Sunday, October 31, 2010

More ATCs

I am still working on the Fern Leaf quilt, but it's a bit slow going for some reason. It's nearly half quilted now, though. Soon, soon, I will show it again, I promise! In the meantime, here are a few more ATCs which are fabric based - this one above and the one below are for a swap where the players choose their own themes - crosses and fleur-de-lis, you may have guessed. Like the ones from the other day, this is organza over a stitched raw silk background, the designs are FME'd then the negative space removed with a soldering iron to expose the background.

I also pinched my Vintage Fashion design to do some with a transparency theme - they didn't scan too well due to the transparency, but again, similar technique to the Vintage Fashion ones, only I've attached a transparency in the middle rather than using a fabric image. There are 4 cards, but they are all fairly similar to this (different images).

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Another (Very) Little Quilt Swap

Yep, round 5 is now open. It's a bit different (smaller) - go on over to the blog and check it out!

Friday, October 29, 2010

Vintage Fashion

Although I have been working on quilting the Fern Leaf quilt (I've done the leaf, am now working on quilting the background - done maybe a quarter of it), I thought I'd wait and show it later when it was done, or nearly done, as otherwise, it would get a bit repetitive. Instead, here are some fabric based ATCs (I am sparing you all a lot of the paper ones, for which I think you should be thankful!) for a swap to the theme Vintage Fashion.

The images are from a bought fabric image sheet. They are mounted onto a background of gold coloured silk, which I have stitched a pattern into.

The "frame" is made from organza - I sewed down a square, then used my soldering iron to cut away the outside and inside, leaving just the bit around the stitching. The backing was sewn on at this point as well - handmade paper in a colour similar to the silk front.

Finally, a few sequins added for bling. Ta da!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010


Just in time. Tempted to start another small Hallowe'en cross-stitch, but not sure I will finish it in time, so might just move on to the next thing, whatever that is. Or go back to something unfinished (what? surely not!)

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Hall ween?

As you can see, progress is being made. The "o" is a pumpkin and will be stitched before too long - yes, before Hallowe'en!

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Fern leaf

By request from DH, a quilt for a colleague who has an upcoming occasion. It has a sort of plant theme because of her job. I was inspired by a pack of black, cream and green 10" squares I got in the US and a brown quilt I have with a lovely leaf appliqued in a similar fashion over a background of squares. I actually got the top finished and the piece pinned together today, but then I had to take 10 girls swimming and to McDonalds for a birthday, so no more work beyond that.

I won't be appliqueing the fern down per se, but will rather incorporate the applique with the quilting (at the moment, it's just fused).

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Canal House/ATCs

Another Canal House - only two more to go (and stitching down a few which are only fused at the moment). Think I might actually make the end of November deadline!

I also made some ATCs today - I've made a lot of ATCs lately, but haven't blogged them all as I thought it might be kinda boring, especially as most of them aren't fibre based. Today's were an exception, though - I decided to work in fabric and thread on these...

The swap was a pick-a-theme swap, which means that although there were only 4 cards, each was different - definitely harder than a standard swap, where I tend to make similar cards for all three or four in the swap. It's not that the actual construction takes longer, but the coming up with ideas certainly does. Above, the chosen theme was (have you guessed?) Sunflowers and blackbirds.

This one was sun, and below, kites or kite-flying. The sun is made with an Angelina base, with stitching on top; below, I have used Angelina as a background over the blue fabric.

Although it scans better than it photographs, it's still really hard to get the effect of Angelina if you can't see it in person.

Finally, Summer Treats (e.g. ice cream, etc) - no idea what flavour these ice creams might be, but I'm sure they are yummy.

Anyone interested in seeing (some of) the ATCs I've been making lately, I have a Flickr Set of ones currently available to swap...

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Hallowe'en Cross stitch

Finished my little bird - now it just needs ironing and a little frame. Also started the next one, which will be this:

The start isn't very impressive, though those of you who do cross-stitch will appreciate that it's more work than it looks at the moment. Plus, I was watching telly - in Swedish, with English subtitles (the original Swedish Wallender, which we think is great) - so I had to look up a lot more than I normally do while stitching and watching telly!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Hallowe'en bird

Just realised I haven't showed any cross stitch in ages. There's not a huge amount of progress on the beach huts, though there is some - but anyway, I have taken a hiatus in orderto stitch this little Hallowe'en bird, which I picked up at Ally Pally (at the Knit and Stitch Show). Cute, isn't he?

Saturday, October 09, 2010

Knit & Stitch

Untitled, Alexandra Deutsch

Went to the Knit and Stitch Show today at Alexandra Palace with my friend Lana - frankly, if I'd known how tough it was going to be to get there (planned engineering works on both of the tube lines that run up in that neck of the woods) I might not have bothered, although I did enjoy the show. There were a number of pieces I liked quite a lot, though most of them couldn't be photographed. Here are a few that I was able to take photos of - the above was from an exhibit called Holland Paper Biennial 2010, which had a lot of interesting paper work, though I think this was my favourite (there were several by this artist in a similar vein, very organic shapes and nice texture to the pieces).

Ann Small: Anemone Rosa

There were three different anemone pieces in this exhibit (I can't remember what the exhibit was, though it was a group of different artists and featured a number of nice pieces). This one was my favourite of the Anemone pieces, though I liked all three.

And my favourite (probably) of the pieces I saw today was this group of slate vertebrae or fern leaves, or? sewn together down their spines. This was in an exhibit of work by Clyde Oliver; I can't recall the title of the exhibit, but there were a number of interesting pieces using slate as a basic material. I'd like to own these pieces - partly because they are lovely, but also partly because then I'd be able to touch them - I bet they feel great!

I didn't buy much - a couple of cross-stitch patterns and a handful of art supplies, plus a couple of presents - so I haven't photographed the loot, but I have stitched up half of one of the cross-stitch patterns already (it was fairly small), so I'll be showing that before long... A nice day out (though the show is getting to be really expensive, I think, especially given the exhibitor to vendor ratio).

Sunday, October 03, 2010

Lots of sewing

That's my kind of day :) I worked on another canal house today - here are all the ones I've done to date together - there are 3 more to go (and the latest three do still need to be sewn down) and then I'm finished. I've enjoyed this project, and look forward to seeing what I will get in return in the fullness of time.

Here's a closer view of the house I worked on today - it's quite a wide one and completes the bridge in the centre of the piece. By the time I finish this set of houses, I won't have any blue hand-dyes left in my stash.

Also today, I worked on my Stay-at-home Robin - first added Round 4 to the black and batik piece - though I'm not convinced that it wouldn't look better on the right hand side of the other blocks - I am going to try unsewing it and stitching it back on the right and see if I like it better.

I also decided, finally, to go ahead and make a second piece for the Stay-at-home Robin - I had been toying with it since the beginning, but hadn't quite got around to it yet. Finally today I decided to go ahead. This one is something quite different, using Japanese taupes - we'll see how it goes.

Stay at Home Robin Update

Just in case you have forgotten or missed the notice when I posted it, the Stay-at-Home Robin now has a new home of its own, over here... Round 4 instructions are posted there!

Saturday, October 02, 2010

Actual Sewing

Amazing, isn't it? Tomorrow I need to work on more canal houses - what seemed like a distant deadline when I began the project is rapidly approaching - but today, a little time for some variable stars for the block lotto. A nice scrap project - I didn't touch anything in stash - but admittedly, my scrap basket is still full. Typical, really.