Wednesday, 9 February 2011

They call me mellow yellow

I've done a tiny spot of shopping, just tiny, I couldn't resist Karen's little booklet. This tiny tome contains images of Karen's fabulous work and some suggestions and ideas to try oneself. I bought it to add to my City and Guilds foundation folder and also because I am a huge fan of Karen's work. There are more available hot off her printer, just visit her blog for details.

I am conscious that I have been spending a lot of time here lately showing off lovely gifts that people have sent me and just to prove that I'm not all take, take, take I wanted to show you what I made for my Mum. When we went to stay in the summer Mum and I agreed on a little swap with a September deadline and we bought two 'bit bags' from a local fabric shop full of some lovely and some truly hideous snippets- the challenge was to use these bags to make something for each other. I backed a large lavender pad with some deck-chair striped fabric. I used image transfer paper through the printer and ironed on. Although it is slightly plastic in texture it was good fun to use and I felt very brave doing it.
There was also a square of batic style print in the pack to which I added some more charm squares and some felt applique. I got the design from a book I reviewed here a while ago. I'm not sure what this panel 'is', I think it should probably up on a wall or door because the felt emblem is quite fat.
This little heart bag allowed me to use the cord and a piece of placticised fabric from the bag- It's hideous- but I felt it important to give mum a laugh..... before she could toss it on the fire!!
Lastly I made a postcard on the embellisher to use the very bright orange net and some snippets from the other projects. It was a very enjoyable challenge, but Mum wouldn't open her parcel....or perhaps I should say couldn't. Mum hadn't been very happy with her attempts and didn't want to send them, so wouldn't open mine. Christmas came and went and it wasn't until her birthday a few days ago that she bit the bullet and opened her parcel. I feel really bad that I jollied her into agreeing to the swap. It did remind me that swapping can be full of angst and worry, but much like the rest of life I think you have to do some things which make you feel uncomfortable sometimes, it builds confidence, I think. Do you agree? What have you done lately which made your tummy wobble? (other than running up the stairs- if you are built anything like me!)

Saturday, 5 February 2011

Flower garden

So Wipso won my 300 post give away- and I received a thank you in return which totally overwhelmed me! Really I am still feeling very winterish and a parcel filled with treasures such as these was more than enough to paint a grin on my chops which comes a gain each time I look at the treasure!

I cannot believe how tiny and perfect this little be-ribboned bear is- she's darling!
The poppy picture- made with an embellishing machine (genius) has gone straight on the dining room wall and is my direct line of sight as I sit and listen to the kids complain about what I've cooked for them- so it is where it is needed most ;0)

I must have a go at this seared ribbon technique- it is so damn pretty! These colours are perfect for me, in fact I am considering it as one of the wedding colours.

The gifts were beautifully wrapped and came accompanied by this amazing card, I'll be looking for a frame for it, and another piece of wall where I can see it when I need it most....perhaps by the school shoes-or the toothbrushes!!!
Thanks so much Wipso, I am truly spoiled by your kindness- but I can't say 'you shouldn't have' because really- I'm very glad you did!

Wednesday, 2 February 2011

strike a pose

Figure Poses for Fashion Illustrators by Sha Tahmasebi comes packing 250 templates to be combined to come up with an endless of designs. The book has outlines of various figures but also has a DVD from which these figures can be printed or ‘dressed’ on-screen. The book explains the proportions used for the figures in fashion designs and does also give templates for plus-sized women, which is really nice.

There is a large selection of garments which can also be traced, printed or worked on-screen, the style of these are named and explained which would allow a student to really pick up the ‘lingo’. There are also accessories to choose from all topped of with guidance on how best to represent different fabrics and which art materials to use in the designs.

I know how popular those fashion wheels were when I was young and this is a super-duper grown up version of those. I printed off a set of the larger model figures myself and sketched out some wedding outfit designs and it certainly helped me to eliminate some combinations and it was really good fun!

This book is perfect for anyone studying textiles at any level. At £14.99 I think it represents good value for money. I will be handing my copy on to a young lady of exquisite style who has begun her textiles GCSE…but I’ll be keeping the larger model template sheets for next time I fancy a bit of gentle fashion designing myself!

Tuesday, 1 February 2011

Dutch treats

When I opened my give away here I got some comments from people I'd never 'met' before which is really nice. One of those comments was from someone in Holland who told me about her nations favourite biscuits. Then she offered to send me some! I couldn't turn down such a generous offer so we agreed on a little swap. Well I sent a little swap Maryvonne sent me LOADS!

I not only received Stroopwafels, which will be eaten warm with ice creams, but a darling zip up bag with a cute toadstool zip hanger. Maryvonne doesn't have a blog but is obviously such a talented crafter- look at my gorgeous floral pins! (I wore one to the pub last night which kept my spirits high as I paid over £4 for a pint!!!!)

There was so much edible treasure- the kids went loony! Simon can't keep his sticky mitts off the butter waffle boiled sweets and Will was made up with the chocolate sprinkles- weirdly we had bought him some back when we visited last year and they have nearly run out. We have agreed that we'd like to do another swap in the summer- I can't wait!

I did send some treasure in my parcel including a little felt mouse Not one shown here but one in purple and grey- these mice come from the Stitched Toys book I received for Christmas and went together really nicely. I did notice too late how important it is to get the ears in the same position each side; hence the side ways-on pose!