Monday, November 10, 2014

Sore fingers from stitching Santas!



It's helter skelter until December 6th now. I have a table booked at a local craft fair - 53 vendors and "A Trip Back in Time" Steampunk theme. I'm really looking forward to it, it should be fun. But panic stations..........................

I've made a few Santas, using more or less the same construction as the St.Nicholas figures.







Saturday, November 08, 2014

I know it's early, but I'm late!

It's only the beginning of November, but soon there will be craft fairs and last minute overseas posting dates! If you are anything like me, you should have started in July at the latest and here you are, deadlines approaching, panic rising.



I made a start with these St. Nicholas figures:









He's made from a needle felted collage of fleecy fabric and wool roving layered over ecofelt. This was then machine quilted and sewn into the body shape. I sewed on the face and arms and embroidered him after stuffing. Down the front is a row of interlaced chain stitch, with elongated holding stitches at the sides. I use this because it reminds me of the fastenings on a period soldier's dress tunic. There is also herringbone, Cretan and chevron stitches, and some trellis around the face. Here it is before I added any beads:




Tuesday, September 09, 2014

I fall for autumn!

I got inspired whilst walking the dog on the South Downs this September. Everywhere there were decaying flowers and berries. So much red!

Hawthorn

Bryony

I had already made the red fabric. I started stitching:



Trellis stitch, cretan, running stitch and a little detached chain.



The toadstools are needlefelted.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Done!

Here's my latest embroidered witch, finished!





Sunday, August 17, 2014

Taking shape...

The stitching is finished, now for the accessorising!

A bit more to do.....

Unusually for me, this one has a needle felted face.