Tuesday, 26 October 2010

Free Stitch Embroidery and Felting

These are the two felting pictures now framed as per my last post.

So I thought I would have another go - This time I tried to be too precise with "where and what" I wanted the final picture to look like - something I have now discovered with felting is - it has a mind of its own! I wasn't overly pleased with the results so I thought I would have a go at free stitch machining on the flowers - and I liked the results!

I'm really enjoying trying this new craft!

Half term is flying by already - today was spent at a wet and windy Minsmere, birdwatching. We saw a siskin ( well it was a yellow bird in flight - identified as a siskin by a warden, for us!) This was followed by a hot chocolate!

Now working out how to be first in the queue to get my "Take That" tickets when they go on sale on Friday!!

Linda x

Wednesday, 20 October 2010

Felting is FAB!

 After a trip to Ally Pally and the Knit and Stitching Show, I purchased several bags of merino wool tops and silk bits and bobs to have a go at felting. I had an idea and was really pleased with the results. This is the method I used :

I "half felted" some lovely reds and oranges together to make the poppy colours. I laid the merino wool tops in the three layers (in different directions) on bubble wrap, together with some silk tops (when I could disconnect them from my hands!) and wool for the stalks. I then cut the half felt poppy shapes and placed on. I covered the whole lot with hot, soapy water, holding each poppy as I did so it didn't move, covered the top with the bubble wrap and massaged and rubbed the fibres for 15 minutes.

This is how the fibres felted giving a lovely texture and the colours I was especially pleased with.

I also had a go with pinks and purples.

Last night I spent embellishing the poppies and embroidering and embellishing the pink flowers. I'm now off to get the poppy felt framed and will let you see the final results soon!

Now the hard part - do I keep it for myself or give to someone for Christmas - DeCiSiOnS!!

Friday, 15 October 2010


Hello, I spent last night with Gok (well ofsorts!) I was lucky to get tickets to see him at a "Dinner with Gok Wan at Carrow Road, Norwich." What a great evening it was - he was funny, thought provoking, teasing compere Kevin Piper unbearably and just a great chap. He coped with 400 mainly female ladies very well, all wanting his photo!

Today it has taken a while for me to get going after the late night but I have just had my first go at felting with some merino wool tops I purchased at Ally Pally last Saturday. The Knit and Stitching Show was fab - but 4 1/2 hours each way on a coach was a little taxing!!

I'll post the felting results next time.

Have a lovely weekend.