29 August 2007

Going for the burn

Carrying on the "Slash and Burn" theme for the Arts in the Mail challenge I decided to layer up some fabrics and heat them up with a heat tool. Layer of red silk, yellow/orange lame, pieces of gold and multicolour netting with some crinkly organza, topped with organza. The first pic shows the stiching and burning back having added sequins afterwards. The second pic shows the card trimmed back and torn organza zig-zagged on around the edge. I've quite enjoyed distressing the fabrics this way.

15 August 2007

Slash and Embellish

I had a go at using some unusual fabrics to make this postcard for a challenge for this month on Arts in the Mail, in the theme of "Slash and Burn" . Haven't done the burn bit yet, but here's photos of the slashing. I layered up some hand dyed cotton, fine muslin, silk, lame and organza. The layers were sewn together with metallic thread. Then slashed. I further distressed this with my embellishing (needlepunch) machine.

I liked the front (above) but also liked the look of the back as well (below)

I joined the back of the work to some craft Vilene and used some ribbon yarn, also distressed by the embellisher and zigzagged onto the postcard.
Think I impressed myself with this one, think I might try another!

Been Busy

I've had several things to finish and send. Having got an embellisher machine, a Janome Xpression, and played around with it, I've joined a Yahoo Group, UK Embellishers. Having been too late to sign up to their challenges I managed to sign up to a flower ATC swap with 4 others in the group. I'm quite pleased with these 4 little cards. I'd made the petals and leaves from a piece of wool rovings trapped in matching coloured organza and cut out the shapes and needled them onto a felt background. Dark coloured chiffon was used for grass and fuzzy yarn used for the centre of the flowers.

Next on the agenda was to get 4 postcards done for Art in the Mail Yahoo group. The theme was pink and purple. Doesn't look much like that in the photo's does it? Started out as crazy patchwork, but decided to do something different with the other 2. I enjoy sewing bits of embellishments. Lot of fun with this swap.

05 August 2007

Got a quilt done!

Nearly 4 weeks after my grandson, Leo, was born I've finished his quilt! As it was a lovely afternoon the last binding strips were put on and I spent time in the garden hemming it to the back of the quilt. I've really pleased with how colourful this is and just had to photograph this straight away. Please excuse the garden ephemera and catching the sunlight on the top right corner.

I've now got a few pink and purple postcards to finish and post off and will put those on the blog in the next few days.