Monday, December 31, 2007

Happy New Year Everyone!

I managed to finish off the 'TAST' Icicle dolls, but not the TAST challenge. I have a list of the stitches I missed put by for a dull, rainy day..................

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Thank you to all of you out there for visiting my blog, commenting and offering your support this year. And thank you to all the blog authors out there in our corner of the internet for taking the trouble to share your inspirations and ideas. Here's to peace, goodwill, prosperity, health and happiness in 2008 to all of us!

Sunday, December 30, 2007

I'm a little late with the........................

Season's Greetings. I had a fun and frantic family Christmas, hope everyone else had a good time too. I didn't sell any of these little fellas, so I decided to make use of them myself. I think they made great christmas ornaments!

Friday, December 21, 2007

Arlee Barr gives me the bird!

Arlee Barr of Albedo Design Journal held a draw on her blog and I won this amazing piece of 'Arlee Art'. (you can't see very well in the photo, but the beak is copper!)

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I'm a regular reader of Arlee's blog. Her work is fun, innovative, sometimes thoughtful and always inspirational.

Thank you Arlee. The bird is now on the wall by my sewing machine, where I can look at it and smile!

Sunday, December 16, 2007

The Slow Cloth debate

There’s a discussion going on at Sharon B's In a Minute Ago that started when she read a post on Red Thread Studio about Slow Cloth.

The Red Thread post made Sharon think about how much time is spent on ‘traditional’ crafts and how many ‘quick and easy projects’ are being sold and advertised and our attitudes to both.

You’ll see, if follow the link to Sharon's post, that thinking about this lead her in several directions - and I followed! I’m not a quilter, crazy or otherwise, but even so, much of the comment that followed on from Sharon’s post is still relevant to me.

Machine versus hand. Just lately, I’ve got two kinds of project on the go. Creative, contemporary embroidery and cloth doll making.

I produce my arts and crafts by both hand and machine. I don’t see that using today’s exciting tools, methods and materials lessens the value of my efforts or my enjoyment of the process in any way, in fact I think it enhances it. I use the sewing machine to make the bodies of the dolls I make, because not only is it quicker, it also makes for stronger seams. I use pre-programmed machine stitches, a needle punching machine, a soldering iron and a heat gun in addition to hand embroidery to add texture to pieces of work. I look at the work produced by today’s ‘experimental machine embroiderers’ (the late and sorely missed Val Campbell-Harding, Maggie Grey, Margaret Beale, Gwen Hedley spring to mind straight away) and ‘modern’ doll makers like Patti Culea – they also spend many, many hours on a piece of work using a variety of ‘traditional’ hand work and ‘modern’ machines, tools and techniques. I do like to have a piece of hand embroidery on the go at all times though, ready to pick up at odd moments. I find it very relaxing just to sit hand stitching sometimes, and hand work is very portable, you can do it almost anywhere!

Art versus craft. That’s an old chestnut, very relevant to me right now. I’ve just joined the Creative Co-operative, a group formed to establish a supportive community and network for all creative people in the locality. Anyone can join. You don’t need any formal qualifications, just a love and enjoyment of your particular creative activity. The co-operative has been holding monthly artists and crafts markets for a while, and just before I joined voted to separate the art from the craft. Because I work in fabric, or textiles, what I produce is generally considered to be craft. But some of my contemporary embroidery pieces, 3d items and character or art dolls are much closer to art and really wouldn't fit comfortably into a designated craft market. Not everyone would agree with that, however, and some people may also think that my work should be cheaper because it is not done on paper, canvas or even hardboard. Bit of a dilemma. Thankfully, currently I’m being encouraged to have a ‘foot in both camps’.

Craftsman versus crafter. I think I’m a craftsman, or craftsperson if you prefer. I’ve worked and studied to perfect what I do, and I’m still learning. I take great care, put a lot of thought and a great deal of love and affection into the things that I make. Everything I make is unique and original to me. I take care in selecting the materials and techniques that I use; is it safe, fit for purpose and will it last? To be a craftsman used to mean studying, serving an apprenticeship, being accepted into a guild. (From my point of view, I needed to learn how to use a simple swing needle sewing machine properly before I could successfully tackle machine embroidery, for example.) It was something to aim at. But language changes and evolves. Now I see TV shows like ‘Create and Craft’ with card making, teabag folding and scrapbooking using ready made cut-outs and stick-ons. People come to a craft fair now and they expect to see the kinds of ‘craft’ goods and ‘gifts’ you can buy in High Street chains, like the ‘hand made cards’ from a well-known bookstore, sold much cheaper. A huge industry has sprung up catering for ‘crafters’. I don’t think that is the same thing as a ‘craftsman’, but now I’m thinking of calling myself an ‘artisan’ to highlight the difference.

The value of real craft work. Here’s an extract from the aims of the Creative Co-operative:

We aim to promote awareness of the value of art, crafts and creative pursuits, the time and care it takes, in addition to the cost of materials. Many people don’t know the difference in value between hand made and home made or individually created items and mass production.
Our arts and crafts are fighting against a rising tide of cheap imports and mass produced 'craft' items, which are 'hand made' but in a production line style by one person doing the same thing over and over. This has nothing to do with creativity.

(As the old saying goes) I wish I had a pound for each time someone has said to me “Oh, that’s nice. I’d like one of those but they cost a fortune in the shops. Would you make me one, I’ll pay for the material?"

Monday, December 10, 2007

On a cold and TASTY morning...........

I saw this Icicle Doll Swap and of course I immediately wanted to make one, but I wanted to catch up with TAST too. The answer was obvious, icicle dolls embellished with TAST stitches.

I haven't joined the swap, but I've started on these three:

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The green one with the head on has knotted cable chain, thorn, pekinese and pistil stitches along with some seeding for texture. The white ones have pekinese and pistil stitches and seeding.

I feel much better now! It was so nice to sit and do some hand sewing just because I felt like it!

**Update** I keep forgetting to give sizes. The 'bodies' of these measure about 7 inches or 17.5cm.

Thursday, December 06, 2007

A siren of the silver screen and a TASTY opportunity

Thank you everyone for your supportive comments. You remember right Jowynn, maybe I should move house!!! Today, I feel like giving up on the dolls but I heed all your good advice, I'm girding my loins, pulling myself together and I'm building a website ready for putting some up on EBay and Etsy.

None of my friends and family are in the least bit interested in my all consuming hobbies and passions so I have joined a local group, the Creative Co-op, in the hope of meeting some like-minded people to chat and swop ideas with. It was through the Co-op I got the chance to do the craft fair. The Co-op is also running an Art Show later this month and I have the opportunity to take some space there for my textile work. I've decided to use it as a chance to exhibit, rather than sell. That way, I think I will find it a much more enjoyable experience! If people are interested in buying, than that will be a bonus. I'll be switching to TAST mode for that, tidying up some of the 3d pieces and samples that I made. I was definitely getting withdrawal symptoms while I was working on the dolls!

In the mean time, here's a picture of a 'S'mockery Siren' inspired by the screen goddesses of the 40s and 50s. Nobody wanted to buy this at the craft fair either!

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Saturday, December 01, 2007

This is why I've been so quiet.

I was offered a table at a local Christmas Craft Fair, so I made a dozen of these:

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and a dozen of these (you can't see it in the picture, but he also wears a red knitted hat):

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After all my hard work, and a very disappointing day, I sold two of the first and none at all of the second!!!!!

Monday, October 29, 2007

You're not my mummy!

I've been a bit busy. My grandson wanted a new halloween costume. The brief was 'some kind of a dead thing'!

I've made him a mummy costume from tea dyed tshirt, torn muslin strips and a cutdown pair of builders thermal leggings. Because he's a horrible little boy, I added a rat and some snakes!

His sister didn't need a new costume, so I made her a
vampire doll.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Get it off your chest girl! - copyright again!

A bit of a rant!

Linda at Craft Apple has been moved to write about Copyright.

She has provided some useful links and given her interpretation. I agree with everything she says, but I want to add my twopennyworth.

I just want to say that so far as copyright goes, there is no difference between the 'professional' and the 'amateur' or 'hobbyist'. A couple of times recently I've noticed that something that caught my eye on an amateur (by that I mean someone who doesn't sell their work) blog has appeared, a couple of weeks later, on the blog or website of a 'professional' who took the credit with no acknowledgement at all. Most 'genuine' bloggers are keen to share and very generous with their own ideas and techniques, but it is very hurtful and wrong to 'harvest' people's blogs in this way. It is this kind of thing, along with the dreaded spammers, that is going take all the fun and openness out of blogging for a lot of us.

It's not sour grapes, it wasn't my work but it was the work of someone I admire. No names, no packdrill, I just wanted to get it off my chest.

Sharon B at InaMinuteAgo has also provided a link to some information on copyright specifically for bloggers. See it here

Friday, August 24, 2007

Maritime madness............

There have been quite a few mermaids 'on show' lately. I live near the sea, so I couldn't resist making my own.

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Re: Cool reception

Thank you for all your kind comments and support. I would like to give you all this:

I should really nominate five more people, but there are just too many! So I just want to say thanks to all those who read my blog, and all those who publish their own and constantly inspire me.

Thanks to Shashi, Sewing with Moonbeams and Connie, Cloth Matters - for reading my blog and giving me this award!

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Cool reception

Do you remember the

  • minipadfolio
  • I made for the WI raffle?

    Well, I did put it in the box for raffle prizes and at the last meeting it appeared on the table. And it stayed on the table until the last winning ticket was drawn. A four-pack of cutprice, almost past their sell-by date, baked beans (what kind of person presents THAT for a raffle prize?!!!). One person even turned it over, flipped it open and dropped it disdainfully back down on the table with a derisory 'looks hand-made to me'.

    I was a bit hurt, I must admit. And when the secretary came over and said quietly to me that if I made anything I would like to sell, there was an occasional sale table, I was stung enough to reply 'Oh, that was just a prototype, the rest will go out at designer prices'. Oooops!

    The Boss said don't worry, it just wasn't their cup of tea.

    Monday, July 30, 2007

    Latest little bit of insanity...........

    A Spring Sprite, young relative of "Autumn not so Sprightly".

    Here's a closeup, so you can see the decoration and embellishment:

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    Friday, July 13, 2007

    Simple stitches

    Two french knots, one colonial knot and a fly stitch make a Simple Doll for a small person!

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    I decided that, although non-toxic, a painted face just doesn't go with all that dribble!


    My six month old grandson loved his simple doll and played with it happily for a week. Then his six year old brother suddenly decided to see if it could do the splits, grabbed both feet, pulled and split it like a wishbone.

    I've made the little chap a new one in stretch fabric, but I can't bear the thought of a baby eating that stuffing, so its back to the drawing board.

    Wednesday, July 04, 2007

    Autumn not so sprightly!

    I bought Patti Culea's book "Creative Cloth Doll Making" and of course, I had to jump right in and have a go. Here's the result, an autumn sprite....

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    She's perhaps a little bit blowsy, a little bit overblown. She looks thoughtful, not sad but a little bit serious. It's because she's in the autumn of her life, a good bit past the middle, but still quite a way from the end. She has enjoyed her life up to now, so she still likes to dress in bright colours, but not as bright as she did when she was in her summer, spring now seems a long way behind. She still loves to wear necklaces and bracelets, but now the colours are muted, berries and fruits instead of summer flowers. Sometimes now, she finds she needs a light stole or a shawl to guard against the cold in the chilly autumn evenings.

    She doesn't like those slippers. She still likes to wear dainty, pretty shoes and kick up her heels now and then. She has good feet and her favourite shoe colour is red. She wants me to make her another pair!

    Here's a close-up of her face:

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    and this is what she is sitting on:

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    I used the beginners pattern with the intermediate face for this doll. The plan is to work through the patterns and techniques in the book and finish up with Spring, Summer and Winter too!

    Saturday, June 30, 2007

    I've got to stop doing these!

    I knew I'd find a use for that piece of 'verdigris' embellisher fabric I made a while ago.

    I made this:

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    To keep my nail file, scissors and tweezers in:

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    Its a minimanicupadfolio! I'll soon need a bigger handbag, to keep this useful collection of mini-padfolios in!

    Thursday, June 21, 2007

    Simple doll for a small person

    After a lot of trial and error (oh, there always is!) what was in my head finally came out at the other end, and I made this for my youngest grandson, he's six months old now and I thought he should have his own doll too.

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    For once, The Boss was impressed, and he thinks I should make some more and sell them on Ebay. Obviously it complies with safety regulations or I wouldn't be giving it to my grandson, although no doubt he will put it to the dribble test! It measures about 8 inches high, the body is fine poly/cotton, the head and arms are robe velour and the hair is the usual knitted 'hat'. Features are drawn in permanent marker, fabric paints and gouache mixed with fabric medium, all cured and heat set. Whaddya think?

    And another....................

    I decided I need a notepad and pen set:

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    These little things are great for using up odd scraps. To fit a 5 x 3 inch notepad, they measure 12 x 6 opened out, and the linings and the pockets don't have to match, you can use contrasting fabric. The lining of this one is made from a small piece of glazed cotton sheeting I got at a remnant stall years ago.

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    Not sure how many of these I really need, though!

    Tuesday, June 19, 2007


    This is for Shirley Goodwin:

    this is why:

  • Dyeing 2 Design
  • Monday, June 18, 2007

    Blog flog........

    Anyone who subscribes to Workshop on the Web, or has some of her books, will be delighted to know that Maggie Grey has started a blog. Go over and have a look:

  • Magstitch - Maggie Grey
  • Sunday, June 17, 2007

    Needlebook/mini padfolio

    I made this one for me, to match a pincushion I made the other day.

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    This is made from a sample piece of printed cotton furnishing fabric. I 'quilted' it onto a washing up cloth with programmed machine stitches to add texture and break up the pattern. The tie is just a torn strip of fabric with rows of zizag stitch to stop it fraying.

    This is what the inside looks like:

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    I put in a pocket for a notepad and pen and another for scissors. (I've buried the ones that fit in here somewhere in my work room). Then I added a couple of pieces of flannel, cut out with pinking shears, to hold a few needles.

    Tuesday, June 12, 2007

    By popular demand! Wheatear sample (and a blog flog)

    I put the crossed buttonhole/wheatear sample through the needlepunch machine again.
    Then I added a few more stitches.

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    I was planning to cut this up to make a mini padfolio cover, but I've decided to keep it until I find something else I can use it on without losing too much becuase I like it now!


    Elizabeth at
  • Quieter Moments

  • gave Smockery a mention. Thank you Elizabeth. If you like counted thread work, you'll love Quieter Moments, but I warn you, get yourself a drink or a cup of coffee and make sure you are sitting comfortably first, because you will be there for quite a while. Elizabeth is a mistress of stitch variations and her blog is thoughtfully arranged so that the 'TASTers' among us can go there and find exactly the stitch we want to review.

    What is TAST. It's the Take a Stitch Tuesday challenge run by Sharon B on her blog
  • In a Minute Ago

  • Take a look at the
  • Take a Stitch Tuesday Flickr Group

  • you'll find a variety of stitch techniques and styles and some amazing pieces of art!

    and there is a Take a Stitch Tuesday webring, listing participants blogs. Click on the logo in the Sidebar on the right.
  • Monday, June 11, 2007

    TAST Week 23 Wheatear Stitch

    Caught up at last! I put my crossed buttonhole sample through the needlepunch machine and used it again for this week's stitch, Wheatear.

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    I worked lines of wheatear stitch in 2 strands of crewel wool, and some single wheatear stitches, with an extra pair of 'ears', in a single strand. Then I added a few french knots.

    This will probably go under the needlepunch machine again, to merge in the wheatear stripes, and then be used for something like a notepad cover.

    Saturday, June 09, 2007

    Catching up - TAST 21 crossed buttonhole

    Crossed buttonhole stitch in variegated stranded cotton used to couch down wool and knitting ribbon.

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    The background fabric is scraps of silk and bits of fleece needlepunched onto a piece of black muslin. Then I 'quilted' it with a programmed machine stitch in alternate rows of black cotton and metallic thread, to give it some texture and sparkle. The shiny knitting ribbon is couched down with toning variegated stranded cotton.

    Wednesday, June 06, 2007


    I've been meaning to try out Sue B's padfolio tutorial - I adapted it to make this very small one to use as a raffle prize at the local WI meeting.

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    The fabric I used is a piece of dyed muslin from the reject bin. I needlepunched it to a pink washing up cloth to give it a bit of texture and machine stitched over it with a decorative stitch to break up the pattern.

    Because this was so small, it takes a 5/3 inch notepad, instead of making the folding pieces separately I just zigzagged along the fold line and pressed it lightly to crease it.

    I finished it off with a machine wrapped cord.

    Here's a picture of the inside, showing the pockets. The lining is a scrap of printed glazed cotton.

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    You can find Sue B's tutorial on her blog, here:

  • Sue Bleiweiss
  • Needlebook..........

    Linda at Chloe's Place asked about our needlebooks.

    Here's a picture of mine.

    I've had it a long time, I made it years ago. It is made like a proper book, with fabric covered boards front and back and a cardboard spine. The colours used to be nice and bright and it's very dog-eared and bedraggled, but I like it because of the stiff covers.

    Here's a picture of the inside:

    The pages are made from scraps of dyed and felted wool blanket. That's a red wine stain on the first page - no further proof needed that I use it all the time!

    You can find Linda's Blog at

  • Chloe's Place
  • Tuesday, June 05, 2007

    A question for the 'American Cousins'

    Our local branch of the WI has a meeting on 4th July, so an 'American Supper' is being planned. Is there anything special or traditional that you eat, drink or do on that we could include?

    Monday, June 04, 2007

    Replacing the "twins"

    My grandaughter was pleased with her "twins" and lovely, generous little girl that she is, she immediately gave the boy one to her little brother! And the baby loves the peculiar puppet, it makes him laugh, coo and gurgle. So a success all round.

    But now I haven't got any.........I'm still experimenting, so I made these.

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    The one on the right is made from furnishing weight velour - it was much too stiff and thick and made stitching details difficult - but hey, if you don't try you don't find out!

    The other one has a body made from wyncette (it's no good, I can't spell it and I'm too lazy to look it up) and the face is drawn in coloured pencil on a piece of cream coloured glazed cotton. (It was far too pale, and I've just given it a wash over with silk paint, but I haven't photo'd it).

    Here's a close-up of the coloured pencil face:

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    Sunday, June 03, 2007

    Getting back on track......................

    after an uneventful hefty course of antibiotics, the GP has announced that the vengeful bacteria is in fact a vengeful virus. He told me to rest - I told him that if I rested any more I would start to get younger!!!** So, 'symptomatic treatment' and patience are his order of the day. My order of the day is 'it's a virus, you can't do anything about it, so ignore it and catch up on TAST.

    Here is my butterfly chain sample. It isn't very exciting, and at first I forgot to twist the chain, but it was very relaxing to sit and stitch it, so I am sure it did me some good!

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    Thursday, May 24, 2007

    Plastic carrier bags......................

    I haven't got anything to post. I've been laid low by a vengeful bacteria. But I have a question:

    Now that plastic carrier bags are biodegradable, does that mean if I use them to weave, knit, slash or burn on a piece of work, the plastic will deteriorate and spoil the article?

    Anyone out there know the answer? - I've been saving up pretty coloured ones from the home delivery service because I felt I ought to recycle them, but now I'm not sure if it will be worthwhile.

    Saturday, May 12, 2007

    A rather strange puppet

    I made this puppet for my grandson. Its the first glove puppet with a stuffed head that I have made, and was a bit of an experiment.

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    The face is painted with gouache mixed with fabric medium and touched up with water colour pencils. The ears were made on the needlepunch machine, and so was the front of the glove. It has a knitted mohican haircut. I have no idea what it is, but I am sure Joe will think of something!

    Friday, May 11, 2007

    TAST woven wheels - finished

    Here is the finished vessel, complete with firm base stitched in.

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    and here is a close-up of the stitching inside

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    Thursday, May 10, 2007


    I've been tagged by Pat of Altering Thoughts to tell 7 things about myself I wouldn't normally reveal. I tend to keep my blog strictly to stitching and related subjects and veer away from personal details, but I have enjoyed reading these memes on other people's blogs. It IS nice to know a little bit about the person behind the work, so fair's fair....................................

    1. I weigh nearly 14 stone. I know I need to lose some weight for the sake of my joints, my liver, my self esteem, but I cannot honestly say that I am fighting a battle with the scales.

    2. The things I like most tend to be bad for me. I buy wine by the box. I go out in the sun. I LOVE my own cooking!

    3. I hardly ever get bored, because I can always find something to do, although it's very rarely what I am supposed to be doing. I am very easily sidetracked!

    4. I don't subscribe to the view that the human race is responsible for global warming. I follow the scientific evidence and believe it to be a natural occurance in a climate reliant on the sun. But, I DO think we should be less wasteful of our natural resources and stop polluting our planet.

    5. I follow no religion. I don't care WHY I am here, I'm just glad that I am. I try to live a good life and be a decent person. I take responsibility for the consequences of my own actions.

    6. I have been constantly embarassed by the Prime Minister of this country. He has today announced his resignation and I heard a commentator refer to him as the first 'celebrity Prime Minister'. I do hope there will not be any more! It is a serious job, right?

    7. I can honestly say that I am happy. We keep hearing how although we are more prosperous today, own more property, have more material goods, we are not happy because it is never enough. Well, of course there are things I would like that I can't have, but I'm not going to get myself broken up over it. I have everything that I need, gained by my own efforts (and the Boss, of course!) and that should be enough to keep a person content.

    Without trawling through all the blogs I read to check, I reckon everyone that I might tag has already answered, so I won't tag anyone else!

    Saturday, May 05, 2007

    TAST - woven wheels.................

    I've turned last week's textile vessel running stitch sample inside out and started to cover the higher back part that shows when you look at it straight on with this week's Take a Stitch Tuesday, woven wheel and variations thereof:

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    I've mostly used dyed crochet cotton and woven on wheels and in lines. I'm adding beads for a 'crustier' look.
    Here's a close-up.

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    Wednesday, May 02, 2007

    Well, I couldn't leave it like that ..............

    I had to do something with it:

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    I'd stitched right to the edges of the piece, so I wondered if I could add an extra strip by applying it to a piece of felt with the needlepunch machine. That worked OK, although I broke my first needle in the process. Then I wondered if I could recreate the stitched and stuffed effect with needlepunching, so I added a bit more on one end using felt, wool tops (roving) and some scraps of silk and tried to harmonise it. That worked quite well too. (bottom picture)

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    To help the new bit to blend in better, I needle punched some of the unstuffed areas of the original piece and added more running stitches. (middle picture)

    Then I decided to make it into something - that turned out to be a textile vessel. There is no back seam, because I needle punched the pieces together before I had finished decorating it. I needle punched wool tops (roving) onto a piece of muslin (scrim), cut it to shape and stitched it in as a lining.

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    I was about to stitch in a covered cardboard circle for the base, when I read this week's TAST stitch. Now I am tempted to turn it inside out first and add embellishment to the lining with this week's stitch.

    Monday, April 30, 2007

    TAST - Running stitch

    I wish it was more exciting...........:(

    I started with this scrap of dyed and discharged linen/viscose fabric.

    I outlined the shapes in running stitch in variegated perle and stranded cotton. Then I thought it needed more and I decided to stuff the lines with yarn and some of the other areas with wadding, trapunto style.

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    I didn't think ahead, and I stitched right up to the edge, not leaving myself a margin so that I could use this sample later on.

    I wish I hadn't bothered!! Never mind, you can't win 'em all....

    Thursday, April 26, 2007


    More samples made on the embellisher using bits from my reject bin! I've been playing with needle punching the fabrics then 'quilting' them using the decorative stitches on my sewing machine.

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    The darker green piece is another 'verdigris' bit I made using a piece of green silk with a scarab stencil in copper coloured metallic powder mixed with fabric medium that didn't come out at all well. I made a 'sandwich' with the printed fabric on top, some copper coloured silk fibres on the bottom and turquoise felt in the middle. I needle punched it quite heavily on both sides to bring the felt and the silk fibres through to the top. Then I machine quilted it in a greek key pattern with copper coloured thread.

    The piece on the right was a piece of space dyed muslin treated with potassium permanganate then discharged with lemon juice. It was very drab and dingy. I needle punched it to a piece of dyed wool blanket in turquoise to brighten it up a bit. Then I machine quilted in two different patterns with copper coloured, green and turquoise thread.

    The last piece was space dyed muslin that I had scribbled on in felt tip pens in dark red and silver. I needle punched it to a piece of yellow felt to harmonise the colours, then machine quilted it in yellow thread.

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    This is what they look like on the underside.

    I really like these punched and stitched pieces. The bin is emptying and the sample drawer is filling up!

    Tuesday, April 24, 2007

    Now they have clothes!

    I had a hard job making clothes to fit these dolls. They are adapted from a teddy bear pattern, to get that 'babyish' look, but I hadn't thought ahead to fitting clothes on them. Once I realised that dolls clothes don't have to be made or fit in the same way as regular children's clothes, it became a little easier. Also, trousers had to be made very baggy, otherwise they couldn't sit. I had quite a few false starts, and there is a pile of clothes that don't quite fit!

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    Here they are dressed in shorts and t-shirts, out to play.

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    And here they are all dressed up to go out to tea.

    I had fun making these, and I'm sure my grandaughter won't mind the mistakes! I can improve on these quite a lot..