Monday, January 1, 2018

Happy January 1, 2018

Wow it's been a bit of time since I last posted on here.

I got out of the habit of checking out my blog list every day which is a pity. I spent a few hours today visiting here and there. Lots of lovely stitching and eye candy. Just what I need to get my creative muse back in gear.

I haven't been idle though. There has been the odd bit of sewing. Mainly for my granddaughter's Wellie Wisher doll called Willa. It has been one toy that she continues to play with.

I made a few summer dresses.

Mini dresses :)....finished length about 6 1/2 inches. 
Then there was a lull as I had made quite a few outfits at this point.

She asked that I make something for Willa for Christmas. So I went to my favourite Etsy pattern store....Pixie Faire Doll Clothes Patterns..... and looked at their selection and found a Galactic Warrior outfit and a Jedi style cape. My GD loves Star Wars.

It was fairly easy to make but to be honest I'm not in love with the cape. The fit is very strange. I also made some boots which after three attempts sort of turned out okay. Now I know what to do I think I'll make another pair that are just a bit better looking. I also made a Light Sabre from doweling that my husband cut for me. He also sanded the ended so it was rounded off...perfect. I painted it with metallic blue paint and made a handle/grip with faux leather that I then painted metallic pewter.

The whole thing was a great success.

Here are some pics...this is not Willa by the way. This is my Wellie Wisher doll Camille that I use as a model when sewing. 

Hope you all had a great Christmas and a Happy New Year. I also hope you are having warmer weather than we are....brrrr.

Take care :)

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Finishes and WIP's

I was following along with Pam Kellogg's "Never Ending Sampler Stitch-Along" and completed Sampler One. As I mentioned in a previous post I was trying to use up bits and pieces of canvas left over from other projects.
I haven't really followed along with her second sampler as it didn't really appeal to me. Maybe a bit too traditional although I did use two of the bands...the middle part of number 2 repeated and number 3.

I didn't quit though. I've been adding bands on my own. Some of them found online. Some my own creations. There's lots of inspiration for bands out there. Just Google Blackwork, Redwork, and so on. Pinterest is also a great source...better than Google actually.
 Some look at bit plain. I intend to add some beads here and there.


I'm ALMOST caught up with "Take A Stitch Tuesday" aka TAST". 

I decided that I needed somewhere to put my stitch samples. So I made a cloth book with cloth pages. For the front cover I decided to use some of my ORTS....old ragged threads...that I have in a bottle on my work desk. It's where I put the ends from embroidery threads, ends of silk ribbon...whatever. I have stared at them for ages and wondered why the heck I was keeping them. Habit I guess.
I was sort of inspired by various crafters/artists that use fibres, threads and ribbons and layer them between sheer fabric or netting and create "fabric". I used a piece of white cotton and a piece of white wedding tulle. In between I placed threads and bits of ribbon from my ORTS jar.

To sandwich the layers together I used a running stitch on the diagonal.

The rest of the cover is some lovely purple batik. To reinforce the cover I used cardboard front and back and a separate piece down the spine. The fabric pages were glued together and then glued to the spine of the book.  So messy and gluey...eeek!  Ah well:)
Not my best effort. There are much better ways of making a cloth book. Next time I will do it very differently.....less glue.....LOL  But, I must say it's quite tactile and it does invite one to turn the pages. I have lots of pages. I intend to put my sampler pieces in the back as a reference for future CQ seams.

Take care:)

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

A Finish.....

I've been working on a mini challenge for the online doll group I belong to on Facebook. If you're interested please visit my cloth doll blog over...... here.

Tale care:) 


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