Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Here is a quick banner, same method.
All straight stitching. Nothing special needed in the stitching.
After lots of emails about no fancy machine, wanted to show that it works just fine with an old machine. I have one too!
Layered fabrics same way and this time added the 25th as a companion to the Noel banner.
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Monday, September 27, 2010
Sunday, September 26, 2010
Saturday, September 25, 2010
I made a video of my Noel banner for a gift for the holidays.
Will load it in the next few days.
Don't laugh either!
Here are the items you need to get started.
Iron on paper backed web.
Fabric squares about 6" in size. As many as letters you use. I made 4, one each n, o, e, l.
Scraps of lace and gauze, tea dyed.
4 yards of 2 different colors of ribbon or seam binding, 8 yards total.
Gold thread for machine top. Cream for the bobbin.
Gold ribbon yarn for couching.
Small piece of green silky fabric for the letters.
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Friday, September 24, 2010
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Monday, September 20, 2010
Friday, September 17, 2010
Made the cushion from linen/ cotton grain sack from Provence.
Sort of a neat rustic look good for a barn?
Just coffee dyed the lace and stenciled the word.
Cute page too from a child's French book.
I stay in Montparnasse right by the Metro and shops and markets.
Use the Meridien Hotel.
I am by no means an authority on Paris.
Been going there since the 50s and still get lost.
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Thursday, September 16, 2010
Bit of creating and doing more embroidery which is not ready to show.
I will be in Paris next April, staying in Montparnasse as usual, come see me , keep in touch.
If you know me I love dolls, making them in different ways, some flat, some dimensional. Some to hang on a wall and some to sit on the sofa.
This doll I did in a technique I call dimensional applique.
Painted and stitched the doll , added some beads and mounted her onto a shabby chic type bag I made just for her.
She is very French and country.
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Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Sunday, September 12, 2010
Friday, September 10, 2010
Thursday, September 9, 2010
Here is a little project, very simple.
Very old method for making little lavender sachets.
I like this because you do not have to fuss with making the top edge look good and you can use very fine fabrics to make them dainty.
Another take on the heart motif.
Cut double, the back and front of the shape with the fabric fold at the top.
Decorate the front however you like. I stamped one and did a scrap motif for the other.
I often embroider a simple motif too.
Sew around the 4 layers, leave folded top so you can stuff the sachet.
Whip stitch the folds closed.
Now to make the heart cleavage, stitch about 1 " down from the center fold and loop thread over and pull tightly to create a gather.
Secure it couple times and then make a string or ribbon loop to hang the bag, tie a bow and add any other decoration you like.
Keep it simple.
We used to hang these over a coat hanger, back in the dark ages!
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
My method to keep Lavender fresh and fragrant.
In a good tin, with old bottles of refreshing oil, a scoop and some wadding that gathers fragrance and will be used in the next sachet.
The Tin ceiling tile is a pocket to hold flowers, and also a little sachet of fragrance.
This was in a magazine, forget which! Stampington though!
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Monday, September 6, 2010
Two are small Industrial Paris lavender sachets and another is the Moulin bag made from Rounneries fabric that I recently found.
Lavender is from Provence. Excuse to return to get more?
Again will pull the winners from my battered old cap. Found a use for it!
Winners will be announced on Friday.
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Sunday, September 5, 2010
Saturday, September 4, 2010
Friday, September 3, 2010
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
I had so much interest in the class and plump little book in a previous post so put 2 together as kits.
My students loved the format too so I made exact replicas and am providing ephemera like I used.
Lots of fun to do and of course someone else gets to do the art work. I nestled the book amongst some of the stuff included in the package.
See my shop.
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