Paper Laminating & Stencilling

Today I spent the day learning how to do paper laminating with some interesting results. First off I secured three sea landscape photos that had been photocopied onto paper underneath some ivory coloured organza. I then screen printed over the top with liquitex matte medium. The screen had strips of self adhesive plastic stuck to it to add interest to the design. This was then left to dry thoroughly.

When thoroughly dry it was dry ironed, scrunched up and immersed in cold water to loosen the paper.

The paper was then scrubbed off leaving a beautiful image on the organza. I have to say I am rather pleased with the result. I love the stripes created by the self adhexive plastic. Now I just need to think through how to use it!

I also used the organza to see how stencilling would look on it as I have an idea for decorating a window. After a few trials it seems that Pebeo opaques are quite good with stencils and metallics mixed in might enhance the images – a job for another day I think!

Stencil on organza

All in all quite a productive day!

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More Sewing for Pleasure!

The sewing machine is packed up and taken to Solva, Pembrokeshire every year where I endeavour to complete many of the unfinished projects that clutter my sewing room.

This year, however, I side tracked and started on some new projects, one of which was this lovely wrap.

I found an image of it on the internet and then found that I could buy the pattern from Cool Crafting

I bought the wool fabric from Lee Mills Fabrics in Swansea – the last metre – how lucky am I?

And the lining and buttons were sourced at the Autumn Malvern Quilt show.

The other project that I started whislt I was away was a Christmas table decoration.

And I compeleted it today at our Cutting Edge members day.

Not sure whether to use it to make the table sparkle or whether to wear it as a sun shade! Who knows…..

Next stop fabric printing and dyeing – watch this space!

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A Crafty Weekend

Last weekend I was out and about on a mission to craft! The fun started in Carmarthen where I visited Oriel Myrddin to see the Darker Threads exhibition where my son had work on show.

I was also impressed with Carmarthen when I found five wonderful galleries and a great craft shop! I will definitely be planning a return visit.

Saturday I spent the day at the Printhaus with good friend isobelle. We took part in a screen printing workshop which was run brilliantly. We learnt loads and were very pleased with our take home creations.

And finally, Sunday I went on a jolly to the Autumn Malvern quilt show with friends Isobelle, Liz and Corinne. The main reason for going was because we had our WW1 quilts exhibited there and what a wonderful sight it was to behold. Twenty three beautiful quilts taking a prime position – it was amazing.

Catherine Pritchard, Stephanie Aplin and Monica Dennis

And we even managed to find time to make some buttons at one of the shows workshops!

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Colours of India

Still working on the sea themed wall hanging but being distracted by thoughts of a fabric journal based on my visits to India and the fact that it is the 70th anniversary of Indian independence.

I have made a start on the front cover which will feature the map of India and I have drafted up ideas for further pages.

This is the first finished page. The outline of the elephent was drawn onto hand dyed fabric and finshed in kantha stitch, which was a new experience for me.

The borders are block printed and then overstitched by hand and machine and beads attached.

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By the Sea

It seems an age since I have posted anything on the blog so I thought today would have to be the day that I shared my current work in progress.

Inspired by recent visits to the beach and painting fabric at our Dyeing to Paint sessions I have been working on a ocean themed wall hanging.

Eventually, there will be six panels which will fit together to make the wall hanging. below are four of them – all work in progress!

I have used my hand dyed fabrics for the backgrounds and tried out various techniques:

– free machine embroidery on soluble fabric for the lobster pot
– printing on fabric for the sandwich board
– handmade stencils to paint the lobster and jelly fish
– foiling to embellish the jelly fish
– xpandaprint for the waves
– ice-dyeing and sun-dyeing to colour the fabrics

the last two panels will hopefully be posted soon so watch this space!

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Personalised Bunting and Quilts

The current trend is to make quilts and bunting from a toddlers outfit when they have grown out of it to provide a keepsake for the future.

I have just completed this bunting for a friends grandchild using an all in one suit. The fox flags have been cut from the suit and heart shapes which incorporate a fox have been appliqued to the other fabric flags. The child’s name has been incorporated as well

I made this quilt for a friend to give to her grand daughter. It is made from remnants of fabric which she had stored away after making her daughters childhood dresses. A double whammy of a keepsake I would say!

A lovely way to keep something from childhood.

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Stitched Pictures and Ice Dyeing

Over the last week I have been busy exploring new techniques.

On Wednesday I attended and Alison Moger workshop which was focused around stitched pictures using fabric scraps and free machine stitching. And these are the results of my days sewing…

A very enjoyable day and I will certainly continue experimenting to create more pictures.

And, if the above wasn’t enough in one week yesterday a friend and I got together to do some ice dyeing – a very simple technique that gives some very pleasing results. The pieces below were created with magenta and lemon coloured procion dye on cotton fabric

Initially I was unsure about the results on this piece of silk – which was at the bottom of the tub – but on closer inspection the subtle colours are quite pleasing.

These two pieces were created by using turquoise and violet procion dye…

A brilliant way to spend a morning and I certainly intend to do some more!

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Stash for Cushions!

Recent fabric acquitions have been used to make these cushions.

This one has been made using silk fabric from a sample book. I have used the creams and pinks to create a crazy patchwork design and then embellished it with machine and hand embroidery, vintage lace and buttons

This cushion has been made from cotton fabric collected at stash sales. The house and hearts were created using a Sissix die cut. They have then been appliqued onto cotton fabric

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Stencilling and Machine Embroidery

I have recently been busy dyeing fabric, stencilling and practising my free machine embroidery and below are some of the results

This panel was indigo dyed and then stamped before I stencilled the flowers on using a freezer paper stencil. Once this was complete I free machine embroidered each flower and finished them off with a little hand embroidery

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And this is another panel that I have made and used to make a cushion.

machine-embroidered

I made this stencil on the scan and cut machine. I then painted the pineapples on fabric using markel sticks.

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and used the finished panel to make a cushion!

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And lastly, ths book cover has been made with a vintage antimacasser. The antimacasser has been dyed with procion dyes. I then machine embroidered around the daffodils and the turned it into a book cover!

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A Decorated Zip Bag

Yesterday I atttended a workshop run by CE member and good friend Fiona Ferguson – to make a decorated lined zip bag.

decorated-lined-bag

My main achievement was to put the zip in neatly – something that has always been a challenge so I was quite pleased with the end result – not couture standard but more than acceptable for a first effort.

And… this is my second attempt….

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