sunny this morning so we caught the bus up to New Brighton to have a bit of a stroll and a coffee in Morrisons.

I love the big blue skies we get here when it's sunny. The ferris wheel is new, it was put up last week, and it looks like it may be there for the summer. It has little open baskets, unlike the bigger one in Liverpool that has little pods. I don't think I'll be having a go on it, but if I did I definitely wouldn't do it on a windy day! The wind comes in straight off the sea and it will shake those little baskets really hard!

Your saw this piece in the hoop in my last wip video and I've added some flowers etc to it since then.

The first two photos above are new collages that I started this weekend (rather than working on the stuff on the go already)! I blame it on the fabric! I came across some little scraps of fabric in my sewing tin that I thought would go well with a birds image that I'd printed onto fabric (the first photo). Most of my work starts this way, rather than doing a sketch first, but that does mean I need to start it when I get the idea! 

The second one happended because I started another button top (the photo above) that I didn't need it for my last #our52weekproject post so I was thinking of what I could use it for and decided on another collage using the button as a starting point  (see the middle photo above). Plus I had another bird image that I could use with it.

I'll be back on Thursday with my button tutorial.


*wip - work in progress