A bit of slow stitching

I have been very lucky recently, going to a lampshade making course and then meeting Heather Everitt at an embroidery class yesterday. The lampshade is now in use in my bedroom. I really enjoyed making it and can’t capture how lovely it looks.

 

I really want to make a Marna Lunt inspired one but that can wait until I have some time at Christmas. I want t be able to spend time on that project and leave it out to finish over a few days.

Today I managed to finish my embroidered bee I started yesterday with Heather. I have always adored her beautiful Liberty fabric butterflies and when I saw the workshop advertised locally, I knew I had to go. And it was brilliant. All of us had a pattern to follow and off we went. Three hours later and my bee looked like this :

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A little unfinished but a good start. So today I was determined to continue him so that it didn’t become another unfinished WIP. And here he is now :

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I have embroidered since I was a teen and it’s great for forgetting the stresses of life. This is definately one for me to keep.

 

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Long time no sew

Although, that is not entirely true. I have had less making time but also l haven’t felt the need to post here. Life has been busy and the day job time consuming and so any me time has been limited. Here are just a few makes since May.

 

As you can see, it’s been a range of items using various mediums including my sons old school shirt in one. I love up cycling objects and so have also used up some fabric scraps, used up odd buttons, repurposed vintage doilies and decorated a box using mixed media. I loved sewing the animals for a retelling of Farmer Duck at work out of felt scraps. The hat was for my mad hatter costume in which I also took part in interviews at work!!

I have also made a few books since I attended a course in January. There is just one pictured here which I made from scratch. My next project is a swimming costume as I haven’t seen a garment since my Christmas dress. I am also determined to de stash over the holidays and finish some WIPs, including a junk journal for me.  Well that’s  the plan …………………..

I have linked my FB page below if you would like to se more of my makes.

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Wuthering Heights Inspired Embroidery

All the way back in December I posted about some wool, vintage doilies and paints. The colour of my wool made me think of moor land and I am a huge Wuthering Heights fan. And so now in the depths of spring I bring you my creation. A wintery, desolate scene, ready to burst into life at any moment. I ended up couching my tree and love the bark like effect. It now hangs next to my dress makers dummy ready to go to a new home if sold, although I think I love it too much to part with it.

It signifies a dark patch in my life that I have survived through hanging on in a desolate place. I am the tree and the tree is me. Remember change is around the corner, just hang on in there.

Projects this week and chaos

Its been a busy week with trips to hospital, plumbers, competition deadlines and some makes in between.

First my competition dress had to posted on Tuesday and so Monday and Tuesday was spent finishing this. The dress was the walk away dress for the Bamber Sewing Competition. Here is a sneaky peek.

imageThe fabric was sent with the pattern and you have to make your dress with it. It is then up to you how to finish the dress. I opted to add handmade fabric roses, lovely pink binding and a lace up front rather than buttons. It is meant to be an easy make but at times it drove me insane. I lost count how many times I adjusted attaching the skirt to the waist and there is just so much fabric! Still, I plan to make my own as I just love the style. And I was pleased with my end result as it’s only my fourth dress ever.

Then making was interrupted by three days of plumbing and youngest son needing two trips to hospital and a plaster cast. Hopefully his wrist is not broken but he was in so much pain that they put a cast on. Two hours of rugby, no injuries, 2 minutes of goal keeping and hurt wrist! Both the plumbing and son are now fine.

Finally I had time for three makes. The first is a mixed media canvas of things my boys collected over the years plus some odd items that end up in the everything drawer. You know the one. Find a pen, put it in the drawer. Spare marble in pocket – in the drawer and so on. The poor items hardly ever leave the draw until you think to have a look for a paper lip, lost key or the like. What do you think of my treasure junk canvas, pre painting?

image I also made a cute felt rabbit hand embroidered brooch for a friend. There was also a second brooch of a little dog, but that is a surprise. She was so chuffed and thought I should make more for Easter. So if you would like something different, , please ask.

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Sewing dress woes

Grrrrr gr gr! As I mentioned before I am finishing a dress for a competition and it is beginning to drive me insane. I choose to enter, as I want to make a version of the dress for myself but after this I may need to wait a few months to erase this experience out of my memory! It has been a learning curve and it is helping to refine my dressmaking skills but at times I could just put it away and it could enter the ufo collection. If it wasn’t a competition then it probably would of.

Anyhow on a more positive note I am feeling more creative and have plenty of past projects to feel proud of. This selection is of my embroidered or small project makes.

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I have some small makes I am working on besides my dress for other people and two other bigger projects bubbling along in the background. If you like my makes pop over and like my page at  https://www.facebook.com/sewingnikki/posts/904260729688765:0 and feel free to share, like , love or respond in any way you like!

Now back to the grrrrrr dress.

Dandelion wishes

Here is a little embroidery I finished today. image

The lace fabric top I was putting in recycling, made me think of dandelion clocks and so I recycled it and made this small embroidered piece. I think it would make a lovely book cover or framed picture. What do you think? If you head over to my Facebook  page, your idea could win this piece to keep. Good luck.

Exeter Embroiderers’ Guild

I have finally found the courage to step out into the world of the Embroiderers’ Guild, after years of thinking I should take a look but, as an introvert who seeks solitude, stepping into a room on my own of strangers is extremely brave. I usually have an ally – my husband – who is much better at talking, keeping conversation going and just introducing us to new people. He is just not into embroidery, so painfully shy introvert me had to be strong!

I meet so many lovely people, sorry I can’t remember all your  names, and truly felt welcome from the start. I got to try wooden block printing and was amazed at the gorgeous and varied work that developed over the session. If you live in Devon and love embroidery, take a look. I will certainly be going back, armed with my membership fee and hopefully to meet and build up my relationships with these very talented ladies. I just need to be brave and remember,

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

I have been very busy making over the last few weeks. My wire hearts were very popular . Here’s one custom order I made:image

And then there was my two Secret Santas to make and buy for. I really liked making these but it is quiet nerve racking to wait to see if they like their presents. I have one of mine so far and can’t wait to open them on Christmas Day. Thank you Sewchet for organising this. Photos to follow.

I also thought I would share with you my Poppies picture that I blogged about previously. A friend bought it and has framed it making it look amazing. image

It has convinced me to make more and to frame my finished art pieces. It really boosted my confidence too.

Now time to decorate my tree. Yes it’s the 22nd and my tree is bare! We had essential work to our son’s room and that meant all their stuff was moved to any spare space. So no room for a tree until yesterday. Now it’s returning to normal, I can get on with making my house a bit more festive and enjoying Christmas with my family.

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas x