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Archive for September, 2016


Monday, September 26th, 2016

It’s been a busy few weeks, we moved premises with Adelaide Walker, our daughter went off to university and it was Yarndale this weekend. I wouldn’t say we were rushing about up to the last minute but we only finished packing an hour before we had to leave to set up!

I recently made a poncho and wanted something to wear this weekend however, I decided the poncho was too long and would actually be in the way whilst we were working. Somehow I managed to make the time to create a second shorter, asymetrical poncho.


Not a brilliant photo but the only one I currently have. It was much admired and stroked and had loads of very nice comments. Working at the show means not much time to look around but we managed a quick stroll before opening time on Sunday morning. I leave you now with my favourite photo from the show – Vulcan


Woodland pots 2

Saturday, September 10th, 2016

Earlier in the week I showed you the first two pots I made with Midsummer Night’s Dream in mind. Two pots is good but I really felt it needed a third to complete the set and obviously it needed to be larger still. It’s actually the largest pot I’ve worked on in quite a while but I shrank it so far that you wouldn’t believe it.


I used the same wool and embellishments as the other two and had originally envisaged tree like branches coming up off the pot into the air. That really didn’t work for me so I went instead for some cuts into the pot. Cutting is quite unusual for me, it’s not something I really like to do to felt but on this occasion, I haven’t minded and even wondered if I should have done them larger.



Adding further embellishment in the form of bead and stitch is something I will probably do but I won’t be rushing it. Time to sit, ruminate and approach with caution as I feel it needs to be done with a light hand and just the right beads. Perhaps I’ll have to source some new beads 🙂  The inside of the two larger pots are lined with crystal organza but I was unable to capture the sheen with my camera.


The third pot really completes the family doesn’t it? Even when these have been embellished I have other ideas to work on with this theme one of which is a felt skirt, wish me luck.

More bits for uni

Thursday, September 8th, 2016

I was a little surprised when Charlotte asked for shopping bags as I hadn’t thought about it. We delved into my fabric stash and she chose the fabrics below.


They’re brighter and more patterned than I expected her to choose, especially as she’s into quite a neutral palette at the moment. Being in a making mood and having sone calico left over from the cat shopping bag I made, I thought I’d make a diary cover.


It’s a cheap academic diary on the inside. Unlike the cats, which were filled in with lots of circles, I chose to use the machine like a pencil and bring all the lines down the silhouette of the penguin as I felt it suited it better. Being in a rush I just put the fabric straight under the machine and set off working. Obviously, that wasn’t a great idea and the whole thing wrinkled so I gave myself a slap on the wrist for my impatience, cut a new piece of fabric, set it into a hoop and started again. Much better.


I’m extremely pleased with how it turned out and Charlotte thinks it ”cute’ so everyone’s happy.

Woodland pots

Monday, September 5th, 2016

I think you’ve already seen the small one of these pots, both have been made as part of my Midsummer Night’s Dream work for Metaphor. It’s fairly obvious that bark and lichens are my inspiration.


The pots are a mix of different wools including Bergschaf, Merino, Swaledale and Norwegian.


There are Teeswater curls, synthetic and natural fabric inclusions plus mulberry bark, muberry silk, dyed silk cocoons and flax fibres.



They’re very well felted and quite stiff. I’m still debating whether to add some stitch, what do you think, would it improve it? Or beads perhaps? Both?


Friday, September 2nd, 2016

A few weeks ago I bought an old OS map of our local area. The idea was to take a section, draw on it like people do on old book pages and then frame it for C to take to university with her.

Our local picture framers has off cuts of mount board which are free and I quickly found a pirece to suit. What to draw on the map was much more problematical and I struggled to come up with an idea until I began to doodle on a piece of scrap paper and settled on leaves.


I’m embarrassed to show it to you as my execution fell far short of my vision for it. Fortunately for me C is delighted with it.


The pen was scratchy, I tried to do it in a rush and I didn’t do it with confidence. I can show you this as I’ve already given it to her because the map also shows the village where her ‘bestie’ lives and so a second picture will be created from this same map. I hope C does better with her picture.

One of the many items that have been identified for uni is a shopping bag as she’ll be shopping for her own groceries from now on. I made lots of fabric bags some years ago from roll end pieces of upholstery fabric and they’re still going strong so C will take a couple of those but I also wanted to make a thinner bag with shoulder length handles that she could roll up and put in her handbag.


Now we’re onto textiles I’m much more in my comfort zone. Again, this was done in a hurry as I didn’t want her to see it before it was finished and she wasn’t out for long! We have 3 cats which I know will be sorely missed so it felt like the right image to use.


It’s free machine embroidery onto calico with a few lines of decorative stitches underneath. They’re the sum total of the fancy stitches offered on my old Bernina. I decided all stitching would be done in black so I wanted it to look a little fancier than running stitch. I’m really pleased with how it’s turned out and C is ecstatic, what more could I ask.

I enjoyed creating the bag so much I have another idea to use up the leftover fabric. Sorry I can’t say more, but I believe she reads this blog occasionally and I don’t want to spoil the surprise.