Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Hexagon Patchwork

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I don't do much patchwork, but occasionally I get bitten by the bug. Here I was trying to use traditional hand pieced hexagons in a different way, to make a pictorial quilted hanging. Its a pot plant! I quilted the pot and flowers by tying with french knots, or with running stitch. The blue at the bottom is hexagons too, but I tried to disguise the shape with machine quilting in squares. The rest of the background is hexagons of calico dyed in tea, disguised by machine quilting in diagonal lines. The colours used to match my bedroom wallpaper, but now they don't, so it is hanging in the wardrobe!

Thursday, November 10, 2005

Bags of Fun - close ups

Just in case anyone else out there is as much of an 'anorak' as me about these things, here are some close-ups of my favourite bits of the bag.

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These are the very simple needle sculpture 'goblin' faces. Made from small amounts of polyester toy stuffing and old tights. I made a very small ball of stuffing first and wrapped the centre of a piece of tights over it to make the nose. Then I gathered the edges and drew them up together, pushing the stuffing around to get the shape I wanted, then stitched in the features.
Blending in the different fabrics using seeding stitch in stranded cotton, over the top of free machine stitching in rayon.
Seeding stitches in wool. I like this combination of colours.
Interlaced running stitch in wool.

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Bags of Fun's Done!

I just scraped in before the deadline. My bag of fun is called 'Goblin Garden'.

Here's the front:

And here's the back view.

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Check out the other Bags of Fun on: