Saturday, 30 January 2010
Next weeks project is 'minerals. I have a bag full of fabrics and threads in mineral colours and a gorgeous coffee table book from the library so am thinking this may be a mini series of bits and bobs. Firstly I am hoping to work on this base of sculpted felt, I have some space dyed grey scrim to be added next and then lots of crystal organzas to make the glinty bits- (sorry to any geologists!) I am looking forward to getting on with this, who knows next week I may have my list down to fourteen!
Monday, 25 January 2010
Sunday, 24 January 2010
I am not always a wholesome eater- (proven by my figure!) but the recipes actually had even me going wow and there aren't even any carefully styled pictures!
What is really nice is that his came about after a sketching day in York minster so I have a sketchbook of observations. Each element was observed from the minster itself and I hope because of this it will have a real feel if the place when it's finished.
Thursday, 21 January 2010
Sunday, 17 January 2010
Saturday, 16 January 2010
Unfortunately I have had to put the casket on ice at the final stage as I am waiting for my consultant wood turner (Dad) to make me another foot, and to re-drill the large bead for the closure The whole casket design came about because Dad made me some beads from apple wood and I liked the idea of a link. It will only take an hour to complete this with the wood, but for now it remains on the list.
I have also cut out some pyjamas trousers for myself and finished the left front of Anna's knitted jacket.
Tuesday, 12 January 2010
Sunday, 10 January 2010
Saturday, 9 January 2010
Simon did look a bit confused about me making such a flimsy garment during a cold snap and the next thing on the list was some warm trousers. I used some blue needle cord and a Simplicity pattern for these. I fond this pattern required a little more careful reading but they were still very easy and went together in a couple of hours at most. Again these cost pence to make and although Anna is not so happy with these as they aren't very pretty I found half a Wispa got a happy looking picture! If I make more of these I will make them a bit prettier with some embellishment.
There is still time to enter the book give away on the post below- I am pleased to see some new faces commenting- thanks for dropping by.
Sunday, 3 January 2010
A-Z of Silk Ribbon Flowers by Ann Cox is a beautiful hard back with a very clear lay out. There is a large section with technical information on how to achieve the flower patterns in the second part of the book. The introduction encourages you to read all of this information before you start any embroidery- which I didn’t. I wish I had though because I’ve only ever had a tiny play with ribbon embroidery and hadn’t got a clue how to finish off the ribbon at the end of my stitching- of course it then occurred to me to read the first section of the book which gave me a very elegant answer!
The book uses a variety of techniques to produce flower embroideries which are almost like botanical illustrations in their accuracy. The designs have a rating to indicate their complexity but the directions for each design are incredibly detailed so I imagine it would be possible to move on quite quickly and build up ones skill. I attempted a very simple Aster head and was really pleased with the results. The book does recommend painting the silk ribbon to get a very subtle and realistic result but I used a space dyed ribbon and liked the end result. One particularly nice feature of the designs is that in the materials listing the ribbons you will need are represented actual size and colour so if you are using ribbon from your stash you can check its suitability- how sensible!
The author does have her own website selling kits and supplies which would allow a result to be achieved which would be very close to that pictured. I think this book would form an excellent course, like having a very experienced expert sat along side you as you work. The book costs £19.99 and I think compared to an evening class that represents excellent value for money and would add another silken string to any embroiderers bow.
I really rate this book and feel a little sad in offering it up here as a give away, but a give away it is. Leave a comment and I shall draw a name next week to send it to. I wonder if these reviews are of use to you? I thoroughly enjoy doing them and have to say that I'm learning lots, my next review title is something slightly different and I'm really looking forward to having a go at something form it. It's so lovely to have comments from lots of new faces....please make sure I can contact you if you win- by leaving an e-mail or ensuring you allow replies on your account. Thank you!
You may notice that I have now listed all of my unfinished projects in my side bar- isn't it scarey?!