Friday, 18 November 2011

Silk painting for beginners

I had such a fabulous day yesterday. A friend treated me to a day's textile course (a birthday pressie, and a very nice one too). I love doing these things because you get to try new things in the company of hugely inspirational people. The teacher was amazing. My daughter was on an Inset day, so came along too and we had a ball. We spent the morning trying silk painting. We sectioned a piece of silk into four, then used different techniques to fill the four spaces. My daughter chose a horse to begin, and I chose a sun theme.

We outlined and filled for the 'picture' scene. On the left of this, the lavender effect was done using rock salt. The green was table salt, while the yellow/orange was a mix of colours and salts. We then tried painting another silk panel with a variety of colours, and sprinkling it with just a little rock salt.

This was mine...

I wasn't very happy with it in the making - it's impossible to plan what's happening. But once it dried, I was really pleased. My daughter's:

It was nice enough to sit outside for a picnic lunch. Then, in the afternoon we tried weaving and produced two hangings:


Meanwhile, I've been very busy making more of my lavender dogs. I love these little cuddlies, and they are fun to make. A very quick preview...

So a very crafty week!

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

A narrow boat birthday cake

A quck post as I remembered I hadn't posted a picture of my recent birthday make. October and November and December are fully of family birthdays for us. My latest cake was a narrowboat, inspired by some very happy holidays. This was fun to do... though hubby's first words on seeing it was "It's obviously had an accident going through the tunnel" !!!

Saturday, 5 November 2011

Patch the rabbit

We have two gorgeous rabbits, and I've been wanting to make a pattern for a rabbit for a long time. It's taken a long time of sketching out ideas, and trying different ways. I wanted this one to be 3D, but also wanted to capture a rabbit's movement. Rabbits have this curious half hop motion. I've finally settled on this design. I'd love to have feedback - do you think he's sale-able for my Sew Happy shop?

Like my lavender dogs, I'm intending all my rabbits to have script ears. Or maybe one should have vegetable ears, like my sausage dog?
Sausage dog has now found a happy home... will have to decide on fabric for another...

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Christmas robins

I've been beginning to focus on Christmas, and have made a flock of robins for my Sew Happy Folksy shop, as well as for my local shop. I'm really pleased with them - I wanted to make a Sew Happy robin that was a little bit different to other felt robins I'd seen and so spent a long time sketching ideas. This one worked the best I thought.

I particularly wanted to make them so they worked both ways - so I've made them identical both sides. They have cute wings and string legs, as well as sequin eyes. And they would look wonderful flocked on a mantelpiece as a special touch.

I couldn't not add some Christmas trees!

I love the build up to Christmas.