Sunday, December 5, 2010

Thread Painting

Since I am online today and have a few spare minutes I decided to show you an upcoming class project. I have been asked to teach a class in Thread Painting so I thought I would start with something small and easy for students to follow and have made this small piece using a wonderful Art Nouveau fabric. By featuring the beautiful lady with her flowing gown in the centre of a toning fabric I have accentuated the colours. I did toss up whether to put her on plain blue or black but decided this fabric suited better. Then I have stitched (free motion on my Bernina 440) the gown. I chose 3 colours and followed the movement of the gown to emphasise it. Hope you like this. There are 3 more ladies on the fabric and I am stitching all of them in a similar manner. I will show them once all are finished.
And here is a close up of the fabric before stitching.

And after stitching, see the extra detail
I hope you enjoyed seeing these items. I'd love to hear what you think of them so please post a comment.

Landscape & novelty fabrics

A few more fabrics that have arrived in store are these lovely landscape fabrics. The sky fabric (NZ$27.50 pm) is really nice, a lovely shade of blue and has great cloud patterns without being cartoony. The stones (NZ$26.05pm) are small and very useful size for many applique landscape projects..
There is also a lovely blue fabric (NZ$26.05pm) which I think looks like a stylised version of water reflections. Hope this isn't too dark to see well.

For the children there is a cute new Nursery Rhyme fabric NZ$27.50pm. It was easy to pick out several different Nursery Rhymes from the pictures. What a lovely feature fabric for a quilt or if you run out of time, buy an artists canvas (anything from $2 up) cover it with this beautiful fabric and staple at the back.
Hey Presto! instant gift.

I look forward to seeing you in store or ordering online.
We will be open over the CHristmas Holiday, closing only the statutory days (Dec 25 - 28 & Jan 1 - 4). Call in and see me. Hopefully you can have some time to yourself and create over this time. I hope to make a few new class samples and finish an entry for the Queenstown Symposium over this time. Here's crossing my fingers (and legs & toes) that I get them finished.

Christmas cards, gift bags & Cracker Snaps

The weather is wonderful at present with some days reaching 27 degrees, Christmas is just around the corner and things need to be done. I have had fun making some Christmas (and general) cards using fabric, fusible webbing and cardstock. I fuse the back of the fabric, cut out the designs and iron them onto the cardstock then use a Pigma pen to "pen stitch" around the designs for emphasis. I sell these in the shop for NZ$2 and they are quite popular. Here are some of the cards
You can make some very easily for yourself, or if you have no time, pop in and buy some from me.
While making the cards I was also thinking about gift bags. I played around with strong plain brown paper and fused some designs to those as well, making a variety of sizes of bag. Here are some designs -

Christmas Cracker Snaps
Would you like to make your own Christmas crackers and have something nice to put inside them. I sell the cracker snaps that give you the 'bang'. There are 10 snaps for NZ$3. They are so easy to make, I can show you how.
Yes, we have had some more new fabric arrive in store. This one is Mr Fix-It NZ$25.40 per metre.
This has 6 different border/row stripes featuring handyman tools and gardening implements. Each strip has a different background colour. Ideal to make a quilt for the man in your life. Could be a row by row quilt, easy peasy or could be used as a border or sashing stripe.

Some gorgeous Japanese inspired fabrics have also arrived in - the colours are so rich and the designs gorgeous.

Make a quilt, wall hanging, cover a canvas, make a cushion, ideal for bags and so much more. Have fun playing with them.
For the Flower Fairy lovers we have a new Flower Fairy Alphabet panel. Only $16 per panel (approx 60cm wide. You could make this into a wall hanging as is or cut them apart and make a lovely quilt.

And here is a close up of the fairies

Thanks for popping by and checking out what is new.