Friday, July 31, 2009
I get comments a lot on my embroidery. Been doing it over 50 years, don't tell!
Thought you might like to see a Piggale French rose' how to.'
I am doing this on a sampler.
Tips, all the stitches are stem st. really. Couple of French knots and loops.
Use a very loose tension with ribbon and big eyed needle.
Big needle, big hole in fabric so it doesn't fray the ribbon.
Keep 3 needles threaded in this case.
2 colors rose, one green and another needle with tan cotton thread for stems.
I think of how a branch with roses would look and use my imagination.
Now that can be wacky at times I know!
So let us cover the globe with Pigalle roses and forget about it.
Look at bottom right and work upwards.
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Monday, July 27, 2009
Sunday, July 26, 2009
All you have to do is be able to sew a stem st. and have a few things on hand.
I suppose this is in the category of use what is on your desk or in the sewing basket.
I like Timtex double sticky on each side, for the motif.
Cut out a heart, size 2-3". Save the negative portion to make a different heart.
Get some dyed gauze or organdy or other open weave fabric.
Sandwich the heart between layers of gauze and bond in place. Use parchment for goodness sake.
Leave an edge of about an inch of gauze all around.
Now take 3 strands of embroidery floss and do a stem or other st. around the motif.
This is tricky so use a loose tension.
Good, now decorate the center some way, I used ribbon flowers, beads, a button, a tiny bow, a scrap of lace, keep it simple.
These are light like a feather and so pretty when added to projects.
Glue or stitch on.
NOTE: where I said Tyvek it should be Timtex.
Friday, July 24, 2009
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Yes you do use all the items in the collection I provided.
Post a comment to me when done.
I visit Mexico a lot and there are all kinds of shrines to Frida and her art.
In the Mercados you will find bags and T-shirts, ornaments and jewelry with her image on.
She had a sad life in a way with accidents and poor health.
Her passion was strong however and she embraced the colorful cultures of all the regions of Mexico. Her art is forever wonderful and vibrant.
Yo recuerdo Frida
at 8:47 AM
Saturday, July 18, 2009
I painted the fabric and made the pouch below to hold some art tools. Frida style.
So now I thought I would offer a challenge with Frida in mind.
I see I have at least one interested person.
Woe is me!
Anyway since it is popular now I put these items together and the challenge is to create something Frida might like or use or be inspired by.
You have to use the 5 items above in some way, cut them out, layer, or whatever you like.
I will show mine later.
So here is the collection on left.
Please make my day!
at 12:06 PM
Friday, July 17, 2009
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Pop over to Jan's place and see what she created. Truly amazing, fast too. Love em!
I make other less fussy cards like these.
Same idea really. Picture with rounded corners and hole in a corner.
To give my touch, scrap of lace and ribbon with a word stamped on it.
If you are reading this, I am going to do a Frida challenge soon that is a bit different, Stay tuned.
at 7:01 AM
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
tear a flap off a corrugated cardboard box. Soak and split the layers. It makes fine backgrounds.
layer with bits and pieces on your desk or table.
I had some copies of old postcards, bits of torn muslin and lace, some words I printed on my PC.
Old string, a few stamps and whatever I could pick up from the floor.
I just put them onto the background with a glue stick and when dry sewed around to connect all the bits.
I painted yards of muslin over the weekend and sewed torn pieces together to make a big market bag.
It is multi layered onto canvas with stitchery, glitter, added transparency, yarns, ribbon and even dyed lace. It is big, 15x15" and looks great now it is lined and completed.
Colors are hard to photograph and not really true. It is bright, happy I say!
at 10:26 AM
Monday, July 13, 2009
Sewing was fun.
Made simple pouches from nylon left from the banners which hung in the trees.
We have great projects for children here, I try to go and sometimes I pitch in and help.
It is a lot of fun in the sun.
Here are some of the activities, most are re-cycled and easy enough for me!
at 7:54 AM