Monday, 30 June 2008
Tuesday, 24 June 2008
If I were still working, I could retire....... according to the nine emails received today at the address for this blog, I have won many millions of dollars, euros and pounds sterling, as there are emails from the National Lottery, the Canadian Award Department, the UK Lottery Board, BMW awards and the National Liverwood Lottery asking that I make contact to claim my prize. I wish. I am also asked to contact Ahmad Harith, Dribrahim Gazeta, Dorothy Moore, Mr Pinkett Griffin and Sarah Armstrong - all urgently, and with respect as they have urgent messages for me. It seems this address somehow attracts a heap of spam emails and for this reason it is once more being removed from the page as I'm fed up having to delete them all and do not want to risk being infected by a virus or Trojan horse or some other email transmitted disease! If any genuine reader wishes to make contact, then please leave me a comment and we will figure out how to do it.
On a more pleasant note, this is a piece of crewel work that I completed many years ago, and came across when organising my sewing room recently. It has just been laced onto a piece of acid free mounting board and tomorrow will go to to be framed. Then I shall add it to other bits of framed needlework hanging around the place.
Saturday, 21 June 2008
In Australia we have our shortest day, the Winter Solstice, and that means we are halfway towards Spring and warmer climes even though July is likely to be the coldest month of the year where I live, and there will be snow at some stage. The temperature did not get much above 7 degrees today, and the sun shone briefly between the mists and showers, before it became totally overcast and dull. So far this month we have had more than 65mm of rain, and driving on the dirt road outside my house is like making a slow progress through porridge, leaving my car looking as if it had completed weeks over land in the London to Dakar car rally.
The reason we have solstices, and seasons, is because our planet is tilted at 23 degrees. In June, the southern hemisphere is tilted away from the Sun and the northern hemisphere tilted towards the Sun; in December it's the reverse. In March and September, the hemispheres are not tilted at the Sun, but at right angles to it.
As a result of the tilt, in winter the Sun rises later and sets earlier, leading to less daylight. It also tracks a lower course through the sky, meaning its rays hit Australia at an oblique angle. These factors mean winter is colder.
The (winter) solstice is the point where the Sun reaches the furthest north it will go in the sky, and then it turns back, and the days begin to lengthen. “Solstice" is Latin for "sun stands still" (sol "sun" and sistere "to stand").
There endeth the lesson.
Friday, 20 June 2008
Then I made these bookmarks, which I plan to give to a much loved couple on Sunday for their birthdays, and these I think are OK. They are made with wool and silk fibres on brown felt with some running stitches, and the gum (Eucalypt) leaves were made separately from silk on green felt, cut out using a leaf from one of my trees, embroidered and attached with the Embellisher. Coincidentially they are also the colours for the June TIF, so I am going to take the easy option and call these my effort for this month's Take it Further challenge.
The last photo is of my latest Op shop booty, proof that one should never walk past a good Op Shop. A pile of silk scarves found in another town, mostly hand dyed and of various sizes - total cost a couple of dollars. They will be used in future projects to add texture and colour. Silk is such wonderful stuff to work with, and the Embellisher loves it.
Wednesday, 18 June 2008
Sunday, 15 June 2008
These are some experiments from this week's Embellish, Stitch and Enrich class. The focus was to make surfaces for further embroidery, or for them to be cut up and used in something else. For the first time we used metallic foils attached to the base felt with iron on webbing, painted webbing and fine chiffon which could be treated by a heat tool. I still have lots to learn as they run the risk of just looking .......messy!
This piece is felt with painted vlyesofix, silk and wool fibres, silk fabric and thread snippets, covered with chiffon, needled with the embellisher and then treated with a heat tool so the chiffon melts away in places. No further embroidery yet, or it may be cut up and included in something else.
The second piece is similar, but has gold foil applied to the base felt, and the chiffon was just worked with the embellisher. Embroidered with knots and some chain stitches.
This one is foiled felt, silk and wool fibres, silk fabric and thread snippets, covered with chiffon and embellished. Additonal made fabric attached with the embellisher, and then embroidered. I think this may become a book cover.
Thursday, 12 June 2008
There was news this morning of a new grand-nephew born yesterday, and to be called Felix. This furry little fellow has been posted off as a gift to welcome Felix to the world and I hope he will enjoy it when a little older. My own two dogs were most perturbed when the toy appeared on the kitchen bench, and for a short time, until they were allowed close enough to sniff it, they jealously behaved as if he was real.
Tuesday, 10 June 2008
No photos today as it was spent in Ballarat, I went to purchase some embroidery threads at the wonderful Sovereign Needlework who stock a very extensive range of wool, cotton, silk threads, fabrics and other needlework ephemera. The small collection of variegated silks and wools I purchased almost look too good to use! On the way home I also went to the Creswick Woollen Mills where I found a big bag of wool and alpaca mill ends for $5 - these will be great to use with the embellisher and although my pieces are fairly small, they have larger bits and dyed wool for felting along with all the other lovely rugs and alpaca products. Well worth a visit if in the area.
Sunday, 8 June 2008
As my beloved Bernina is still in the repair shop, this cold and damp weekend has been spent playing with the Pfaff embellisher and working on last Wednesday's first lesson from Dale Rollerson. The first one is my answer to her challenge to make something using the first techniques we learnt. It is made from felt embellished with silk and woollen tops, then cut and woven together and stitched with simple running stitch. The flowers are similar, but have an additonal layer of pink prefelt on white felt, and then silk needled into it, the flower shapes cut and needled onto the base and then embroidered with french knots.
This little landscape, which is just bigger than a postcard, is again felt embellished with wool and silk tops, some knitting yarn, crewel wool and embroidered with knots, stem and straight stitches.
Friday, 6 June 2008
Thursday, 5 June 2008
Now that I know more about how this sort of prefelted batt works, if I were doing the same again, I would have taken more care about a surface design and its placement, as well as how it would be embroidered/embellished before I started; about getting the edges straight while the felt was wet, and would have checked more carefully that it was felted evenly all over. But this was a workshop and I was there to learn, so next time will be better. This little bag will be used for something, perhaps to store my clean hankies in the two internal pockets. One of the teacher's samples these pockets secured by zips, that looked great and would keep small items safe, but I decided not to do this because the felt is a bit thin in places . It measures approximately 7 x 11inches. The photos are of the outside front, front and back outside unfolded, and inside showing pockets.