Monday, 27 December 2010

New makes and a Giveaway.

I hope you have all had a great Christmas and here's to a fun 2011.
I'm going to start as I mean to go on and keep my creative side in full swing.  I am putting some Hydraengea flower heads in my Etsy shop, they are made of velvet and come in gorgeous vintage colours.

Just to give you an idea, this is something I made yesterday.

I started with a piece of dyed and felted wool blanket, some merino wool tops and a piece of embellished net fabric.
The first piece of blanket was a shade of grey but I forgot to take the picture, you know how it is,too much on the go.

I used my embellisher to felt the merino wool on to the fabric, I didn't overwork it so it stayed nice and soft. You could also do this with a hand held felter the results are the same.

Next I used the embellisher to attach a strip of the net fabric, I love how it leaves a frill around the edges.

 Here you can see I've free machined a design over the felted fabric and added three Hydraengea flowers. The free machining echoes the shape of the flower heads.

Then it's the best bit. I got to sit down and do some hand stitching. I added some ribbon roses and embroidered some flowers and french knots.

I've lined the book with this beautiful fabric added a pocket for treasures and a little jotter pad for notes.        

This all my friends is now my latest giveaway, all you need to do is.

          1. Leave me a comment .
          2. Become a follower.
           3. Mention my giveaway on your blog.
I will be drawing the winner on January 15th, Good luck everyone!!!

The hydraengea flowers will be in my Etsy shop soon so here's a few more things that you can do with them.


                                          Machine embroidered flowers with beaded centres.
                                                      Hand stitched on to crazy patchwork.
 Here's one of the flowers as they come ready to glue on to a project, to stitch them I remove the centre and press with an iron, then they are ready to go.

I'm off to put them in my Etsy shop now. Just click on the link on my sidebar to have a look.
Don't forget to check in to mousehousetales for the other half of my New Year giveaway.

xox, Angela.                                                                                                                                                                                           

Friday, 24 December 2010

Merry Christmas.

To all my followers and friends out in blogland,
have an amazing time this Christmas and here's to lots of happy blogging in 2011.

Please read todays post on It makes you think!

xox Angela.

Saturday, 18 December 2010

The Mermaids Tale.

                            This is the story that accompanies Morveren the Cornish Mermaid.
                            It is based on a Cornish Folktale, I've simplified it for a little girl.

                    Here's the front cover, a pretty picture with plenty of hand dyed lace.

                             The inside tells the story
                               and this is the back cover.                                                                 

It's gone off to that special little girl now courtesy of Royal Mail, I hope she likes it.

Here's a little look at my Christmas Tree, if you want a tour of my home pop over to my other blog and take a look.

I've lots more ideas for creating in the New Year keep watching.

XoX Angela.

Friday, 10 December 2010

Shhh. can you keep a secret!

I hope you can keep a secret out there in blogland. It's about a mermaid called  Morveren. I've made her for a very special little girl.
I haven't much experience making mermaids but what the heck I've had a go.
Her face was the hardest, I think I need to practice drawing faces it looks so easy but it's not.

I enjoyed stitching on all the embellishments, pearls and shells and threads.

I'm afraid this mermaid eats a little too much and needs a little less (don't we all), so her waist is not as narrow as it should be.

Moveren was a mermaid who lived of the coast off the little village Zennor in Cornwall.

I am starting work on a book to accompany her and will tell her story. I'll show you on my next post'

Meanwhile I have very sore fingers from stitching so I am having a day off and indulging in a long walk.

Keep well all my friends and don't forget that I love your comments they make my day!

xox Angela.