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Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Great Work from Su

Su Harris  http://su-livingontheedge.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/holey-cuff.html?m=0 made this great cuff from the book. Really lovely and looks good on the wrist, too, as you can see from the photo.

Do go to Su's blog and the stages involved.

Anyone else out there making stuff from the book? I am working on the next lesson for July - there is a chance that it might be a video.

Monday, 11 June 2012

New Cuff

I am celebrating the fact that I can stitch again by making a new cuff, using the method in the book that made this one, right. It's very comfy to wear and always gets comments along the 'how did you make that' lines.

My summer wardrobe has lots of lime green and blue so the new one will use those colours. Last years gear but this weather does not make one inclined to buy anything other than new wooly jumpers!

I gathered together a collection of materials including two machine stitched motifs that I had worked in narrow satin stitch on water soluble film.

Also some gimp in a lovely blue/green colour, some black beads and various silks. there is a pipe-cleaner in there as well.

In this pic you can see that everything is placed on film and the motifs are being overstitched with the gimp - which is couched over the top.

I am tempted to bring in a bit of floating stitching - we will see. 

I hope to show the finished piece soon, depending on how much hand stitching I can do in one go.

This UK weather is just right for sitting by the fire and stitching. Let's just forget that it is supposed to be summer!

Keep n touch.

Monday, 4 June 2012


Floating struck me as a good title for this blog, given that the Thames pageant was so exciting. Plus the fact that all those folk watching it along the banks were almost floating themselves.

I am doing an article for Stitch magazine about amulet purses. I though I would work up the metal purse technique but show them how to use small auto stitches, or little free machined motifs, to 'float' over the metal. I find this a good way of decorating metal shim with stitch as many people are hesitant about using their machine with metal. I find that it is fine as long as a good firm backing is used. This stops the thread from  breaking and also prevents any tiny fragments falling into the machine.

Floating is also great for making patterns or motifs show over the top of a fabric they would usually sink into. Good on felt or on silk carrier rods, as shown in the book.

Today I plan to tidy my workroom as there is another piece I want to show you but it is lost in the havoc.

I have been to Auckland, Glenys. Lovely place

Friday, 1 June 2012

Great Pics from Jean

Good to have some pics so soon. Here is what Jean Singleton says about these two great images.

Here are a couple of photos  of samples. One shows WS paper on some aluminium mesh and a couple of squished up WS and paper towel mixture pieces coloured with various paints. The other photo is a piece I did a while ago using tissue on aluminium foil, painted and some rusting powder applied and then scrunched up.

Send pics to maggie@d4daisy.com if you'd like them on the blog.