Cotton Bobbin Christmas

There is no time like the present to be thinking about Christmas – the sun has gone, the temperature is dropping and the night’s are drawing in!

So, having collected a number of empty cotton bobbins over the last few months I have created some Christmas decorations with them.

Cotton bobbin Christmas

The bobbin is covered with either a Christmas fabric or ribbon and a decorative bow attached. The head is a wooden bead with a felt hat attached. This has been decorated with narrow ric rac. Gold or silver cord has been used to hang it with and the bottom of the cord has little bells attached. Looks quite cute. I wonder if it will catch on?

Many thanks to good friend Hilary, the Queen of recycling who encourages us never to throw things away before thinking about recycling!

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Using Up Wool Scraps

Last Autumn I bought a bag of scraps from the Melin Tregwynt Woollen Mill in West Wales and after pondering what to do with them I have finally made a few things.

Surprise surprise – Scottie Dogs!

Scottie dog key rings

And a few little heart key rings. The patterned ones are the Tregwynt Wool and the plain ones are made with recycled blanket.

key rings wool

And, I managed to use some pieces to make cushions!

Tregwynt greay cushion

Still lots more to go though!

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Born to Sew

After a long pause, I have finally finished the little quilt that is all about sewing.

Born to sew

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Scottie Dogs Feature Again!

This tine on a sewing roll and needle case.

I have been trying to reduce my scrap fabric stash which has been a bit of a challenge. No matter what I make it never seems to go down!

Anyway, as I had quite a few scraps of a Scottie dog fabric that I had used for a quilt I decided that it should be put to good use. And, as a result I have two or three sewing rolls and needle cases!

I have used black, red and white scraps and as well as having Scottie dogs in the fabric I have appliqued a little one on to the sewing roll as well.

sewing roll

The inside of the sewing roll has pockets made of clear plastic material.

sewing roll and needle case

Now need to get the thinking cap on again to see what else I can make from all these wonderful scraps!

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A Little Bit of Re-Upholstery

Having hammered my sewing machine for a few weeks I thought it might be nice to take a break and do something different. So, I dug out a footstool that I bought at a second hand market last year, which I fully intended to renovate there and then. But, you know how these things are – the best of intent and not a lot of motivation at the time!

Anyway, I have finally done the deed and here it is.

footstool

I have re- painted the legs and covered it with elephant fabric. I have to say that I am a bit obsessed with elephants! It just needs to be finished off with some braid round the edges and the job will be complete.

What next I wonder?

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Indian Memories

Following a wonderful trip to Southern India and lots of ideas spinning round in my head I decided to use paint techniques and applique to make a small art quilt. And this is the result

Indian woman fabric art.

The background fabric was soya waxed and dyed then over printed. The Indian woman is taken from a photo image I have from my journeys. I have painted silk with pink fabric paint and then printed over it with a wine cork and used this for her dress. The veil is made with a solid colour fabric. I have hand painted her arms and feet into the picture and made the bucket and can that she is holding from grey fabric, which has been shaded.

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Scrap Quilt

I have been trying to reduce my box of fabric scraps – and decided that I might be able to turn them into a quilt. So here is the finished result.

MD scrap quilt

I have hand and machine quilted it and finished of the plain border by quilting it with buttons. The binding has been done with scraps of fabric machined together.

Quite a pleasing result but sadly, it hasn’t made much impact on the box of fabric scraps!

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Ghost Images with Pat Archibald

On Friday I went to a workshop with Edinburgh textile artist Pat Archibald. The workshop was focused on creating a ghost image by layering net. A wonderful technique which gives amazingingly satisfying results.

My dhow2

The day went far too quickly but I came away having learnt so many things apart from creating the ghost image, including how to couch on with the machine, how to use machine embroidery stitches to quilt and I had never used foils before so that was a bonus!

A great day and one to be recommended. pat is an excellent tutor.

And, here is the finished piece.

md finished piece web

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Work in Progress

Over the last couple of weeks I have been trying to reduce the pile of PHDs (Projects half Done) that I have in my sewing room. It has been an enjoyable experience though I soon get distracted!

This is a small quilt that I started about a year ago and suddenly decided I should finish. I have scanned some vintage haberdashery that I had and incorporated the images into the quilt with TAP art paper. The vintage Singer sewing machine sign I saw in France whilst on holiday.

I made a freezer paper stencil for the text ‘born to sew’ and ‘love to quilt’. The coloured section on the left is made with selvedge edges from fabric and I have sewn in some garment and designer labels. A button band and pocket from an old shirt has also been incorporated as well as some lace scraps. The thread images are fussy cut from fabric

born to sew quilt

And, it would be finished now if I hadn’t started fiddling with freezer paper stencils to make flower designs to machine embroider!

I painted the background fabric with inktense pencils and coloured the flowers with inktense pencils and markel crayons. I have then been practising my free machine embroidery – more practice needed I think!

MD machine embroidery

The pile of PHDs hasn’t reduced much but I have had fun!

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Beach Huts

I have finally finished a little quilt that I started probably a year ago!

beach huts web1

The design is based on a picture of beach huts that a friend sent to me a while ago. I wonder if she will recognise it?

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