Sunday, October 28, 2007

Work in Progress

I mentioned before that I have been working on several things.

This is the latest piece that I started a few days ago. The background is a piece of white wool. The whole piece was hand felted (measures roughly 5 by 7 inches) and, as you can imagine, this takes a long time to do as it takes a while to get the basic layout needled in. Then the whole thing has to be punched over and over to get the wool roving really needled in and my wrists were beginning to give out; so I decided to give in and put it under the embellisher. I was not happy with the look of all those tiny holes.

As you can see in the photo, I have only done the top third. I think that all those holes ruin the effect. I tried lightly spraying with water and using my steam iron to see if I could get the holes to close, but it did not do any good.

I guess I have one of two ways to go now. One would be to finish the piece under the embellisher. The other would be to hand needle in more wool over the area I used the embellisher on and hope that I can blend it in. We shall see.

Friday, October 19, 2007

Lucky for Us and a Little Something

A number of storms went through my part of the country last night, but we were lucky and only one actually past through here. It really wasn’t all that bad here at my house, it could have been much worse as a number of areas close by received strong winds/near tornado strength.

I did a little playing around on the embellisher yesterday. I wanted to see if I could make circles using the thumb tack method. It worked pretty well.

This is just a piece of white craft felt I attempted to paint last year. I used several small pieces of felt and embellished from the back.

Front side.

And back side. I trimmed the excess felt after stitching. Of course, I could have done more but I just wanted to test this to see how it would work out.

This next piece I did two or three weeks ago. I punched some wool roving onto a piece of felt, couched some yarn and added the three circles. It is in the process of being made into a pouch.

This last piece is one I did a couple of weeks ago also. It has fancy fabrics, yarn, ribbon yarn, cheesecloth and some fibers laid out on a piece of what I believe is polyester organza. I haven’t quite decided what to do with this as of yet.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Checking In.....

Sorry I haven’t posted anything lately. I have been working on a few different projects, but not ready to share anything just yet. I don’t have to tell you that some things can be very time consuming and trying to work out the details. Just keeping up with email from four different groups takes a lot of time, especially if I am away from the computer a day or two. And then there is the blog reading, which I am behind on right now. Oh well, it will all work out eventually.

I have one last FAF birthday postcard I made and sent. This one went to Dianne in Australia.

Alright, I will fess up, this is a commercial embroidery design not one of my free stitched ones. But I love the Van Gogh sunflowers and word has it that Dianne does too.

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Two More ...

Two more fantastic postcards came in the mail.

This first one is from Emmy. The picture does not show it but the leaves are shimmery. Isn’t it great?

And this one is from Elaine. It has such great texture and wonderful stitching.

Thanks to both ladies very much. Now I am off to do some work on my own projects.