Saturday, June 26, 2010

Old World Roses Quilt

Well I think I might fess up to another UFO here. To celebrate my love of Old World Roses I made this quilt about 3 years ago - almost finished apart from more hand stitching and more machine quilting. It consists of a number of random large sized pieces of crazy patchwork using materials of dupion silk, brocades, printed chiffon and embroidered satin, maroon lace pieces, crushed velvets, and the roses were cut from soft shades of furnishing fabric. It is very rich but, at the same time, has a softness about it.

Well not much more to say apart from - Well I must get on with it so that I can say "It's finished" - those words which we love. It will happen slowly whilst I am continuing with my current project.

Hope your day is fruitful and kind to you!
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Friday, June 25, 2010

Klimpt's "Adele"

As I was sitting at my machine sewing part of my new project I received this email from a friend, Andrea. It's a tapestry interpretation of Klimpt's "Adele". I thought it was so beautiful that I would share it. Klimpt's paintings can be a wonderful source of inspiration in our aspiring creativity in so many ways!
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Saturday, June 19, 2010

Through the Merchant's Window

I am hoping that this image which I have retaken portrays a more accurate interpretation of the collage showing the depth and richness of the colours used.
Hope you are enjoying your day!
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Friday, June 18, 2010

Through the Merchant's Window

I have been working on this collage now for past 2-3 weeks and happy to say that it has been completed (well at least I think!) - You know that often you want to just keep adding a bit more and a bit more but here it is!!! The collage measures 26" x 22" and the centre pot and box collection of mine has been appliqued onto some old gold taffeta which I had in my stash and the surrounding fabrics are a combination of printed satins, velvets, brocades and cottons which have been embellished with black lace, Vintage sari border fabrics and other trims with some gold beads and sequins.  The outer border is part of a black and gold printed wrap with a black fringing. 

The whole piece has been quilted piece by piece.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Even More Purses!

As I was asked by Eve from the shop "Everything Earthy" to make some more purses I decided this time to use some of the richly dyed mohair from our goats which I posted some days ago.
I patched pieces, felted the mohair, quilted some mohair, added braids, embroided some pieces with floss ribbon and then trimmed the edges with the mohair, silk and other threads and here are the results.
The felting embellisher makes the work go quite quickly and there is just no end of things to try using it.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Pincushion Swap

Well in the mailbox yesterday arrived this very exotic pincushion from Judy of Judy's Fabrications and what an elegant lady she is!! - too good to be stabbing her with pins.!! I've decided to call her "Ruby "! and in the same parcel was a gorgeous little collection of bits and pieces of lace, motifs and braid - all the things we fibre artists can't live without.  Thank you for your kindness Judy.  Clever girl you are!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Dyeing our Mohair

Well - some goats have all the style in the world - give an inch and they take a mile!
Bessie, our boss nanny Angora goat took the opportunity of reclining on this garden seat which I had moved out into the paddock whilst nursing a sick kid some time back (now completely recovered) but, I must say, without these gorgeous creatures we would have none of this beautiful mohair which I dyed over the weekend.  I used some of my favourite colours in the landscape dyes which turned out really vibrant.  I have to say that I prefer the natural dyes but sometimes I like to use these to give rich deep colours!
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