Saturday, July 26, 2008

In the Mailbox

I don’t have any new samples to show yet as I’ve been busy doing those things that have to be done, you know housework, yard work etc. Tomorrow DS is coming to visit for the day so I probably won’t get anything done either. Soon I hope.

A week or so ago,
Sue B had a give away on her blog. Imagine my surprise to learn that I was one of the winners. I was even more surprised to learn I had my pick of prizes. This is what came in the mail a couple of days ago.




















It is a fabulous journal she made using grungeboard motifs. I don’t have any shots of the inside but it has 3 signatures and a couple of pockets with several tags.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Lesson 5 Samples

Here are my samples from Lesson 5 of Dales’ Embellish Stitch and Enrich class.

This first piece has Kunin felt for the background that I applied Misty Fuse to hold down the small bits of fancy fabrics and ribbons and angelina fibers. The bottom half has been needle punched from the front only.














This is the piece after punching all over and then I added machine stitching with metallic thread. Click on the photo for larger view.














This is the back. This is the first time I have used Kunin felt and so when I took the heat gun to the back of it, I thought at first it wasn’t going to melt because I was holding the gun too high up. But when I placed the gun a lot closer the little holes started appearing. I didn’t really want to distress this too terribly much because the felt shrinks the more it is heated.














This is another piece with Kunin felt for the background. The circles are wool roving and the lines are fun yarn.















This is what it looks like from the back side. Lovely watercolor effect.















I was going to use the heat gun on this, but since I wasn’t sure what I will make with this I have decided to hold off on that for the time being as I kind of like it the way it is.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Lesson 4 Samples

Lesson 4 of Dales’ Embellish Stitch and Enrich online class had us knitting/crocheting sample shapes and then seeing what we could do with them. Since I really don’t do much of either, I did up some simple samples.

These two flowers are crocheted with fuzzy yarn. The one on the left hasn’t had anything done to it; the one on the right has been run under the embellisher quite a bit from the top side only. I like how the colors blend together.












This sample scrumble was both crocheted and knitted. This was my first attempt at scrumbling. I haven’t done anything to it yet as I haven’t decided how/where I will use it. I probably will lightly embellish it to a background and add some hand stitching and perhaps some beads.



















This is a crocheted fan made from wool yarn. Don’t know what I will do with this yet.














This flower is crocheted from the same wool yarn (duh).




















These two samples are knitted from the wool yarn using size 3 needles. The one on the left has been run under the embellisher blending the colors very nicely. The thing about these little samples is that they are fairly thick. This may or may not be a problem depending on what I decide to use them for.













I’ll have to see what I can create with some of these. I have also made a couple of samples for Lesson 5. I’ll show them soon in my next posting.

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

More Embellisher Fun

I know I am a little late getting back with more samples. The July 4th holiday had me doing other things, plus DH was off work several extra days.

This piece is a sample made from two different colored felts, cut in strips and then woven together. I applied Misty Fuse and then added some gold foil. Next I cut up some pink and green cheesecloth and lightly fused them on, after which I machine needle felted it all together.





















I used part of the woven piece for my next sample. I loosely knitted some yarn and then cut it apart in places to stretch over the felt. I then proceeded to machine needle felt it. This shows the green half felted.














This one is after it was entirely punched from both the front and back.















I think I liked the piece better before it was felted from the back, but it depends on the look you are going for. I may use this to make a small book cover or perhaps a needlecase.

I used the same technique for making this case for my sunglasses. I could have embellished it further with some hand stitching and maybe even some beads, but I was in a hurry and decided to stop where I did. Plus with all the handling it would get I didn’t want the worry of it coming off.






















I know the holiday is past, but I wanted to show you the pin I made for the 4th. This is my Independence Day Wild Woman. I wanted a tiny flag for her, but by the time I thought of it, I didn’t have time to get out and look for one. Maybe next year.