Friday, 30 September 2016

A gothic halloween card

I'm not a big Halloween fan, but I don't mind a bit of scary gothic. There's a lot of historic fiction, Dracula, for example, with suitable scary stoylines! Anyway, Americans are really into Halloween, and as I have a couple of American penpals, I thought I'd make Halloween cards for them. This is the first one. 

The background is made from a piece of manuscript covered tissue paper and I've added suitably spooky images that I found on Pinterest onto the front and back. I've also added a poem about all hallows eve on the inside. 

I've a couple more to make, which I'll have to do soon so they get to the USA in time!

I hope you have a good weekend and I'll be back on Sunday.


Wednesday, 28 September 2016

A few Christmas wips*

The first three photos are of fabric I'm using to make some Christmas decorations.  Its a French General fabric with panels of Christmas themes that I'm adding stitch and beads to. I'll be using the panels to make decorations from.

The other photos are copies of vintage Christmas cards that I'm adding stitch too for making cards with. I should have enough finished to add to my Etsy shop soon.

I hope your week is going well and I'll be back on Friday.


*wip - work in progress   

Monday, 26 September 2016

A duo of lavender sachets

These are a couple of my one-off lavender sachets. I do make a few that that are the same , but usually they're one-off like these.

The blue one is a Vanessa Arbuthnot fabric, decorated with a fabric heart, lace, a crochet flower and a vintage button.

The other one is made from 1930s-style fabrics and is decorated with crocheted leaves and flower and a vintage mother of pearl button.

Both will be finding their way to the Elsie May and Bertha Etsy shop ( very soon.

I'll be back on Wednesday. 


Saturday, 24 September 2016

A couple of wips*

These are two of the things I'm working on at the moment. The top one is a piece of lace cloth I made a while ago from silk scrim and fabric and lace scraps. I have now started to add embroidery and beads to it. I'm using a mixture of threads, the one is the photo are all vintage but I'm also using some cream silk and coton a broder that are new too. I'm not entirely sure what I will do with this when I think it's had enough embellishment. It may form a top of a pillow or an art piece or be cut up into smaller pieces to use on more than one piece of work.

The second piece will be a lavender pillow. I'm making it out of wool fabrics and lace and it'll be further embellished with stitch and buttons, probably. Sometimes a piece can evolve into something different than what you originally intended to make, but at the moment this will be a lavender pillow. I am enjoying working on this wool fabric though, it has a definite autumn feel to it, plus you don't really need to worry about it fraying either.

I hope you have a good weekend and I'll be back again on Monday.  


*wip - work in progress

Thursday, 22 September 2016

Two tweedy brooches

These two circular brooches have the use of woven wool fabric and lots of french knots in common.I've also used some cotton fabrics, along with vintage buttons (I really like the blue one, I think it's quite old) and the blue also has a crocheted flower. I don't crochet myself, so I bought this one, along with a few others, from Mimibelle.

Both of these brooches are now available in my Folksy store.

I hope your week is still going well and I'll be back on Saturday.