Thursday, 26 January 2012

It's Not The End Of The World - Phat Quarter Swap

Not The End 1

Continuing with the hearts theme this post, here is my latest swap piece for the Phat Quarter.

December had a fifth friday so that means a swap over at the Phat Quarter Flickr group. This time the theme was
It's Not The End Of The World.... and my mind went to musical theatre! The Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Tell Me On A Sunday has a song in it called exactly that. Apparently I'm a little bit obsessed with hearts at the moment so this image came to mind.

Not The End 2

I wanted to experiment with using my own hand writing in a piece and to use a different stitch than usual. I went with a long and short stitch for the heart mixing metallic thread with regular thread to give it an interesting texture.

Not The End 3

I quite like the way the writing came out. At first I thought it was too messy, but after I slept on it I think it puts across the emotion of this piece quite well.

Not The End 4

In case you were wondering the background of this piece is rust dyed - it is one of my favourite techniques of late and meant that I finally got to use one of my pre-dyed backgrounds in a piece.

I like the simplicity of this piece but the weight of emotion that it brings. I think I need to investigate this interest in the heart shape as well and see where it takes me..... keep an eye on the blog to see!

Monday, 23 January 2012


There seems to be a lot of talk about Valentine's Day around me at the moment and it made me realise something.... some of my prints would make great Valentine's cards or anti-Valentine's day cards!

Check out my print account here to see these embroideries as greetings cards - go on, you know you want to!!

Roses 1_small

Tribute Finished 1_small

Valentine new 1_small

Sunday, 15 January 2012

A Very Royal Wedding....?

grand cayman royals

Um, yeah.... not very stitchey but quite funny! I was in Grand Cayman the other day (as you do...) and found this photo of William and Kate where you could be in the picture and just had to take one :-)

grand cayman sweets

There was also this amazing sweet shop where the window display had dresses decorated with sweets in it - awesome!

my job!!!

Thursday, 5 January 2012

Sketchbook Project 2012

Sketchbook project 2012 1

My Sketchbook project is finally finished! After four months I have finished my sampler with 70 different stitches on it!

Sketchbook Project 2012 2

My theme this year was
Stitches and Folds which gave me the chance to experiment with shibori dyeing and new stitches. I set myself the goal of trying out all the stitches for fabric in Betty Barnden's Embroidery Stitch Bible. I think I did pretty much every one and then a few more I found online. Some I like and think I will use again and others don't really work with my style.

Sketchbook Project 2012 3

My one challenge this year was the new restriction that the sketchbook could only be 1 inch thick when finished. This is because the sketchbooks are touring to Canada, the UK and Australia this year, but it meant I had to think really hard about my presentation. No quilted pages for me this year! Instead I decided on a fold-out sampler (because of folds, right?!) attached inside the cover. I'm pretty impressed with how this came out in the end, I didn't think it was going to work for a while!

Sketchbook Project 2012 4

I'm proud of the work, but I'm also very glad it's finished and I can move on to something else now. Usually my projects are pretty short or varied so this one took a lot of effort for me to keep going on!

More photos can be seen on my Flickr page here