Needlefelting Fun

On 18 August I went to the Llantrisant Model House with friends to learn the art of needlefelting and what a fun evening it was. After overcoming the needs and wants of the group Carla, our tutor, taught us how to make a sheep that could be mounted for the wall.

After being shown the basics all went quiet whilst we pounded the wools……

CAroline and Fiona

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Such concentration…

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And, surprise surprise, after a couple of hours there was a full flock of sheep on the table!

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Fabric Landscapes

At a recent workshop we learnt how to make fabric landscapes under the expert guidance of good friend Hilary Carney.

A great day and a great opportunity to use up some of the many scraps of fabrics that had once again accumulated in the big plastic box under my sewing table!

And, finally, after a lot of adjusting and free machine embroidering I have completed my piece of work. It is based on a photo that I recently took whilst walking around Loch Maree in the Scottish Highlands.

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There were a great variety of landscapes produced at the workshop, which can be viewed here

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Dolls galore

It’s good to see that dear friend Anita in Australia is carrying on the crafting tradition. She has recently sent photos of beautiful little dolls that she has been making.

ANitas dolls

Looks like you will have to open a shop soon Anita!

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Giles Gallery Exhibition

Today I have been to the Giles Gallery Quilt Exhibition in Pontyclun. I have a particular interest as some of my work is exhibited there – a first!

As it is the 150th anniversary of Alice in Wonderland I submitted quilts inspired by the story

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I also submnitted a small quilt of an Indian woman – inspired by my trips to India

Indian woman fabric art

a small Grange over Sands quilt, my fairy shoes and Indian book cover

MD shoe web

plus, my loose fabric collage of the man in the moon, which is based on a Sandra Carlson design

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And, my World war 1 quilt is being exhibited in St Pauls Church Pontyclun on 27-28 June at the churches Stained Glass Window Festival.

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Inspiration from the sheep population of Scotland and Wales

After holidays in Scotland and Wales I have acquired some lovely photos of sheep and their offspring.

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And, on returning, my making seems to be all things sheep!

I love the sheep fabric I have used for this cushion – which is linen look cotton and to Welshify it I have added a daffodil.

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I picked up a vintage pillow case in a charity shop recently and used it to make this cushion. I just loved the pretty embroidered panel on the pillowcase which I left intact and incorporated it into the design.

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Block Printing Workshop

Today I went to an Angie Hughes block printing workshop in Ledbury. It was a wonderfully relaxing day experimenting with wooden Indian print blocks and using funky foam to make your own block designs from various household items e.g. pins, washers, wire etc.

And, to further embellish the fabric designs we used foils for that gloriously metallic effect…..

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A great day and a great end to a glorious week away.

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Celebrating 150 Years of Alice in Wonderland

I seem to have been on a roll making wallhangings recently. This latest one of White Rabbit was started when I got frustrated with my WW1 Commemorative quilt, which I did eventually finish.

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I have used a loose fabric collage technique which is then covered with a chiffon scarf and free machine embroidered down. It is embellished with a clock charm, seed beads and heart shaped buttons.

I have also recently made a White rabbit book cover of a similar design.

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World War 1 Challenge Quilt

Our Cutting Edge group as been set a challenge to create a small quilt to commemorate the First World War … and after a couple of attempts I have finished mine.

MD quilt

It has been constructed by painting the background fabric, stained glass window shape and silouette image. The poppy at the top is machine appliqued and I have used transfer art paper to add the text. I have then free machine embroidered to quilt the piece. An Italian poppy button has been attached. All those taking part have been given one of these to add to their quilt.

The inspiration for the quilt came from collecting the social history of St Hilary, the village where I live in the Vale of Glamorgan. It commemorates those men from the village and from the Glamorgan Yeomanry who lost their lives in the First World War. The text on the quilt is taken from commemorative plaques in St Hilary church and from the war memorial on Stalling Down.

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Sgt Rees plaque church web

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All the quilts that are made will be posted on the Cutting Edge blog and we hope to be able to display them in Cowbridge on remembrance Day

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Creating Fairy Shoes

Yesterday I learnt how to make fairy shoes! Not the most useful accessory you might say but it was a lovely day with friends creating tiny shoes for those little fairies that live at the bottom of the garden.

I have to say it was a challenge for me as I am not the best at hand sewing – using a machine is much quicker but I really couldn’t get my head round how I would sew them on the machine so it was a no brainer.

As ever, keen to have the perfect pair of shoes in a jiffy I started bonding felt to a batik fabric and then a gold lustre fabric. Initially it looked great but then I soon realised that the gold fabric had a mind of its own. It began to fray and then it started to come away from the felt!

And, in my enthusiasm I decided to use a bright pink cotton to sew them together which would have been a doddle for an expert needle woman but just highlighted to me that I need to practice my hand sewing!

The end result was one shoe – yet to be finished! I haven’t seen any one legged fairies around the garden yet but you never know – I might come across one, one day.

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Anyway, today I decided that I needed to get my act together.

So….. initially I created a piece of fabric. It is made with lace, scraps of threads, fabrics and printed voiles. It has then been overrlaid with a rainbow organza and held down with free machine embroidery.

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Once this process was complete I cut out and constructed a pair of shoes and I have to say it seemed a lot easier second time around. The only issue this time was that the gold fabric was no better than last time but I just had to have a gold lining to the shoe! And… some the organza started to fray. However, I managed to stem this with some clear glue that helps prevent fraying.

I am really pleased with the end result – I have even managed to make a pair! And I also managed to scallop the top of the shoe which I am really pleased with.

MD shoe web

The moral of the story? Patience and perseverance pays off!!!

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Finding UFOs

After having a massive clear up in the sewing room I have rediscovered quite a few UFO’s (unfinished objects). So, the plan is to complete them – I am always well intentioned but whether I will stick to the plan or get distracted is another thing!

This small quilt was inspired by a trip to Cardiff Museum last May. I initially went to the Peter Blake’s Under Milkwood exhibition and then visited the museum with textile friends to gather inspiration to make a fabric collage.

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Another project aching to be finished is this one…. a quilt for my son who loves purple!

Chris quilt

Onwards and upwards as they say!

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