Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Screen print with embroidery

Stitching on screen print
One of the workshops I took part in at the Fat Quarterly Retreat earlier this year was screen printing with Karen Lewis from Blueberry Park.

That was just totally awesome. I could easily have spent all day doing that. :-)

I managed to get a few pieces of fabric printed and then brought home the rest of the ink to use later. Which I have - hopefully soon I can take some decent pictures of what I made. In the meantime...

The other day, I cut out one of the 'misprints' and just started adding embroidery to it. No plan or anything, just stitching here and there as I fancied. I even added a bit of Kreinik sparkle, 'coz it felt right. ;-)

I made four different designs and I am definitely going to play with the other ones and stitching as well.

Stitching on screen print
And is it weird that I really, really like the back of this too? I love how the stitching is kinda crazy all over the place... :-)

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Monday, October 27, 2014

Join the Alphabet Motif Club

Alphabet Motif Club
Hello on this gorgeous Monday in late October. I can't believe that the sun is out, only a few puffs of cloud on an otherwise blue sky. I wonder how long that will last?!

M+N - Alphabet Motif Club
The Alphabet Motif Club has reached the mid point, letters number 13 and 14 went out today. That's the letters M and N. :-)

You can still sign up for the ABC club - all the letters, stitch tutorials and project, sent out previously are ready for download straight away.

Alphabet Motif Club
It makes me so happy to explore a few stitches at a time on each letter. Working through them is a little bit like a sampler. You could stitch them all on one piece of fabric and at the end you would have a nice sampler of stitches in happy colours. :-)

Sign up for the club here.

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Saturday, October 25, 2014

WIP :: Moroccan Tile Quilt

Moroccan Tile quilt - wip
Earlier this week I put some time into the Moroccan Tile quilt top. It's almost done. And then I just need to find some backing fabric. And binding. I'm thinking this Britten fabric from IKEA would make a fun contrast. Hopefully my local store has it in stock.

And of course quilt it. I'll probably machine quilt this one. Which is a bit daunting. I've only ever machine quilted small quilts.

If you have any recommendations for what thread to use, I'd love to hear it!

Moroccan Tile quilt - wip
Do you wear shoes when using your sewing machine? I find it really awkward. Like I can't 'feel' the machine properly..

Moroccan Tile quilt - wip
I am so happy with how the colours have turned out together. You just never know for sure. I think the solid aqua colour binds all the different blues and greens together very well. But because quite a few of the prints have little pops of red, pink or magenta it prevents the overall effect from being too same-y or dull.

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Friday, October 24, 2014

Some things that inspired me this week - October 24

Random things that are blue

The Color Thesaurus. If you love colour, you're going to love this. {via}

Some letters that didn't make it into the English Alphabet (the current form anyway). Including how the ampersand got its name!

Cycling Activists Build Bamboo Car Skeletons to Demonstrate Space Taken by Single Occupancy Cars.

19 Colors You’ve Probably Never Heard Of. I'm quite partial to the Australien colour. :-)

On Owning It: I Am An Artist by Lisa Congdon.

Look at all these velvet ribbons on Design*Sponge.

These Aviator Fairies by artist Samantha Bryan are just... magical. I love when artists invent a whole new world. {via}

Desire To Fly from R&A Collaborations on Vimeo.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

New project :: Seed stitch scarf

Mustard seed stitch scarf
I started a new knitting project! Another seed stitch project because I found out I really like the mindless of that stitch when I'm relaxing, watching TV or something.

Mustard seed stitch scarf
I am not usually a big fan of yellow colours, but I got this mustard colour nail polish and I am kinda obsessed with that colour right now. It seems such a perfect autumn colour. So that was the first colour I wanted for the scarf.

But because I don't want it to be too autumnal in the colours, I've paired it with two pink colours. Although they are quite close to each other, so they are a bit difficult to distinguish in the photos.

I had some dark blue, almost black, yarn left over from the Seed Stitch Wrap, so I'm using some of that for a bit of contrast here and there.

Other than that I don't really have a plan for the scarf. Wideish blocks with narrow stripes in between. Not even sure how long I will make it. I guess I'll just keep going until I think it's finished. ;-)

Mustard seed stitch scarf
I love the texture of seed stitch. So squishy. :-)

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