Thursday 28 February 2008

Violet Snowstorm

Getting Creative With Paper Beads
I love the effect which has been created in these beads.
July /August 2007 issue 13 of "Cloth Paper Scissors"
In "Dipped & Delighted" Kelli Perkins invites us to take the Paper Beads we all love making from Common to Extraordinary.
She Writes: " From the time we pick up our first crayon to the time we stand and admire our adult handiwork, we are taking the elemental experience of making art with our hands and branding it with our unique presence. There is a comforting simplicity in those crafts learned as children that makes them an ideal launching point for true artistic adventure. Making paper beads can be as simple as rolling construction paper with paste and painting it with nail polish, or as satisfyingly complex as multi-layered wonders that emulate the fanciest lampwork beads."

Hunting out my stash of paper beads that I had already made while at college using magazine pages and painted & pearlised papers, I was in my element experimenting & trying out Kelli's suggestions of using paint, embossing powders, seed beads, metallic, threads and wire.

These turned out well I thought...Very dramatic! I had to team them up with some Violet Opal crystals to bring out the lilac metallic paper still showing at the top end.
Now available in my Etsy store these are definitely limited edition .......

Thanks to Kelli for inspiring me to get out those mundane paper beads which I have almost thrown out on more than one occasion. The results are amazing!

Those little pale pink ones at the bottom are very tactile and I find I just want to hold the whole lot in my and and swirl them around..... the glass pearly seed beads make a lovely noise and add a good weight to them.........

Saturday 23 February 2008

I made Etsy Front Page!

I was totally delighted to find out that my little Hand Embroidered Iris Cushion made Etsy's Front Page yesterday and a very kind fellow Etsian
'Inediblejewelry' was kind enough to save and send me a screen shot thank you Jessica you made my day!

Click on the pic for a closer look......

Tuesday 19 February 2008

Cyber Fyber Swap

Im delighted! my ATC & Postcard swap pieces have arrived from Susan Lenz, they are just beautiful. I chose both of these because they were made from the same larger work which Susan compleated for an exhibition in 2004 the original was called 'Last Light Before Vespers' which you can see & read about here be sure to click on the image for an enlarged's a beautiful piece and now I have two little bits of it!

Click the picture for a larger view.

The ATC & Postcard I made as swaps for these are shown in post 15th Feb & if you want to see a little of how they came about see post for 14th Feb. If you havent been to visit 'Cyber Fyber' yet to trade why not have a look you might see something still up for swaps.

Sunday 17 February 2008

Dotee Doll 2

I have been working on Dotee Doll 2 again.
I needed to get over the creative block I was having with her.
Here she is......................
I decided that what made her look different from th other ones I had made was the beading which I added around the outside edge of her face instead of on the stitch line, I think it made her face look bigger so I gave her some varigated hair
Pinks of course and a flower bead...I like her better now!
Soon she will be off to her new home :o)

Friday 15 February 2008

ATC & Postcard for 'Cyber Fyber'

Following on from yesterdays post showing my fun with fabric crayons, here are two of the fabric pieces which I have worked on & finished.

Both of these pieces are now on their way to Susan Lenz and are my swap pieces in exchange for an ATC & Postcard from the 'Cyber Fyber' exhibition. I'm delighted to be taking part and looking forward to seeing my swap pieces from Susan.

Postcard fabric piece was overlayed with organza & machine stitched with a variety of colours. Hand embroidery and beads were then applied. I added some stamps and angelina fibers to the ATC and overlaid with chiffon and machine stitched. Hand embroidery and buttons were then applied. Click on the picture for a closer look.

Thursday 14 February 2008

Fabric Crayon Fun

It's been a long time since I had my crayons out! I bought these fabric transfer crayons while I was doing my C&G Embroidery at college. I had a lot of fun with them then but had forgotton how much!

This is a little watercolour painting I bought in Prague a few years ago. The vibrant colours just jumped out at me when I saw it for sale on the artists board by the river and just had to have it.

Taking the colours and shapes I began to mark make on a sheet of white paper, not in any kind of order or position.......

Leaning heavier I outlined some more edges ......

Now to cut it all up!

A new pile of shapes...........

Measuring out and penciled in on a new sheet of paper a postard size of 6 x 4 inches & glued some of the shapes in a randome order.......still lots left over...

Two ATC sized ones......& still some left over....only blue sky pieces so I made a 3rd ATC sized piece with them.

Next I ironed them onto randomly chosen fabrics

The colours are quite deep & sometimes you can get two transfers from the one image

These pieces are just the begining..... now to get my scrap bag and threads out!

Monday 11 February 2008

Signature Bag

I'm a member of the EG Fife branch & recently we were fortunate to hold a workshop being taught by one of our own very talented members Margaret Lapin. With only small list of items to bring, sewing machine, threads & and embroidery hoop, we all met on Saturday 19th January for our first all day workshop of the year. We were not disapointed, Margaret provided us with everything else we needed:

Scraps and strips of ribbon and fabric
A calico base to work on plus extra for a handle if needed
A piece of cotton to line the finished bag
A piece of loosely woven muslin

What a fantastic workshop! I had such a great day & learned a lot. My sewing machine is not the best for free machine embroidery, I didnt have a darning foot and after Judy kindly let me try her darning foot on my machine I could already see the difference it would make. Even though lacking a darning foot limited me, I was still working on the parts that I could on the day, building up ideas in my head of how I would continue at home once I had found myself a darning foot for my machine. I found a great little foot on ebay the next day which promptly arrived first thing on the Tuesday! I cant believe I have gone so long without this little attachment!On Tuesday 4th evening meeting everyone brought in their bags. Some of us have finished some still working on them. It was wonderful to see how each one was so different and unique!

Front ....


Back view....
Click on the pictures for much larger views

Sunday 10 February 2008

Daisy ~ Dotee Doll

I wanted to make another Dotee doll with lots more beadwork & this is the result, Daisy Dotee. She is going somewhere special, I shall be posting her far away to a lovely lady who brightened up my day and made me smile with a very long email & whom I think she is just perfect for :o)

Peaceful happy face......

Pictures of more completed projects tomorrow...........

Saturday 9 February 2008

It's grown!

Heres an updated picture of the extended base that will soon have my workshop in top of it :o)
As you can see there another 4 foot.....16x10....yippee!
I have pictures of more things that I have made and will post these later today, if not then tomorrow.
I want to write more about them and I dont have time now. Im off to collect my mum and bring her to Fife for the day.

Monday 4 February 2008


I wanted a gentle looking face and I think it works but the more I look at this Dotee doll No two.
I dont think she is finished she needs more....... dont you think? I might work on her some more.
I think more embelishment around her face might be what's missing. I'll post another picture when I get more done.

My third one has a lot more beading on her and I think its what making me look at this one again and its saying More! more!

Saturday 2 February 2008

Dotee two

Finally got a picture of Dotee number two. I used the same fabric as I did for my first Dotee but there was more pink in this piece. So I highlighted with pink beads and flowers. I coloured her cheeks a little with Prismacolor pencil and gave her some soft pink lips. These little dolls are so much fun Im already on my 3rd!

My summerhouse workshop has now been ordered! I cant wait to have all that space to stitch and bead and paint and sew and create!


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