Monday, 21 December 2015

Happy Holidays!

Although I haven't been able to blog much recently I have been working! Below are a selection of pieces I have been working on over the last few weeks...

These are a few brooches / pins inspired by a session with the Region 2 IFA ladies, they are just so much fun to make and one of the few things I can make relaxing in front of the TV :)

I finally finished the icicles / snowy night wall hanging that I started nearly a year ago! This is a fairly large piece, measuring approx 3ft x 2 ft.

I finished (and photographed) a new pair of gloves. I don't know about you but I seem to be waiting for days if not weeks for enough daylight to take photos this month. Roll on spring!

The fishy reef nuno felt made a reappearance from the UFO box too, this is how it looked a few months ago.

Just adding some darker blue tones where the reef meets the water made a world of difference to the sense of perspective.

Then I got a bit paint happy...

It still needs some work, but it's making progress, I foresee a trip to the sewing machine to add some tiny fish in the distance....

Some dyeing, the red and orange wool is corriedale that I expect will become a bag. The blues are merino which I have carded into batts and plan to use with the blue variegated blue silk pictured below.

My technique for variegated dyeing is totally random, I just scrunch up handfuls of fabric and stuff it into a bag, hence I was surprised to see a distinct pattern on this piece of silk:

I'm hoping to make a dress from the blue materials and combine it with some screen printing techniques from Ruth's online class in January (click here for more information). If I can get the idea in my head to work, I plan to submit this dress to the Spinners Weavers and Dyers National Exhibition next year (no pressure Ruth! ;) )

Whatever your faith or denomination I hope you have a wonderful break, filled with fun activities and surrounded by the people you love.

Thursday, 3 December 2015

Sewer's Friends

This week I have been making a selection of "sewer's friends", essentially a cross between a pin cushion and a felt bowl, I have a larger one of these and find it invaluable when working with beads; the bowl part keeps the beads under control and I can thread up a few needles in the pin cushion, all ready to go.

I also started a waistcoat / gilet / vest using some more of Zara's Gotland locks, more on that next time...