Sunday, 30 December 2007

2007 Resolutions - end of year review

I set myself some stitchery resolutions at the start of the year and then reviewed them mid year. My end of year review is in bold

*try out at least 80% of Take a Stitch Tuesday and post the results in a timely manner. This equates to approximately 42 stitches. Not attained at all, I still have hope though!
*complete all the pages of my fabric book and get it stitched together. er... no again.
*take part in at least 1 other swap this year. Not a swap but I did do Serendity's rust challenge.
*blog at least 4 times a week. er... no again. I think I'm averaging 3 times a week and even then its many posts in one day.
*participate in the Wreck this Journal project - contribute at least 3 pages to the Flickr site! Nope. And I've removed the project from my list, wrecking something doesn't appeal to me at the moment.
*continue looking for letters in the street. Think about how I can use them. I now have 17 letters and I hope to use them in a local exhibition next year... perhaps even a competition to guess the location of the letter.
*bind the bad photos book. Bad photos wasn't such a good idea!
*participate fully in the Sumptuous Surfaces classes. Blog my progress. Well, I did attempt half the course and blogged it. I'm still aiming to do the other half!

Monday, 24 December 2007

Karen's starburst

I made this for my friend Karen. It measures 4.5" x 4.5"

The cover is 'felted' silk tops (i.e. holey) stitched over a piece of sparkle organza. I forgot to take a photo of the back which is handmade paper, painted with some silk paints and with a bit of Lumiere blue paint sponged on top.

The inside is folded papers (mostly 'normal') so when the book opens up it looks like an accordion book but more star like... I maybe should have taken a photo of that too!

Here is the profile...

I included some small photos, felt and an ATC.

The book design is called Starburst and is taken from Making Books That Fly, Fold, Wrap, Hide, Pop Up, Twist, & Turn: Books for Kids to Make by Gwen Diehn.

In fact the front cover of the book shows a starburst book.

Take a Stitch Tuesday

My one liners of weeks 36, 38, 39, 40 and 41

a very poor showing! I like the buttonhole variations but was unable to execute the others satisfactorily.

especially lace border stitch!

Saturday, 22 December 2007

Take a Stitch Tuesday - to do list

I have updated my to do list with the final stitches.

week 52 - Spanish feather stitch
week 51 - chained bar
week 50 - berry stitch (double lazy daisy stitch or double detached chain stitch)
week 49 - pistel stitch
week 48 - knotted cable stitch
week 47 - thorn stitch
week 46 - chain braid stitch
week 45 - pekinese
week 44 - zig zag spanish knotted stitch
week 43 - drizzle stitch
week 42 - twisted satin stitch
week 40 - linked double chain
week 37 - rice
week 35 - shisha
week 34 - Portuguese stem stitch
week 33 - scroll
week 32 - crested chain stitch
week 31 - cast-on stitch
week 28 - sheaf stitch
week 24 - french knots (half done)
week 20 - butterfly chain

This challenge was set by Sharon B and ran every week in 2007. I have so far completed 29 stitches five of which are one liners and not yet blogged.

My own rules were:-
1. Spend less than 15mins gathering together materials and researching the stitch - YEP
2. Use 6"x4" fabric but don't get hung up on the type of fabric! - YEP but some stitches may have benefited from a better choice of fabric
3. If a stitch is sewn then blog it no matter how 'unfinished' Not quite
4. DO NOT JUDGE always a hard one

I feel disappointed that I was unable to complete more of the stitches. I do procrastinate too much and haven't managed my time as well as I could have but the other reason I have to admit is that I just don't care about all these stitches!

Is that a terrible thing to say?

I especially enjoyed all the blanket/buttonhole stitches, but detested oyster stitch, in fact any stitch that involves wrapping the thread around the needle or knotting. Too much of a faff.

I think I'm a simple straight stitch girl....

Thank you Sharon B for a wonderful challenge and hopefully my participation will be less erratic in the 2008 challenge - Take it Further

Saturday, 15 December 2007

a more positive list...

1. I have a wee job, baking for a local cafe. My repertoire is quite limited so I've been researching recipes and pricing ingredients.
2. (nearly) Toddler Girl is now Toddler Girl a.k.a. Little Miss Independent.
3. I made chicken pie from scratch (well... the puff pastry was ready rolled...) and it was lovely!
4. I've bought and wrapped ALL the Christmas presents
5. I've had a tooth out (trust me... thats a positive!)
6. I been thinking about my JULY (!!??!?!?) 2008 exhibition in THE local cafe and scribbling down ideas...

what I haven't done

1. any of my Take a Stitch Tuesday to do list
2. I haven't finished the house warming present
3. I haven't even thought about the other house warming present
4. I haven't done any more of my Black and White fabric journal
5. I haven't started work on Part 2 of Sharon B's Sumptuous Surfaces course (colour)
6. i haven't done the last 2 lessons of Susan Sorrell's Doodling Design course

all so negative!

what have I been up to....?

I haven't posted in ages. I would like to say I've been very busy but I'm not sure what I've actually been doing....

I made a 6"x4" postcard with the fabric sent to me by Anna at Serendipity for her rust challenge.

Anna's photo looks better on her blog! I wanted to pleat the fabric or tuck it or something... and then cut into it. But I used too much of the original fabric and it looked to orange and overwhelming. I think with hindsight, I should have ripped the original fabric into bits then attach the bits to a base fabric and then manipulated that.

So... I added some embellishment with seed stitches and beads and as it was obviously now a linear landscape (yet again!) I added some embellishment to the foreground.

I had been toying with the idea of weaving the rusted fabric (I may still do this...) so I added some long stitches and weaved strips of rusted fabric, scrim and thread. I then overstitched that with long stitches and beads. I like how the beads are free to move...

The metal at the top is one of Anna's beads unrolled.

I really enjoyed this challenge. I've never worked with these colours or synthetic fabric before but I feel I've tried some new ideas and have more ideas to developing...

2. I've made something for someone but can't show it yet... but it has got me thinking about edges.. in particular paper edges, and how to finish them to create an interesting profile...

3. er...

4. I want to start listing all the things I HAVEN'T done...

Tuesday, 4 December 2007

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