Wednesday, 2 July 2014

working on embroidery designs. - cow parsley.

To simplify the complexity of the flowers I printed out a photograph and drew in the main shapes, and highlighted particular flower heads that were prominent.

I then drew this out on paper to get a feel for the shape of the design, and also practised drawing the individual flower shapes a few times.

Then without marking the fabric it's over to the sewing machine, set up for free motion and draw with the needle.

Creating a frothy cloud of stitch.

I then repeated the steps to create some of the foliage. So delicate and pretty!

Both of these designs should be available for purchase on folksy soon. I'll let you know when.

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Alnmouth 2014

A lovely weekend at the Alnmouth Art's Festival.

This Allium embroidery went to a new home in California.

It was lovely to meet so many people and see familiar faces from previous years.
Looking forward to next year already.

Friday, 30 May 2014

embroidery designs in progress

 In preparation for this years Alnmouth Arts Festival I'm trying out some new designs


cow parsley foliage


more feathers

cow parsley photograph

rough sketch of placement

cow parsley embroidery.

it's always fun trying out new things, you never know what will work in stitch and what won't!

Thursday, 13 February 2014

liberty love

I've just had my place confirmed at the 2014 Alnmouth Arts Festival.

Last year I bought this gorgeous print of the Alnmouth Estuary, it makes me smile every time I look at it.

I've started production of a shoal of lavender fish

here they are waiting to be stuffed.

eventually they will be packed in sets of three. 
I have such fun choosing which ones should go together.

Amidst all the liberty love I found a few minutes to sew a liberty cushion for me. 
The kit was a Christmas present and it made the cutest little 12" cushion that brings a pop of spring colour to the sofa.  

Friday, 27 December 2013

lavender bags packaging makeover

my lavender bags have had a packaging makeover.
the fishes now come in packs of three.

and the embroidered bags come in sets of one or two.

available from my folksy shop, or from a new stockist

Sunday, 22 December 2013

Christmas table runner

I took a break from lavender fish production

to sew a Christmas table runner,

using a moda charm pack.

these little wonky trees are addictive, there could be many more to come!