Sunday, 31 October 2010

What have I been doing?????

I've been busy finishing of some projects, here's a sneek peek, can you guess what I'm doing....
stay tuned I'm almost finished.
The next project, I only need to find one more thing..... to add......
Can you guess this too...... the gals from Fabric and Fibers will know.....
And this is what else I've been up too.......
It's starting to feel like Xmas.........

The red one is winging it's way to the USA for a ordy swap, the two black and white ones are going to  friends in swaps here in Oz, can't say which, as they read my blog, so they will have to guess which one is their's.


Monday, 11 October 2010

English Garden DYB and a motoring weekend

What a weekend for motor sport. I'm a V8 Fan, along with the Formula ones, Moto GP (big bikes) and the Speedway (bikes also).  This weekend we had all four on the telly. So Sunday I spent in my lounge chair watching Lowndes and Skaife win Bathurst 1000 in their Holden V8,(Bathurst took all day) and stitching Megs block.  In the evening hubby and I watched Mark Webber come second in the F1. Unfortunately the bikes didn't fair so well with the Aussies not making the top 8 in the speedway and Casey Stoner not even starting in the Moto GP.

But whilst all this was happening on the telly I was stitching. I finished my work on Meg's block.
So to start off, here is the whole block. This motif I have had for some time and when I opened up Megs package, I knew straight away it was going to be used here, the colours were just right. I added the pearl in the centre and the clear beads on the smaller flowers.

Trying to keep the theme of English garden flowers, I've added some woven roses in a deep Burgundy colour.  With a chevron seam and little same colour flowers on top.
On the opposite side of the motif I added a row of Cretan with some Hyacinth.

These don't actually have a name, they just seem to fit here.
And you can't have a garden without a spider, so here he is with his white silver web.


Friday, 8 October 2010

Basically Beaded Round Robin

A new Round robin and this one should be fun. I got Peggy Sue's block first, I love the colours there so me.  I had a fair idea what I wanted to do. So here we go... first the whole block.

Next is a close up of some of the elements, triple fly stitch with small blue beads. Chevron seam with tear drop beads, with heart and larger pink beads along the top.
Woven roses with beaded centres, and twisted chain leaves. Blue organza ribbon held by colonial knots and herringbone stitch. Two rows of chain stitch, each whipped with tread.
Button trail, gold and clear buttons, with gold beads and small blue bead interlocking strands.
A closeup of the finished area, the lace motif, woven roses and the pink whipped chain are all hand dyed by me. this is going to be a lovely block when finished especially when the other very talented people in this Round Robin have their go at this block.


Monday, 4 October 2010

Stumpwork Assessment piece 2 - part 1 - Inspiration

As some of you know I am currently doing A beginners course in Stumpwork with Kay Dennis from the UK, I have almost now completed it with my last project to go. Once this is finished I can progress to the Masterclass course, can't wait. 
So here is Project 2:   A woodland walk - This project should include trees and an animal or animals, insect or insects and a bird or birds and should have a painted and stitched background.

Title: Rosey’s walk
Ideas and Inspiration:
My lovely faced 5 year old beagle named Rosey is the main inspiration of this piece.  We walk everyday along the paths running parallel to Ross River. On our many walks Rosey and I have discovered many birds, turtles, insects and people.  Occasionally Rosey will pull a little hard and I will let go of her lead, realising I am not there, she stops and with the lead hanging over her back and along the ground she patiently stops and waits for me, often looking at the scenes around her; this is where I got my main inspiration from.
Also along the river bank are some amazing trees and their magnificent overhanging branches.  Gumnut trees are scattered in amongst the gum, palm and fig trees. Some of the fig trees are massive; some trunks are more than 3 meters in circumference.
Many birds are scattered amongst the shoreline, Herrins, Pelicans, finches of various varieties, Kingfishers and Kookaburras, just to name a few.

Kookaburras are often seen waiting on the fallen tree branches for some prey to come along for them to snap up and eat. As in this photograph this one was waiting patiently by the river, a dragonfly was near him on another branch, unfortunately you can’t see it in this photograph. 

 The gumnuts are scattered frequently amongst the other trees and so this gave me the idea of having gumnuts, blossoms and leaves overhanging in my embroidery.
A recent copy of the Embroidery and Cross stitch magazine has gumnuts on its cover. The photo below shows some real gumnuts, blossoms and leaves that I picked up on our walk.

For the insects I will add a spider hanging from the gumnuts and a dragonfly landing on the log, just before he’s eaten by the kookaburra.
So with all that in mind; I put pencil to paper and here is my sketch of what I have in mind for my ‘Woodlands Walk’ which I have renamed to ‘Rosey’s Walk’.
My image has Rosey waiting for me, watching a kookaburra sitting on a log, waiting to catch either the spider of the dragonfly. Continuing with Gumnuts, blossoms and leaves hanging above with the path beneath Rosey’s feet and trees in the background.
My elements would be as follows:
Rosey would be of white kid leather with parts coloured in tan, or made of tan and white felt, haven't totally decided yet. Her lead and collar of blue cord.
The gumnuts will be made of a brown bead wrapped with floss and with buttonhole stitch at the base to form the opening of the gumnut.  The blossoms are of floss also, these would be made like pom poms puffed up, the floss would be stiffened using stiffener fluid and water, and the tips painted with yellow acrylic paint.  Leaves would be made of material with chain stitch securing a thread of floss to give it some body, then cut out. All of these elements will be added to wire supports and placed on the background.
The log for the Kookaburra to sit on would be made of floss and heavy threads wrapped over wires of different thicknesses and balsa.
The kookaburra and Dragonfly will have a padded bodies and detached wings and tail. The spider would be made of two beads and his web of grey or silver floss, so it would stand out from the background.
The background, dyed and shadow dried with leaves, the path and trees would all be painted or hand stitched.
If you want to follow my journey on making this piece, watch this space.
Part 1 - Ideas and inspiration
Part 3 - Making Gumnuts, blossoms, leaves, log and branches.
Part 4 - Attaching elements to background
Part 5 - Rosey, Kookaburra and insects
Part 6 - Attaching Rosey, Kookaburra and insects
Part 7 - Finishing Touches

Sunday, 3 October 2010

Stitchmap Challenge, the finished article Part 4

Here she is, the finished article.
Can't show you how I made up the cushion, but I can show you how I position the gumnuts, leaves and blossoms into place.
I placed my leaves in the position that they are going to be behind the gumnuts and blossoms

I then added the gumnuts, these are not the original ones I made, these are made from a variegated thread my friend Alison dyed for me, it was just the perfect colour. Yes I know my left leaf is still backwards, I do fix it in the end.

I then also added the blossom, using all my left over ends from the gumnuts and the blossom to wrap around the wire coming from the blossoms and couch into place up to the top of the leaves and passed the end slightly.

Next step was to add the feather stitch around the edge, something I missed when I first posted photo's in the Stitchmap photo album.

The final piece now finished.....