Tuesday, 27 October 2009

yet more holiday stuff


actually i started these on holiday but finished them today.

the green piece of needle felt is an experiment i did using wool topps and pelmet vylene---- just to see if it would work. the vylene proved quite good as a background and the needle felting tool went through quite easily but not without pricking myself a few times (ouch). the wool is just laid across the vylene and there are various synthetic threads incorporated in it. a cobweb layer was put over the top as you would when wet felting, just to keep it altogether.

i held a felt workshop a couple of weeks ago and one of my ladies kept sheep, she very kindly brought me in some fleece, straight off the animal!

i did some research and washed and cleaned it, it smelt a bit rough at first but when it had dried it was beautifully soft and fluffy. the sheep are jacobs, so they are a mixture of white/black/brown wool so is proving to be lovely for felting. the picture just sort of developed as it went along depending on the shape of the piece of wool i pulled off. finally i added some beads and crystals to highlight various ares.
i really like the look of this piece so thanks very much for the wool nora.

Monday, 26 October 2009

more holiday stuff

hi there
i did manage to do a bit of crafting while at home last week.

i made some more fabric covered books.
here is some lovely fabric in the shops at the moment. or this is a good way of using up smallish scraps from 'the stash'.
patchwork fat quarters are perfect for these projects. the book on the left has some goldwork embroidery on it, quite simple pearl purl in the middle at the edge. it wasn't very good positioning really, but the fabric is really pretty. the book on the right has several matching buttons sewn on with gold thread. it is a bit difficult to see them as they match the material quite well. this time i managed to match the paper inside with the out side, writing paper doesn't have to be white!
if anyone reads this please take time to leave a comment.


i 've been on holiday from work for a couple of weeks, so lots of time to do stuff! actually i had to look after my daughter.
i had intended to do lots of crafty things, but guess what, i didnt! surprise surprise!
i did make a few cards, this one is for vicky - a colleague from work. the stamp is one i made with my imagepac stamp maker. i embossed it with a steward gill bronze powder and layered it with some lovely bronze card.
i finished it with some star brads and dare i say it, a peel off greeting.
sorry i missed you vicky. there wasn't any point in posting it because of the strikes at the moment.