Saturday, 22 April 2017

New Brother, yes please!

Enter the Love Sewing competition to win a new Brother Innov-is F420 sewing machine worth £599



I adore my Brother machine, and I really appreciate the great service provided by Brother UK, I have driven up Audenshaw to drop my machine off, and been able to take her home the same day, problem sorted!  Alternatively, Brother post her back to me when they need a bit more time, and she always purrs again once home.  

So, what do I say to the chance of winning a new Brother toy? YES PLEASE!

If you would like to enter, hit this link, and hold thumbs!

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Xmas Past

What's behind the Xmas door?



Linen placemats with a Christmas themed image - starting with same letter as person's name, painted on with Inktense -instead of place cards










Using this idea from Pinterest, I made these, with holly from our garden!









Monday, 12 December 2016

Inktense on fabric

A visiting South African friend gave me a beautiful wire, beaded hoopoe as a gift, which I popped in the downstairs bathroom.  Then I went about switching art around in the house, and now the bathroom is distinctly bird flavoured ;)

I have been meaning to put up a roman blind in there, and due to the avian theme, I decided on a bird blind.

I chose a lilac breasted roller, a gorgeous bird you always see in game parks, and I always think of as a quintessentially african bush bird.  Foregoing the machine this time, I got out my Inktense.

I drew the bird onto the heavy weight calico using my usual Frixion / Signo pens, it wouldn't matter if they left a shadow as I would be painting over them.  I had to do a check first to be sure that the textile medium I use to set the Inktense on fabric would not also set the removable marker.

I drew on fabric
Covered the writing completely with Inktense mixed with textile medium
Let it dry
Ironed to remove the underlying writing...



No problem, it can be removed from under Inktense and Textile Medium Mix!

Some shots along the way, with the obligatory kitty onlookers....








with and without flash 


 Next to sew up the blind!


Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Online Class FME

I've just finished my first SkillShare class - beginner FME
You can find it here












Saturday, 16 April 2016

Be Creatively

Joined this FB group to inspire me to record more of what I do.  And, as an excuse to procrastinate on sorting and tidying the final room after our move up to the beautiful Midlands ;)


The latest colour prompt....




As my mother and I have been discussing artworks featuring hares, I immediately saw a hare in this palette.  And of course some FME had to feature :)




He is stitched using FME, the blobs of organza and rayon were added next, and then a splash of Inktense mixed with textile medium.  Poetic licence on his eye colour to fit the palette, and because my little Toby Ragdoll was sitting on the table next to me.









Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Grindr Gifts

For that special friend....
Just needs a frame 


If you don't have a clue, google 'Grindr'
It is a pressie for a very special friend in Berlin, die Schwule Stadt :)

Thursday, 14 January 2016

Frenchman in glasses

Remember my French Bulldog sporting reading glasses?

I am busy reworking him onto the flap of a messenger bag...


He is done in free motion embroidery with Neocolor and textile medium so that he is washable.

Watch this space for the finished item....


Sunday, 3 January 2016

Sewing Space

I love my little sewing room in the UK, but I still miss my pretty blue room in Berlin!





A German friend's very honest comment upon visiting my British sewing room, 'It's very practical, but not as pretty as your Berlin sewing room.'  Gotta love that German frankness!