Sunday, December 31, 2006

Finally some work to show

It has been a while as I have been soooooooo busy at work but I have made excellent progress on the journal pages. Here goes: (I have decided not to say which one is for who as it keeps some of the element of surprise.
1) All done and I have made a bead with local stone to go in another of the pockets.

2) I used my new soldering iron on this one to cut in the words. This backing material was dyed by me.

3) This one is inspired by Dartmoor and I used my soldering iron to cut out the leaves and my own dyed material and made felt.

4) I have finished the back of this one now, which i used chiffon to layer the threads with.

There are two others in mid progess. Photos to follow shortly. But for now here is a collection of close ups of some of the pages:

Thursday, December 28, 2006

Long time no blog

Very soon there will be lots of pictures posted of the fabric journal pages I have been working on.
Watch out.

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Half Term

At the start of the week, so i have a few days ahead of me to get some work done. Today i finished some necklaces that had been hanging around for a while. There is one with brown beads and the other 2 all white.

I have also made head way on the pages.

I have now started planning the eye of the soul page:
Hopefully there will be much to come this week.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

making progress

Have managed to find time this week to work on fabric journal pages, rather than just doing stuff for work. Ahhh parent's evening next week.
Have made good progress on the St Ives inspired page:

Have also made fab progress on the peace prayers page:

Also found a much better way of displaying finished work ta dahhh:

Saturday, October 07, 2006

Been very busy at work but have finally really put some work into the fabric journal pages for the swap, here is one that is laid out ready to sew

Sunday, September 24, 2006

Long time no blog

It has been a while as i have been busy at work. Finally i have got round to posting. Went to a stitch and craft show yesterday, wow. Spent lots of money but could have spent even more. Bought myself a soldering iron so that i do not have to keep borrowing the other halves DIY one. I have begun work on my fabric journal pieces.

I have also been working on my silk painting again and trying out the guttering over predyed areas, this works really well. Bought lots of wonderful things at the show and now i am trying out silk paint on velvet and devore paste.

Sunday, August 20, 2006

First piece of found art

IF you find my FOUND ART piece please go to my profile at the bottom of the page and email me. Left my first piece of found art in a bird hide around the edge of Roadford reservoir. Exciting as this is my first foray into this and have been planning it for a while. Hope someone finds it and lets me know.

Also created another piece for this but haven't decided where i shall leave it yet.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

So busy and so little time left

So busy yesterday that i didn't get time to post an entry. Only got 3 whole days left to do lots on this, then it is back to reality and trying to squeeze it into evenings and weekends. Made 4 business card holders yesterday, 2 still need stitching together.
Worked out how to make one that opens the other way.
Did lots of fabric painting but alas the sun didn't come out so i couldn't do my light reactive paint work.
Started on a small fabric hanging using angelina originally for found art but i like it so much i am now not sure. Have now mostly finished it, but not sure what to do with it.

Started to plan a bag with a piece of fabric that i haven't used because i have been liking it too much. Have now finished it and I am very pleased, a pure piece of indulgence for me.

Very excitied by the fabric journal i have signed up for on flickr, making a different journal page for each person, going to be a big challenge as i have never done anything like this before. Really going to get the juices flowing as i need to come up with interpretations of everyones theme.
Have also made a slightly larger purse which could be used for all sorts of things.

Also made another bag. I am like a possessed thing.

Monday, August 14, 2006

Learning even more

Have been busy this morning, mostly finished the green and denim bag now. I have then spent sometime searching the net and found out how to make business card holders:
Another link with pattern
I have now finished my first one.

Sunday, August 13, 2006

Where has summer gone?

Indeed where has it gone, need a very thick fleece on this morning when i went for a walk.
Been a busy weekend, mostly chores. Have found time to fit in some creating even if it has been in the early hours of the morning. Mostly finished sisters bag now. Just need to add personalised tag.

Also nearly finished first fabric book. Stitched over some ribbon to help it work better with the book.

Bought some markal paintstiks yesterday, now trying to find a cool online video i watched before about how to use them. I shall let you know how i get on.
Working late into the evening and creating another bag.

Friday, August 11, 2006

Only half a day

Got up a bit later today and only have half a day on fridays so had to work fast. Sticked all the pockets and flaps into the book i'm making. Finally remembered how to do button holes on my machine.
Then finished my second ATC. Foundly known in our house as the mini magic carpet.

Then made a small envelope style purse with the remains of the morning. Very pleased as this is my first one of these and i found a way to close it.
Good morning session all round and off to buy supplies this afternoon.

Thursday, August 10, 2006

So many projects

ATC card now has fringed edges and I worked late into the night. Found someone to swap with and it is flying off to the Netherlands today.
Picked out next piece I want to work on. I created this a while ago at a workshop and have been mulling over ever since what to do with it. I love the texture so much I think i am becoming too precious about using it. We shall see. Also going to do another ATC today.

Been working hard all day but I still don't know where the time has gone. Decided to turn the above fabric into a small book. Went outside in the very gusty wind to dye some fabric for the inside pages as i didn't have anything suitable. Even after a very messy rummage.

Then had to dye it some more as when it dried it was soooooo much lighter than i expected.

Then set about turning this fabric into pages and pockets.

Almost ready to stitch it all together but need to remember how to make button holes as one of the pockets inside is like an envelope. Also been working on another piece that i created the background for last year.

It was lots of cut and bondawebbed material. I have now created buttons out of friendly plastic to attach to it.
Wonder what else i can get done in the time left before i have to clear up. I have now spread across the whole of downstairs, and outside.

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Exciting day

Made really good progress on sisters bag. All textile work machined on. Ready to put lining in. Have stitched handles. Moved onto making a fabric ATC. It has gone really well. Used a piece of fabric i made that was left over from a box i created. Then foiled and embossed it. Then used a piece of modellin paste work that i created at a workshop. I used inks, metallic wax and lustre powder to decorate it. Now i have stitched the item together. Just need to find someone to swap it with.

Have been reading loads about the found art thing today. Really keen to do this. Want loads of people to do it too. Think i might leave some when i go to Reading festival. Also found a cool webiste, thanks to the cool people at flickr, which sends out letters about creativity.
Gonna give this a go.
Also found this really interesting article about keeping an art journal:

Already thinking about what i want to make for the found art work. A painting???
Heres to another exciting day tomorrow.
When you give away a little piece of your heart, you're giving away the only thing you can give away, which, after you do, you got more left than you had before you gave some of it away.-- Don Hutson

Mmm Wednesday. What next.

Found very interesting website through flickr: Really worth a look. I shall keep a record on here of how mine goes.

Think I shall try and finish my sisters bag today and then make a book cover (first time).
Foiling went well yesterday so i have got a little carried away.