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


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


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


and used the finished panel to make a cushion!


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.


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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A New Year of Crafting

Yesterday was a quiet day s what better way to spend it than in the sewing room. Having recently bought 5 metres of faux suede fabric which was going cheap because it might come in handy one day I set to work making some little bags that could be used for charity fundraising later in the year.

First off a batch of little Easter bunny bags….

Easter bunny bags

Easter bunny bags

and then a little bag lined with a scrap of cotton patchwork fabric with a sheep and wool design on it. I have decorated the front of the bag with with ribbon that says ‘ewe are so special’. I have made similar bags in the past which have been used as children’s knitting bags and they have contained small pairs of knitting needles and balls of wool.


Finally, I cut out a Scottie dog from a recycled Burberry skirt and embellished the front of the bag with it. And… the little dog is sporting a bit of bling with his diamante collar


I intend to make more of the Scottie dog bags to donate to the Ty Hafan Emporium in Cowbridge to boost their fundraising. The manager there runs a great craft group who are prolific in creating some amazing items for sale. It is certainly worth taking a look.

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Traveller’s Tales Quilt

A while ago I had an idea to make a lap quilt similar to one that I made for my daughter which was based on a pattern that I had seen in a quilting magazine. It was 9″ blocks with heart designs on them. My daughter’s quilt featured hearts but there was also a block with the Loch Ness monster on it as she then lived in Edinburgh and it has a daffodil on to reflect her birthplace – Wales. Her quillow can be viewed at the top of this page

The centre of my quilt and a couple of the blocks acknowledge Wales where I live but then I decided to add blocks and trimmings reminding me of places that I have visited around the world – New York (stencil picture and bow buttons), Stockholm (applique Dala horse and buttons), China (text fabric) , Mexico (Day of the Dead fabric), Amsterdam (Delph fabric) New Zealand (Pohutukawa fabric). And the back of the fabric is a reminder of my favourite place of all – India!


There are many other countries that I have visited and enjoyed that I was unable to include in the quilt – but that just gives me an excuse to make another one in the future!

Some of you might also notice that both quilts have a Scottie dog in there – how could you not include one of them!

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More Christmas Goodies

As they went down so well last year I have been making more Christmas sacks … and as well as using the reindeer image from last year I have created a Gingerbread man image, which looks quite cute!


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