Monday 31 March 2014

Lily Elsie Wallace


 I made this embroidery a couple of years ago about my mother, and thought that Mothers Day was a good day to add it to my blog. It is a collage of various materials and embroidery which represent things about her.  I lost her back in 1990 and think of her still so much.

Mothers Day

The piece includes fabric and paper, hand and machine embroidery, photo transfer, silk flowers, button and beads.

Lily Elsie Wallace

More details of the embroidery showing a bee (she was a very busy bee!) which was an automatic embroidery sown onto water soluble material.

Monday 24 March 2014

Chicken Peg Bag

Finished! One of two chicken peg bags I made for the" For Sale" table for our up and coming Quilt Show in  April. More information about that will be coming soon.

Saturday 22 March 2014

Embroidered Dress

I visited the Knitting and Stitching show last weekend and saw the most beautiful embroidered dress made by Sophie Prentice, who won the National Fashion Textile Competition.

Dress Close ups


The texture created and embroidered detail is gorgeous.  A well deserved winner!

Saturday 15 March 2014

Little Craig Fellows Buttons

Contemporary Textile Fair

I went to the Contemporary Textile Fair, Teddington last weekend for the first time.  I enjoyed myself  and thought that the textiles on show were beautiful.  I was very tempted but I am trying to be good at the moment so I bought some paper and buttons from Craig Fellows whose whose designs and textiles are fabulous and I just had to have a little something.

Monday 10 March 2014

Whimsical Little Knits

My shawl came from this little knitting book which I bought at The Knitting and Stitching Show in London.   There is website on the back,  for anyone who is interested.  As I only had one ball of wool I only did three rows of pattern on the edge.

My Colorful Knitted Shawl

I knitted this "Ishbel" shawl this week from a single ball of Noro silk garden sock wool.  It is modeled by Mabel the Newbury Embroiderers Guild dummy who is living with me.  

Blocking my shawl

I blocked my shawl on a towel on the carpet, by pinning it out and spraying it with water.  Once the shawl was dry the lace pattern on the edge was more defined.  The top of the shawl was meant to be straight but was tight and so I had to curl it up as you can see.  I slipped the first stitch each time and maybe that was the problem.  Perhaps someone can tell me what I did wrong!

Monday 3 March 2014

Missenden Abbey Garden

Chain Stitch Circles

I liked these little chain stitch circles, stitched over painted cotton and layered chiffon pieces.

Circles of Design and Stitch

Missenden Abbey

Spent the weekend at Missenden Abbey, Bucks on Janet Edmond's quarterly "Taking Textile Further" course. I had a great time exploring shades and tints of black and white in design, and then trying out some of my small pieces in stitch.