Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Cabbages and Roses

Roses and lace and beautiful fabrics....can't resist them!!

This latest journal in a blend of all three,

Who wouldn't love to keep there secrets in a pretty book kept by the bed!!

                                                     Pages of luscious laces............

                                                    Gorgeous fabrics..............

Blank pages ready to add your thoughts, hopes and dreams.........

                                       and lots of delicious embellishments.............

        I'll be listing this in my Etsy shop today along with this yellow silk pocket,

It has been embroidered with soft green leaves and has Devon violets stitched on. I made them by free machining over water soluble fabric then stitching them in place and adding seed beads to the centres.

                                           The back has more machine embroidery....

The pocket has been lined with a soft check cotton and the zip has a hand made tassel with seed beads on the skirt.

I love to stitch and I love textiles,and love to extend my skills as learning is such a joy. I shall be joining a Fibrecraft course at Bicton College starting next week this will teach me the art of making felt. I went for a taster day yesterday and loved it. The tutor, Gill Burbidge is really an inspirational lady and I'm sure I will develop some great new techniques. I have always admired Nuno felt scarves and bags so now I shall be making my own.

I'll keep you all involved and hope you will follow my progress on the course.

Have an inspiring and creative week.

xox Angela.

Friday, 18 January 2013

Vintage stitching

My wonderful Bernina sewing machine has gone to be serviced and I miss it so much. But, a girl has to keep stitching, so I've got out my Mum's machine, this beautiful Singer Featherlight.

I remember her making things on this machine and  today I've unwound the bobbins and removed various colours of thread from the bobbins, some must go back years it made me a little sad too.

Despite not being used for a long time it sews an excellent straight stitch so I've cleaned her and oiled her and I'm good to go.

                  And...joy of joys..... the tray has lots of different attachments including a ruffle foot.

  I was delighted to sell the Fabric and Lace journal in my Etsy shop, it is on it's way to Nichole in the US, (Thank you Nichole) so now I'm ready to start on another.

Looking through my fabrics and pictures I am inspired to use these 
lovely shades of purple and this pretty girl.
I have some cotton lawn fabric which I stamped and just need to choose some laces and trims before I start.

It's snowing outside so I'm home for the weekend, just me and my sewing machine.

I'm adding a pretty supplies kit with a rose theme to my Etsy shop

 Three hand stamped tags with pink hand dyed ribbon,
 three pieces cotton lawn stamped with French text  
 around an old rose and a lavender scented heart.

 I added three pretty organza roses, a hand made tag and a decorated clothes pin to complete the package.

  I hope you all have a wonderful weekend, keep warm if you're in the snow,
 enjoy an iced drink if you're in Australia's heat.
                                                                    xox Angela.


Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Roses round my door.

I've been thinking about designing some appliqué pictures. In my drive to use all of my left over scraps from recent projects this little house popped into my head.

    Who wouldn't want to live in a pretty little house with 'Roses round the door''and where the sun always shines on a lovely garden.

I used some more left over fabric which has been fused to a linen background then free machined in place.
There's lots of hand embroidery with Bullion roses climbing up the house wall, trees and flowers in the garden and a pin-wheel sun shining.

I've stretched the linen over an artists canvas ready to hang on the wall.
Wouldn't it be delightful in a little girls room?

I recently bought two vintage French baby collars, they are hand made and very pretty.

I added a little hand embroidery to this one. it looks like a bib here so I'm not sure of it's original use.

here it looks more like a collar, what do you think?

I've put this picture in so you can see that the edging has been beautifully hand rolled and stitched. Some one has spent many hours making these.

Both of these will be in my Etsy shop soon.
                                       Now still more scraps to use... so I'm back to stitching.

                                                                      xox Angela.

Saturday, 12 January 2013

Just finished...

I used some left over fabric from my  " Little girls bring" quilt to cover this box. 

The top is embellished with burlap,lace and flowers

The inside has this lovely Laura Ashley paper and a rose scented heart.

So right for Valentines Day don't you think....

I can't resist making books so the first one in 2013 is a fabric and lace journal...

I used lots of layers held together with machine embroidery....

There are fabric pages...

and two paper signatures each with twelve pages to write your thoughts and inspiration...

I love lace and have added lots of my favourite bits to this piece...

The back cover has lace and scrim and more stitching.

I'm adding these to my Etsy shop today along with this little bear...

and a pretty bag....

Pop in my shop and take a look.

Enjoy the weekend and Happy stitching.
xox Angela

Saturday, 5 January 2013

Little girls bring...

I've neglected my blog and my Etsy shop lately. I have been involved with other things that have taken me from doing the things that are important.
Over the holiday I have had time to evaluate where I want my business to go in 2013 and as I've always loved making quilts I sat and pieced, embroidered and quilted.

I love roses in soft delicate shades and was drawn to these pretty fabrics.

I've seen wonky cross quilts made by my fellow bloggers.

I love hand embroidery, it's an never ending passion.

This quilt, for a little girl, is a combination of all of the above.

 I've called it  'Little girls bring...' and the words ..smiles...hugs....kisses...love.....hope....joy..
really are just the thing.

 Each appliquéd hexagon has a different word and the centres of the other crosses have a bullion rose and scrolls.

There is some free machine quilting with a leaf design. I used Dream Cotton wadding and a lovely soft cream flannel for the backing, so it's warm and cosy.

This little quilt measures approx 30"x40" and would make a pretty comforter or would be lovely over little legs in the car.

I'll be listing it in my Etsy shop today.

Do you collect brown transferware? This English sauce boat will be listed too.

I'm going to use up the scraps from the quilt to make some little things to go on Etsy, I made a pledge to use them up before I move on... Watch this Space!!

Have a great weekend.
xox Angela.