Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Blackwork lapel pins and rings

A splash of colour for your fingers and coat collar, we all need it at this time of year although saying that I can almost imagine that it is not Winter at the moment - I'm not its hugest fan. I've been lost in a world of colour making all sorts of variations of these bright colours swatches on grey linen, and bookmarks I'll show those next.

The lapel pins are 19mm buttons, clutch back, I've been wearing mine on my favourite tweed hat sets them off nicely.

Tuesday, 8 December 2015

Last Order Dates For Christmas 2015

Can you believe it's this time already! Overseas don't have long to make shop orders to hit last post deadlines for Santa's sleigh. Above are the dates you need to order by, this gives me the next day to post it to you. Both Etsy and Folksy have been topped up with lots of items, new embroideries, lapel pins, bookmarks, badges and dolls. Why not take a look? If I don't see you this side of the festive season have a truly lovely one!

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Colourful Blackwork Hearts

Pink Yellow Blackwork WIP

After my addiction to colourful blackwork brooch making of the circular variety, I thought I'd break out the hearts. I do love a heart, how can you not?!? And, to my surprise they make for a rather pleasing pattern making shape, worth their tricky making that's for sure. It may look like I have an unhealthy obsession with pins, but the shape does not hold together with the many layers of fabric, I promise!

All Hearts Blackwork WIP

Pattern rough blackwork heart2

Green Blue Blackwork WIP

Pattern rough Blackwork heart

Blackwork hearts scale

Blackwork love token WIP

So far I've only made one of each colour as I'm enjoying experimenting with pattern and colour too much, so I may keep this more of an experimental range. If there is a colour and pattern you like let me know, I'm happy to make things to order. 

Sunday, 18 January 2015

Coloured Blackwork Swatch Brooches

Colour has been the fresh on my needle this year with coloured Blackwork swatches, and quite a few of them. I've been quite enjoying simplifying the elements of stitch, pattern and colour, and then sometimes getting quite carried away. Something tells me I won't tire of this easy. I have plenty more I want to make.

Brooches, Blackwork on linen.

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Peacock project

Hello again, I'm back and all is well! I've been stitching this for a little while now an ongoing project, those of you that follow me on instagram will have seen some of these photos and helped me with my quandaries along the way. Firstly, awesome Liberty fabrics that I have been desperate to use since I got them. The feather one is called Hera and the one with actual peacocks on it is called Juno's Garden, it's kind of a shame that I worked the blackwork so densely that the peacocks are obscured, but I like the secret peacocks. I wanted to achieve a rich colour and show the different textures of the feathers in the single colour. A tricky one.

I got quite captivated by his eye while stitching it.

Obsessed by late night-early hour stitching and pinning.

Confused by what headband to put it on, the general thumbs up was for black. I've yet to stitch it on as I have the felt to attach to the back first. I should ask what he prefers really. 

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

A Vintage Themed Wedding Commission

As always, I enjoyed this brief to stitch brooches that were given as gifts at a vintage style wedding. There is something nice about making things special for a wedding. I was asked to make vintage cups for the bridesmaids, an old fashioned hair dryer for the hairdresser, slice of cake for the cake maker and a retro camera for the photographer, all on liberty print.

I've made cup brooches before but not quite as detailed, I really could do a series just on cups, so many pretties to sketch and stitch. Oh dear, I can see the obsession now as the shop fills up with cups as well as birds.

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Zebra Finch Brooches

Zebra Finch liberty broches

The Zebra Finch brooches have been in the making for some time. Rather than just stitch a bird onto one Liberty Print, I wanted to see what it would look like on a few, so that is how the Zebra Finch brooches came about. I'm also thinking about stitching up some of my other birds onto other prints, there are far too many Liberty Prints to love, and well the birds like them!

Zebra finch brooch pink

Turquoise Floral Zebra Finch

Zebra finch brooch multi

Here are some making photos that show the stages, I thought it might be interesting. Zebra Finchtastic, toot toot.

Zebra finch brooch sketch

Zebra Finch stages

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Azure Tit Birdseeker

Azure Tit Birdseeker

The Azure Tit, the beautiful Eastern cousin of the colourful Blue Tit. I adore the white, grey and blue feathers of the feathered Azure Tit, so delicate, I'd love to see one. Unfortunately they are a rare sight in Europe and for some reason they mostly like to holiday in Finland, who wouldn't? For now they remain in the stitched garden of my dreams.

Azure Tit WIP

Lord Paisley Liberty Tana Lawn. Blackwork and satin stitch. 

Thursday, 30 January 2014

A Blue Tit and waste canvas

This was a Christmas present for my sister, we fight (nicely) over hot water bottles so I thought I'd make her a super special one, though I'm now tempted to steal it. Stitched on snugly fleece using waste canvas it was nice and easy apart from the velcro opening trying to eat my hand, it's hungry stuff! My stitching arms had been getting pretty grumpy on the run up to Christmas so I thought I'd try out a new kind of lap frame as I only ever had a huuuuuge one for larger projects and stitched small things freehand. This robotic wooden arm has proved to be really helpful. 

Now tempted to stitch the blue tit on everything, I have to say I do prefer using this plastic water soluble kind of waste canvas even if it does take a while to melt behind the stitches. I tend to stitch quite tightly so the thread kind of waste canvas is a tweezer nightmare. But that could be just me, it's OK on small things.

Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Craftmas Giveaway Winner

Congratulations to Gill W, the winner of the £30 Bead and Button Company voucher. Here's wishing you all a very Happy Christmas. Enjoy!