Friday, 30 January 2009

Heart swap

Heart front

Heart back with tatted motiff

Hanging with charms

Full veiw of the front

As part of the Textile Challenge group I decided to take part in the heart swap. I was partnered with Jan so this is her heart. I had recently bought some fabrics from Jennifer Trollope which she buys from couture houses. The project needed to be quick so I went for using luxurious fabrics rather than fancy sewing techniques. The back of the heart is silk with a piece of tatting stitched on which has a small piece of shear fabric behind and a stone in the centre. The front was a golden fabric which is covered with a net which has hanging sequins attached. This net was about 6 inches wide with a bound edge on each side which I did not want to loose, so I eased the edging into the heart shape and cut or pleated the surplus away. I then added a matching ribbon and hung various charms and beads from it. I have also put some lavender inside it.

Sunday, 18 January 2009


I have not blogged for a while. I have been busy tidying and picking up endless piles of leaves.
I got Maggie Grey's book" Textile Translations" for Christmas so have been trying out the making the basic fabric exercise out. I did not have all the correct ingredients so had to improvise a bit. I have not done any stitching on them as yet, I need to work my way up to that. I am frightened of spoiling them.

Friday, 2 January 2009

Happy New Year

Well another year gone!

I have been taking part in an arch challenge for the last twelve months so thought you would like to see a picture of eleven of them. (I still have one to come).
Christmas went well. I think I am the only person not to have had a cold but there is still time.
We went to one of the local pubs on New Years Eve. It was really nice and friendly. I think we are going to like living here.
Yesterday friends came over for dinner I did a mini Christmas dinner which was less hectic than the first one as there were no children. It was very relaxed. Now tho I am still trying to clear up and have been washing up a bit at a time but it was worth it. I am just of to do the dinner. More washing up!