Sunday, 26 June 2011

heart bunting - vintage stylie

Well, I did threaten to bore you with bunting ....

I placed some vintage fabrics, thick cloths with unfinished embroidery transfers (I love the blue) and some bits of old traycloths and lace and bonded them to shirt-weight cotton, made a see-through heart template and decided where to cut out the shapes for best effect.   Little bit of zig-zag sewing in places, a wee blue button and yards of twine and lo! we had bunting. This is my first attempt, but I think I'll make some more, maybe a bit smaller?

This string is going with me to a Strawberry Day at the local watermill this afternoon, where I have been given a little sales table under "the hovel" - sounds delightful!   However, I'm going to put a reasonably high price tag on it, and maybe it can come back home with me to hang in my lovely new kitchen!
These little posy-corsage-brooch-thingies are coming with me too, but I'd prefer not to bring them home!   They came about when I was showing a friend's daughter how to put a stalk on a piece of flat felt.   She made herself a flower, which she had meant to have a thicker stalk on to make it stand up.   However, I loved them the way they are and I had a go at developing the idea using the nuno technique and trapping some floral chiffon in the fibres and making some brooches.  

 The one below has no chiffon, just throwster's silk waste and flax fibres on the petals
 dark pink petals and floral chiffon
 white petals and floral chiffon, which I think is my fave - what do you think?
The chiffon is a skirt I wore at every available opportunity when I was about 30 years younger than I am now and could get away with that Lady Di  look ... nowadays it would be more sack-of-spuds (King-Edward's of course)!

Hope you're having a good weekend - what have you been up to?  I'd love to hear, so do leave me a comment and tell me.


Thursday, 23 June 2011

down the rabbit hole (and other feeble excuses)

How can I have been too busy to blog? What is the world coming to? Didn't fall down a rabbit hole, but have been absent without leave. Fair amount of tedious stuff has filled my days, but not exclusively so.   For example, I met Jill!  I took a day off from committee works and whizzed over to Luton to visit her open studio exhibition. It was such a treat to meet her and be able to see her delicate and painstaking craft work and photographs and to chat to her about her sketchbooks. Such an inspiration. I bought one of her sweet needle-felted cards which I'll be getting framed to hang in my workroom.   I specially love the little french knots worked in multi-coloured thread on the pink flower heads. 

Also not tedious was this scrummy pud
 eaten here

at a friend's special birthday lunch.   We had a great day with lots of fun and laughter.  

And someone I have never met, but whom I know to be a very lovely lady indeed, made me a gift which I shall treasure.   Carolyn has just recently opened an Etsy shop, which is a rip-roaring success already, not surprisingly.  She has been making tyvek beads which have miraculously turned into veritable Byzantine jewels and she generously sent me some beautiful turquoise and gold ones.  

I've always loved Carolyn's St.Ives-inspired hearts and I couldn't believe that she created one just for me.  What kindness.

Isn't it amazing?   I adore this delicate knitted shoreline and the little quayside cottage.   There's so much to see and explore in this fascinating work of art.  

Not in the same league, sadly, but I have been felting one or two heart brooches - this is my attempt at being exuberant .... and resisting the usual strong urge to tidy, neaten, snip and straighten.   I quite like this red and orange one, which has bits of an old Indian bag that fell to pieces through being loved to much.   But the ones below just look a bit scruffy to me.   Probably because I rebelliously and repeatedly stabbed them with my little pointy scissors!
Using some avocado skin dyed fabrics which I got from Heike last year, I stitched some little stitcheries to make into greetings cards

And Lesley might recognise some of the snippets in the blue versions.   I've incorporated my indigo bits with some hand-dyed lovelies that came from Lesley's Shed.   The snippets of lace were out of my Erosion Bundle - they were buried in the compost heap and took some dye from screen-printed fabric they were wrapped up with.
 mother-of-pearl buttons and
 pink knots
And, see, I can do loose threads and frayed edges .... but I did hide the stabby-scissors.

I was going to make you hang on for some more photos of some cards I made today, but I think you've persevered long enough.   However, those who come back in a day or two will be rewarded not only with pictures of greetings cards, but with views of bunting.   Heart-shaped bunting.   Aha, now I've got your attention.

Chrissie x