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.

TTFN
Louise


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.

TTFN
Louise

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.

TTFN
Louise

*wip - work in progress

Sunday, 16 April 2017

#our52weekproject - week 15

There's more button experiments for this week's circle as I had so much fun with them last week.



For this week's three buttons, I used vintage linen as the base fabric. This first one also has a scrap of yellow fabric. 





It's quite a plain button, with just the three prairie points and rouleau loop tucked into seams that I've edged with running stitch.

The second button is more fancy.




 
For this second button, I added a seam of lace and a seam using the edge of the tablecloth the linen came from (these are very good for seams as they're already 'finished'), to go with the linen seam. I added sequins and french knots to the linen seam and a couple of bullion loops to the edge seam. I also added beads to the top curveof the button.

The third button is the smallest, but it does come with ts own button.






I made the smaller button first, just linen with an edge of beads. The button that one sits on has a piece of ribbon and a seam made from a scrap of toile fabric. One edge of the button has beads, the other stab stitches and the toile seam has french knots. I attached the little button to the centre of the red ribbon.

Again, these three buttons will be added to my #our52weekproject journal as samples.

I'll be doing a tutorial on how to make these buttons in my post on Thursday, but I will be back on Tuesday.

TTFN
Louise

Friday, 14 April 2017

Decorative planner paperclips








I've made a bunch of these decorated paper clips for the Seagrass Gallery and as I had the glue gun out I decided to make more to go in my Etsy store.

I use these in my diary, junk journal and as bookmarks, so I usually have a couple of them to hand.

I hope everyone has a lovely long weekend (if you're having one) and I'll be back on Sunday with this week's #our52weekproject post.

TTFN
Louise

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Wips*



With the flurry of activity towards the end of last week making things, like those above, to take to the Seagrass Gallery, and working on my covered buttons (see Monday's post), I've not had much chance to work on anything else. 

These are the items currently on the top of my wip pile (it's not too big, honestly!):





This one is new - a house made from a scrap of linen, along with a lace roof and fabric scrap door, all on some vintage linen being made into a little picture. 






You've seen this one before, another collage/picture. The Jessie Chorley bird will be added onto it once the I've finished stitching it. There's still quite a few pieces to be appliqued and stitched onto this, so it's nowhere near finished.


This white piece is further on than the one above. Something needs to added to the patch on the top left, but I'm undecided whether the rest needs anything more. I think I need to decide what it's going to be before I can decide. I'm deciding between a pillow top or a pouch. We shall see.

I'll be back on Friday.

TTFN
Louise

* Wip - work in progress.