Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Little stitcheries.

I love little things to stitch and spent a pleasant afternoon stitching these little brooches.

The back is some beautiful Irish tweed that I bought at
The Festival Quilts back in the summer. I've built up the layers with different fabrics
then added buttons and bits.
A quick and easy project and
It,s a fun way to brighten up my coat!!

xox Angela

Sunday, 29 December 2013

A new look.

I've given my blog a new simpler look and hope you like it. I've been 'awol' for so long so it's good to say Hello…

I'm loving my course at Somerset College of Art and Design, it's hard work and very time consuming but it's wonderful to be part of such a inspiring and creative environment.

My stitching has taken a back seat to painting and drawing but as it's the holidays I gave myself a little treat .
I designed and embroidered this little Etui.

 It took a while to decide on how to work on the construction, but then came the real pleasure of  stitching the design.

The pearls make the edges look pretty too

The pockets are to hold your stitching needs and the centre is a little pincushion.

2014 will be busy for me but I'm looking forward to it.

Happy New year to you all too.
xox Angela.

Thursday, 25 July 2013

Embroiderers Companions

I love to stitch little things for stitcher's, so here are my latest creations ready to go in my Etsy shop.

I always stitch where ever I go so it,s nice to have a little set of my needfuls to quickly pick up.

                                           First my hoop, all ready to go in its own pocket.

There's a place on the back for scissors, they are held in with a button and a loop.
The pocket holds a 6 1/2 " hoop just the right size for work on the move.

                                    The matching sewing roll has all those essential notions.

                              Pockets for a pack of needles and  buttons, a needle case
                             and a place to store your markers and stitch removers.

                                 Next a roll to hold your threads, neat and tidy, ready to use.


                                              The flaps hold everything in place.....


                                        and, to complete the set, a wrist pin cushion...

The band is held in place with'Velcro' for a comfy fit.

                                      The whole collection fits into this handy  matching bag....

it has a magnetic clasp and a pocket for your mobile phone.

                                           I've made a set in red too with lots of hand embroidery.

                       This is the scissor pocket...

                       I love this fabric, and I've picked out the design to use on the stitched panel.

                                              Did you see the covered button ??

                            Inside has pockets and a place to hold your stitch ripper ....

                                        ....lots of pretty hand embroidery on the needle case too.

  I'm just off to list these in my Etsy shop but wanted to tell you about my new venture.
 For the next three years I will be studying full time for a BA Hons in Interior Textiles and Surface design. I am really excited to be doing this and will be a very mature student. But, for the first time for many many years, I have the freedom to start something like this.
I am told that my work will change during this process and I will be pushed out of my comfort zone, that's great although I may have a little grumble to my blogging friends, but also I hope to share with you all my ups and downs so watch this space.

                                                                        xox Angela.

Sunday, 16 June 2013

Stitched velvet flowers.

I love to use these pretty velvet flowers in my work, often added as they are to journals, fabric boxes and collages.

Today I've been using them in embroidery and stitched onto some vintage linens.

I needed to pull the Viola apart and peel the paper backing from the back.


The bullion stitch has been worked with two strands of thread and the French knots with six strands. I added a few seed beads to give a little sparkle

    On the single Hydrangea flower I've used silk perle for the bullion stitch and the central French knots
 then a normal Perle for the woven flower. 
   These are a wonderful addition to crazy quilting, embroidery, collages, journals, the list is endless.


I have lots of these flower for sale in beautiful vintage shades

They will be in my Etsy shop soon, meanwhile just email if you would like to purchase any of them.

They are just £2 a pack/ 3.5 US $ plus shipping.

Happy stitching.
xox Angela.

Sunday, 9 June 2013

Work in progress.

I'm working on embellishing my journal so here is my progress so far...

The hexagons are cut from pieces of vintage linens and I've added some hand stitching...

  there will be more added to the cover later...

 The first page had a pocket and a lace motif. These roses are my version of 'broderie perse' except the roses aren't sew down but are standing away from the lace to give a 3D effect. The green velvet leaves just add a finishing touch.

Here's a little sewing roll ''Make do and Mend'' just to keep a few bits and pieces...

  just right for stitching on the go...

and lastly .... this pretty Japanese silk fabric was lying at the bottom of my work box, it's been there for a long time. Today along came a little inspiration and here we have a selection of flower pins, I'm pleased with these, that little piece of fabric has turned into something useful...

  The green buttons are from the 1950's the colour is just right don't you think.

  this little one has a' Mother of Pearl' button stitched in..

Hope the weekend was good, Happy stitching...
xox Angela.

Sunday, 2 June 2013

Pink rose journal ready to embellish.

I like the idea of a very basic journal with fabric and paper pages.

I just love this fabric with it's pretty Old English roses, I can almost smell the scent in a beautiful walled garden...the cover is ready for embellishing so that's where I'll start.

 Inside the front cover is a double layer of wadding overlaid with a piece of vintage linen. this will be my mini design wall where I can pin some ideas. Next is a pocket page with a piece of lace.. what can I do with this?  add a piece of lace to the edge? stitch some beads to the lace motive? hide something special in the pocket??

 the paper pages will be my design sketchbook for all things pale pink, think pretty flowers, soft petals, exquisite threads...

 I'm starting at the front and working through the book , it will be a wonderful source of inspiration.

I also made a pretty pouch to keep my bits and pieces before they are added to the book, simple folding and a little hand embroidery, all the things I love..

I've taken a piece of cut work from a piece of vintage linen and stitched over the top with French knots along with whipped straight stitch and lazy daisy leaves.

This is a lovely project that I am working on prior to teaching a  Journals class in Devon at the end of June. I've been before and they are lovely ladies so I know that it will be a great day.

                                                    Have a good week all, Happy Stitching

                                                               xox Angela.

Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Beautiful lampshades.

I can't resist turning my plain lampshades into something gorgeous and feminine.

 I found this one in a skip whilst out walking with my Grandson. As I paused to look at it he said ''Oh No Nana'' and walked quickly down the street. I asked the friendly builders if I could take it away and looking at me sadly they said ''Please do.''

I've covered some marks with pieces of lace and added some sumptuous bead fringing using my glue gun. Finally some pretty velvet pansies finish the look.

So if you have a plain lampshade...

Just add a bead fringe....and a pretty rose....

 What a difference...

I've put together some kits so you can start to play....

  Fairy pink fringe and a cabbage rose...

Fairy pink fringe and a velvet and organza rose....

 Velvet and organza rose with Tiffany pearl fringe....
Jet and sage fringe with a Camellia....

Pearl fringe with a Camellia....

and finally three exquisite Vintage style Velvet and Organza Roses...

It's oh so easy to create that romantic vintage look, it only takes a few minutes and a little glue or stitching. 
find these in my Etsy shop.

Have fun.
xox Angela.

Thursday, 2 May 2013

Pretty things for embroiderers

It's nice to combine lovely fabric with pretty embroidery so these new designs really appeal to me.

I wanted a pocket to keep my embroidery hoop and a small pair of scissors, along with storage for needles and thread that are handy when I'm travelling.

My friends at Dotty Dolly gave me a gift of five fat eights of lovely red Moda Fabric which just called out to be something special.

First a pocket for my hoop. I picked up the design on the fabric to use in the embroidered panel. The flowers are formed with Bullion Knots, French Knots and tiny seed beads.
The bag is lined and has a pleated ruffle along the top.

  On the back is a place to keep a small pair of scissors held in with a covered button and loop.

     Next a place to keep needles, threads and a marker. Again I've picked out designs from the fabric for the      
stitchery and fussy cut the fabric for the covered button.

     Inside, a pocket for packs of needles, a place for a fabric marker, a pocket for threads and a pretty            
 stitched needlekeep

                        a real chance to play with stitches here......

I'm working on the patterns for these and more sewing treasures to put in my Etsy shop soon.

Meanwhile, at long last the sun is shining and the sky is blue so I'm enjoying some spectacular walks. After a long wet Winter it's a real joy to be outdoors.
Have  a great weekend.
xox Angela.