My ‘Blooming Garden’ Scroll

I am still working through all the vintage bobbins that I have collected over the past few years and the latest creation is a garden scroll.

I have titled the scroll ‘my blooming garden – it has never looked so good‘ – to reflect the increased amount of attention that it has had this year because of the Covid – 19 lockdowns. Normally, there would be a little weeding and pruning between trips away but this year with nowhere to go more time has been spent in the garden.

The scroll has been created with scraps of vintage cloths, handkerchiefs and lace. Pages from books have been printed on fabric and oversewn. Embroidered motifs, beads, buttons and charms have been added alongside a little stencilling, free machine embroidery and hand stitch. I have used part of a vintage tablecloth to back the work

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Lockdown Scroll of St Hilary Activity

I have just completed my second lockdown scroll – this time capturing activities that took place in our village of St Hilary during lockdown – March – September 2020.

It begins with the toiletries collection in the telephone box in April – where villagers donated an amazing quantity of goods for NHS patients and staff. The toiletries were split between Cardiff and Rhonnda Cynon Taff Health Boards.

It is also a reminder of the sunflower growing competition that took place in the village. Sunflower seeds were left in the telephone box and villagers were invited to take some to grow in their gardens.

As we were in full lockdown no events were permitted in the village and the church was closed. Easter is a time of celebration so villagers were invited to decorate the weeping birch by the village hall. Many villagers left messages on the tree which were very much enjoyed and appreciated by those who came by.

St Hilary villagers are always keen to party when there is something to celebrate and VE day in May would be one of those celebrations. But not this year as no-one was allowed to mix. Once again the weeping birch came to the fore and villagers decorated it with bunting and home made decorations. And, once again villagers turned out to enjoy it in the sunshine. This section of the scroll captures the event with photos from the day

The St Hilary Foragers Produce Market took place 0n 27 September just before the 2nd lockdown came into force (28th September). This part of the scroll shows the apple pressing that took place – 60 bottles of apple juice were produced. Oodles of jam and chutney were sold and happy villagers can be seen walking home with their purchases! An extremely successful day that raised over £1400 for local foodbanks.

Time to move on now though it was enjoyable capturing a little piece of history in stitch!

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India Book – finally completed!

It has taken three years but finally I have finished making my fabric collage India book – and used a good amount of my hand dyed stash in the process

A simple front cover outlining the map of India

The inside cover is made from block printed scraps – some of which I bought and some that I printed myself. The border is blockprinted and Indian beads added.

The tuc tuc is free machine embroidered and has been coloured in using Inktense pencils. Beads have been added. The Taj Mahal was stencilled onto the fabric and then free machine embroidered.

The elephant and riders on the above page has been appliqued onto the fabric and the flowers are free machine embroidered.

The peacock was inspired after visiting the Kew Orchid festival a couple of years ago, The theme was India and there was a huge peacock made entirely of orchids. It was stunning. My peacock has been made from sari silk scraps held down with organza and the flowers cut out with a Sissix die cut and stitched in place with Indian beads

I tried out Kantha stitch on the above elephant. The border has been created with Indian woodblocks and then machine embroidered

On the adjoining page I have used transfer art paper to create the photo images. The photos are ones that I have taken on recent trips to India. The border trimmig was purchased on an Indian road side trimming stall

The final page is of the Elephant God – Ganesha. painted on the fabric using freezer paper, coloured with Inktense pencils and embellished with beads. The border is made from rainbow leaves and braid.

The back inside cover is made with print block fabrics and embellished with elephant charms and tassels.

A mandala has been stencilled onto the back cover. It has then been stitched and beads added. The border is a decorative yarn with an Indian flower charm added

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Lockdown Postcard Exhibition

Another challenge – to exhiibit postcards in the Giles Gallery exhibition which starts on 11 July through to 25 July.

So, I have sumbitted the fabric postcard that I made early on in Lockdown – a landscape created from a photo taken on a walk to Llanbethery

Along with this one created from a photo taken on a walk around Gilfach Coch

And I even managed to entice my lovely neighbour Rae to enter a watercolour postcard – a lovely image of the potting shed at Dyffryn Gardens

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Up For a Challenge!

There have been a number of challenges posted online since the start of lockdown, encouraging people to get involved and giving them opportunities to try out something new.

Through a friend I recently came across a challenge from Cheltenham printmaker Sue Brown. Participants were asked to make a small collagraph and send it to her. She then printed it on fabric and returned it so that it could be stitched. When complete it was returned and after the closing date in July will feature in a quilt that Sue and fellow makers intend to create. It should be stunning as on her last blog Sue said that she had received 180 entries.

This is my collagraph ready for stitching. As a novice I wasn’t sure what it would turn out like – but it has potential and I am looking forward to stitiching it.

This is the completed stitched version that has been returned To Sue Brown

I have also taken part in this month’s UKQU postcard swap . Any topic could be chosen but it had to be only two colours. The background fabric of my card has been hand dyed. I then cut the stencil in freezer paper , ironed it to the fabric and then used markel sticks to colour it. It is finished off with free machine embroidery and hand stitching.

I rather enjoyed it and I am looking forward to next month’s challenge.

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St Hilary Lockdown Scroll

As well as finishing a number of UFOs over the last few weeks I have completed a project that has been in my thoughts for a while.

I have a few old bobbins that have been lying around for some time and I have been thinking about using them to make a fabric scroll to record a holiday but never go around to it. However, in the last few weeks I thought it might be a good idea to create a scroll to record activities in which I have been involved whilst enduring the Coronavirus lockdown – and here it is!

It records the main activities that have passed the time of day during lockdown – walking, foraging, baking, gardening and sewing. Unfortunately, no room for the Easter Tree and VE day celebrations! The activities have been captured using various materials – photos on fabric, applique, fussy cut images, buttons and charms, stencils and stamps with hand and machine stitch – all applied to a length of hand printed fabric. The fabric I have used to back the finished length is hand dyed calico.

And, the sewing section has a photo of the Japanese folded apron that I have recently made and a copy of a fabric postcard that I made from a photo I took whilst on one of our walks.

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St Hilary Staycation Continues!

We are still in coronavirus lockdown in Wales – hopefully for not much longer though I have finished a few things in the last couple of weeks.

These two little cuties have been sitting on the shelf waiting to be dressed! I made the rabbit’s dress with some of the dyed calico I had left over after making my Japanese folded apron.

I have also finished off a pair of elf shoes that i started putting together months ago

And I have finally finished renovating the sewing box that was donated to our Cutting Edge Textile Group for our Make Do & mend exhibition in September

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In it for the Long Stretch!

Another extension to lockdown so its just a case of carry on sewing I guess!

I have made another little bag using up the remailns of the vintage linen square from the last bag I made

Then I had the urge to make a child size Japanese folded apron

Followed one for myself, made from denim dyed calico and using the Janet Clare Pattern

And it was such a sunny day on Saturday I decided to dye some fabric

Now to ponder over what to do with it!

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Lockdown in St Hilary – Second Stretch!

The lockdown restrictions that were imposed on 23 March 2020 were left in place for another 3 weeks following the recent Government review

So, more time to tackle those dreaded UFO’s! I have made binding to finish off a denim bag and received some wadding through the post so that I can finish off a quilt for my grandson. On the bag front I have stitched the seams together – so now the straps need binding and the bottom needs putting in the bag. And yesterday I basted the quilt together – so some progress on UFO’s

However, ever distracted by other ideas that pop into my head I have made a little cosmetic bag and a fabric postcard.

The bag is made from a scrap of silk and a vintage linen cloth that I dyed denim blue. I have embroidered an elephant on the linen and attached an elelphant charm to the zip.

This little postcard was inspired by a recent local walk. It is lovely to see the fields blazing yellow when the rapeseed is in bloom. I have used blue organza and a patterned chiffon for the background and completed the image wih free machine embroidery and hand stitching

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Lockdown in St Hilary

We are currently living in strange times – locked down at home indefinitely to help curtail the spread of Covid-19! However, whilst there is the danger of cabin fever evolving there are some plus factors. The weather has been amazing – sunny and hot – meaning that we can get out for daily walks, and I have plenty of material and UFOs (unfinshed pieces of work) to keep me occupied.

Whilst I have plenty to finish I seem to be easily distracted….. on things that can be finished quickly and for a good cause. One of our Cutting Edge Textile group members asked if we could make Beads of Courage bags for her daughter in law who works in University Hospital of Wales. Quick and simple and a great way to use up lots of those small bits of fabric – and I eventually managed to complete eighteen.

And then there was a call for headbands for NHS staff – needed to avoid getting sore ears from wearing masks all day. Another great use of small pieces of fabric – fourteen completed and I could do more – but what about those UFO’s!

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