I am taking a class through http://www.creativechick.com/ called "Creative Embroidery: Organic Designs". To say it has been challenging, is an understatement! This is my first project which is a stitch sampler. It has no pattern. I still have some beading to finish on it, but am pleased with the look. Currently I am working on a seed pod and had a chance to paint my fabric to stitch my project on.....more on that once it is complete. I am hoping to use this class to help me add embroidery to my felted pieces.....now back to stitching! :)
Saturday, July 24, 2010
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Friday, July 16, 2010
When I was younger, I could crochet a never ending chain. It really never evolved to much more than that. Over the years, I would try to go back to crochet but would frustrate myself to no end trying to read written instructions with tiny pictures. I then became the master of single crochet by trial and error. I even taught myself to knit, but I still had problems learning other crochet stitches. So finally after all of these years, I took a class! I actually "get it" now! Seeing it and having someone there who I could turn to if I had a question was wonderful. By no means will I be crocheting an afghan anytime soon, but I am happy to be able to check that off my bucket list! :)
Saturday, July 10, 2010
Hopefully when I come back from vacation, I will be able to work on the projects I have planned for all of this fiber!!! I purposefully left it with a tie dye look. I cannot wait to see how the silk hankies and caps work with my ideas-the colors are really soft and I was happy with how well the dye set when I was rinsing...the water was almost completely clear.
Friday, July 9, 2010
On the felting front, I have spent my morning dyeing wool, silk caps, silk hankies, and firestar. I wanted to complete dye sets with all of these materials so that some projects I have planned will have the same color tones. I even completed a set of tea stained wool, silk gauze, linen, and tussah silk. It's all drying now....pictures to come once it's all dry!
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Continue until you feel the layers are even. Don't go too thick or your flower will not be as flexible for shaping.
For the center, I needle felt a ball, that I then needle felt into the center of my flower when it is dry.
Another variation to this project is to wet felt floral wire inside the stem. It works well to allow the flower to stand up in a vase. Hope this tutorial helps! :)
Monday, July 5, 2010
Thursday, July 1, 2010
On the felting front, I am trying to make a notebook cover. This is my inspiration here.
Off to roll, roll, roll ........ :)