Saturday, December 31, 2011

techniquely not recycling

Left over from some sewing was a pile of cream jersey fabric scraps.  Sitting, sitting, sitting and waiting.

The tomato plants this year are enormous and need lots of support and tying up. Having used all the last batch it was time to cut more fabric strips.  This time I sewed the random lengths together to make one long strip. 

Rolled into a ball I can cut it into custom lengths to better fit the task.  Technically it is making use not recycling and at least it isn't waste yet.

Friday, December 30, 2011

four years in the making

Some years ago I saw a lovely piece of hand stitchery made up into a pin cushion(?) in a little old tart casing.  I believe it was the work of Charlotte Lyons shown on her blog.  Having found a little (not so old) tart tin at an op shop I wanted to reuse a piece of my silk ribbon embroidery and make one myself.  I couldn't find the photo anywhere on her blog and left the pieces on a corner of my craft table to tumble around amongst the other bits and ideas in progress.  I suspect Charlotte pulled it for publication in a book she produced with some friends.

Finally today I unpicked the original square pin cushion, created a pattern to suit my scalloped oval tart case and cut up the fabric.

I am very pleased to have tried the idea and tick that off the list.

Charlotte designs and sells embroidery panels for handstitching.  I think they would fun for both the novice and experienced person so you might like to visit her Etsy shop.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

more decorations

We have now had about a dozen rainbow lorikeets* regularly feasting in the flowering gum aka our Christmas tree.  The red blossom has gradually spread over all the sunkissed parts of the tree. The birds know how to hold on the the wind and continue supping on the nectar.

Flower buds lower down on the branches are now open so the birds come lower down too.  As long as I introduce myself slowly I am able to move around quite close to them. 

* Using Neville Cayley's reference book What Bird is That? and some long hard looks at the birds: green wings, blue heads, red and yellow chest feathers these seem to match up.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

sew on and sew on

Machine stitching has made its way onto some of my Christmas cards and there is going to be lots more.  Apart from the effect its because I enjoy working with it.  I have a sheet of October Afternooon: Thrift Shop: Last One on my inspiration board and that print should be layered up with lots of ribbons, buttons and stitching.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

just can't remember how I got there

Drifting around blogland I came across Viola and her other blog shabby chic inspired..  I like her altered art pieces like this ...
She has a way with repurposing dark wood pieces, lamp bases and boxes. These are mainly on show on her second blog.  This is one example.
  from here to here

Have a look at her spice racks. Makes me want to search through op shops for some resources to alter.  I can certainly fill the compartments but really have nowhere to display the sewing box!  I think I will just admire Viola's work for now but perhaps it is time to make some more bobbins for my laces.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Christmas tree

We are having a Christmas tree this year.  In the spirit of a "green' Christmas it is a living, breathing still rooted in the ground tree in the garden.  I think the timing will just be right.  There are thousands of budlights.  Thousands!!
The slightly orange shade of red tinsel is starting to arrive.
 Today the multicoloured (parrot) baubles installed themselves with a flap and a lot of squawking.
I think they were checking out what is to come.

Two seasons of good rain has the Western Australian flowering gum bursting to put on a show.  A couple of sunny warm days might speed the display along.

For more information on making your festivities green you might like to visit here or the article in today's The Age here.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

compacted design

An order for some Christmas cards had my mind working on the design questions. Paper? Size? Construction? Colours?  When I saw the Graphic 45 paper, Christmas Emporium, it was a light bulb moment.  The thinking was done ... well some of it ... it was a start.

The children looking in the window gave me the idea of doing layered paper to give 3D features. I used two sheets for each card, some acetate and lots of scissor work. The cutting and layering compacted the original design from 30.5 cm x 30.5 cm to a 29.6 x 21 cm A4 landscape card.
The inside
 The acetate cover closed

 The acetate cover ajar

Friday, December 9, 2011

simple, quick + elegant

Do you need to create a few more Christmas cards and want a little help? There are some new Christmas tree diecuts at Create On Ormond.  The latest delivery has some reds and greens.  There is also a rich old gold which looks stunning with a few bits of red bling.  Punch a hole in the top of the tree and you have some decorations for your big Christmas tree or string on a ribbon to create a swag for your window.