Monday, 10 May 2021

#52tagshannemade week 18

Week 18's prompt was English paper-pieced (EPP) hexagons with running stitch.

EPP involves temporarily attaching fabric to shaped pieces of paper to add strength to the shapes to enable the pieces to be stitched together.  The papers are removed once the pieces are stitched together. 

Hexagons are a popular shape for this type of patchwork,  but other shapes include diamonds,  squares, triangles etc. 

Once I'd finished sewing the hexagons together, I stitched them onto a piece of vintage linen using running stitch, both horizontally and vertically, imitating quilting. I then attached the piece to a tag.


Wednesday, 5 May 2021

A poem a week

From early in the first lockdown, my Dad started to read me (and my poetry-loving cousins is their weekly Zoom call) one poem each week. I'm not really one for reading poetry as, like my Dad,  I think it should be read out loud, so it's been a long time since I heard any. 

During the last couple of months of 2020 and the start of this, my Dad was reading a section of  Longfellow's long poem 'Hiawatha' per week. When this finished and we went back to a separate poem a week, I decided to add each week's poem to my current journal.

These are the pages I've created so far:

Oh to be in England by Robert Browning 

To Hope by Thomas Hood 

To a Mountain Daisy by Robert Burns

Brenda in the Lane by Elizabeth Barrett Browning 

There'll be more soon.


Saturday, 1 May 2021

#52tagshannemade week 17

The theme for this week was couching, but Anne also suggested that we looked at the tags made so far and choose a colour you've not used yet. For me, those colours were orange and yellow. I've couched a variety of rolled fabrics using s mixture of threads, and in some cases, beads.
I also couched a scroll of paper, wool, gimp, a paper bead and a sun-shaped jewellery piece.

Back soon.


Tuesday, 27 April 2021

#52tagshannemade week 16

It took me a while to finish the stitching on this tag as theme was seed stitch and I started with really small ones! 

I started with a piece of linen cut from a vintage tea-towel. I then made three Suffolk puffs using fabric from a vintage Liberty pattern handkerchief. I also added 3 flowers cut from a vintage crocheted doily. 

I decided to use two DMC variegated threads for the seed stitch as the stripes of the linen gave three separate areas stitch in. The changes in colour of the thread add interest to the large areas of stitching. 

The next tag will be quicker to stitch.


Monday, 19 April 2021

#52tagshannemade week 15

The theme of this week was a 'tiny 'scape'. My landscape is an imaginary one. A flower meadow at the front, a fence, distant hills with sheep and a blue sky with white clouds and a full sun.

There was a lot of stitching involved in this week's tag so it took a bit of time.

The next tag is simpler, so it shouldn't take as long.