Monday, 23 February 2015

Busy, Busy, Busy at the Show!

Last weekend I was busy, busy bee at the ICHF Trade Show. It's a super place to find the latest products to the craft world and also meet lots of artists!

Tamara Melvin of the Great British Sewing Bee, was demonstrating some yummy goodies for Prym.
She was a delight to talk to and was wearing one of her own stunning creations. I explained that I was a bit scared of dressmaking. She was very supportive and encouraged me to have a go!


May Martin, a judge on the Great British Sewing Bee signed a copy of her book for me. Published by Search Press.


Kim Thittichai was demonstrating the latest products from Vilene - hot iron and foils very close by.


On the last day I met Sheena Douglass, a fantastic lady who happily shared her paper crafting skills and techniques with the crowd.


Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Hand Embroidery Samples 2 ..... Detached Chain Stitch

This is the latest of my latest Hand Embroidery samples - Detached Chain Stitch sewn onto Irish Linen, using threads including imitation silk, DMC stranded embroidery thread, hand dyed linen and waxed linen.



This experimental sample was stitched onto woven wool/tweed, using threads including wool, imitation silk and Tudor Twist. I am finding this stitching very therapeutic.  

Have a go yourself - no rules, just play!




Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Hand Embroidery Samples 1 .... Fly Stitch

Last year I started a Hand Embroidery course. Having dabbled in embroidery over the years (mainly self taught), I thought it was time I learned how to embroider 'properly'.
My main reason for taking part, was that the course encouraged students to experiment with lots of different fabrics and threads - think outside the box - and decide for themselves the pros and cons of each in their own work. Which means lots of playing for me!
For each stitch, I completed one of more experimental samples.

Experimental Sample - Fly Stitch on hand dyed wool blanket
In addition to these samples I created more refined samples, using Irish Linen, for a lovely journal of needlework I am compiling (from Pink Pig in Huddersfield) - I love their books!  Here is the first journal sample - Fly Stitch - created using threads including hand dyed linen, DMC stranded embroidery thread, imitation silk, Appleton Crewel wool and hand dyed extra fine silk.

Fly Stitch on Irish Linen for Journal

Experimental pieces below were completed on a Silk woven fabric. The threads used included hemp, wool, DMC stranded Embroidery thread and Sylko 50 weight sewing thread. I thoroughly enjoyed being given 'permission' to mess about with fabric and thread and learnt a great deal in the process. 
Experimental Sample - Fly Stitch on woven silk
Fly Stitch on woven silk
Each finished sample has been stitched onto Elephant Dung paper from Frogmore Paper Mill and annotated with any comments I have about the sample - threads and fabric used; what I liked and disliked about them; any conclusions; what I found out.

Experimental sample is stitch mounted onto the Elephant Dung Paper

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