It's been a while! Mossy Meadow

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

I know it's been ages since I blogged on here, I almost forgot how to, for a moment! It's funny the last post on here was embroidery related because that leads me on nicely to what I have to share. I've been busy working away the past year, improving my skills, mostly in embroidery, needle felting and illustration. If you follow me on Instagram, you'll be up to speed. So for ages I've wanted to open up an Etsy shop, a place for people to find all the things I've been making and I've finally organized it all. So it's called the Mossy Meadow, I've started with hand embroidered jewellery and some needle felted pieces but I'll be adding lots more items in the coming weeks.

There are lots of flower inspired pieces of course. Starting with this collection of Violas and Pansies. I love both wild flowers and garden flowers, so I'm not short on inspiration!

Bees feature quite a bit. I made this piece combining needle felting techniques for the body and hand embroidery for the wings, legs and antennae. I love Bumble Bees and the wool used in needle felting really captures their fuzzy bodies well! I've also included a Honey Bee in the collection.

I've also created this Garden Birds Collection, this set features birds of the UK and Ireland because they're the ones I see every day in my back garden! But because I love birds so much I'll definitely be exploring the globe and creating more bird embroideries from other places too!

So I hope you'll follow me along on my creative journey, maybe to just take a look, like a page (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest) or help people to find my new shop. I'd really appreciate it! That's all for now! Hope all is well with you!

Lavender filled pillow

Thursday, April 28, 2016

It's been a while since I've done any embroidery, so I worked on this little project the last couple of days. It was actually quite quick to make. I recycled some linen fabric from an old pair of trousers for the pillow base!

For the embroidery motif I went with Forget-me-not flowers, one of my favourites. So I did a few sketches in pen and watercolour to study the shape and form of the flowers before coming up with the final motif.

I went over the design with black pen so it would be easier to see when tracing it. I used a water soluble pen to trace the design onto my piece of linen. I haven't tried any other methods of transferring a design yet.

I embroidered all the stems and leaves first in a sage green using a back stitch and stem stitch. I really like how the stem stitch looks.

Next I added all the yellow centres to the flowers using french knots, I made them pretty chunky because I wanted a bobbly look! : )

I used three shades of blues for the Forget-me-not flowers, mixing up the colours over the whole design so it didn't look too flat.

Once I had everything filled in, instead of wetting the entire piece I used a clean, wet paintbrush to go over the water-soluble pen lines to remove them.

I made a small bag from white cotton to contain the loose lavender, my machine sewing skills are actually pretty basic, it's something I need to work on! I left a small gap on one side so I could fill it up.

I used dried lavender that I gathered from the garden last year, it's amazing how strong the scent still is, especially when you rub some between your fingers.

For the pillow I used two squares of linen, pinned them facing each other and machine stitched them on three sides before inserting the lavender filled bag. I pinned the remaining side and stitched it closed on the machine. I probably could have done something more fancy for the closure but like I said I'm still learning!

I'll be keeping this near my pillow at night, lavender is great for helping you sleep, I usually use some blended lavender oil (just some rubbed on my belly!) if I'm having trouble sleeping and it always sends me off into a lovely deep sleep! : )

Wall Hanging

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

I just finished another weaving, this one took a while to complete because I'd been working on other projects but it's nice to see it finally finished. As before I took a few progress shots along the way.

I made some adjustments to the loom by adding a second row of pins/nails to the top and bottom of the loom. I felt the gaps were too big between the pins and the extra pins would give me a neater finish. I also found some better cotton thread for the warps instead of the wool I was using which had too much give in it, this cotton was a lot more stable.

I did start off with a sketch of how I wanted it to look but I did make some alterations along the way. The hardest thing I found was keeping an even tension when weaving the triangles.

The cotton warp thread made such a difference to the end result, the edges were straighter and the finished wall hanging sat much flatter.

I used a nice chunky roving type wool for some contrast in texture. If you're interested in learning how to hand-weave using a lap loom I highly recommend the video tutorials over at Creative Bug, the class for beginners takes you through everything you need to know.

If you have lots of wool in your stash then this is the perfect craft for you and you don't need much to get started either. The Weaving Loom is another great resource and packed full of information and inspiration. I hope you have fun exploring this tactile craft! : )